Originally Posted by kaido
I'm a little curious since I always thought that if someone broke into your house that you had the right to defend yourself with a firearm?
You are allowed to defend yourself, including using deadly force, and including using legal firearms if you have the ability to use them.
BUT - you can only use the MINIMUM amount of force necessary to protect yourself, and you are held accountable to PROVE that the force that you used was necessary, and that you took all possible action to avoid using it.
If you cannot prove that you did all you could to avoid force, or that you used the absolute minimum force required to stop the threat then you will likely be tried with a host of crimes: assault, manslaughter, murder, vigilantism PLUS a bunch of small things like: improper storage of a firearm, unsafe use of a firearm etc...
Since your guns must be stored locked up and unloaded... it would take planning or some real desire to get to them and be able to use them instead of calling 911... the cops usually think that you tried to go for force before going for help.
Moral of the story, you are legally allowed to defend yourself, with guns and with deadly force. But you have got to cover yourself- becuase the law actually can side with the criminals.
Make sure you store your guns safely, attempt to call 911, give the attacker verbal warning, other warning, non-lethal force, THEN use lethal force if required. And you had better be able to get your story right that it was necessary.
NEVER SHOOT THEM IN THE BACK! Police love that because it shows that the perp tried to get away (ie threat was stopped) and then you still attacked.
Sorry for the long post, but it's better to say it once than for someone to make a bad mistake if they find themselves in a bad situation.
No point saving your life only to spend the rest of it in jail.