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While we can make all the efforts to deter people from raiding our homes and taking things or even attempting to do us harm, sometimes they come anyway. The night is a dark thing and its when bad people move. We all worry about that moment in the darkness when the door gets kicked or the window gets broken.
What happens if someone kicks in your door and starts coming up your steps? Most people think its time to “go to work.” You are going to have to use serious force to eliminate that threat. That’s just part of the deal. While we outfit our guns with sights and lights and have plans for this event. The big question is:
What happens after?
This is a question of legality. The worst part of it all is that it depends on your state. To be frank, if you kill someone in your home you might not be safe from the clutches of the law. Home security is not an excuse that will hold up in court.
This is where the castle doctrine comes in.
A castle doctrine, also known as a castle law or a defense of habitation law, is a legal doctrine that designates a person’s abode or any legally occupied place (for example, a vehicle or home) as a place in which that person has protections and immunities permitting one, in certain circumstances, to use force (up to and including deadly force) to defend oneself against an intruder, free from legal prosecution for the consequences of the force used
Now is the time to research your state and if the castle doctrine applies to your situation. We tend to get this idea that if a collapse occurs its forever and all bets are off. What happens if you kill 10 people in a 4 month collapse because of a perceived threat and when the lights go back on you go to jail for 25 years!
In a collapse or not you could be held liable. Figure it out now. Do your state research.