WPVI reports that a 63 year-old home and business owner was able to fend off two burglars at his south Philadelphia residence early Sunday morning. The burglars had scaled a wall and broken into the second floor of the building which houses both the man's home and jewelry business.
At that point, they engaged in a struggle and the homeowner was able to shoot at the burglars. One of the burglars was killed in the exchange and the other fled the scene.
There is no report on the condition of the homeowner. Police are still investigating the incident, but it is not believed that the homeowner will face any charges.
Luckily, the man lives in south Philly instead of, say, the south side of Chicago.
Pennsylvania has a state preemption law that prevents the city of Philadelphia from instituting its own gun control legislation. So, the heroic man in this story was able to purchase and handle his firearm under the reasonable gun laws of the state of Pennsylvania.
If he had been located in Chicago, he would've been subject to what Fox News's Chris Stirewalt describes as "perhaps the toughest gun laws in the nation." That's what happens when a state legislature refuses to control its most liberal enclaves. No doubt Philadelphia would end up the same way if Pennsylvania ever decided to let the leash slip at all.
Would this man have been able to navigate the toughest gun laws in the nation to obtain the gun he used in defense had he been in Chicago? Or, if anti-gun politicians in Philadelphia were unrestrained by state law, would he have faced the same challenges there? If so, what would have happened to this man, his family, and his business?