Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bad Personal Protection Tip: Shoot A Firearm Through A Door

Bad Personal Protection Tip: Shoot A Firearm Through A Door
In February of 2013, VPOTUS Joe Biden had an interview with "Field and Stream Magazine" in which he gave the following advice: "[if] you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door."
Biden's advice was ill-advised. In many communities across our country, including the state of Michigan, lethal force for personal protection is only legal under a narrow band of circumstances. For example, in Michigan, a provision in the law - The Castle Doctrine - has a presumption that someone who has unlawfully invaded a residence is an imminent threat of great bodily harm.
The Castle Doctrine in Michigan has some exceptions and is rebuttable by the county prosecutor but it certainly does not authorize shooting someone through a door for just being on someone's porch.
Moreover, every state has it's own laws on lethal force and self-defense; each state's laws needs to be studied and understood by anyone contemplating the possibility of using lethal force in their locale. Biden's advice is not "one size fits all."
In metro-Detroit, this scenario actually happened whereby a man was convicted of Second Degree Murder for shooting a woman through a door. He was convicted, in part, because he could not prove under Michigan law that he was in imminent danger. That is a huge mountain to climb when you are on the other side of a door from someone who might be a threat.
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Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

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