We wrote about this story back in May when a D.C. man saved a boys life by shooting at one of 3 pit bulls that were mauling an 11-year-old boy. But because the 9mm Ruger P90 he used and the 2 other firearms found in his house were unregistered with D.C. he was hit with a $1,000 fine.
D.C. is constantly trying to vilify any gun owner, so the D.C. attorney general pounced on this case while trying to pretend they were being merciful to the man for saving the boy’s life.
Although Srigley legally purchased the handgun in Virginia, he failed to register the gun in D.C. when he moved there. Of course the District makes it so difficult for anyone to own a handgun in the city it’s not surprising that he didn’t take the time to cut through all the red tape and pay all the fees that a registered handgun in the city requires.
Remember Emily Miller’s testimony of trying to get a gun in D.C.? If you haven’t seen that video, check it out here. This is what gun control advocates want every city to look like.
Deputy Attorney General Andrew Fois had a few hoops for Srigley to jump through before his team would drop the charges. He would have to pay the $1,000, move out of state, register his guns in Maryland, and stay out of trouble for 2 years (so no more saving lives with his guns).
On Tuesday, the conditions met, D.C. Superior Court Michael J. McCarthy accepted the prosecutor’s motion to dismiss the charge. Srigley can now petition to have the arrest expunged.
“We don’t want people to not help,” Fois said, explaining that the unique circumstances of Srigley’s case prompted much discussion in his office. “But when you break the gun laws, it’s not something we can turn a blind eye to. He made amends by paying a decent fine, and he registered his guns, and he moved out of town. The laws of the District of Columbia are vindicated, while recognizing the unique contribution he made saving a young boy’s life.”
Srigley just wants to get back to his normal life and has no intentions on being an advocate for either side of the gun control debate. But this case highlights an important fact. D.C. makes it so difficult for anyone to own a gun that situations aren’t as “one in a million” as the deputy attorney thinks. After all, if a gun owner uses his gun to prevent a crime or deter a criminal but his gun is unregistered with the city, do you really think he is going to report it? D.C. laws try to make every gun owner a criminal or make it so impossible to own a gun legally that most people who are busy living their lives will not have the time or energy to pursue it.
Unregistered or not, there is one family of an 11-year-old boy that is very happy Srigley had a gun that day, and if the city really wants to see more cases like this where guns are saving lives they will stop giving the criminals all the power and allow its residents to exercise their 2nd amendment rights.
Second Amendment Check helped raise money for Srigley’s defense, but he said on his home remodeling company’s Facebook page that he would give all the money to the injured boy and paid the fine himself. Attorney Danny C. Onorato, a former federal prosecutor took the case for free and said Srigley is “grateful he was able to save the life of a child. He is not commenting on society’s gun laws.”