Defensive Handgun Blog e-mails to highlightÂ a post about whether the AR is a decent for home defense, pointing to the Harold Fish case as an example of any gun that can be successfully demonized. Â He highlights two cases, one where someone was prosecuted for a case self-defense because he used a machine gun to kill his attacker. He was ultimately acquitted by a jury, but not until after spending a small fortune to defend against a politically motivated prosecution focusing heavily on the machine gun. The second case is that of Harold Fish, who was convicted of murder after a prosecution that focused on his 10mm pistol being too powerful and on his hollow point ammunition. Fish was ultimately convicted largely because he shot an unarmed man under dubious circumstances, however, not because of his gun.
I think it’s probably good advice to keep in mind that you’ll ultimately be judged by a jury of your peers if the state attorney for your jurisdiction decides to bring charges. The prosecutor, in addition to generally being an elected office, is going to have an idea of what a jury in his area will and won’t convict on. If you live on a ranch on the border with Mexico in Arizona or Texas, I’m pretty sure you could get away with defending yourself with light artillery if you had to. If you’re living in a townhouse in Alexandria, you might be complicating your defense if you shoot an attacker with an AR.