ok, last night I was going to bed, about 12:30, I have this habit of looking out the blinds one last time before I get in the bed. we live in a neighborhood, I've lived in the country all my life, still getting used to living next to people. well, I look outside and there are 3 kids, probably 16-20 standing in the middle of the street, one looks like he's drinking beer. after about a second, they start walking up my street, going right past my cars. I am just waiting for them to start trying to break into one of them. I stand there, just watching, and they just kept walking, and finnaly got out of my line of sight down the road. I just get uneasy about people messing with my stuff, I've had cars broken into before. now, as I am laying there trying to get to sleep, I keep playing out senerios(sp?) in my head. One of which goes like this. Say, I saw them go up in my driveway, which is only like 25 feet long, and start breaking into my car. What I had in mind was to step out my front door, with my loaded shotgun, and yell at them to freeze while my wife calls the cops. Now, if they ran away, they ran away, I understand I am outside of my house now, and basicly the shotgun is a scare tatic, if I shoot at them I go to jail forsure. BUT, what if one of the guys turns into billy badass and starts coming at me. I can pretty much tell he is unarmed, but he is still going to attack me. Now what sucks is I know if I shoot him with my 12 gauge, with buck shot in it, there is a really good chance I am going to kill this guy. What should I do? Shoot? I just kept playing this sceene in my head over and over again, and I couldn't figure out what I would have done. If he doesn't have a weapon he isn't indangering my life 100%, beating me up isn't going to kill me most likely, and we are outside my house. If we were inside my house, even if he had nothing but fists he is getting his head blown off. what would you guys do? I am a noob and gun laws, etc. I live in NC if anybody knows the laws here, I heard about in texas if you catch someone doing the above you have the right to blow them away, but I'm not sure about NC.