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When buying a gun, have you ever considered what a jury might think?
For example, hunting shotgun vs combat shotgun. For home SD, if you shot an intruder, have you every thought one advantage of the hunting shotgun is that it would look less "scary" to a potential jury?
Just asking a question. I understand many of the advantages offered by different SD weapons.
Just wondered if anyone ever considered this?
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has never crossed my mind. i don't care what people think
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No. You are either licensed to carry concealed (or perhaps open carry without a license is legal in your local) and so long as you are carrying in a legal manner, the gun should not be an issue.
That said, for whatever reason, there is a psychology at play here and there are folks who will look at larger calibers, .357s, etc. and .45, and certain ammo choices in an unfavorable manner.
This is one reason (amongst several others) that I prefer .380 or 38 sp. in ammo advertised as for self defense. If ever before a jury, it might be nice to be able to demonstrate that the ammo is named, "assault ammo," "make my day" ammo, "hottest load available," or any similar stuff. If it is sold as self-defense ammo, and you used it for self-defense, then you can make the case that you were not looking for overkill, but for appropriate force for the circumstance.
Similarly, I think carrying double stacks, multiple guns, and so on, can send signals to jurors about your world view that you don't want to send.
Most of us will do quite well in almost any situation with a modest caliber weapon and modest number of rounds in the magazine.
I don't want to see legislated limitations, but I do think we need to consider the image we will project of ourselves if it ever hits the fan.
I didn't until I saw the story of a retired teacher convicted of killing an attacker while on a hike with his 10mm handgun. The jury when questioned afterward said they were convinced that a 10mm was not a typical caliber for CC. The prosecutor convinced them it was too big.
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Nope. I will take my chances with the jury.
Yes I do often think of what might happen should I ever get in front of a jury. (Better than in front of a mortician though)
This is why I hesitated for a long time on changing my ammunition from Hydra Shoks. While there was always ammo that was more effective for SD, some carry a stigma - remember Black Talons?
As I wait for my new HST's to be delivered, I believe that with a gun that is so utilitarian like my Glock with no mods except for Trijicon NS, I should be as innocuous as possible to a jury should I need to discharge my gun in SD.
After all, I use a gun and ammo that a lot of LEOs use and if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me and mine. So goes my logic.
Unfortunately, in today's litigious society, it's something IMO we need to think about.
To answer the original question, do I consider the GUN? It's been so long since I bought a gun, but I'd say no.
Bitter and clinging to my guns and my religion.
Nope, guns are scary to the in any form and would just rely on my lawyer painting the picture of a responsible, law abiding citizen protecting his family.
Not to mention that I typically don't care what people think of me.
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In Texas doesn't matter if it's a good shoot especially in the home you could shoot somebody with a 10 gauge shotgun and wouldn't make a bit of difference
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Normal people dont consider what a jury might think about anything, because they do not intend to violate the law.
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