10 Things Gun Owners Get Wrong About Their Self-Defense Rights
By Michele Byington
Attorney Michele Byington specialized in self-defense cases for six years.
She points out that most gun owners, many law-enforcement officers, and quite a few district attorneys and judges don’t know important elements of self-defense law.
For six years, I was an attorney for a national firearms legal-defense program.
I represented gun owners who acted in self-defense and traveled the country speaking on firearms issues.
I’ve taken countless questions regarding a person’s legal right to self-defense.
Over the years, I started to see a pattern — people have the same questions.
From your brand-new gun owner to the seasoned carrier, the questions and misconceptions were the same.
I’ve heard it all, and nothing catches me off-guard, so I’ve drawn on these experiences to put together the top 10 misconceptions gun owners have when it comes to their self-defense rights.
We usually focus on what guns to buy, but there are also legal consequences for the use of firearms that defenders should know about.
Here are some of the most important concepts.
6. Shooting to Wound Is Better Than Shooting to Kill
This statement is cringeworthy.
As noted above, when the trigger is pulled in the vicinity of another human with the intent to threaten,
that act will likely be considered the use of deadly force under the law.
A person must be in a situation where they would be legally justified in using deadly force in response to the perpetrator’s action.
Whether the discharge results in a complete miss, an injury, or a death, it will probably be considered the use of deadly force.
It all comes down to whether the shooter acted reasonably in discharging the firearm in self-defense.
A judge or jury will be the ultimate decider that determines this issue.
If a person is shooting to wound, they shouldn’t be pulling the trigger at all.
Each week we will review the next item Michele recommends.
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