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Hey, burglars, a North Carolina sheriff has the lowdown for you: If you're breaking into someone's home becuaes you have a drug habit, break into the home of a drug dealer -- it's safer than picking a home at random.  Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid offered that advice after a homeowner used a 12-ga. shotgun to kill on of two people who had kicked down his door and entered his home in late February.  The dead man had a criminal record of misdemeanor and felony charges.  The second suspect fled after the shooting; if apprehended, he could face murder charges because a death occurred during the commission of a crime.  North Carolina has a "stand your ground" law, and charges against the homeowner are note expected. [Hickory Daily Record, Hickory, N.C., 2/25/15]

This month's posting reflects an example from "studies [which] indicate that firearms are used more than 2 million times a year for personal protection, and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances.  Shooting usually can be justified only where crime constitutes an immediate, imminent threat to life, limb, or in some cases, property."

Reproduced from NRA's June 2015 edition of American Hunter magazine. (www.americanhunter.org)

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