Castle Law

Montana shooting shows castle laws work

by American Firearms Review  |  published on June 27, 2012

On September 22, a man named Dan Fredenberg broke into the house of a man named Brice Harper. Fredenberg, 40, suspected that Harper, 24, was romantically involved with his wife. Fredenberg was drunk – he had a blood alcohol level of .08 – and wanted revenge on Harper. Harper had already been warned by Fredenberg’s wife that Fredenberg was coming. He was advised to lock his doors.

When Fredenberg stormed drunkenly into Harper’s house, Harper felt threatened and shot him. Fredenberg was dead by morning.

This was clearly a case of self-defense and under Montana’s castle law, which allows homeowners to use lethal force if they feel threatened in their house, Fredenberg’s actions were justified.

But the incident has a few in Montana wondering about their castle law. The New York Times recently wrote a skeptical article about Fredenberg’s death.

But in this case, the castle law worked perfectly. Fredenberg was drunk. His wife believed he was dangerous. He broke into Harper’s house. Who knows what he would have done to the much-younger Harper if he had the chance?

Montanans should keep their castle law and resist the efforts of some anti-gun activists to demagogue the issue.

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