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An elderly man in New York was arrested for shooting two burglars in his house, not for murdering the intruders, but for shooting them with an unregistered gun.

“He was in the kitchen when he heard people in the garage coming up the stairs to the kitchen. When they got to the top of the stairs he told them to stop, but one started coming toward him. He fired three or four shots and struck both.”

That’s how the scenario played out as 64 year old Ronald Stolarczyk did what he had to do when two burglars had broken into his home. This being in New York, police quickly arrested Stolarczyk and charged him not for any form of homicide, but for illegal possession of a firearm, because the gun he used to defend himself and his home had been inherited from his father and not registered.

The Truth About Guns reports:

Scenes from life in Governor Cuomo’s SAFE Act paradise: an upstate homeowner has been charged with a felony after he defended himself from two home invaders with what prosecutors are calling an “illegal gun.”

“He told me that when they were coming up the stairs, that as they approached him, that he was scared to death and he thought they were going to kill him. One of the troopers said, ‘did you see anything in their hands?’ He said, ‘I didn’t look at their hands, I just saw them coming at me and I thought to myself, at that point, that it’s either them or me,’ and he just started firing,” (defense attorney Mark) Wolber said.

The homeowner, 64-year-old Ronald Stolarczyk, shot and killed Patricia Anne Talerico and her nephew, Nicholas Talerico. But Stolarczyk hasn’t been charged with a homicide. At least not yet. What has police concerned is the handgun Stolarczyk used.

…Stolarczyk is charged with felony gun possession because investigators believe he used his deceased father’s gun, which he never registered to himself, to kill the two suspected intruders.

So Stolarczyk’s father either gave or left the handgun in question to his son. Under New York’s famously restrictive gun control laws, the son wasn’t required to undergo a background check to receive the handgun from his father. But he did need to have a pistol permit to legally own the firearm and have it registered in his name.

The incident happened in Deerfield, New York, about 40 miles east of Syracuse, in Oneida county.

To make matters more infuriating, it turns out that the now-room-temp pair had previously robbed Stolarczyk. But Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara is shifting the blame for the robberies to Stolarczyk, calling him a hoarder and implying that he was just asking to be robbed.

McNamara said “a large amount of property” believed to have been taken from the initial burglary at Stolarczyk’s home was discovered at Nicholas Talerico’s apartment in Utica during the investigation of the shooting.

Items recovered included an old Commodore computer and an old bicycle, McNamara said.

Stolarczyk knew he had been burglarized recently, said his lawyer, Mark Wolber.

Stolarczyk appears to be a hoarder, McNamara said, and among the items he collected were Commodore and Atari computers.

“He had a lot of stuff in his place, and we believe the Talericos knew that, and were under the mistaken impression that the home was vacant,” McNamara said.

The home has no electricity and no running water, the DA said. The home has been condemned due to its condition, he said.

A female accomplice drove the pair to the house,he said. She has been fully cooperating with authorities and has not been charged at this time.

Stolarczyk was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, a felony. The weapon was a 38-caliber Rossi revolver, according to the court paper. Stolarczyk said the gun had belonged to his father, but he hadn’t registered it after his father died.

McNamara said his office typically prosecutes unregistered guns where the homeowner is present as misdemeanors, and not felonies. The first priority is to get the gun registered, he said. It’s not unusual for a family member to die and the gun gets passed onto a relative who doesn’t register it right away.

The handgun was checked, and Stolarczyk’s dad purchased it legally from a local dealer, the DA said.

Stolarczyk has been released from jail on some form of pre trial release, and his next court date is August 5th. However, the state has now seized the home and Stolarczyk has no place to go. WKTV reports “Stolarczyk is being provided with temporary shelter and benefits through Social Services.”

Meanwhile, a Go Fund Me page has been set up for Stolarczyk.



  1. fred H SMITH

    June 9, 2019 at 11:02 pm


  2. Jon Wisdon

    June 9, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    This was mere ministerial oversight. He legally owned the gun except for the fact he hadn’t filed paperwork yet. But even more shocking, he needed to defend himself from criminal invaders – invading his home. And now the police, who did NOTHING TO PROTECT HIM, are blaming him after he protected himself. New York. Need I say more.

    • errollus

      June 10, 2019 at 4:10 am

      When the hey are the police and their people going to do something right for a change?

  3. Larry Wilson

    June 9, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    In Texas… He’d get a letter of thanks….Crazy Dems…

    • JAIME.

      June 9, 2019 at 11:41 pm


  4. Furry

    June 9, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    The man and the gene pool for us. Isn’t it just like a liberal to blame the victim for the crime? I am so sick of liberals and liberalism that I could scream!

  5. Gordon

    June 9, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Pin a medal on him. Fire/vote out the liberal boobs who incarcerated this traumatized victim . By the way, Sir, that was an excellent display of Gun Control. Kudos !

  6. Michael

    June 9, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Yeah,,,put more democrats in office and get the same kind of shit. Unfair gun laws!

  7. LST

    June 10, 2019 at 12:25 am

    New York sucks a big one.


      June 10, 2019 at 2:14 am

      Did either of the 2 have a gun? If so, was it registered? I doubt it!

  8. Kenneth Barr

    June 10, 2019 at 1:35 am

    New York & California are the 2 worst states in America!!!

  9. Pasquale Gelardi

    June 10, 2019 at 2:41 am

    His Unalienable rights are violated. Time to exercise these rights.

  10. Trump 2020

    June 10, 2019 at 5:12 am

    How much you want to bet the arresting officers were black.

    Next, the families will be filing a wrongful death suit and a civil rights suit because the home owner violated their right to continue to earn money in their chosen profession.

    • SHERRI

      June 10, 2019 at 7:35 am


  11. John R. Pyles III

    June 10, 2019 at 6:20 am

    one of the Original 13 Colonies and they have laws that protect the bad guy
    and harm the good guy. screw em

  12. Jim

    June 10, 2019 at 7:14 am

    WELCOME TO OMERICA COMRADES!!! HOW DO YOU LIKE LIVING IN THE POLICE STATE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE CREATED? THE STATE SEIZED HIS HOME, WTF? This is not the America I know,love and grew up in these communist rat ba$tards are destroying America ,we will never vote our way out of the corruption that has infested our state and federal govt

  13. 4ls

    June 10, 2019 at 7:42 am

    On what grounds did they take his home?

  14. dstudie

    June 10, 2019 at 7:44 am

    NY’s gun laws are Unconstitutional and the police and city government are totally corrupt. This man should never have been charged for defending himself in his own home.Legally, he can sue NY for deprivation of Rights under the Constitution.

  15. Anthony Taylor

    June 10, 2019 at 8:29 am

    However this turns out there is one thing that is very clear. This world is less two more thieves.

  16. Ron

    June 10, 2019 at 8:36 am

    He needs to start a GoFundMe page…

    • Mike Hansen

      June 10, 2019 at 9:30 am

      A Go Fund Me page HAS been started!!!!

  17. MissD

    June 10, 2019 at 10:46 am

    This guy deserves a metal !! Too bad he didn’t kill the thug ass thieves!
    Praying for the best defense lawyer to step up and help this guy !

  18. sharon steiner

    June 10, 2019 at 11:13 am

    missD . He did kill them … re read

  19. William

    June 10, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    This man is in orange and is chained for protecting himself and his property? You goddamn demonrats of this country will be the losers in the long run. Guaranteed.

  20. Richard A. Seamn

    June 10, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    This happened about 18 miles west of where i live. Most of us in UPSTATE NEW YORK hate the ground that the little don wanna be, gov. homo walks on. I truly believe this son of a bitch wants to disarm EVERYONE in the State, except for his armed guards that is.I could go on and on, but wht the fuck is the point, new york city and albany keep voting this asshole in.

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