Do not be that guy

Specifically, this guy.  In that thread at INGO, someone is complaining that his wife doesn’t like guns, so Johnny Genius offers up this fantastic piece of advice:

you need to have a buddy “break in” and scare the bejesus outta her. shell start singing a different tune.
I’m reminded of a recent episode of Gun Nuts Radio – Pax from the Cornered Cat was our guest, and we had the pleasure of being joined by LawDog for moment.  LawDog was kind enough to inform us and our listeners that doing what is described in that thread, if you actually go through with a plan like that is generally illegal.  In most jurisdictions, it’d fall under the crime of “terroristic threats”, which is a legal term of art that means “illegally scaring the bejesus out of someone”.
The moral of the story is that it’s stupid to even suggest that sort of thing, and even stupider to go through with that sort of thing.


  1. 1. I think IhateIraq was having fun, but, yes, I can see some numbnuts trying that.

    2. Here it would be Burglary and Intimidation.

    Burglary as B felony: 6 to 20 years.
    Intimidation as D felony: 6months to 3 years.

  2. I guess you also want to calculate how quickly you want her to wise up, too. While your buddy is half-way in the window? Not so great (nor is any other time here…)

  3. Here in NY, you would have it worse. Under NY law, a firearm (not to be confused with a rifle or shotgun) is considered a “loaded firearm” if it’s possessed by somebody who simultaneously possesses a quantity of ammunition capable of being loaded into and discharged from the firearm. Additionally, there is one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, if you possess any kind of weapon, especially a firearm, but there’s an additional count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon for each round of ammunition in your possession. If you have a box of 20 rounds in your pocket (maybe even your car, if a prosecutor can convince a jury that constitutes possession), but the gun is empty, that’s still 21 counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon. This is in addition to Robbery, Burglary, and Assault, and if at any point you touch her and in any way, shape or form come into contact with either breast, her groin or her butt, or if any part of her comes into contact with your groin or butt, that’s a count of Sexual Assault (ie: If you ever see the outside of a prison again, you spend the rest of your life telling the police every time you move and your neighbors can look you up in, “the registry.”).

    On a side note, a skilled prosecutor can probably convince a jury that FMJ practice ammo is, “armor piercing ammunition,” which is perfectly legal unless you possess it with intent to use it unlawfully, which may mean an additional count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon for each round.

    Finally, NY allows accomplices to be arrested for, charged with, and convicted of the exact same list of offenses as their conspirators. Think about that next time you hear somebody on Law and Order claim a suspect has a rap sheet a mile long — it may have been a single incident.

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