Castle Doctrine: Homeowner ‘Justified’ in Shooting Intruder

An employee at John Jovino Co. holds a revolver on Thursday, June 26, 2008 in New York. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier in the day that Americans have a constitutional right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense - the justices' first major pronouncement on gun control in …
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The shooting of an intruder who “pushed through the door” of a home on July 2 has been ruled “justified” by the District Attorney in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.

According to 11 News, 21-year-old Brandan Vallies was trying to enter the home in “the early hours,” and the homeowner warned him to leave. Vallies did not comply, “pushed through the door,” and the homeowner shot him in the stomach.

The District Attorney ruled that “the shooting falls in line with the castle doctrine,” calling it “justified.”

CBS Pittsburgh reported that Vallies’ injuries were not life-threatening.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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