Five Multiple-Intruder Home Invasions in Four Days Prove Need for Standard Capacity Mags

Sometimes, standard capacity magazines are necessary to survive a home invasion. (Photo: Glock 19X with 17-round mags)

Just days after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court ruled that California’s magazine ban is unconstitutional, multiple intruders forced their way into homes across the country as residents fought to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Prior to the ruling, California residents were limited to 10 rounds per magazine. Now, if the ruling holds, they’ll join the majority of state residents who are legally allowed to use the firepower necessary to fight off four or five home invaders.

In Cullman County, Ala., four people tried to break into a home on Monday but were met with two armed homeowners. At least one of the burglars was armed, and they exchanged gunfire with the homeowners as they tried to leave.

One suspect was hit and is expected to recover. The other three suspects have been apprehended.

“This is a great example of citizens utilizing their Second Amendment rights and protecting themselves and their family. I have often stated that law enforcement can be minutes away when you only have seconds to defend yourself and your family. That’s why we at the sheriff’s office are proponents of not only having a weapon for self defense but also being proficient in how to use it,” said Sheriff Matt Gentry in a Facebook post.

In Herington, Ks., at least four people surrounded a residence on Friday and attempted to break into the home, according to local media.

One of the residents fired at least one shot from a handgun at one of the armed suspects. It’s still unclear what happened subsequently, but the intruders had fled the scene before police arrived, and five individuals have been arrested in connection with the incident.

SEE ALSO: Federal Appeals Court Rules California’s Magazine Ban Unconstitutional

In Mifflin, Oh., two intruders broke into an apartment in the middle of the night on Sunday, one of whom was armed with an AR-15, local media reports.

The two men were dressed in black and wearing masks, and when the resident tried to close the door on the men, one of them shot through the door and hit him in the hip.

A woman who was living in the apartment was also shot in the arm, but it’s unclear how or when that occurred.

The men did not enter the apartment or say anything, and authorities are at a loss as to their motives.

“We really don’t have any idea of what happened, and we don’t have any direction or leads,” said Capt. Donald Zehner of the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

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In Westfield, NJ., four men wearing face masks forced their way into an apartment, pistol whipped the resident, and ransacked the residence, according to local media. The victim reported that at least three of them were armed, and none of them have been arrested since the incident occurred on Saturday.

Finally, in Lexington, Ky., three men broke into the apartment of a University of Kentucky student on Tuesday, held him at gunpoint, and punched him in the face. The intruders stole several items and no shots were fired, according to reports.

It’s unclear whether multiple-intruder home invasions are becoming more common. But the news is full of reports of such invasions, and the victims have the right to give themselves the best chance possible to survive the encounter. Limits on magazine capacity do nothing but put law-abiding citizens at a disadvantage, and hopefully the 9th Circuit’s ruling can be leveraged to end mag bans nationwide.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at

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  • Stevie December 4, 2020, 10:26 am

    How do any of the described incidents “prove” the need for standard capacity mags? Nobody shot more than 10 rounds – not the victims, not the perps. If anything it argues the case for the opposite.

    • chumley ortega January 1, 2021, 8:15 pm

      No need to explain an irrational and illogical assertion such as yours– it stands on its own as a colossal jewel of glittering ignorance.

    • jim November 5, 2021, 2:37 pm

      So, Stevie…You apparently would need proof that a car accident at 100mph is more serious than one at 25mph? I know it is hard to understand for some people, but “common sense” is something that has prevented countless deaths.

      Perhaps, you should picture yourself in a shooting scenario with one person. You have fired all 10 shots, but have not disabled the individual. He/she is still able to shoot you/stab you/run you over.

      Lastly, if is a perp is killed with the first shot, is he more dead with the rest of the shots? No! So, what really is your problem with having more shots than needed?

  • john August 24, 2020, 9:46 am

    If an intruder comes into your home and is 15 feet away and you can’t hit him/her with 6 or 10 rounds you haven’t spent enough time at a range. Panic aside, enough practice will make this a reflex action,of course we’re not talking once a year. Your life and your families is worth regular practice.

    • Ed Charles January 1, 2021, 11:20 am

      I am not sure what you are trying to say here. I would ask you the question to help clarify your comment. “Are you aware of the very distinct possibility, that more than 10 rounds may be needed even if close to one’s assailant due to the likelihood that the average defender of one’s life, and family and property, is not so well-experienced in killing another?” One never knows if one can finally do this when needed, and how one will react. We who would defend are not experienced in taking another’s life, even when it is necessary—-ie. kill or be killed. Defenders of life are mostly normal people, who can remain calm and steady with the necessary aim. Also maybe one must defend against 5 bad guys at the same time. It’s not just range time that is going to do it. Training at accuracy and remaining proficient will help, but we never know how each of us will react and what kind of a situation we will have to deal with. Even those with experience when emotionally involved and adrenaline is pumping, will have trouble to keep a steady aim in a rapidly developing and likely most unpredictable situation even at close range. The subsequent evidence in past similar situation shows that victims most times do not kill their attackers with 1-2 shots. So many are only wounded when even they are very close by. Also if you are within 1-5 paces of your attacker, more than the size of an average room, you will not have time to debate about the question of necessity and remain steady with aim to get a single shot kill. Also maybe you never practice with your other arm, and you are wounded in your primary shooting side. We are not all special ops with ice in our veins, and most times, even with a lot of practice at the range do we become excellent marksman, though I agree it will help. Get a grip dude and don’t you think we good guys should have at least an even chance against those bad guys who are very possibly armed with a weapon that will have a bigger magazine?

    • jim November 5, 2021, 3:02 pm

      You are correct, and those were mostly examples of terribly poor defensive shooting, dangerous to everyone but the perps. However, there is more needed than practice, and good shooting ability. Many people WILL NOT shoot to hit. They shoot to discourage, or not even shoot at all, when a human is the target.

      Bad shooting, and failing to shoot, probably result in as many deaths as does proper, justified shooting.

  • Bones August 24, 2020, 7:47 am

    Yea …Absolutely right!….I quit putting stickers on my vehicles more than 20 years ago…why advertise anything to anyone?????…whether or not it’s a rival sports fan, a Bully cop, or a criminal…I DONT TRUST ANYONE…PERIOD!!! Give no one information!!

  • Mike in a Truck August 21, 2020, 9:42 am

    Never enough info in these snippets of crime reports. What intruders will bust into a residence on a lark? Not many I suppose. Sure theres always the exception. I’ll bet a doughnut that intruders select targets because theres something in there they want. Money,drugs,guns,other property. Theres also mistaken target selection by thugs as there is with cops.I dont put my life story and daily activities moment by moment on fakebook. I dont talk to strangers about what I own,where I live,or what my hobbies are.Run your mouth in a bar,nightclub,in line at the grocery store and you dont know who is eavesdropping. I’m nobody from nowhere and like it just fine.

    • John W. Raccasi August 21, 2020, 4:41 pm

      Excellent analogy, this is the best way to keep from being a target! No stickers on your vehicle showing what firearms you own or other, “special properties” you may posses. Driving around in your brand new 2020 something or another with stickers of your brand of ATV or boat or firearm manufacture is an open invitation for unlawful people to stop by and give you a visit….at all hours of the day and night. Whether you are home or not, how many times has someone who you don’t know stopped by your house to ask, “questions”.

      Blend in, keep your ears and eyes open, don’t become someones best friend the second you meet them and don’t portray that you have something that someone else is going to want to relive you of.

      Being a soft target will draw attention, being a hard target will also, not being seen while having situational awareness is the best way to be prepared.

      Soft target; leaving your car unlocked, your house unlocked, leaving your possessions in plain view. Stranger knocks on your door, says they buy motor homes/boats and want to know about your neighbor because they knocked and no one is home. Maybe knowing that your neighbor wants to sell, then you tell them all about their work schedule or that they are never home and then something along the line of, “I really don’t know because I’m working blah, blah blah…”

      Hard target; sticker on your vehicle that says, come and take it, or, from my cold hands. It presents a challenge and they will just bring more people, sure you may win the day but at what cost to you and your family.

      Harden your house, limited points of access, limited hiding spots outside, lights inside/outside.

      Harden your car, cutoff switch, keep your registration and insurance information in a spot not easy to find or not the usual spots to find, garage door opener in a not easy to find spot.

      It’s a shame that we have to live with being inconvenienced in this day and age but I would rather take extra time and effort to protect my family and myself then to leave the front door open with a sign that says take what you want, even if it’s your life….because there are those out there that will do that.

    • Ron Stowe August 21, 2020, 6:58 pm

      Good advice

  • Ronnie D. Stidham August 21, 2020, 9:02 am

    Bust in my door, I’ll blow you back out !

    • Saran Wrappe August 23, 2020, 1:20 am

      If I was into dudes I just might stop by.

      Read your comment from a non gun view.

  • Ruben Velez August 21, 2020, 8:28 am

    Why a limit on capacity but no limits on how many magazines you can carry I live in a state where anything over 10rds is illegal so I have multiple magazines loaded and ready. Having limited capacity is dumb and for someone who is trained on reload speed
    There’s no point in the magazine ban. It’s unconstitutional and not what the second amendment stands for.

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