In another instance of a gun being used for self-defense, a 44-year-old man on crutches was able to defend his daughter and neighbors by shooting and killing one of two attacking intruders. But instead of being hailed as a hero and given a medal, the Chicago man was charged with a misdemeanor for having an expired FOID card.
The apartment was broken into in a neighborhood in the heart of the windy city, according to the Chicago Tribune. Perhaps emboldened by strict gun control laws, the two crooks were breaking into the apartment next door when the 18-year-old daughter was awakened by the noise.
The daughter first thought that it was the sound of the heater next door, but when she heard the two burglars knock something over she locked the door that separated the two residences and woke up he father.
The father picked up his crutches to investigate, but when he did not see the intruders he went back to his room to grab his gun. When he went to the rear of the apartment he saw the two intruders charging at him and he fired his gun several times.
The two crooks immediately stopped charging at the man (imagine that) and bolted for the door. But one of the burglars fell to the floor and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Seeing he and his daughter were now safe the father asked his daughter to call 911. When police arrived they found the back door had been pried open with a metal shovel and there were several bullet casings on the floor, although it has not been reported how many shots were fired.
Witnesses saw two men running from the scene who were shouting gang slogans, so presumably there was a 3rd man involved.
While investigating this case the police discovered that the homeowner had an expired FOID card and he was charged with a misdemeanor.
A FOID card or Firearm Owner Identification card is required in the state of Illinois in order for residents to buy guns or ammunition. The cards cost $10 and must be renewed every 10 years. This card does not allow Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms but is only for the mere privilege of owning a firearm, which is supposed to be a right.
But then again. That’s Chicago for you.
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