Chicago homeowner shoots robber

Not much information to go on yet, but I wonder how this will be handled?

A man was shot by a resident of a home he was allegedly invading on the West Side late Sunday.

About 10 p.m., a man in his 20s was allegedly committing a home invasion and a resident inside the home at 4453 W. Cortez St. shot him, according to a Harrison District police lieutenant.

Charges were pending Monday morning against the man shot, who was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in an unidentified condition.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that the shooter would face charges also.

This being Chicago, there’s a very good chance that the legal hoops through which the homeowner would have to have jumped in order to legally own the firearm with which he defended his life and home were more than he was able and willing to deal with. If that’s the case, that “possibility that the shooter would face charges” is a rather good one.

Working in his favor is legislation passed in 2004 that provides a defense against charges for violations of municipal gun laws, when the gun in question was used in defense of one’s home.

Our president (in a couple hours), by the way, voted against that legislation, but the Brady Campaign says that’s OK, because people should just break the law and pay the fine.

Will post updates as they become available.

Note: I may have made an incorrect assumption in calling the intended victim of the robbery a “homeowner,” as the article refers to him as a “resident.”  Still, I don’t see that his right to self-defense is predicated on him owning the property.


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