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The Chicago Tribune Chicago, Ill. 05/26/10

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Armed home invader Anthony Perkins snuck into the basement of a house owned by an 80 year-old Korean War veteran in Chicago, Ill., who was at home asleep with his wife and great-grandson. When Perkins found the basement door to be locked, he moved to the homeowner’s bedroom window, drew his handgun and fired a shot to break the glass. The homeowner awoke to the gunfire, retrieved a pistol and fired at the Perkins, killing him. After an initial investigation, it was found that Perkins was on parole for a drug conviction and had a criminal record involving drug and weapons offences stretching back to 1998. Neighbors supported the homeowner’s actions; with 75-year-old neighbor Audrey Williams stating, “They did the right thing. If anyone tried to come in on me, I'd do the same thing.” The homeowner purchased the handgun after being robbed six months ago, but could face charges since Chicago denies its citizens the right to own handguns. With the court battle over the Chicago handgun ban set to be decided by the Supreme Court this summer, the son of the homeowner has already rendered his opinion, “How are we going to protect our homes without guns?... That gun law should be abolished.”
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