Is it legal to kill someone for invading your house?

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#1 Posted by martinX3X (4488 posts) -

If someone invades your house in the night, is it legal to blow their head off with a shotgun?

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#2 Posted by THE_DRUGGIE (25057 posts) -

Depends if your state adopts the Castle doctrine.

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#3 Posted by CRS98 (9036 posts) -
At least in Texas, but then we're gun crazy fools.
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#4 Posted by arad96 (7783 posts) -

It's only legal unless you feel that your life is being threatened.

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#5 Posted by acsam12304 (3387 posts) -

in California if someone breaks into your home or someone is after and is treating your life and enters your home you have the right to kill him/her. BUT if you kill someone on your front yard you go to jail for murder.

thats why the joke here is if you kill someone quickly drag his body into your home so you dont get in trouble

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#6 Posted by Gamingclone (5224 posts) -

If the person who broke into your house poses a significant threat to your life and well being then yes. But if not, like they dont have any weapons, just hit them over the head with something hard and call the cops.

Edit: 600th post! Woot!:P

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#7 Posted by J-WOW (3105 posts) -
yeah it is. You know if a robber breaks in your house and he tricks and breaks his leg in your property, he can sue you. If a robber breaks in and you beat his ass, he can still sue you. If you shot him, he can sue you.
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#8 Posted by thegerg (18266 posts) -

You need to provide more information. Firstly, where do you live? That is a big determiner.

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#9 Posted by lxseto (25 posts) -
it is legal in some states, but not in some. in some states your life needs to be in danger for it to be justified. if the guy is unarmed, you could be charged for manslaughter.
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#10 Posted by funsohng (29841 posts) -
In States, yes. In Canada, no.
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#11 Posted by vadicta (4354 posts) -

It's not if you burry him in your back yard ;)

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#12 Posted by burnroasted (46 posts) -

If someone invades your house in the night, is it legal to blow their head off with a shotgun?

martinX3X

Did you just kill someone that entered your house?

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#13 Posted by testfactor888 (7157 posts) -

In my state it is. If you kill someone in your house for breaking in just call the police to come pick up the body. They don't even have to have a weapon just the act of breaking in allows you to shoot them. Happened a few times in my town since I have been living here.

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#14 Posted by martinX3X (4488 posts) -

[QUOTE="martinX3X"]

If someone invades your house in the night, is it legal to blow their head off with a shotgun?

burnroasted

Did you just kill someone that entered your house?

Maybe.
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#15 Posted by Desulated (30952 posts) -

In Canada we have laws that protect such fools, even if they run amok with a machine gun.

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#16 Posted by weezyfb (14703 posts) -
not if they are no longer a threat
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#17 Posted by dreamdude (4627 posts) -

Only if they're trying to nab my waffles. Take my t.v. or Wii fine! Heck, even stealing my computers not that bad.

But please leave my waffles alone:|

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#18 Posted by vadicta (4354 posts) -

Only is they're trying to nab my waffles. Take my t.v. or Wii fine! Heck, even stealing my computers not that bad.

But please leave my waffles alone:|

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Lego' my Ego?

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#19 Posted by Kutt (2486 posts) -
At least in Texas, but then we're gun crazy fools.CRS98
agreed
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#20 Posted by MasterBolt360 (5293 posts) -

Only in Texas. :P

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#21 Posted by dercoo (12555 posts) -

Only in Texas. :P

MasterBolt360

Not only in Texas....

Kentucky is just as gun crazed, if not more :P

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#22 Posted by acsam12304 (3387 posts) -

Only in Texas. :P

MasterBolt360

only in Texas its legal to shoot someone that breaks into your home at night?

my butt in CA here too. :twisted:

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#23 Posted by MAILER_DAEMON (45906 posts) -
In my state it's that way as well, unless if the person has been incapacitated and is can no longer be considered a threat. However, until that happens, I have the legal right to assume that the invader is there to try and kill me, even if he/she doesn't have a weapon.
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#24 Posted by MasterBolt360 (5293 posts) -

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Only in Texas. :P

acsam12304

only in Texas its legal to shoot someone that breaks into your home at night?

my butt in CA here too. :twisted:

Sweet!
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#25 Posted by T_P_O (5388 posts) -

If someone invades your house in the night, is it legal to blow their head off with a shotgun?

martinX3X
In my locale, not at all. Something I happen to agree with.
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#27 Posted by Tokugawa77 (1554 posts) -

[QUOTE="martinX3X"]

If someone invades your house in the night, is it legal to blow their head off with a shotgun?

T_P_O

In my locale, not at all. Something I happen to agree with.

So you think that people have no right to defend themselves? If a person breaks into your house, you assume they are a threat to your life. Why would anyone break into your house in the first place if their intentions were benine?

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#28 Posted by Omega_Zero69 (13667 posts) -
it usually depends on where you live and what they wanted to take
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#29 Posted by _R34LiTY_ (3331 posts) -

It's tough to say because I think not to long ago, a home invader won some lawsuit against a 'would be victim' of his for using "excessive force" on him when he was caught red handed by the home owner. Or something to that effect

Then again, if your life is being genuinely threatened, Yes. Or if you can corroborate a story to make it seem as though it was in self defense, then perhaps.

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#30 Posted by sonicare (55326 posts) -

I don't know, I suspect it depends on the circumstance. But just to be safe, it's best to let them kill you instead of defending your home and family. You could get sued or something.

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#31 Posted by X360PS3AMD05 (36303 posts) -
Well just the other day on Police Women of Dallas some guys beat up some guy on his front lawn, then he went in and got his rifle and came out to threaten them, he got arrested for not staying in his house and calling the police and this is in Texas!!!! :|
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#32 Posted by stevoqwerty (4029 posts) -

In Australia, the theif can sue you if you injure them when they broke into your house and steal things or seriously threatens you.

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#33 Posted by T_P_O (5388 posts) -

[QUOTE="T_P_O"][QUOTE="martinX3X"]

If someone invades your house in the night, is it legal to blow their head off with a shotgun?

Tokugawa77

In my locale, not at all. Something I happen to agree with.

So you think that people have no right to defend themselves? If a person breaks into your house, you assume they are a threat to your life. Why would anyone break into your house in the first place if their intentions were benine?

Good strawman. You have the right to defend yourself as long as you don't use lethal force or excessive force on the intruder. Just because you can't kill someone in that situation doesn't mean you're not entitled (or unable) to defend yourself. The assumption is also pretty faulty, it makes plain sense to say that he's a threat to your property but thieves don't really break into somewhere with the intention to kill or maim - being thieves and all. So yeah, thieves break in with the intention to steal; not to say they cannot become violent when spotted, but the assumption that all intruders are going to intend to end you simply is silly and empirically wrong. It should probably be done on a case by case basis with more flexibility in retrospect, but ehhh, like anyone would take on such a suggestion.
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#34 Posted by Elann2008 (33028 posts) -

in California if someone breaks into your home or someone is after and is treating your life and enters your home you have the right to kill him/her. BUT if you kill someone on your front yard you go to jail for murder.

thats why the joke here is if you kill someone quickly drag his body into your home so you dont get in trouble

acsam12304
:lol: I live in California and I don't even know about the front yard part. WOW, the world we live in. Good to know though. (drags body) JK! :P That made my night though, thanks man.
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#35 Posted by testfactor888 (7157 posts) -
[QUOTE="Tokugawa77"]

[QUOTE="T_P_O"] In my locale, not at all. Something I happen to agree with.T_P_O

So you think that people have no right to defend themselves? If a person breaks into your house, you assume they are a threat to your life. Why would anyone break into your house in the first place if their intentions were benine?

Good strawman. You have the right to defend yourself as long as you don't use lethal force or excessive force on the intruder. Just because you can't kill someone in that situation doesn't mean you're not entitled (or unable) to defend yourself. The assumption is also pretty faulty, it makes plain sense to say that he's a threat to your property but thieves don't really break into somewhere with the intention to kill or maim - being thieves and all. So yeah, thieves break in with the intention to steal; not to say they cannot become violent when spotted, but the assumption that all intruders are going to intend to end you simply is silly and empirically wrong. It should probably be done on a case by case basis with more flexibility in retrospect, but ehhh, like anyone would take on such a suggestion.

I prefer to keep it the way it is (least in the state I live in though I have a feeling you aren't in the US). Shoot on sight if someone breaks in and its legal
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#36 Posted by Iantheone (8242 posts) -
Its legal if you kill them while theyre still in your house. If you hunt them down, its kind of bad
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#37 Posted by chaplainDMK (7004 posts) -

It's tough to say because I think not to long ago, a home invader won some lawsuit against a 'would be victim' of his for using "excessive force" on him when he was caught red handed by the home owner. Or something to that effect

Then again, if your life is being genuinely threatened, Yes. Or if you can corroborate a story to make it seem as though it was in self defense, then perhaps.

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he can't sue you if you blow his head off....
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#38 Posted by killerfist (20090 posts) -
It's not legal here where I live, but then again, I'm in europe:P Lets say the invader has a weapon, and you kill him, you will probably get away with it saying it was self defense.
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#39 Posted by Harisemo (4133 posts) -
in uk the invader has the right to kill you
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#40 Posted by Elann2008 (33028 posts) -
in uk the invader has the right to kill youHarisemo
Whoa, what? Please elaborate!
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#41 Posted by rowzzr (2385 posts) -
it is legal in some states, but not in some. in some states your life needs to be in danger for it to be justified. if the guy is unarmed, you could be charged for manslaughter. lxseto
that's downright ridiculous. why, do you have to wait for the burglar to have a weapon pulled out? are you supposed to be asking, "hey, burglar, you have a deadly weapon on you? if not, im not gonna kill you. if so, let me know now so we can have a mortal kombat!" ..that's a dumb law.
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#42 Posted by T_P_O (5388 posts) -
[QUOTE="Harisemo"]in uk the invader has the right to kill youElann2008
Whoa, what? Please elaborate!

They don't. He's just being sarcastic.
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#43 Posted by Elann2008 (33028 posts) -
[QUOTE="Elann2008"][QUOTE="Harisemo"]in uk the invader has the right to kill youT_P_O
Whoa, what? Please elaborate!

They don't. He's just being sarcastic.

Gotcha. I thought it was one of "those" laws where you cant set booby traps against home invaders.
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#44 Posted by Inconsistancy (8094 posts) -
In some states, yes. But, if you do, be sure to kill the person. I remember hearing of a case where a would be thief fell through a skylight and impaled himself on a knife, then sued, and won vs the family.
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#45 Posted by Treflis (13283 posts) -

Well I have heard of a homeowner that shot a fleeing burglar in the leg, dragged him back inside the house and killed him there.

He wasn't charged with anything.

Though this was in the US, As far as Norway goes it's only in self defence if your life is actually threatened.

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#46 Posted by Elann2008 (33028 posts) -
In some states, yes. But, if you do, be sure to kill the person. I remember hearing of a case where a would be thief fell through a skylight and impaled himself on a knife, then sued, and won vs the family.Inconsistancy
That's ridiculous lol. Wow. :P
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#47 Posted by unrealtron (3148 posts) -

I would blow his brains out if he´s armed or if he is taking something I really like. If not I would shoot somewhere close to him... he´ll panic and crap his pants and run... or cry in his knees while I call the police :twisted:

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#48 Posted by TheHighWind (5388 posts) -

In Idaho and Montana you can also shoot intruders.

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#49 Posted by blo_op (332 posts) -
If it's done in self-defense it's legal.
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#50 Posted by raynimrod (6860 posts) -

Only in crazy places such as certain states of the US of A.

Here in Australia, killing someone will almost certainly net you a prison cell, except in extreme circumstances of self defence.