+1 I have a legal obligation in Ohio for now to retreat.wait , but not for long- only because in Ohio, you can only use deadly force if you feel you or another are in immediate danger of serious harm or death (of course if my wife is home, I can claim she had a fear of rape and open fire). Even then, at this time in ohio you have to prove self defense as a positive defense for using deadly force - you can be charged in a self defense shooting, but it rarely happens if you shoot in your house. (but there is a new law they are working on that would fix that - a intrusion into your house would be justification if it passes)
according to the Ohio Concealed carry booklet ( a must read even if you don't have a CC Permit, as it outlines the guidelines for the use of deadly force in Ohio)+1 I have a legal obligation in Ohio for now to retreat.
(note - I have corrected a wrong link )
"In Ohio, there is no duty to retreat from oneâ€™s own home. There is no
duty to retreat if there is no manner by which you can retreat safely.
However, being in oneâ€™s own home is not a license to use deadly force
against an attacker. The person who is attacked in his own home,
without fault of his own, may stand his ground and use deadly force
only if he reasonably and honestly believed that deadly force was
necessary to prevent serious bodily harm or death. If the person does
not have this belief or he created the confrontation, he cannot use deadly
force and must leave the situation, even if he is in his own home."
Here in SC, as in other parts of the country, there is what is called the "Castle Doctrine" If they are uninvited, they can get a feet-first escort out of your home. However, the "Castle Doctrine" is trumped by the retreat clause, when you are in your own (or others) business, make sure that the threat is real when you are confronted at work!!!starting to really love my state, SC has no duty to retreat and the key words are "officer, IBELIEVED that my family and myself were in great danger"
That may be who you watch out for! Especially if she's 8.If it were not a girl scout...