Legal Self Defense: Should Your Fire a Warning Shot?

Let’s face it…

Our screwed up legal system has practically made it “open season” on decent, responsible gun owners by oftentimes sending US to jail just for protecting our homes and our loved ones.

Legal self defense cases are showing that jusctice is not always served.

Take the case of Dennis Fleming for example…

Earlier this year, Fleming (61), of New Hampshire, returned home to find his house had been burglarized.

Fortunately, he could see the burglar in the progress of crawling out of his neighbor’s window as he went for his second hit.

Grabbing his .38 caliber handgun, Fleming raced outside to contront the criminal and yelled “FREEZE!”

He then fired a “warning shot” safely into the ground and held the 27 y.o. burglar at gunpoint until the police arrived.

“I didn’t think I could handle this guy physically, so I fired into the ground.” said Fleming.

Sounds like a solid case of upstanding citizen doing his duty to take another scumbag off the street, right?

But when the police arrived, not only did they take the burglar into custondy…

…they arrested 61 y.o. Fleming too!


Well, even though no one was hurt in this incident, the official charge was “Reckless Conduct” and, found guilty, Fleming could face about the same sentencing as the thug he caught red-​​handed!

“I didn’t know it was illegal to fire into the ground. I have 14 grandchildren.  I don’t want to be a felon and go to jail” continued Fleming in his statement.

As it turned out, Fleming was eventually let go but was racked with legal expenses and the emotional scars of being branded a “criminal” for doing nothing more than what he felt was a safe way to stop a crime in progress.

Here’s the important lesson you must understand…

Firing a “warning shot” — even if the bullet never hits anything or anyone — may actually be considered “illegal” by your local law enforcement and court prosecutors.

Think about it…

How many accidental murders have happened because of “stray bullets”?


For that reason, laws have been put in place that are very clear about when you can pull the trigger.

You must NEVER forget that our legal system is about the “law” — plain and simple.

And if there’s any chance you’ve broken that law, it’s the cops’ job to place you into custody.

When that happens, your fate may then be placed in the hands of a jury who will hear arguments about how “wrong” you were in your actions.

In fact, it’s the prosecuting attorney’s job to do everything in his power to make sure you’re found “GUILTY”!

While this case turned out ok for Fleming (who lived on a farm house in the country with little around him), you may not be so lucky.

So pay close attention…

The ONLY time you should fire your weapon is in self defense when you feel your life is in danger.

The “warning shot” myth that so many people think is ok, could be that one wrong move you make that could land you in prison for the rest of your life.

Responsibly armed citizens should NEVER have to face prison time for taking up arms against an attacker.

For more information on how to protect your legal rights in a shooting incident, go to www​.BulletproofDefenseDVD​.com.

The contents covered on this video may save your life… AND may keep you out of prison if you ever have to use your gun for self defense!



  1. Dave says:

    ‘The “warn­ing shot” myth that so many peo­ple think is ok, could be that one wrong move you make that could land you in prison for the rest of your life.’

    Yeah right. The REST your life? Hard to take stuff like this serious.

  2. ColdWarVet75 says:

    As told in the police academy…firing your weapon is deadly force and should only be undertaken when you intend to take a life.

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