COLUMBUS, GEORGIA — A Columbus stay-at-home mom left her front door open to let some air through. Two men walked up on her, one of them shirtless, and went so far as to cross the threshold into her home. She challenged both of them and let them know they were heading in a dangerous direction.
Both men took the hint and left. No shots were fired. Nobody got hurt.
According to WRBL Columbus News, the woman was on edge after a recent spat of home invasions reported in the area. In one of them, a Columbus police officer was shot responding to the scene.
The men that walked up onto her porch both didn’t appear to stop before the first one stepped foot into the interior.
“He said he was looking for his dog and I accepted that but I told him that he needed to leave and I told him that he needed to be careful because it’s not safe to come onto someone else’s property this day and age,” says the gun owner.
For Columbus residents, it’s a reminder that there’s men on the prowl out there, looking for any weakness to take advantage of. In this case, they decided it wasn’t worth it. If they had, she was armed and ready to protect herself and her home.
In Georgia, it’s perfectly legal to use deadly force to protect your property from being stolen or yourself from being hurt. WRBL News interviewed a former veteran of the police force who reiterated what every property owner should consider before employing deadly force.
“You’ve got to show that he’s there to steal something if he’s standing on your lawn you have no legal right to shoot that person but if he’s on your lawn and he’s in your car and stealing your lawn mower…by law you’re authorized to use deadly force,” says News 3 Crime Expert Ricky Holder.
The authorization of deadly force changes from state to state. Some states explicitly allow an occupant of a dwelling to exercise deadly force if he or she feels threatened or catches someone in the process of stealing property. In other states, however, it is not expressly authorized.
The definition of your state’s authorization of deadly force will determine how critical the local District Attorney’s office will be in reviewing the case. If deadly force isn’t explicitly authorized, you may have to contest potential criminal charges related to your use of it.
That’s why it’s so important for concealed carriers and gun owners to know what is and isn’t covered in their home state. It would also be useful to freshen up on the laws for any state you intend to visit while carrying a gun. Not only will this help you in the unlikely event you’re forced to defend yourself or another, it will significantly cut down on the loss in time and money you have to invest in the aftermath.