when confronted by robbers in their own home? In the US, we've grown up with the notion that, at some point, there are no rules against defending oneself with whatever weapon is handy. Do you have a law in the UK that forbids robbers from carrying carrying a gun? Well, in the US, we have a law that forbids robbery. One who commits robbery should expect to possibly meet Mr Smith & Wesson up close and personal. We can't imagine a system that only permits an attempt to call police or do what one can to survive. But, then again, you may have a law that specifies what a robber may or may not do to his victim. Silly Brits. (kidding of course)
Melton Mowbray, Leics (UK)
"Farm tenant arrested after burglars shot was 'plagued by break-ins'
A farm tenant and his wife who were arrested after two suspected burglars were shot at their isolated home had been the victims of a number of robberies."
"A second man was later treated for gunshot injuries after arriving at Leicester Royal Infirmary, 10 miles from the scene of the shooting. Neither of the men is said to be seriously injured. "
"They have been robbed three or four times. One of them was quite nasty. "
"The case will reignite the debate over a householder's right to defend his property, which began in the late 1990s after the farmer Tony Martin shot two burglars at his remote Norfolk home. In 1999, Martin fired at Brendan Fearon, 29, and Fred Barras, 16, after they broke into the house in Emneth Hungate.
Three shots were fired, Barras was hit in the back and despite escaping through a window died moments later. Martin was convicted of murder and jailed for life, which was reduced on appeal to manslaughter and five years' jail. "