Defensive Legal Issues

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Defending Yourself From Criminals and Elected Officials

In defensive training, we talk about concepts and principles of personal or family defense against a violent criminal. These may include awareness, avoidance, and collection and processing of information so that we properly identify an attacker and have an appropriate response. The “verbiage” may change from one instructor to the next or one curriculum to the next, but the core concepts and principles remain constant.

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Know the Law: Part I

What are the legal aspects of using deadly force? Every state has guidelines for the use of deadly force. As a legally armed citizen, it is your responsibility to know those guidelines before you carry a gun for personal defense. Being legally armed is a tremendous responsibility. You carry a tool that can take human…

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Problem Two: Legal Issues in Self-Defense

The late, great Col. Jeff Cooper, founder of the famous firearms school Gunsite, first called the issue of dealing with the criminal justice system after a self-defense shooting “problem two.” Specifically, he opined that surviving the deadly force encounter was “problem one,” and everything that occurred afterward (the emotional, societal and legal issues) was “problem…

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