I see that the government in Ireland has put forward new laws relating to home defence, and what householders are allowed do to trespassers with criminal intent. RTÉ News: Govt publishes bill on home defence and New laws 'not carte blanche to kill burglars' - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie The actual act is available for perusal at http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0719/homedefence.pdf The impetus for this was a case very similar to the Tony Martin case, except the householder was found Not Guilty. This act seems to justify his actions in shooting the traveller who was attempting to rob him (again). I'm curious to know how this compares with the legislation and advice that is current in the UK. What do members of the site think, and do they think it's an incentive for burglars / thieves to get more violent, or less?