Andrew Guest Appearance on CCW Safe Podcast

Today’s post is a bit different than most, and quite a bit longer—it’s the replay of my recent guest appearance on the CCW Safe podcast, and it runs just under an hour long. Enjoy my interview and take another step along your journey to be hard to convict! Also, don’t forget our upcoming Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class on August 24: http://lawofselfdefense.com/liveonline Remember: You carry a gun so you’re hard to kill. Know …

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Home Defense with Legal Presumption

This post is prompted by a news report of a home defense in Arkansas just yesterday that stands as a nice contrast to the home defense case in Maryland that I wrote about this past Monday. The difference in law between the two states? Arkansas law creates a legal presumption of lawful use of defensive force when facing an intruder in one’s home, and Maryland does not. The difference in legal outcome between the two …

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Cop Shoots Dog: Self-Defense?

Today’s post is prompted by a good friend of Law of Self Defense, and myself, Sean D. Sorrentino, over on his Facebook page. He shares a body cam video of a dog attacking a police officer, with the officer feeling compelled to shoot the dog. The question then posed is whether this use of force by the cop follows the principles of self-defense. I answered that question there, but do so again here for your …

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Charge & Defense: Courtesy of an Italian Murder

Today’s post is prompted by a news story of a California man facing possible murder charges in Italy over the stabbing death of an Italian policeman in what appears to be a drug deal gone bad. One throw-away line in the news story reminded me that many people misunderstand how a legal defense like self-defense works in a technical sense, so that’s the topic of today’s post. Interested in learning more, and taking another step …

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Good Read: Prosecutor Report on Police Shooting

Today’s post is prompted by news of a police-involved shooting that took place in Indiana, and the prosecutor’s report explaining why the officers’ use-of-force was lawful. As always it’s useful to review such official reports and their analysis—and this one is embedded in today’s post for your reading pleasure—to see how the authors address the elements of a self-defense justification. (Many thanks to Acting Prosecutor Joseph M. Villanueva, the author of this report, for expediting …

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Legal Presumptions in Defense of Home

Today’s post is prompted by a news story about a recent shooting in an ex-burb of Baltimore in which a homeowner shot and killed a man attempting to unlawfully and forcibly enter the home. Authorities are now deciding whether to prosecute the homeowner. Notably, Maryland lacks any legal presumption of reasonableness in the context of defense of dwelling, legal presumptions that many states have enacted, so this case provides an opportunity to explore what legal …

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Is NRA “Armed Citizen” Modeling Criminal Conduct?

This post is prompted by several stories published recently by the NRA’s “Armed Citizen” column that appear to model what is actually criminal conduct, as the Armed Citizen stories do far too often. If you’re learning self-defense law from the Armed Citizen column, you’re learning how to make yourself easy to convict.  Earlier this week, I was prompted to click over to the NRA’s web page for their “Armed Citizen” content, and I was …

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Calling the Shots: July 24, 2019

Hey folks, In this episode of Calling the Shots we covered self-defense “insurance.” NEW! Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class: LIVE ONLINE! For those of you who’d like a deeper understanding of how the Law of Self Defense works in the real world, you might consider joining our full-day Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class, on Saturday, August 24, taught live by me, and streamed online to you in the convenience of your …

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Report: Crowbar & Hammer Attack Justifies Police Shooting

Today’s post is prompted by a report out of the San Bernardino District Attorneys Office regarding a police officer shooting of a suspect who attacked with a crowbar and a hammer. The report does a reasonably good job of stepping through the five elements of self-defense much as we teach them at Law of Self Defense, so I thought it worth sharing.  This is going to be a very short post in terms of …

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NRA Carry Guard: Not with a bang, but with a whimper

This past weekend I received a text from a legal colleague that simply read “RIP Carry Guard.” The NRA launched Carry Guard in 2017 as a hybrid self-defense training and self-defense “insurance” program. It now appears the long-troubled “insurance” facet has, for perfectly predictable reasons, been shuttered completely, and the training facet appears to be questionable, as well. Interested in learning what went wrong, and taking another step along your journey to being hard to …

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