I recently completed a CPL/CCW class in Michigan and had a random thought. I understand it is illegal to possess a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, but what are the ramifications if deadly force is used in scenarios when it wasn't necessarily by choice?

Suppose I am in my own home, drinking late at night, and an intruder breaks into my home. I have a reasonable belief that they intend to do myself or my family great harm.

If I were to use deadly force on the attacker, would it still be considered justified in the eyes of the law?

I definitely understand it could prove more difficult to prove I had no other choice since my judgment may have been compromised, and that could be another issue entirely.

But in regards to my right to own a firearm, would I automatically lose that right since I possessed and used the firearm while under the influence?

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    Concealed carry and a weapon in your own home are not the same. – paparazzo Jun 11 '18 at 10:17
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    I understand that. This is not really a concealed carry question. – Zephyr Jun 11 '18 at 13:17
  • Would you rather die or suffer great harm if you believed you would get your gun rights taken away if you defended yourself? It is possible you would lose those rights, but I can't see a court enforcing that if you can prove that being under the influence would not have changed your decision. – Ron Beyer Jun 12 '18 at 1:28
  • Oh, I wouldn't NOT defend myself, just curious what the consequences could be. – Zephyr Jun 12 '18 at 1:49

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