I live in Ohio. I fully understand the laws regarding concealed carry and alcohol in my state - zero tolerance. You are not allowed to have access to your firearm when out at a bar or restaurant if you have any alcohol.
My question is about when I am at home. You see, I mostly carry even when at home, and when my firearm is not on my side, it is next to me in bed or in my safe. I also enjoy some beers on the weekend when at home watching ball games or whatever. There are times when I hear strange noises in my house or suspicious activity outside my house and go to investigate - almost always with my firearm on my side (not in hand).
My question is if I need to brandish the firearm to hold an intruder until police arrive or - God forbid - have to fire it for self-defense on my own property, and I have had a few beers,… am I in serious trouble even if it was a completely justified use of a firearm?
Do the Concealed Carry laws of Ohio carry over to your house? Meaning, am I NOT supposed to touch my firearm in my house - even when I feel threatened or am investigating suspicious activity on my property - if I have been drinking any alcohol?
I know everyone’s first response is “just call the cops”, but so far every time I did go investigate a suspicious noise or activity it was either pets, kids or something just fell in my house. If I called the cops EVERY time I needs to “check something out”, the cops would put me on a “do not repond” list
I’ve asked many gun groups on facebook and get so many mixed responses, but no one seems to know the exact law and they all have their own opinion of what they “think” the laws are.
Are there any attorneys or trainers out there who actually know the rules and laws of managing your firearm, under the influence of alcohol, at your own house? (and please note that this is for serious or real activities, I’m not sitting on my front porch drunk firing my weapon into the air for stupid fun)