When a bomb explodes outside your home, you don’t get to decide whether it will kill you or not.
That’s because, in most states, your home is considered the “home of the family,” which means it’s not legally a place where a bomb can go off.
Here’s what you need to know about home defense.
The Rules: Home defense laws vary by state.
There are strict requirements for how many people you can legally carry into your home and what kinds of weapons are allowed in your home.
That means it may be easier to defend yourself in a small home against a potential bomb threat than a larger house or even a large apartment complex.
However, if you are the lone survivor in a home attack, your family’s home is probably your best chance of surviving.
There’s no such thing as an all-or-nothing decision.
“If you’re able to protect your home with only your family and pets, you’re probably safe,” says Scott H. Johnson, a Virginia-based personal injury lawyer.
“But if you’re living in a house that’s filled with dangerous people and dangerous equipment, there’s a good chance you’re not.”
To be safe, stay indoors or in a basement if possible.
“I don’t think you’re going to get away with going into a basement to hide in,” says Johnson.
“It’s not going to help you survive a suicide attempt.
You’re going be at the mercy of the bomb.
That may be a reason why the state has strict rules about where you can and can’t be.”
Also, keep an eye on the perimeter of your home: Are there other people in your family living there?
Are there kids playing in your backyard?
If so, take them to a safe location.
“You can’t go into a house and start shooting,” says Henn.
“There’s going to be people there who are going to see you as the threat and take advantage of you.”
Home Security Laws: There are no home security laws in the United States.
But there are some laws that make it difficult to defend your home from a possible bomb.
You may be able to use some kind of home defense plan if: You live in a large city like New York or Los Angeles.
You have an existing security system in your house that protects your home against intruders.
You live near a major airport or train station.
You own a large number of firearms and have a strong family bond.
The FBI says the majority of states have laws that are more restrictive than the federal laws.
These laws vary from state to state and can even affect who you can bring in for court to defend you.
For example, in New York, anyone 18 or older is exempt from the state’s home security law.
If you’re the sole survivor, you can be in the same legal category as the surviving spouse or the surviving children.
And you can use your home as a defense if you have a valid state concealed carry permit.
If a law requires you to bring in a specific person, that person must also be present at the time of the emergency.
The person can’t just show up to your home at any time.
The law also says that you may not use the house as a shelter.
You can’t use it as a place for an escape.
And if a bomb is detected in your yard, you may be legally unable to enter the home.
But, you’ll still be allowed to defend it yourself.
In states that don’t have any of these laws, you have to find someone else to do the job.
In Texas, you must hire a private security company to come to your house to take care of the situation.
If the homeowner is armed and ready to fight, you might not have much of a choice.
If that person doesn’t show up, you could be the last person left in the house.
“This is going to happen more often than you think,” says David A. Schumacher, a New York-based attorney.
“People will not know who’s there, and the people who are there will be armed and trained to handle the situation.”
If the person who arrives is a law enforcement officer, they have to go through a background check.
That might take hours, even days, to complete.
You might also need to sign a waiver saying that you won’t take any action that could make the threat more likely.
“When you sign that waiver, you are committing yourself to not doing anything to make the situation worse, not using force that could lead to more deaths,” says Schumachers attorney, Steven P. Schoeler.
“Then, you should have a copy of the waiver and a receipt for the money you paid to the private security.”
You May Need to Take Some Other Steps: A number of states make it a crime for a person to use a firearm against a person or property, even if they’re not legally armed.
In some cases, this means that you