New York: Elderly Man Faces Felony Charges After Shooting Home Invader

November 30, 2019
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This is one of those stories that make our blood boil but we have to cover them because this is the type of cases gun-owners need to keep their eye on.

Democrats are always promising that stricter gun-control will keep lawful citizens safe but The Daily Signal just uncover a story where a homeowner is facing felony charges for defending himself- in his own home!

Because the homeowner didn’t have the time or money to register the gun in his own name he now faces spending the rest of his life in jail. The gun the man used, that was in his private residence, belonged to the man’s father and was left to him after his father’s death.

“Just look to the case of Ronald Stolarczyk of Oneida County, New York. He’s now facing felony charges for lawfully protecting himself against criminals without first getting the county’s permission to possess a handgun in his home—something that would cost him hundreds of dollars and months of paperwork.

The 64-year-old Stolarczyk was “minding his own business in his kitchen” one day when he heard voices coming from his garage. Stolarczyk tried simply waiting for the intruders to leave, but the two assailants soon ascended the stairs and attempted to enter his central living space.

Stolarczyk then yelled at the burglars to leave, hoping that knowledge of his presence would scare them away. The burglars were undeterred by his warning, and one even aggressively advanced toward him.

Stolarczyk now feared for his life, both because his home had previously been broken into and because he was aware of recent home invasions that resulted in the death of the homeowner.

Stolarczyk quickly retrieved his deceased father’s .38-caliber Rossi revolver and fired several rounds at the burglars.”

One of the alleged burglars, identified by state police as 57-year-old Patricia Anne Talerico of Utica, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second alleged intruder, her nephew, 27-year-old Nicholas Talerico of Utica, was transported to a hospital and died of his injuries.

“The word that we had originally was a possible home invasion, possible suspect running at large,” New York State Police Trooper Jack Keller told WSYR-TV. “We were able to quickly identify who those people were identified as…but also we were able to determine quickly that there was no one else and the public was not in danger at all.”

Police said they found items belonging to Stolarczyk at Nicolas Talerico’s home, indicating he may have burglarized his home before, WCSI reported. It’s unclear if Stolarczyk knew him.

Stolarczyk was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm and was transported to the Oneida County Jail, where he’s awaiting centralized arraignment, according to state police.

Does this sound like ‘stricter gun laws’ are really working out for law-abiding citizens to you? Should a homeowner really be required to register a handgun used for personal-in-home protection?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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