A small note about shooting someone who is threatening your life.
Although the law would most likely condone your right to use a
firearm to defend your life, all of the jewelers I've spoken to over
the years who carry guns routinely in their businesses (and there are
LOTS of them that do, believe me) all of them will tell you that if
it comes down to having to actually shoot someone, you have to be
sure that they are shot INSIDE your business (not outside the door)
and that you will need to make sure they are DEAD, not just wounded.
Most jewelers I know have the belief that a wounded thief will likely
try to sue you for shooting them, whereas it is much more difficult
if they are dead. I have heard jewelers tell me that they would drag
a dead thief back into their store for their legal protection.
So, not only are you faced with the awful decision of whether you
would be able to shoot a crook, but are you willing to empty your gun
into that person to assure they won't come back and sue you? Yikes!
Anyone who has spent any time in the jewelry business realizes that
anyone dealing in high value items like gold, platinum, and precious
gems has a potential target painted on them. It is a grim reality,
I'm afraid, and I don't have good answers.
You can consider having a handgun to protect yourself, but almost
every jeweler I know that has been robbed at gunpoint had a gun aimed
at their face before they could even blink. One jeweler I know was
working with a well dressed business man, who had returned to the
store that day to buy a pendant for his daughter. As my jeweler
friend was helping him at the counter, he was suddenly looking into
the barrel of a gun. It happens so incredibly fast, and you just
don't know who it will be...