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(The source for this story is the Salt Lake Tribune. Yesterday and today.)

Simple. Cut and dried. Routine, really, in every respect but the end result. The ending, however, makes me wish that there were enough here to make a very much bigger deal out of.

Homeowner starts to turn into the driveway. Finds a burglary gettaway car beat him there. Looks at the back door of his house and sees a stranger weilding a pry bar. But our retruning householder also happens to be RKBA, so hallelujah. Nearly captures the burglar. Nearly captures the gettaway car. Protects himself throughout the home invasion by capping off a couple of rounds. In the nick of time the local suburban cops roll in and snag one perp and get going on locating the two who drove away. And, then, when the dust settles, the story today continues with the "good guy" picking up a charge over the whole deal.

Except for the Utah element, not so confusing when we get "The Rest of the Story".
Dude can't effectively arrest the accomplices, so they simply drive away, and he pops a cap off after them. And, lo and behold, in the distraction, baddy No. 1 starts to hoof it, so there goes cap No.2.

Interestingly, by then, all real danger had already ceased, and lead was now flying around the neighborhood. So guess who might well not be quite as quick to avail himself of "The Right of Self Protection" next time.

I mean, who knew that even in Utah, these things might be reasonably evaluated on a case by case basis?

I bet that this puppy don't make it on the covers of the next set of gun rights newsletters.

Originally posted to Shut Down the NRA on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 05:40 PM PST.

Also republished by notRKBA and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 05:40:44 PM PST

  •  I'm pretty sure this isn't the (4+ / 0-)

    first time a "good guy" has gone astray like that around here. I have a dim memory of something like that happening maybe a year ago.

    To extrapolate that to "the next gun control state", even with a question mark, is a little wide of the.......mark.

    Also, yes, people do get arrested for improper use of guns around here. Improper display, even. "Super Dell", for example.

    In addition to the computer stores, he also lost his "Totally Awesome Guns" store due to being arrested for a gun violation. You could rent a SAW there for use at the range at the store, it was said. I asked once but it was in use somewhere else at the time.

    So arrest, yes. Conviction, no, but related conviction and loss of businesses.

    Also, Utah gun laws have been relaxed a bit over the years since, or at least clarified as to where various forms of carry are permitted.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:07:06 PM PST

    •  I'll bet that Rep. Oda (R) has an opinion on this, (1+ / 0-)
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      since it happened up his way.

      So, what, you think that the real problem was that dude wasn't using a Browning, the official Utah State firearm?

      Personally I think that idiots throwing lead always need to be put under a microscope, and that part of the image of our state is that said idiots might all too often get a pass here.

      And thankfully, now demonstrably, not always true.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:22:54 PM PST

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      •  No, I was just (3+ / 0-)
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        high uintas, gffish, rockhound

        saying I would find it strange if people weren't arrested for violating gun laws here. Shooting at a departing person should be against the law, as is brandishing. Sometimes a jury doesn't agree with a prosecutor or the police, though.

        Moderation in most things.

        by billmosby on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:39:29 PM PST

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      •  Super Dell also got reined in (1+ / 0-)
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        high uintas

        for buzzing traffic on one freeway around here more recently in his powered parachute. So, ATF and FAA. I wonder if he's offended any other acronymic agencies and the local news people have just gotten too bored with his antics to bother with him anymore. I know I have, lol.

        He always claimed that he was more intelligent than any other human. I'll allow that his intelligence varies a great deal from that of many humans, but that's about all...

        Moderation in most things.

        by billmosby on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:42:39 PM PST

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  •  Trying to shoot a fleeing perp in the back? (3+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, antirove, gffish

    In a residential neighborhood?

    This guy needs to do some time.

    And he needs to have had a good weapons course.

    GOP: Bankers, billionaires, suckers, and dupes.

    by gzodik on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:13:57 PM PST

    •  Well, two really, when you count the fact that (2+ / 0-)
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      gzodik, gffish

      the car failed to halt.

      So when I balance against that fact that only one County Sheriff in Utah refused to sign the letter threatening to arrest ATF Agents trying to enforce new firearms regulations, I can't help but hope that things aren't quite as bad here as seems to be the case.

      When I was a kid, fifty years ago, Utah politics were never a national embarassment.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:44:49 PM PST

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  •  More like out of control. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, DefendOurConstitution

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:29:57 PM PST

  •  Dude was out of control (1+ / 0-)
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    Shouldn't have done what he did. What does that have to do with your diary title again??

    "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

    by high uintas on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 10:19:55 PM PST

  •  Can't find the story. (0+ / 0-)

    Do you have a link?  A quick search at the newspaper site didn't turn up anything.

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