Long Island Man Arrested For Defending Home With AK-47

Says Many Gang Members Were Coming After His Family

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBS 2) — He was arrested for protecting his property and family.

But it’s how the Long Island man did it that police say crossed the line.

He got an AK-47 assault rifle, pulled the trigger and he ended up in jail, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

George Grier said he had to use his rifle on Sunday night to stop what he thought was going to be an invasion of his Uniondale home by a gang he thought might have been the vicious “MS-13.” He said the whole deal happened as he was about to drive his cousin home.

“I went around and went into the house, ran upstairs and told my wife to call the police. I get the gun and I go outside and I come into the doorway and now, by this time, they are in the driveway, back here near the house. I tell them, you know, ‘Can you please leave?’ Grier said.

Grier said the five men dared him to use the gun; and that their shouts brought another larger group of gang members in front of his house.

“He starts threatening my family, my life. ‘Oh you’re dead. I’m gonna kill your family and your babies. You’re dead.’ So when he says that, 20 others guys come rushing around the corner. And so I fired four warning shots into the grass,” Grier said.

Grier was later arrested. John Lewis is Grier’s attorney.

“What he’s initially charged with – A D felony reckless endangerment — requires a depraved indifference to human life, creating a risk that someone’s going to die. Shooting into a lawn doesn’t create a risk of anybody dying,” Lewis said.

Grier said he knew Nassau County Police employ the hi-tech “ShotSpotter” technology in his area and that the shooting would bring police in minutes. Cops told Guzman he was very cooperative.

Grier also said he was afraid the gang outside his house was the dreaded MS-13. And Nassau County Police Lt. Andrew Mulraine, head of the gang unit, said MS-13 has 2,000 members in the county.

“They’re probably the most organized. They almost have a military hierarchy within the gang, so they are the most organized gang we encounter on a daily basis,” Mulraine said.

You may think a person has the right to defend their home. But the law says you can only use physical force to deter physical force. Grier said he never saw anyone pull out a gun, so a court would have to decide on firing the gun.

Police determined Grier had the gun legally. He has no criminal record. And so he was not charged for the weapon.

That ShotSpotter technology pinpoints where a gun has been fired within 35 feet. Police said it also detected two other shootings in nearby Roosevelt that night.

  • Sam

    Self defense is common sense. Mr. Grier exercised common sense by his choice to defend himself and his family from the “pack of wolves” at his door. What was he supposed to do? Wait for them to make good on their threats to him and his family? Hope the police would arrive before someone was killed? If he had, we all would be reading a much different story. I am glad we aren’t reading that one. Too many people are dying and seriously injured by criminals with more rights than decent citizens. Gangs must stop. Zero tolerance. Life imprison or death penalty.

  • Derrr Herp Derr

    “High Powered” is a reporter definition for not knowing anything about firearms. An AK47 round is actually considered a medium powered cartridge.

  • CapedConservative

    Hal L

    7.62 low powered? I wouldn’t want to be shot with one. Same ammunition used by an M14 or an M-60 machine gun. Standard NATO round.


    • EOD_Dave

      7.62x51mm NATO has more powder than the 7.62x39mm used in the AK-47. So technically, the AK round could be considered a “low” powered 7.62. Still puts a hole in you though. & would work just fine for 20 gang bangers in your house/lawn.

  • sallylou

    High powered just disappeared! My screen blinked and it was gone. Think they’re sensitive?

  • Travis Alan

    Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

  • joejosepjjoe

    I’m beginning to understand why so many people refer to the police as “pigs”.

  • James

    Home defence is legal in Texas,

  • ADM

    Every gang member on that lawn was packing an illegal firearm. What about them? Why does a law abiding citizen always get penalized?

  • ed

    congratulations to the homeowner for successfully defending his life, his family, and his home. government slowly makes the innocent defenseless. This gang is guilty of a felony reckless endangerment — requires a depraved indifference to human life, creating a risk that someone’s going to die. Even this gang said they were going to kill the homeowner and his family. The size of the group(20 or so) and its leader’s words created a risk(belief) that someone was going to die. So the homeowner had to defend himself. I’m am sure 20 people can kill as much as any weapon such as a knife or gun. In fact, shouldn’t a group of 20 be considered a weapon? THE LAWS ARE NOT INTENDED TO PUNISH THIS HOMEOWNER. THEY WERE INTENDED FOR PEOPLE FIRING A GUN IN NON-THREATENING SITUATIONS. THIS OBVIOUSLY WAS A THREATENING SITUATION. THE POLICE STATE HAS ARRIVED. And people continue to vote for these oppressive lawmakers. Deny freedom to defend oneself, and people become more violent.

  • pennhead

    Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.

  • poorrichard

    The leftist media ought to LOVE the AK-it’s the weapon of choice for every Commie and/or radical around the world.


    • Alfred Newman

      In high crime areas, there is a device that can find the location of gunfire.
      Then the cops can go straight there. The guy knew it was in place, and hoped the cops would come faster.

  • W Peters

    Have to laugh at Bill and his comment on AK47’s They are high powered whether they are full auto or semi, they still use the same 7.62×39 ammo.

    I own one which is certainly not a “look-alike wannabe” it is simply a semi-auto only . It started life as a full-auto in Poland actually (mine is a Polish under-folder). The lower receiver was made in Texas, and the rifle was reassembled in Arizona, where men are men and illegals are nervous.

    Whether a weapon is “High’ or “Low” powered refers to the round not the selected fire mode (semi-auto or full-auto). My model 70 .270 is a high powered rifle. So is my AK47.

    I was an auto-rifleman in the 1/505infantry in the 82nd Airborne. When I switched my selector to full from semi it did not become a low powered rifle magically. HAHA what a concept.

    I applaud the man for protecting his home, family, and self. It is too bad you cannot have the freedoms we have in Arizona. We can conceal carry with no permit, and can protect our homes and vehicles under a “Castle Law”.

    Texas has almost as much firearm freedom as we do.
    Apparently in NY, they want to protect you at the morgue. It’s a tad too late then.

  • Tim

    This story is written by an idiot–one who knows nothing about firearms. The AK-47 in question isn’t an assault rifle, because it is fully automatic. Otherwise, it would be a felony. The rifle chambers a 7.62x39mm round, which is medium velocity, not “high powered” as described. Good job drive-by media.

  • steve

    Another big plus of the Obama recession in CA is that these people are moving to other places for work (Texas) although they don’t want to hear that. The rest are in PRISON THANS TO THREE STRIKES LAW. Taking back the Golden State one dead banger at a time.

  • dcar205

    No where to run, no where to hide baby! Police cannot be everywhere,
    all the time. May go to jail but I will protect my home, my family. Not
    going to give up guns. The law favors the accused, no doubt. Citizens
    have few rights. You have to decide in the middle of the night, when someone
    is trying to kick in your door, “what to do”. I will shoot your ass! Probably
    go to jail but you know, if my granddaughter is safe, unhurt, I will go to jail!
    A very sad time in America, so sad.

  • Tim

    This story is written by an idiot–one who knows nothing about firearms. The AK-47 in question isn’t an assault rifle, because it is fully automatic. Otherwise, it would be a felony. The rifle chambers a 7.62x39mm round, which is medium velocity, and most certainly no where close to “high powered”. Good job drive-by media.

  • JoeP

    So there’s a part of the story missing here somewhere. The whole ordeal started when he went to drive his cousin home….he’s aiming a gun at a group of men.
    Where is the stuff in the middle that possibly provoked the situation? Only wondering.

  • Jason

    I have to believe this man did something that we aren’t reading about in the news report. Why would dozens of gang members surround his house out of random? Even so, he should have dared one of THEM to draw a weapon. You know how most of these thug POS’s like to hold their handgun sideways and whatnot to look cool. Most if not all of them couldn’t hit a target past 20 yards.

  • Lars Skipole

    I wonder what the cops would have done in the same instance? Hmmmmmm?

    A hat tip to all the Texan comments… China Spring, Tx here.

  • John R. Lewis, Jr., Esq.

    Mr. Grier is charged with a crime that requires not only a risk of death from his actions but that his actions evinced a depraved indifference to human life. Mr. Grier showed a tremendous amount of restraint in firing into the lawn and not into the crowd. The only thing that was at risk of death that night was a few blades of grass. That’s just one legal argument. Even here in New York one can use deadly physical force (which Mr. Grier did not) when faced with what reasonable men in the same situation would believe is deadly physical force being used against them. I don’t think any reasonable person when threatened and then rushed by 20 or so gang members would think that deadly physical force was not justified. Both Mr. Grier and I have the utmost confidence in the New York criminal justice system. He will be vindicated!
    John R. Lewis, Jr., Esq.
    Attorney for George Grier

  • simmons

    Who needs a gun? Remember, when every second counts, the cops are just minutes away.

  • Large Grey

    We should start a legal defense fund for the family and accused. NY is outrageous. In Texas we’d shoot these punks to kill.

  • Ed D

    If he waited for a gun to be pulled he would have had to shoot to kill. And then if someone else reached he would have had to kill them too. Is that what they are saying he should have done. Seems a warning shot is the best gambit considering the retaliation factor.

    Where can I send money.

    Ed D

  • Greg Buls

    The racialist gangs are the left’s shock troops. They reinforce racial anxiety, and when push comes to shove, the word will come down from the left that whitey is out to get them. What happens next is anyone’s guess.
    The left has done their best to insure that only criminals have firearms, at least in the big cities. Get ready to see lots of your women raped. In the left’s utopia, they provide most of the clients for the gangs’ drugs and other criminal activities (looters and leeches), insure that the gangs are relatively unmolested and armed, and that the populace at large is disarmed. Great system if you’re comfortable with mass murder and concentration camps. The world ends in ruin if the left gets its way, because we will not be their slaves.

  • Caustic_Commoner

    Two words: Castle Doctrine

  • Greycoat

    This arrest is ourtrageous. Just more proof that our governments from city and state to Washington DC are corrupt and the political class needs to be ovethrown. This is just insanity.

    WE THE PEOPLE have the inalienable right to defend ourselves and our families. Any government that would deny us that needs to be overthrown.

  • JMWin

    something happened to the first part of my first post. Read this one first
    A few years back a fellow Collin Ferguson shot up the local commuter train.
    The judge and prosecuter made the OJ Simpson people look brilliant. Mr. Ferguson made them all out to be fools.
    One of the victims widows ran for Congress and was elected. This type of legislation is her specialty.

  • Corey Blue

    Case in point if you have problem, wait for them to step on your property then shoot them that way there is no witnesses. BTW over my dead body will they take my AR-15!!!!!

  • Tex

    Thank God I live in Texas! Can New Yorkers carry sling shots?

    • bruzz

      yes they can, but they only carry nerf balls with thier sling shot

  • Mike

    That police department needs to be shut down.

  • mr larry

    I hope the NRA steps up and assists this man with his legal defense.

  • Slammer

    Alabama has gangs too very quiet like and cowardly BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE DONT GIVE A RIP ABOUT STUPID LAWS it would not bother me one bit to step over 20 corpses and get into a police car ,go down town and get my medal. the comments about the AKS are right on, a medium power at best. the comment about those pictured above though is detestable as they are super cheap chez or polish knock offs.

  • Really go shot in ohio

    being arrested and being convicted are two different things put me on that jury and I’ll hang it this is how we the law abiding citizens will play the game with cops and judges go ahead arrest me for shooting to defend my family home or property my fellow citizens won’t convict me ……

  • Dave

    No need for warning shots if they are through your doorway.

  • leftymatt

    I’m 100% with the home-owner but you don’t fire any weapon for effect, only to kill or hopefully wound. He should have locked the doors got his family on the floor behind him and if they came in, drop the 1st folks who touch that front door. He was “posturing” just like the gang members. His ego and fear (very natural reaction) got in the way of protecting his family. They could have shot him when he stepped out and had his family all to themselves. I’m 100% super “lefty” and it pains me to see non-factual firearms knowledge in the press, especially from people I believe are smart and on the correct side of things. I’m just glad no one got hurt but this family needs to re-arm itself in some legal way asap. PS– if any journos would like un-biased gun info please make it known, I’ll help you get it correct so your story is not shot-down by the gun-fans before it gets it’s due. PPS — I refuse to own a firearm (currently) but know them and the “culture” in&out

  • Joseph Wootten

    How can I donate to his defense fund?

  • Dave

    New York needs three laws to clean up this mess (1) Absolute castle doctrine that trespassers can be shot – no duty to retreat against property invaders; (2) no civil liability for shooting trespassers; (3) no sovereign immunity with punitive damages against localities that deprive homeowners the right to practice law (1) by, for example, confiscating a gun/arresting homeowner who lawfully shot trespasser. What sense does it make to have a right to self defense if using it once means the cops confiscate your gun and arrest you?

  • L.A. Guy

    God bless anyone who protects their family from harm, but doesn’t anybody think we’re not getting the whole story here? Why does he think they were MS-13? MS-13 members don’t just show up in force on somebody’s doorstep for the hell of it. What connection did he have with them to make him think they were after him? There’s a few holes here that scream for answers.

  • kari

    we should all donate money for this guy’s legal expenses. grier, set up a website and send out the word. people will help you. you have every right to protect yourself. this is an ‘effin outrage!

  • JMWinPR

    At any rate, L.I. ended up with the widow of one o the victims as a congress critter. This type of legislation is what she is all about. I realize NCPD is following local law as opposed to Federal law, but anyone who would vote for this person would also vote for local officials just as inane.

  • CA Jones

    Kick the bumbs out. It’s your government

  • Jim

    The lawmakers that wrote these laws shold be hung

  • Livefree

    If these left wing liberal progressive lunatics keep control . This whole country will be like the liberal idiots that run New York. These people expect law abiding citizens and visitors to come visit the place unarmed so they can be intimidated and preyed upon by these gangster thugs. This homeowner deserves a medal for heroism as far as I’m concerned. I’m not waiting for the cops to come either if things get out of hand and my family or I is in danger. Here in the Midwest and Iowa shooting is the national pastime and the gangsters should be unhappy to know we have very good gun control, we hit what we aim at!! . I’ll pull the trigger too, I would rather be alive than a dead victim. . People here are embarrassed to live in a frikken BLUE state . Hopefully that will change this November when we vote the tree hugging wimpy whiny “demoRATS” out!!!

  • TK

    Fix the problem and crack down on the gangs. People are just trying to protect themselves and their families because the law doesnt.



    • arx

      It’s only going to get worse if people don’t start taking action. If all the people replying to this blog would have spent the time calling the Nassau County DA, or police department, or volunteering at a common sense conservative campaign…anything but sitting around talking… something might actually change.

  • yarply

    Sorry, but the picture above is not an AK47 but a civilian version of one, Also an AK47 is NOT a high powered rifle. In fact it shoots a 7.62×39 which is pretty darn similar to a 30-30 used for deer hunting.

  • AK6259

    Come to Alaska see if they survive here. We don’t play. We do defend are right. Sue the state if you don’t feel safe. Let the state pay you.

  • commonsense

    Blue staters deserve the government that they’ve got. You want a welfare-nanny state, expect to be treated this way. The police state is out of hand, you wouldn’t catch me dead in a place where you go to jail for defending yourself. The police need to wake up and remember that they’re Americans too Don’t enforce unconstitutional laws. Join Oathkeepers.

  • steeve

    Thats true in Cali. The cities are full of this garbage, but in the counties surrounding everybody is armed and well trained. CA is still pretty conversative outside of the dense population and illegals.

    You never see any gangs they know their place.

  • jack

    God Bless Florida, we are a ” STAND YOUR GROUND” state. the second that gang member threatened me or my family he would be dead and I would be fully within my rights to KILL the punk

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