Skip to comments.Did Violation of Massachusetts’ Gun Storage Law Save Man from Pit Bull Attack?
Posted on 12/19/2018 5:30:33 AM PST by marktwain
On the 2nd of December, 2018, a 25-year-old man was at home with his girlfriend and a pit bull dog they were fostering. All of them were lying on a bed at about 6 p.m. The dog attacked the man. The man attempted to move the pit bull off of the bed. Instead, the dog bit the man on the left arm, and would not let go. From bostonglobe.com:
In a desperate attempt to end the attack, the man reached for a 9mm handgun he had in his nightstand and shot the dog, police said.
The single shot stopped the attack and the dog died shortly afterwards, police said in the statement. The man is fully licensed to have firearms in Massachusetts.
The man was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital to be treated for his injuries, police said.
Police took the mans handgun, a 12-gauge shotgun, and ammunition found in the home for safekeeping. The dead pit bull was taken away by Yarmouth animal control officers, police said.
It is unknown if the legal gun owner will be charged in the case.
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In before the pitbull apologists claiming: “these are loving family dogs”.
Well, hell - the gun was "in use", was it not?
"In use" being available for use.
The moment he intended to use it (always) it is “in use”.
About 2 weeks ago I wanted to see how long it would take me to get my shotgun and be ready for an intruder. It took only seconds to get the gun, but my wife had moved the ammo while closet cleaning and it took me almost 5 minutes to find where she’s moved my ammo box (a different closet).
I now store the shotgun with its tube magazine filled with shells. Five minutes is too long.
A man told me many years ago that an unloaded home defense shotgun is “just a stick”.
ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use
Ready to use is a pretty fluid term and is dependent upon the situation and training of the shooter and those around him.
He did well and protected his girlfriend and even his own life.
So of course, the thugs in MA will probably handcuff him to his hospital bed until they are ready to charge him.
I keep one in the chamber too.
Slide the safety and it’s ready to pull the trigger.
"911.... What's your emergencey?"
"Help me! A pit bull has my right arm in his mouth and won't let go! I can't use my hand to open the safe where I am required to keep my hand gun! Help!"
"OK sir, just relax. Do you know the dog? Officers are on their way. Where did you say you lived? Sir! Sir! Can you hear me?"
My opinion would be that the firearm was in use as soon as that dog clamped down on the mans arm.
From the link. Seems to me the gun was under control. Under very good control, I'm not sure how well I'd shoot with a pit bull gnawing at my arm. (True, an ******* prosecutor could prosecute him. An ******* prosecutor can prosecute anything!)
The firearm was in use. Regardless of whether or not the trigger was pulled.
Before my TBA I had a Beretta Model 96 that was DA/SA so I could keep a round in the chamber with the safety off and a heavy trigger pull required to cock the hammer and fire the weapon, the first shot being just like a shot rom a DA revolver. Great system, superb pistol.
Even a trigger lock fills the bill in MA. A 3 digit combo type is easy to remove quickly. Like all other firearm use, it just takes practice.
Bad dog! Biting the hand that feeds.
“Play Dead Doggy!”
I have a .380 semiauto in my car that has no safety. I just don’t keep a round in the chamber. I have to cock it to use it, but that’s pretty quick.
Revolver, revolver, revolver.
AFTER you have fired off 1000-5000 shots or so in months of practice, THEN you can talk to me about automatics.
Complex is too complex for beginners.
For some reason, at the range I’m always more accurate with a revolver. I can’t explain why, though.
My sig is not that complicated, though.
I never got the gun storage laws, as they seem to reduce the efficacy of firearms in most folks’ homes by at least 50% right off the bat.
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