I’m trying to develop a plan for home defense that will be most effective and also give me the best chance of staying out of legal trouble, but I’m having a hard time researching this.
For example, I know pointing a gun at someone is normally considered assault. But suppose someone breaks into my home, and I don’t know if they are armed or not. Is it legal to immediately point a gun at them and order them to leave?
Then… suppose while I am pointing the gun at them, they start advancing toward me. Is it legal to fire, on the theory that it seems like they are trying to take my gun away?
Also, on the practical side… suppose a crowd is gathering outside my home… Is it better to show the crowd that I’m armed to discourage them from breaking in? Or is better to hide myself from view until they actually break in?
Is there any course I can take that can answer legal and practical questions such as this?