At home, consumption of alcohol, then having to defend your family?

Agreed.

I have cameras around my home and if I saw an issue, the police would still be 20 minutes away- on a good night.

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@Dana7 I applaud taking extra safety measures to protect yourself and family. Anything that will give you a better chance at a positive outcome. Please don’t put all your faith in a wireless home security system. Be prepared to defend yourself if you can’t extract yourself and loved ones from a bad situation. There simply may not be enough time. A good reason for remaining sober, staying firearm proficient and in good shape.

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I think what you are saying is, Officer I was so upset AFTER I called 911 I just had to have a drink to settle my nerves.

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State of Georgia states that you can actually use a firearm if absolute life & limb is at risk, but it also states that using a firearm under the influence of alcohol can be a prosecution.
With that they also detail discharging a firearm while under treatment of Legal prescription drugs. So if you are in need of medications and discharge you can face prosecution.
Lastly, it also covers the same for marijuana use. Test will be administered to determine just how influenced a person at the time is.
I get the alcohol / marijuana thing. Now with the prescription medications I can see (2) sides : (1) Being the potential side affects / potential misjudgments of a justifiable shooting, on the other hand if a person is capable - truly capable of handling a said medication they should not be prosecuted.
It was late 2018-early 2019 and I saw a case go to trial. The determination was although it was a justifiable defensive shooting , the individual defending himself was under the influence of prescribed medication.
Lastly, when I went to apply for my CCW here in Ga I was asked if I had a medical marijuana card in Ga or any other state. Then it was explained that if the answer was “Yes” then I’d be automatically disqualified. If I replied “No” and an investigative background check discovered differently then the person stating “No” that had actually obtained a medical marijuana license just committed perjury and would face up to 5 years in the State Pen… I was then asked again about it, If I understood the question, and understood the penalty of given a sworn truthful answer?
Then I was asked in a finale’ “Do you wish to remain with your answer at this time?”, I replied “Yes, I don’t have that card nor applied for one- you can’t here anyways… this state is stuck in the 30’s refer madness objectionable position.”
The lady said with a smile, “ It’s not a laughing matter no matter how true, but it is the law!” Very sternly.
That is a clear sign that if they legalize marijuana on a national level say good bye to the 2A… guarantee it.

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Interestingly, the SCOTUS ruled the requirement of a felon to register firearms unconstitutional under the 5th Amendment protection of self-incrimination. It would seem that the same should apply to that Marijuana stipulation. Yes, regardless of whether or not a state “legalizes” Marijuana, it is still a federal felony to use or possess Marijuana while in possession of a firearm. The Democrats pulled the wool over people’s eyes by declaring pot “legal” in a state when it is a federal crime. If they really wanted it “legal”, they would have done so on the federal level when they were in power. That they did not, proves that was not their intent. That stands to reason as they were the ones to pass the 1937 act, signed by FDR, to begin with.

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I just finished CCW in Illinois and if you need to use a weapon it had better be a perfect case of self defense otherwise you are spending time in jail. That said, the situation might not matter if you had been drinking. You are authorized to use deadly force if you feel the threat of death or grave bodily injury. The perpetrator needs to have ability, opportunity, and intent. If they are in your house they have met the opportunity part. If they aren’t a ninety year old grandmother they probably meet the ability part. Intent is harder to show. But if someone is kicking in a door, making a lot of noise, they aren’t there to sneak around and steal your nic-naks. Opportunity, ability, with violent mode of entry is enough for any juror to feel that you were justified to fear for your life. Like the rest of you I would also like to hear a response to this question from the USCCA legal department.

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Nice post; It gives you food for thought.

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@Douglas71.
Welcome to the community
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Train Hard and Stay Safe

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I would hope so. I never over indulge. Even at a big 4th of July cookout that I have every year at my home where I have lots of friends and family over, I won’t have more than three beers over the course of the entire day and evening. But if something really bad goes down (I won’t elaborate, you know the drill), I therefore cannot shoot? Or maybe I can, but it’s still a class A misdemeanor (big fine and jail time in Wisconsin).

I acknowledge the standard reply: “If your so worried about it, don’t drink.”

So does anyone have any web links to real-world court decisions in such a self-defense scenario?

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My old Sheriff’s Dept in L.A. County has a policy now that if you are going out in public to drink you leave the gun at home. I don’t drink in public and may have 2 beers at home or a glass of wine. No requirement for active duty to be “fit for duty” 24/7 like NYPD.

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