Sitting around discussing firearms with some pals and the question came up about minors (under 18) and their legal rights to defend themselves. (A little background...all of us have older kids that are very comfortable and proficient with firearms and often hunt, practice, and compete with us dads). Anyway, the question arose about our kids using deadly force with a firearm to defend themselves in a situation where we were not around, or God forbid, had already failed to the same. So here are the two hypotheticals we presented...
1. As dad's we conceal carry 90% of the time as allowed by law. Most of our kids know this. BG presents himself as intending to harm us and for any given reason takes dad out of the game (permenantly or otherwise). Do our children then have the right to aquire our carry weapon and defend themselves appropriately??
2. Some of our sons are old enough now where at times, they may be left to themselves at home while us adults partake in shopping, dinner, movie, etc.... If a BG were to break in the home, other than dialing 911, would our sons have the right to defend themselves with an available firearm if necessary??
Now for some clarification and our opinions as discussed at this gathering. Scenario 2 is the tougher of the two because of laws that prohibit us as gun owners from allowing our children access to ready firearms. In Texas, keeping my guns in a manner that would allow access by my children is a big no-no. However, as I mentioned before, my son often participates in shooting sports with me, so there have been times when I have asked him to retrieve an item from the safe, so he may or may not know my combination depending on when I changed it last. Our opinion on Scenario 2 was that, of course we want our children to protect themselves when necessary, and although the child may be protected legally in defending himself, we as the adults would probably be liable to the BG or the govt for allowing access to the guns. We then all agreed any legal action against us would be gladly dealt with if it meant our children were alive and well.
Scenario 1 presented a little more questionable debate as to the definition of "allowing access by a minor" guidelines.
I am just curious if any of you fine folks have considered this type of scenario concerning your child, or if you have heard of any such cases that this may have actually played out.