If you listen to the news, you know about the surge of catalytic converter thefts in America. For those who do not know, catalytic converters contain several precious metals worth a lot when sold as scrap. Unfortunately, the value of these auto parts makes them attractive to people who need fast cash.
Texas has seen more than its share of recent catalytic converter thefts. The problem is so widespread that one would-be victim decided to stop the theft of his converter by shooting at the alleged thieves.
Details of the incident
Reportedly, a Texas man heard activity outside of his home at around 5:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday. He went out and saw two men trying to steal his catalytic converter.
According to a neighbor and witness, one of the alleged thieves brandished a drill, prompting the car owner to begin shooting. He struck one of the men, who was taken to the hospital for treatment. The police arrested the other man.
The men who tried to steal the converter are facing severe consequences, especially now. Earlier this year, Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, signed a bill making it a felony to steal catalytic converters. If convicted, the men could spend up to ten years in prison.
The other side of the coin
As you may know, Texas residents have the right to stand their ground when threatened. If more people exercise this right, our state could see more shootings or violence in response to theft.
Will such responses usher in a wave of gun and weapons charges against those protecting their possessions? It could certainly happen. Those who stand their ground and are still arrested for weapons offenses need to prepare for this possibility. Make sure you have a good understanding of Texas gun laws and consider seeking legal representation if the police arrest you on gun charges after protecting your property.