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.
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.
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.