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Old 3rd September 2019, 10:43 PM
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Default Spanish self-defence & stand-your-ground laws?

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My family and I are moving to Málaga shortly and I have heard that muggings and break-ins aren´t that uncommon over there.

I was wondering how does the law work over there?

Let´s say someone tries to mug me on a dark alley, is it o.k. for me to use a weapon to defend myself?

Or worst-case scenario, someone breaks into our home at night, is it o.k. for me to protect my family and shoot the perpetrator?

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Have moved your post over to the Spain section of the forum. In general, however, I think you'll find that European gun laws are significantly different from those in the US. There are terms and conditions for you to even have a firearm in your home - and self defense isn't usually considered an acceptable reason.

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The laws covering gun ownership are, from where you are, very restrictive. If you have even an idea of gun ownership then a little research will show what you would need to do.
Likewise the idea of carrying a weapon in public. It's simply not permitted.
I have no idea what the crime rates are in your area but it's often the case that fear of crime is disproportionately greater than the threat of crime.
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Spain's gun laws are said to be amongst the most restrictive in Europe and specific justification is required for the granting of a licence to hold one.

Self defence is in fact cited however you can be absolutely sure that that does not include to be able to shoot a burglar !

Spain is not the USA and thank god for it, we can manage perfectly well without that 'shoot first, ask questions later' sick and disturbed gun culture.

Of itself and for whatever reason simply carrying any weapon in public will likely get you into trouble.

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Hello! Who told you "muggings and break-ins are not uncommon" in Malaga? Houses do get burgled, especially if they are left empty for long periods, but it's hardy an everyday event. Just make sure everything is securely locked. As for muggings, or any violent street crime, they are extremely rare.

And as others have said, you can't shoot people, whatever the reason!

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We have the right to bare arms, bare legs as well if you want. Guns? No thanks, too many of those nasty things already.

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Pepper spray is legal here in Spain, I bought a can for about 18 euros last year, i bought it as protection against the 'wild' dogs that run around the campos that i walk/hike through, turns out pepper spray is ineffective against dogs, in fact spraying them will just make them more angry lol!!!!
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Hello! Who told you "muggings and break-ins are not uncommon" in Malaga? Houses do get burgled, especially if they are left empty for long periods, but it's hardy an everyday event. Just make sure everything is securely locked. As for muggings, or any violent street crime, they are extremely rare.

And as others have said, you can't shoot people, whatever the reason!
''you can't shoot people, whatever the reason!'',,,, yes you can, my cousin in Lubbock Texas shot a 'home invader' (in the leg) a couple of years ago, the 'perp' was a known offender, my cousin filled in ONE police form and never heard anymore about it lol!!!!!

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Hello! Who told you "muggings and break-ins are not uncommon" in Malaga? Houses do get burgled, especially if they are left empty for long periods, but it's hardy an everyday event. Just make sure everything is securely locked. As for muggings, or any violent street crime, they are extremely rare.

And as others have said, you can't shoot people, whatever the reason!
A bloke in the pub told someone that someone told him that ......

There are some interesting stats here:

https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statis...ime_statistics

Denmark is the worst place to live if you don't want to be burgled - with almost 800 per 100,00 inhabitants! Spain is quite low, less than 300 in 100,000, which considering all the holiday properties left vacant off-season that is pretty good.

Spain is extremely low in the homicide table, only 3 countries are safer if you don't want to be murdered.
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''you can't shoot people, whatever the reason!'',,,, yes you can, my cousin in Lubbock Texas shot a 'home invader' (in the leg) a couple of years ago, the 'perp' was a known offender, my cousin filled in ONE police form and never heard anymore about it lol!!!!!
That was in Texas though, not Spain.
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