Benjamin Srigley was outside his house when he saw 3 pit bulls attack an 11-year-old boy who was passing by on his bike.
Srigley ran inside his house, grabbed his Ruger 9mm handgun and shot the pit bull that was mauling the boy, saving the boy’s life while other neighbors jumped over the fence to get away.
The only problem was that this real life hero lives in the wrong place, Washington D.C. He is now required to pay a $1,000 fine for the three unregistered firearms and the ammunition that investigators found in his possession.
But because he was able to save the boy’s life he is not having any criminal charges brought against him.
Possession of an unregistered firearm or ammunition in Washington D.C. is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine and Srigley could have faced up to seven criminal charges in the case.
The man who owned the dogs is being charged with 9 criminal charges, but thanks to the quick thinking of a gun owner he will not be facing any homicide related charges.
This incident occurred back in January of this year, but it was not until this week that authorities decided to work out a deal and charge Srigley the $1,000 instead of any criminal charges.
The boy’s family says they don’t think the man should be charged at all. After all, it’s because of him that their boy is alive and well, even though he does have some scars on his body as a reminder of what happened.
While it might seem lenient to only charge the man $1,000 instead of charging him as a criminal, it doesn’t do much to encourage any one else to use their “unregistered” guns to save a life as this man did.
Politicians may not understand why some of us citizens prefer not to register our firearms, but maybe they would rather know exactly what firearms we own than to see our guns used to save lives.
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