Wild video released on Tuesday showed an attempted home invasion in Phoenix earlier this month when an armed homeowner took on four suspects breaking into his house.
According to the Phoenix Police Department, a homeowner was alerted by his security camera to movement near his front door on August 12 around 3:40 a.m. near 36th Drive and Pinnacle Peak Road. In the video, four men are seen walking up to the home in the dead of night.
The first man wearing a bandana over his face notices a video camera and temporarily covers it up with his gloved hand.
Three others are seen approaching the entryway before two of the men kick in the door. A split second later, the homeowner opens fire on the home invaders, causing all four men to flee the scene. Officials said the suspects left the area in a gray 4-door sedan.
Authorities are asking anyone who recognizes the individuals in the video or has information on the case to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
One week after the armed homeowner protected his property from invaders, Mark Brnovich, the Attorney General of the State of Arizona, joined the attorneys general of 19 other states to formally urge President Joe Biden’s administration to reject the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) proposed new rule on gun parts in connection with a broader effort to crack down on ghost guns.
“Private individuals and businesses have the right to assemble firearms for their own use — a fact borne out in early American history and expressly recognized by the Gun Control Act,” the attorneys general said in a letter to ATF Acting Director, The Honorable Marvin Richardson. “The Second Amendment is a core tenant of our Constitution, and this regulation would treat the activity of assembling firearm parts as a problem to be stamped out, rather than a right and tradition to be respected.”
The letter outlined the historic significance of the private firearm assembly, writing it was an “individualized and piecemeal approach to assembling firearms that carried American patriots through the Revolution.”
The attorneys general also assert that the proposed rule is unlawful in that it “significantly expands the regulation of firearm parts beyond what Congress permitted.”
“Congress authorized ATF to regulate complete firearms and complete receivers—not disassembled firearms or incomplete receivers. The proposed rule is unlawful because it transgresses both of these limits,” the letter states.