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    Question Handgun grips used against you in court?

    People ask all the time about their choice of ammo being used against them in court. I want to know if your choice in hand gun grips has ever been used? Now that I have 1911 fever and have my first 1911 on it's way. Does putting a grim reaper grip,Punisher grip etc... Put you at risk of being painted as a thug in court?

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  3. Doesn't sound logical or likely to me just in the thought that they could say the same about someones clothes, shoes, hairstyle and any other way they choose to express themselves. Just my two cents tho.

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    Honestly, I see it as a travesty that an unscrupulous prosecutor could turn an otherwise cut and dry self defense case into an opportunity to villify someone based on their choice of caliber, magazine capacity, or grip design. The way I see it, if you carry what you're best at shooting (regardless of caliber), stay away from high crime areas (so as not to give the impression that you're out looking for trouble), and use your weapon only as a last resort, then no jury should have a reason to convict you. But unfortunately, prosecutors, many whom are seeking election and don't want to appear soft on crime, use cases like these to paint anyone who carries as a "gun nut" who deserves to go to prison.
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  5. I worry about plaintiffs' attorneys in the civil suit in the aftermath.Why do anything that would attract the attention of people who can't get out of jury duty. Don't use handloads, overly slickened triggers,etc. or anything that makes you look 'Bloodthirsty'. Do use ammo like local law enforcement does. There are plenty of articles and books by legal advisers that will explain all this and more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcmarky View Post
    I worry about plaintiffs' attorneys in the civil suit in the aftermath.Why do anything that would attract the attention of people who can't get out of jury duty. Don't use handloads, overly slickened triggers,etc. or anything that makes you look 'Bloodthirsty'.
    Do use ammo like local law enforcement does.
    There are plenty of articles and books by legal advisers that will explain all this and more.
    What does that mean? Are you trying to say don't use the same ammo as your local/state police departments? If so why not? I carry the same ammo and see no problem in doing so.

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    Doesn't matter what gun, grip or ammo you have, the plaintiffs attorney will have a field day with you and drag you over the coals. Don't worry about what might happen in a suit, worry about making the right choices when deciding to use lethal force and make certain that when that choice is made, you shoot at center mass - double tap or triple tap - you don't want your threat to turn into a witness against you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    Doesn't matter what gun, grip or ammo you have, the plaintiffs attorney will have a field day with you and drag you over the coals. Don't worry about what might happen in a suit, worry about making the right choices when deciding to use lethal force and make certain that when that choice is made, you shoot at center mass - double tap or triple tap - you don't want your threat to turn into a witness against you.
    ^This. The prosecutor will try and find anything they can to make you look like a criminal or someone who was just looking for someone to kill. So to answer your question; yes they would try and use your grips against you. They would also try and use your night sights, extended mag release, participation in shooting sports.............you get the idea.
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    you should get grips with puppies on them

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    Questions like this are being constantly asked about can such-and-such be used against you in court. The answer is YES and WILL be no matter what it is. It is bit an unscrupulous DA that will use it but every DA and it will be up to the jury to determine if it has any bearing. There is no law or proceedure that allows or denies such things to be brought up but everything about you can be from what type of gun you used to how you were dressed and the type of language you used. That is why a lawyer will tell you that when you show up for trial have a conservative suit on, your hair cut and your beard trimmed.

    Just like when they read you your Miranda rights "Anything you say can and WILL be used against you", eveything about you "CAN and WILL be used against you" incuding what you had for breakfast and whether you went to the bathroom once or twice that day.

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    Alive in Court, Dead in the Ground

    First, I carry a stock .40 Glock, the same as a million LEOs, with the same ammo they commonly use. So I am not concerned with anyone portraying me as a mad, death-loving, cannon-equipped, killer.
    Second, I would rather be alive in court with whatever problems, than dead in the ground, which is a problem.

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