The 7 Rules for Justified Use of Force

Could you go to JAIL for defending yourself...?

We've all seen action movies...the bad guy attacks, the hero defends and the day is saved, right?

Unfortunately real life isn't that simple...

In today's twisted justice system, a victim — and even a "hero" — can be prosecuted and wind up in jail!

That's why the education, training and legal protection benefits that come with USCCA Membership are VITAL when it comes to protecting you and your family in the aftermath of a self-defense incident...

So, what CAN you do if you find yourself under attack by violent thugs or a home invader?

While not laws, these 7 Rules for Justified Use of Force are a great start to answering that question ... think of it as a sneak peek into the incredible educational benefits of Your USCCA Membership:

Immediate Fear of Death or Harm…
You must be in immediate fear of death or great bodily harm to yourself or another person.

An Innocent Party…
If you are not an innocent party in the incident, you are likely not justified in using deadly force.

No Lesser Force Option...
There must be no lesser force option that is sufficient or available to stop the threat.

No Reasonable Escape...
A reasonable path of retreat or escape must not be available as an alternative to use of force.

Aggressor Indicated Intent...
The attacker must have indicated (verbally or nonverbally) his or her intent to cause great bodily harm or death to you or someone else.

Means of Harm...
The aggressor must have a weapon capable of inflicting great bodily harm or death. Bear in mind, this weapon could be their own two hands and feet.

Potential of Infliction...
The aggressor must have a means of using their weapon. For example, if an aggressor with a baseball bat is standing on a boat, and you are onshore, they do not meet this criteria.

Take care and stay safe,
Tim Schmidt
President | USCCA

My Thoughts:
FYI, it’s always good to be aware of various uses of your weapon and items that could get you in trouble with the law.