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    I will yell at you to not steal the lawnmower from my shed. If you are in my house, you will not receive any warning what-so-ever.
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    You could get a multilingual sign made...

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    or not
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clodbert View Post
    Prior to posting this I did use the search function but I would like some clarification.

    Someone breaks into your home: do you have to announce/yell to the intruder that you are present in the house and that you have a firearm? Or can you simply find a corner or stand behind a closed door and remain silent in a defensive position?

    I'm asking this from the scope of possible criminal charges and civil litigation, and not of tactical advantage/disadvantage.

    I've heard both ways. Some say, including law enforcement and attorneys, that you must make your presence known to an intruder and make them aware that you're armed. Others say there's no requirement; this person broke into your home and that's the risk they took.

    What do you think?
    Just remember to use your indoor voice, you do not want to scare anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HKinNY View Post
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    Like other have said.. check your state law…

    Here in Florida the BD will find out he picked the wrong house, when he sees a bright flash, and hears a loud bang, bang, bang.

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    We need to be aware that any challenge, including "Freeze", will likely result in the invader turning toward the sound of your voice. If he is holding a gun you are now in the position of being forced to fire. If he has a knife or other close quarters weapon you may have a moment to decide. So, you had better be ready before speaking.

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    My answer is "BAM,BAM,BAM,BAM. I think that should do it with a 12GA and Number 2 Buck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamcleo View Post
    I'm in Texas as well and for me it depends on the situation.

    If its daylight and I can see the intruder I would probably announce that I am armed. Then, I can see his reaction. Does he put his hands up? Does he reach for a weapon? Does he run?

    At night, shoot first, announce later. I don't know of he is armed, of he has an accomplice, etc.

    IMO, it is better to be safe than sorry and it all depends on the situation at hand. There are many different things that could happen to change a scenario.
    While I know I would like to just shoot someone who's violated my home I have to agree. If daytime and their hands are empty I'd probably announce, if at night the house is going to get very loud very quickly.
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