The Gun Went off “Accidentally”

This is apparently what people in the UK are saying when they find themselves having to shoot home invaders. An admission, apparently, that the shot was deliberate, would be an immediate invitation to be charged with murder. But apparently that doesn’t necessarily apply if you’re a copper.

4 Responses to “The Gun Went off “Accidentally””

  1. Ed says:

    Right! What’s all this then?

  2. terraformer says:

    I should note, it’s rarely advisable to state this in the US. Always lawyer up here in the USA before saying anything.

  3. Sage Thrasher says:

    “In 1999, Norfolk farmer Tony Martin was arrested after shooting burglars during a break-in at his remote farmhouse. He did not have a firearms licence…Martin was tried at Norwich Crown Court and jailed for life for murder in 2000. His murder conviction was later reduced to manslaughter and he was released from jail in 2003.” Jesus. This reads like the plot of Clockwork Orange. If someone breaks into your house, even during the day, they mean you no good. It’s difficult to believe a majority or even a sizable minority of British support such policies, which makes it all the more difficult to understand why the policies stand.

  4. Sage Thrasher says:

    Of course, technically such laws are the same in many US cities, they are just rarely enforced, though the police do confiscate the firearms.


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