This is a discussion on Risk in using "assault weapons" for home defense? within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; If it was a good shoot there's no problem, but unless you are staying in a room long guns are not the best choice if ...
If it was a good shoot there's no problem, but unless you are staying in a room long guns are not the best choice if you need to move around the house.
Just like to point out the contradiction in terms. Anything used for self defense is not an "assault weapon". Who's definition, and who's weapons?Risk in using "assault weapons" for home defense?
Planning your home defense revolves around you....and your tool of choice. Most times we are talking a one man scenario, and whatever tools you have at your disposal are right for the cause. Everyone that takes up the cause should know their limitations as well as the limitations of the tool used. If you are worried about legal risks, then in reality, you're compromising your position. To me, compromise and assumption mean the same. Never assume anything or you'll make an ...out of . and ..My question is essentially the thread title. Does anyone have any experience or anecdotal evidence to indicate that a homeowner would be at greater legal risk by planning in-home defense around an AR carbine, "assault shotgun," or other non-handgun optimized for fighting?
Assuming an otherwise "good shoot," is the defender more likely to have legal defense problems just because he used his carbine rather than his 1911?
Lawyers can (and will) use buzzwords to whatever effect they can. Once you've decided to prepare yourself for defense with a firearm, I wouldn't worry too much about that.
On the penetration issue, I have done the demo several times in class, on DVDs and TV segments.... 5.56 does generally penetrate fewer drywall sections than typical modern pistol hollow points. TAP (or the civ equivalent) 5.56 or even standard 55gr HP is a "safer" round to be downrange from in a typical home than 9mm, .40 or .45 jacketed HPs. The heavier rounds maintain their forward momentum through the drywall much better, they also fragment less, which helps them stay heavier.
As numerous posters have pointed out already, the risk of dangerous overpenetration is just as great or greater with many pistol calibers than it is with many 5.56/.223 loads.
A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.