Can a teenager use firearms for home protection?

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    Not sure how many people here are NRA member (my guess is a lot) over the years in the armed citizen articles I have 17 reports of minors defending them self’s in their home with a gun (one being a 12 year old girl) who was home alone and the intruders apparently had plans to rape her, however she was a skeet shooter and dispatched both of them from the top of the steps with a 12 GA. No report ever concluded with legal consequences of these kids defending their home or them self’s in their home.

    This is not my knowledge or legal advise just what I have seen / read over the years....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwarren View Post
    My son is will be 17 on the 18th of this month and we shoot competitively on a regular basis and he does not have the combination to our gun safe. I told him that at 21 he will get the combination. If we leave him at home by himself, he will have his shotgun made accessible before we leave.
    This is the way I would deal with it.
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    I doubt any DA would charge a minor for defending himself or family within the bounds of his physical abode. You, on the other hand, may be charged with allowing him access (assuming TX requires guns to be secured from minors), to the gun, but again, I doubt it in a justified case of SD.

    For me, I could live with being charged with failure to secure firearms versus attending a funneral.

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    Times are a changing.
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    At the age of 11 or so I knew were my parents guns were at and was given orders to use them if someone breaks in. Not being killed trumps all IMO
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    Sec. 46.13. MAKING A FIREARM ACCESSIBLE TO A CHILD. (a) In this section:

    (c) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the child's access to the firearm:

    (2) consisted of lawful defense by the child of people or property;

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    Of course they can. When deadly force is warranted, all bets are off. The flip side is, if they make a mistake, guess who will be held responsible?
    Last edited by SIXTO; February 8th, 2011 at 11:45 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Of course they can. When deadly force is warranted, all bets are off. The flip side is, if they make a mistake, guess who will be held responsible?
    That's the real issue, right there.
    Last edited by SIXTO; February 8th, 2011 at 11:45 PM. Reason: fixed typo in quote
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    This is where parenting comes in. We make sure they are safe with their PDF and give them a narrow manual of operations that covers only actions that pose an unmistakable direct threat to their personal safety.

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    Many children have successfully used firearms in self defense. Either defense of self, or of a parent during home break-ins. I know of one 9 year old who shot a home intruder with a .22 rifle and killed him to protect his mother who was being beat up by the intruder. The law of self defense applies to everyone, regardless of age.

    However, I wouldn't give any child the combination to my safe. But that's just my personal decision.

    You would however need to check if there are any particular restrictions for leaving access of a gun around a child in your particular state. There may be repercussions regarding that aspect of law, however the child should be cleared on the actual shooting event if it was a justifiable case of self defense.
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    Depends on how mature the teen is, Handguns were a big step for me. I got my first one at 16, by the time I was 17 I was sleeping with a Glock on my nightstand with consent of my parents and now that I'm 18 and under my parents house I cc and oc daily.

    My father was the one who gifted me the firearms and are under his name, Thought I would clarify since people on this forum like to attack posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guardmt View Post
    Depends on how mature the teen is, Handguns were a big step for me. I got my first one at 16, by the time I was 17 I was sleeping with a Glock on my nightstand with consent of my parents and now that I'm 18 and under my parents house I cc and oc daily.

    My father was the one who gifted me the firearms and are under his name, Thought I would clarify since people on this forum like to attack posts.
    Good for you and your Dad; although I am much older now my dad treated me much the same, he spent a lot of time at sea; I slept with a 12 GA by my bed to defend our home my mother and younger sisters from the age of 12.

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    This is a tough question. A 14 yr. old boy is at an age were his physical attributes may exceed his maturity level.

    In my opinion, knowing how to use a firearm and knowing when to use one are two entirely different things.
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    Can't believe no one has mentioned this ... but leaving a 14-yr old at home alone is opening yourself up to a lot of legal issues on its own, specifically "endangering the welfare of a child". Leaving any child under the age of 18 home alone is illegal and you can be prosecuted. While generally speaking, a minor using a weapon in self-defense is not a problem ... you are leaving yourself open to a litany of charges should that minor have been alone at the time of the incident.

    If there's a break in and you've bunkered down in a bedroom and given a guns to your wife and step-son and he happens to be the one to shoot the intruder .... I doubt anyone could or would charge you with anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiFreq47 View Post
    Leaving any child under the age of 18 home alone is illegal and you can be prosecuted.
    What? Says who?
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