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Old January 7, 2012, 10:17 PM   #4
Tom Servo
Join Date: September 27, 2008
Location: Foothills of the Appalachians
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And are warning shots ever a good idea?
From a practical standpoint, they're a waste of ammo. From a liability standpoint, they're a risk of collateral damage.

Would it come back to bite me in court? Probably not where I live. Your mileage may vary according to where you live. Most states with castle doctrines generally require some articulated threat of harm. Running into a burglar while walking into one's house...well, most juries would say that was a situation in which a homeowner could get hurt.

It could be a really gray area, and every situation is unique. Generally, I'm not a fan of violence over property, but I could definitely see a threat of harm here.
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