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I want to know what people believe regarding the right to fire a "warning shot" from your legally owned gun.
But I would rather shoot the dirt than kill someone who was not threatening me while at the same time not letting the dirtbag get away.
"Do you have a constitutional, moral and/or legal right to miss your target when shooting in self defense?"
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.
Originally posted by CosmicCitizen
reply to post by projectvxn
Who said that the "warning shot" has to be into the air? That would be irresponsible (in fact, a child was killed 10 miles from here last New Year's Eve by some idiot firing a gun into the air). But I would rather shoot the dirt than kill someone who was not threatening me while at the same time not letting the dirtbag get away. Most will stop if the gun goes off - as it isnt worth getting killed - even if illegal to kill them for trespassing. We have called the police before on poachers shooting at deer on our place and they dont even bother to come out. They do respond to "prowler calls" tho. I actually caught and released a prowler Sat night. I was armed but it was in the carry case and I shined the search light (other hand) where the dog was barking and he surrendered. I choose to escort him off the place rather than call the police altho my wife called the police when I told he about it (she was not home at the time). To be honest I doubt that I would have fired a "warning shot" if he ran but I still have no problem with that as long as it is done in a safe manner (in the ground and not in the air or on a hard surface). I just would not volunteer that information to the police if a report was filed.
edit on 16-4-2013 by CosmicCitizen because: (no reason given)