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Homeowner fatally shoots daughter’s ex-boyfriend who broke into their home

A handgun. (Pixabay/Released)
August 02, 2022

A homeowner shot and killed his daughter’s ex-boyfriend after the ex smashed through the front door of his Ohio home on Sunday. 

According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, 22-year-old James Douglas Rayl tried breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home on the 2900 block of North Kuther Road around 11 a.m. in Sydney, Ohio, WDTN reported

During a 911 call, a woman said her ex-boyfriend tried breaking into her home. When Rayl started banging on the door, the woman’s father — armed with a gun — ordered Rayl to leave. 

Rayl refused to leave and investigators said a doorbell security camera showed Rayl repeatedly slamming his shoulder against the door until it finally broke, WKEF reported. When Rayl entered the home, the homeowner fired three rounds, causing Rayl to stumble backward and fall. 

After the shooting, authorities said Rayl was pronounced dead at the scene, according to WHIO. 

The Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office is aware that the shooting took place, and the incident will be presented to the next county grand jury. 

The incident serves as the latest example of an American using his Second Amendment rights to protect his family with a firearm.

It also comes the day after the Democrat-lead House of Representatives passed a sweeping gun control bill. 

In a narrow 217-213 vote, the House passed the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021 (HR1808) which aims to “regulate assault weapons” by banning the sale, manufacture, or transfer of a wide range of rifles commonly used by Americans.

Prior to the bill’s passage, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) warned that Democrat lawmakers “want to ban everything having to do with a gun” and mocked lawmakers in favor of the legislation who couldn’t distinguish a stabilizing brace from a bump stock.

“Eventually they want to ban everything having to do with a gun. But for now, they don’t even know what they are banning,” Massie tweeted. “Democrat claims a stabilizing brace turns a semiautomatic weapon into a fully automatic weapon. I told him it’s not a bump stock!”

Last month, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, admitted that the goal of the “assault weapons” ban is to outlaw weapons that are in “common use,” a move that would violate the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia vs. Heller.

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on District of Columbia v. Heller established a “common use” test in which firearms are protected under the Second Amendment if they are commonly used for lawful self-defense. Thus, a bill such as HR1808 targeting commonly used firearms is not likely to be found constitutional.