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Man Shoots Dog Attacking Him; Cops Respond by Confiscating His Pistol, Shotgun and Ammo 'for Safekeeping'

Police confiscated a man’s licensed pistol and shotgun after he was forced to defend himself against an attack from a pit bull.

The 25-year-old man from Massachusetts said he was attacked by his recently fostered pit bull while he, his girlfriend and the dog were lying in bed, according to The Boston Globe.

The man tried to move the dog, but it retaliated by biting him on the left arm. The man tried to release the dog’s grip, but it refused.

In order to end the attack, the man reached for his 9mm handgun and shot the dog.

“The single shot stopped the attack and the dog died shortly afterward,” police said in a statement.

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The man ended up in the hospital with what was described as “serious” injuries to his arms. Had the man not been armed, the dog could have done more damage and seriously harmed his girlfriend, who was also present.

It’s sad that the dog died, but a human’s life could have been lost instead.

“The man is fully licensed to have firearms in Massachusetts,” the police said.

Despite legally owning his firearms and saving his girlfriend from a potential attack, the man’s guns were taken by police.

Should the government give the man his guns back?

The police confiscated the man’s handgun, his 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition “for safekeeping.”

Who or what are the police keeping safe by confiscating someone’s legally owned firearms?

Police often keep items for “safekeeping” if they are at risk of being stolen, but that doesn’t seem like the case here. The only possible explanation is that the police don’t want the man to use his own guns.

It’s not as if he is a threat to attack other dogs. The man defended himself and his girlfriend against a potentially lethal attack.

In fact, confiscating the man’s firearms makes him less safe and more vulnerable to threats.

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The threat could be more than a dog next time. The man is now completely helpless against home intruders.

While police did not disclose the reason they confiscated the man’s firearms, it’s possible he violated one of the state’s anti-gun laws.

Massachusetts has a “safe storage” law, which requires gun owners to keep their firearms “secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device.”

Failure to comply with this law can be punishable by a fine of up to $7,500.

Hopefully, that’s not the case in this situation. Regardless, the man shouldn’t have lost his firearms.

Only in a backward liberal state like Massachusetts can someone lose their rights for defending themselves.

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Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.
Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a passion for free speech, privacy and peace. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in History. While at Wooster, he served as the Treasurer for the Wooster Conservatives and the Vice President for the Young Americans for Liberty.
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