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Thanks. Good advice.
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
a reply to: Scapegrace
A couple things:
1. Never fire a warning shot! It's a waste of critical time, and puts your life in even more danger. If you're going to fire in a defensive situation, and you or a loved one are in grave danger, then fire at your target. Always! If you're not justified in hitting your target, then you weren't in grave danger to begin with (and had no business firing even a warning shot). Also, depending on your state laws, defense of personal property often does not justify the use of deadly force. You or a loved one will need to be in immanent danger of grave bodily harm or death.
2. Firing a shotgun in an enclosed space makes a lot less noise than a pistol (well, one of a caliber necessary for personal defense anyway). You won't suffer permanent hearing loss. Your ears may ring, but it won't be permanent. Additionally, believe it or not, in a "real" defense situation most people don't even hear the shot...nor can they recall how many times they actually fired. Incidentally, this is also one of the reasons you should refrain from making any statements to law enforcement without an attorney being present, but I digress.