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DC man gets off with "only" $1000 fine for unregistered gun

Quote:Authorities last week made an agreement not to prosecute a Northwest D.C. man who used his unregistered handgun to kill a pit bull in order to stop it from mauling a child in his neighborhood.
As part of the agreement, Benjamin Srigley, 39, was required to pay a $1,000 fine but will not have criminal charges filed against him for the three unregistered firearms and the ammunition that investigators found in his possession, said Ted Gest, a spokesman for the office of the attorney general.
“We took it into account that he saved this boy’s life,” Mr. Gest said.
Possession of an unregistered firearm or ammunition in the District is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, and prosecutors said Mr. Srigley could have faced up to seven criminal charges in the case.
“In our recent memory this is a unique charge because of the unusual circumstances of this case,” said Mr. Gest, whose office generally prosecutes low-level crime in the District.
The horrific incident that spawned the investigation occurred on a Sunday afternoon in late January as 11-year-old Jayeon Simon and his friend rode bicycles near Eighth and Sheridan streets Northwest in the Brightwood neighborhood. According to court records filed in D.C. Superior Court, three unleashed pit bulls pounced on Jayeon and attacked him.
Seeing the attack, Mr. Srigley went inside his home to get his Ruger 9 mm pistol while several other men hopped over fences to get away from the dogs, court records state.
From behind the wooden fence of his front lawn, Mr. Srigley began firing at the dogs. His shots attracted the attention of a Metropolitan Police Department officer on bicycle patrol nearby, and he also opened fire on the dogs, killing the other two.
The boy survived the attack but now bears scars on his elbow, torso and leg as a reminder.
Jayeon’s family is thankful for Mr. Srigley, crediting him for saving the boy’s life.

The last paragraph points out that while they did confiscate three weapons (two that were stored away, one was an antique and one a shotgun), they plan to return the guns when the guy moves to Maryland soon and he can register them there.

I hope the family of the boy helps him raise the money to pay the fine.
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Quote:“We took it into account that he saved this boy’s life,” Mr. Gest said.

What a jackass. If he was caught with the gun in any other situation, they would have thrown the book at him.Why don't you "take into account" the fact that your law is unconstitutional instead?
Really proud of this guy for knowingly doing something he could have gone to jail for, to save this boy's life when all the other guys were running away from the dogs. At least they let him off with just the fine, I'm thinking in Chicago he wouldn't have gotten off so easily. Well, in Chicago, probably the cop who shot the other two dogs would have just accidentally shot the homeowner in "self defense". Ha.

I'd move to Maryland too. Although actually, he should just go all the way up to Western PA while he's moving.....
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...Or Virginia. Cool
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt
So he paid a $1,000 fine, but not in connection to criminal charges. Kinda seems like extortion to me "We don't want to look like an ass in the media and you don't want criminal charges against you. Give us 1k and the charges disappear."

I'm glad he saved the boy despite possible legal consequences.

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