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Alternate Question: You are an armed security guard, licensed to carry a gun. During your duty, you found a masked intruder inside the property you are protecting. How do you use your gun in this situation?

As a Security Guard when and how to use a firearm
As a Security Guard when and how to use a firearm

Possible Answer:

As a Security Guard, my primary duty is to protect people and then property in that order.

A Security Guard do not have the same authority to use a firearm as a police officer.

So unless the intruder poses a direct threat to my life or the life of another innocent individual I will not draw my fire arm. The use of deadly force to protect property or prevent property loss is illegal in most states in the US.

If the intruder is not armed, depending on my assessment of the situation (intruder’s demeanor, location of the incident, time of day, availability of other people to support me etc), I may decide to confront and restrain the individual to protect the property. After restraining the individual, I will immediately report the incident to the local police and handover the suspect to the police once they arrive.

This is a trick question and should be answered very carefully. Even though you are armed, you cannot use your firearm indiscriminately.

Your employer wants to know if you are a level headed person and understand the boundaries of when and where you can legally your gun.

In general, even though you are armed, you employer doesn’t want you to use your firearm unless it is absolutely necessary.

If in my assessment, I realize that it is unwise to confront the individual, then I will report this to the police and observe the actions of the intruder while keeping myself safe.

If the intruder is armed, unless he possesses a threat to me or another human being, I will not confront him without sufficient precaution to avoid a dangerous conflict. Instead I will immediately report this to the police for further assistance and will protect myself from the armed individual while waiting for the police to arrive.

The only scenario, I will draw my firearm will be in a situation, where the intruder already have drawn or in the process of drawing his gun with the clear intention to harm me or another innocent individual.

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