posted on Apr, 17 2013 @ 11:07 AM
A warning shot is against the law where I live;
Texas Penal Code title 22.05
22.05. DEADLY CONDUCT.
(a) A person commits an offense if he recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.
(b) A person commits an offense if he knowingly discharges a firearm at or in the direction of:
(1) one or more individuals; or
(2) a habitation, building, or vehicle and is reckless as to whether the habitation, building, or vehicle is occupied.
(c) Recklessness and danger are presumed if the actor knowingly pointed a firearm at or in the direction of another whether or not the actor believed
the firearm to be loaded.
(d) For purposes of this section, "building," "habitation," and "vehicle" have the meanings assigned those terms by Section 30.01.
(e) An offense under Subsection (a) is a Class A misdemeanor. An offense under Subsection (b) is a felony of the third degree.
I obey the law.
Edit to add: You could argue that if you pointed AWAY from the assailant, that it wasn't deadly conduct. But then you'd be recklessly discharging a
firearm, and that would be a different criminal offense (shooting with no regard for a target is reckless by anyone's definition....)
Edit to Edit:
Regardless of all the above, what if the person you are trying to scare is an undercover police officer/agent? Discharging a gun "at" them is all the
probable cause that po-po needs to punch out your time-card. So, warning shots are hollywood, dangerous, illegal, and probable cause. No thanks.
edit on 17-4-2013 by tovenar because: Who's editing the editors?