This is a discussion on Situation with Neighbors House within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; First off, when you saw the door open and the light on, you should have called the police and be a good witness. Stay in ...
First off, when you saw the door open and the light on, you should have called the police and be a good witness. Stay in your house. You endangered you and your son in multiple ways - from a potential attacker and from the police.
Cogito, ergo armatum sum. I think, therefore I am armed. (Don Mann, The Modern Day Gunslinger; the ultimate handgun training manual)
Having said that, I'm not convinced that the OP broke the law. In my neighborhood, the home owners' association owns the streets. It's private property and we pay to maintain the roads. I have a concealed carry permit, but I could make a good argument that it's legal for me to carry in my neighbor even if I didn't have a permit. Secondly, unless the OP's neighbors have a problem with him brining a pistol into their empty, unsecured house, I don't think it's against the law for him to have the Glock tucked in his hoody while on their property. Just something to think about.
I think the point has been made....no need for this
Magazine <> clip - know the difference
martyr is a fancy name for crappy fighter
You have never lived until you have almost died. For those that have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know
Sorry you had no "dog in this fight". You were not in fear of your life and had no business there. You should have called 911 and just been a reliable witness from your own house.
Pangloss: the OP specifically stated that what he was doing was illegal. Not to mention the trespassing angle...
And even though you don't seem to want to admit it, you did place your 19 year old son in a dangerous situation. So what if he waited outside. Was he out by the street or was he near the house? If he was near the house he was most likely concerned for you and was focusing on listening for you to either say or shout something to him. He may not have heard someone who had exited the house from another point and snuck up behind him.
In my opinion, you should have observed and waited for the cops if you has any suspicion that something nefarious was going on. Good friends or not, it's not your house, so the police would be the folks better suited to clear the house.