Home defense is no joke, but the jokers who write laws have made it a minefield.
In some states showing a gun to a crimianls will get you arrested. In others, if you try to fight back, you'll go to jail. Some cities try to ban weapons totally, or make it so difficult to register one that you'll be long dead before you get permission to exercize a right that they are forbidden to interfere with. So you must check your local laws and don't ever take the word of someone else. Read them yourself. A great resource is opencarry.org.
But no matter what the rules are, when someone comes into your house without permission, you are in danger. The time to plan for this is not when it happens, but long before, and periodically to keep your skills updated. As the song says,
"There's a gun and ammunition
Just inside the doorway
Use it only in emergency
Better you should pray to God
The Father and the SpiritWill guide you and protect from up here."
Will you be prepared? A recent post on a board i'm on asked if you could find your way around the house with the lights off. Can you find a weapon with the lights off? Can you get up at 3am, and find your weapons before you are prevented from acting?
But caution is called for as well. The police are now doing "No Knock," raids, where they bust the door in and that is the first time you know they are there. One man in Texas heard the breaking down door and amred himself, and was most throughly killed by police. In my own town, a man was killed when police tried to break his door down and he got his gun. Sadly, it was the wrong address and the criminal got away while they were shooting an innocent man. Threats come in all sizes. Some wear badges.
You need to know local firearms codes, and make a plan to protect yourself and your family in ways that do not get you killed and protect you from both the police and the criminals.
"A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house. Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door. The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay. “They need to get rid of those men, boys with toys,” said Adams’ 70-year-old widow, Loraine. John Adams was watching television when his wife heard pounding on the door. Police claim they identified themselves and wore police jackets. Loraine Adams said she had no indication the men were police. “I thought it was a home invasion. I said ‘Baby, get your gun!,” she said, sitting amid friends and relatives gathered at her home to cook and prepare for Sunday’s funeral.
The resident Fired First
Police say her husband fired first with a sawed-off shotgun and they responded. He was shot at least three times and died later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Loraine Adams said she was handcuffed and thrown to her knees in another room when the shooting began. “I said, ‘Y’all have got the wrong person, you’ve got the wrong place. What are you looking for?“‘
“We did the best surveillance we could do, and a mistake was made,” Lebanon Police Chief Billy Weeks said. “It’s a very severe mistake, a costly mistake. It makes us look at our own policies and procedures to make sure this never occurs again.” He said, however, the two policemen were not at fault." - Coutresy ABC News
THIS is why you need to protect yourself.