Urbin Report

Friday, June 27, 2003

New York City: Outlawing Self-Defense
By Michael Tremoglie
FrontPageMagazine.com | June 27, 2003

As a cop, I was taught that deadly force is permitted to protect ones own life or the lives of others. That simple precept of justice seems to have been forgotten by Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney Charles Hynes.

Hynes conducted not a prosecution, but a persecution, of Ronald Dixon - a man who acted within the tenets of the law to protect his family from a criminal.

Awakened in the middle of the night by a burglar Dixon did the only thing he could do: He shot him with a legally purchased a handgun. However, that firearm was legally purchased in Florida. Dixon was in the process of having it registered in New York when the incident occurred. He had paid $500 to a firm to have it registered in New York, where gun laws have a Byzantine complexity. The firm subsequently went bankrupt and the application was not completed. Because it was not yet registered in New York State, technically Dixon possessed the gun illegally.

The facts of the case are not in dispute. Hynes has acknowledged this:

"Were not disputing that Mr. Dixon had a right to shoot the person who broke into his house. But he had no right to have that gun."
Thanks to Leslie Bates for pointing this one out.