Originally posted by p00hbear
As a Brit member I'm intregued by the whole US gun bearing issue, I don't know anyone who own's a gun and my guess is that 99% of brits don't want
to own firearms.
The questions i would like answered are:
When is it legal to fire a weapon with intent to kill?
Can you fire at someone for illegally entering a property?
Is there any control over the storage of guns and ammo?
Summary of some basic rules...
Q: When is it legal to fire a weapon with intent to kill?
A: When you decide to shoot (the situation meets the criteria for use of deadly force) you always shoot with intent to kill, and keep shooting until
they are dead. Shooting to hurt usually gets you in jail when the assailant makes up some crazy story like 'I was drunk and thought I was entering
my home" which seems to win every time for the bad guys. We have burglars stealing to get money to get more of the illegal drug PCP which gives them
super-strength and it takes a lot of shooting to make them stop.
You need to learn the criteria for a legal shoot in advance, train for it, and think through the various scenarios that could happen. Since most
shooting take place within 6 ft, you cannot delay your thinking process when deciding when and if to pull the trigger.
Q:Can you fire at someone for illegally entering a property?
A: It varies in the USA, mainly by state, sometimes by city.
Let's redefine your word property first: a person entering into somebody's residence (home) is different than someone entering onto real estate
property (onto your ranch, driveway, front lawn) other than inside a residence.
Any unlawful entry, violent entry or stealthy entry into your residence, the law presumes that you are acting legally and justified in using deadly
force and deadly force means you can use a gun. It's that simple.
If you are inside your home you should not shoot anybody outside (don't shoot through the door) since they are not directly confronting you but if
once they enter, you shoot them and make sure you kill them.
Once you suspect a break-in, go to a defensive position within your home (at the head of the stairs to yoru bedrooms-protect your family and call the
Police. Do not go on a search and destroy mission or you might get killed. Let them mess up the other part of the home or steal, it's not worth
your life. Do not shoot them in the back on the way out. It could simply be you daughter's boyfriend sneaking into the home or your daughter
sneaking out (very common).
If you confront someone outside, that is where most people get into scenario trouble. If you have knowledge that they committed a Felonious assault,
(just saw them kill someone), then you may opt to shoot, or try and hold them but again stay back and keep yourself safe. Keep you instincts on high
alert when is tough locations/conditions.
In Texas, you can shoot for almost any criminal reason (somebody broke into you neighbors house and you confronted them outside and shot them), this
is okay but generally not in any other state.
Q: Is there any control over the storage of guns and ammo?
A: In California, guns need to be locked up in a case approved by the CA Dept of Justice.
Generally Ammo to be kept separately from the gun, okay for the ammo to be loaded into the magazine but the magazine not in the gun. Transport guns
unloaded in locked cases in the trunk meeting most states criteria. Many states have Concealed Carry Weapon laws that allows citizens carry concealed
loaded handguns with training and permission.