I did a cursory search for this topic on this page, so I hope this isn’t redundant. I’m in one of the worst areas of the country and state of CA regarding self defense and the law. I’m in L.A. County but nowhere near the city.
I’ve had three attempted robberies, but the first one could easily be considered an attempted home invasion. I’ve shared about the first experience several times on other USCCA boards. The mere display of a shotgun probably caused a criminal intent on breaking a window or rear door to flee during that incident. It was either that or he saw that a TV was on, which is considered the number one deterrent by criminals according to an article I read after a researcher asked prisoners charged with breaking and entering. The shotgun was swept carefully but I then fixed it toward the rear door when I immediately saw one of the criminals. A sheriff later said I did everything right.
I had two less dramatic incidents, one where a couple showed up at my doorstep after backing their pick up truck against my garage door. The man was hiding almost away from my line of sight to the side of the door while a woman continued to knock. If someone who would have opened the door they probably would have been attacked. The second incident only involved one woman at the door with a false flier of a dog they supposedly lost. It was laminated and professionally printed. The man was in the car the entire time. During that incident, I did have my handgun in my right hand but pointed downward and finger off the trigger. The potential criminals in these two incidents never saw me since the shutters over the windows were closed the entire time. But I was able to see them by peeking through the very small holes of one of the shutters over the window that directly faces the front entrance.
I thought that maybe if I had displayed the gun in a non-threatening way so that a potential criminal could see it through the window, this could easily have ended any desire on their part to trespass. I bring this up especially because my mother had a very complex surgery to repair her ascending aorta due to an aneurism. And they basically reconstructed the entire area around her heart. She already had high-blood pressure problems but none of us knew she could have died instantly had the aorta ruptured. Those past incidents probably contributed to her aneurism, especially the first one. She cannot hear of any bad news because of her condition, and something like those incidents might exacerbate her condition. I’m thinking that in order for me to avoid any excitement or distressful situations like the attempted home invasion or robbery, I would simply display a gun in a non-threatening manner. That is, not pointing it at anyone. I know that this is risky as well since a potential criminal might also be armed. That might also cause unintended consequences. So I realize this is complex but I’d only do it to stop a potential threat as quickly as possible. Displaying a gun in this case would be more of a deterrent than a threat.
And sorry for such a long winded explanation but I think it’s important to give as many details as I can in order to get a good answer. If my mother wasn’t in such a delicate condition, I don’t think I would consider this option for various reasons. She’s not out of the woods, so to speak, because she can get a stroke or heart attack if her blood pressure reaches abnormal levels. I’m her caregiver and I have to be even more careful than ever.