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Old January 27, 2014, 02:53 PM   #11
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
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Originally Posted by TomNJVA
I am curious how these laws and guidelines apply within one's own home.

In my case, our plan in the event someone breaks into our home at night is to get my gun, secure the family (wife), call 911, and defend the bedroom or upper level. I would then announce to the intruder that I have a gun and they should leave my house and not attempt to come upstairs or I will shoot...
The short answer is that under the laws in many (probably most) States you should have little or no difficulty establishing justification for the use or threat of lethal force in self defense if you know or have reason to believe that someone has unlawfully and forcefully entered your home.

More a more detailed discussion of these issues see: here, and here.
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