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Should Concealed Carriers Be Crime Fighters?

Should Concealed Carriers Be Crime Fighters?

There's one term that comes up over and over again when we run into case examples of concealed carriers responding to a violent threat: justification of the use of deadly force. A gun is immediately deadly force. As concealed carriers, we're just Plain Jane or Joe citizens. We're not sworn officers of the law and…

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Self-Defense and Stand Your Ground Factors

Self-Defense and Stand Your Ground Factors

Avoidance and retreat are usually the best and initial strategy for handling any physical conflict self-defense situation, especially if you are carrying a concealed weapon. Think about this statement and whether or not you agree with it. Just because you avoid a confrontation does not mean that you are scared or weak or do not…

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Louisiana Bill to Weaken Self Defense Laws Shelved

Louisiana Bill to Weaken Self Defense Laws Shelved

Members of the Louisiana Senate Committee of the Judiciary deferred an another attempt to weaken the state's self defense laws.  HB1100 was launched by Rep. Burrell ostensibly as an attempt to clarify state law but Chris Rager, a lobbyist for the NRA, said Louisiana law does not allow people to be an aggressor. “The harm of the bill…

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Laws on Deadly Force Vary on Both Sides of River

Laws on Deadly Force Vary on Both Sides of River

The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin has brought Florida's "stand your ground" law into the spotlight.  Similar laws exist in the Tri-state area, but with small variations across state lines. Ohio uses the "castle doctrine," while Kentucky and Indiana use "stand your ground." A 2010 case, involving 60-year-old Ralph Powers, illustrates Ohio's castle doctrine. Powers was not…

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Without 'Stand Your Ground,' Attacker can have Advantage

Without ‘Stand Your Ground,’ Attacker can have Advantage

Amid all the demagoguery regarding the tragic case arising from the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, there have been calls to repeal Florida's landmark "stand your ground" law, which was enacted in 2005. There have also been numerous misleading remarks on how the law was enacted and where the language came from. I am writing to…

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Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett Signs Castle Doctrine

Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett Signs Castle Doctrine

Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday signed a bill to widen the right to use deadly force in self-defense. The bill, enacted by the Senate last week, will expand the state's castle doctrine to allow the right to use a gun or other deadly force in self-defense in situations outside a person's home or business. Currently,…

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Deadly force expansion passes Pa. Senate

Deadly force expansion passes Pa. Senate

In Pennsylvania, as in most states, your home is your castle and you have a right to defend it. Soon, you will be able to add your car. Or the sidewalk. Or anywhere you "have the legal right to be." The state Senate, in a 45-5 vote, gave final approval Monday to the so-called castle…

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Pennsylvania Castle Doctrine Bill Headed to Governor's Desk

Pennsylvania Castle Doctrine Bill Headed to Governor’s Desk

Today, House Bill 40, NRA-backed castle doctrine legislation, passed in the state Senate by a 45 to 5 vote.  This bill will now go to Governor Tom Corbett for his consideration. Introduced by state Representative Scott Perry (R-92), HB 40 would permit law-abiding citizens to use force, including deadly force, against an attacker in their home…

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Iowa Castle Doctrine and Emergency Powers Reform Bills

Iowa Castle Doctrine and Emergency Powers Reform Bills

Iowa House Study Bill 18 (now House File 320), “Emergency Powers Reform” and House File 7 (now House File 573) “Stand Your Ground” legislation, passed in the House Public Safety Committee and survived the recent legislative “funnel.”  Now, HF 320 and HF 573 both need your help to be brought to the floor of the…

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