Don’t Shoot First and Ask Questions Later

Are you one of the ones that says to “shoot first and ask questions later?  While hesitating in the shoot first and ask questions latermiddle of a home defense threat can have deadly consequences, not preparing yourself ahead of time for the incident can and will have life changing impact.

What I am talking about here is that there are complex and different laws in every state regarding self defense with firearms. Way too many times I hear:

“If you’re in fear for your life” or “if someone’s in your house, you can shoot ‘em.” or

“Just shoot ‘em on the front porch and drag ‘em inside”

Not knowing what is legal in your state may well result with having huge legal bills, potentially losing everything thing you own to the perpertrator or their family and may even result in prison time for you.

Check out this case from last year in Minnesota (not necessarily a liberal haven):

http://brainerddispatch.com/news/2012-11-27/little-falls-shooting-killing-2-teens-sparks-homeowner-rights-controversy

It's all about doing your homework and being prepared. It's the same as the training and practice you should be doing with your home defense weapon(s).

I wish I could advise you as to what is legal and what isn't. The problem is that first of all we don't have any lawyers here and secondly each state has different laws.

I recommend the books “The Law of Self Defense: The Indispensable Guide to the Armed Citizen” and “Self-Defense Laws of All 50 States.”

Once again, I am not saying you shouldn't defend yourself. What I am saying is that you need to do the homework to know what is allowed and what to say when the police arrive. Check out the post and video on Massad Ayoob for some suggestions on how to act after a shooting.

Have you had the experience of dealing with the police after a self defense shooting? Let us know what happened in the comments.

Comments

  1. I have had experience with the police after a self defense shooting. But we made sure we knew the local police and they would recognize us. We had been broken into after hours before and being a pharmacy knew it was just a matter of time before we would be robbed. Who ever you worked with you would talk about what you would do when it would happen. Before I got out of high school we were robed three times. The police were good and professional. And we had a good DA at the time. One shot in the store. Another time One shot outside and the last one shot up the get away car. Unfortunately it was stolen, I felt bad for those people when they got their car back( by the way a car doesn’t blow up when you shoot it in the gas tank, trust me on this one)

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