Warning Shots

New Florida law makes warning shots legal

On June 27, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill making it legal in some situations to fire a warning shot if you feel threatened.

According to WPTV in West Palm Beach, "The bill was inspired by the case of Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman who faces 60 years in prison for firing a warning shot during a domestic dispute."

5th Amendment

5th Amendment Update: Why silence is no longer golden

by Sean Maloney, Esq.

Nearly 70 years ago, Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote in Watts v. Indiana: "[A]ny lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to police under any circumstances."

Legal Action Against Victim

Criminal's family may pursue legal action against victim

Just because police say you acted properly in self defense, it doesn't mean that you're legally in the clear.

Consider the Waffle House case from Chesnee, South Carolina in 2012. A man licensed to carry a firearm sits down in a restaurant to have a meal, but soon finds himself in the middle of an armed robbery.

He decides he won't be a victim and shoots and kills one of the two criminals. Now two years later, the family decides they may go after him.

Delayed Interviews

The science behind delayed interviews after a self defense shooting

When training our members on how to deal with the aftermath of a self defense shooting, we always emphasize the negative impact of stress on thinking, speaking, memory, and behavior. And for this reason, we recommend that you assert your 5th Amendment rights, speak to legal counsel before providing a statement, and strictly limit what you say or do immediately after defending yourself with a firearm.

Shooting on 911

Dramatic self defense shooting caught on 911 call

Most 911 calls reporting a self defense shooting happen after the incident. But here is one that records the entire drama.

This is from Botetourt County, VA in 2009. A drunken man goes on a rampage, trying to break into a house on a dark, rainy night.

You can hear the ravings of the disoriented man outside and the crash of patio door glass as he uses a piece of furniture to smash his way into the house.

Listen to all 3 parts of this bone-chilling 911 call.

Deadly Force Exceptions

Exceptions to Justifiable Use of Deadly Force

We've written about when it is justifiable to use deadly force.

To quote from our own previous article:

While specific laws vary, it is generally accepted in every state in the U.S. that you have a right to defend yourself with lethal force. Whether you exercise this right legally is based on the "reasonable man" doctrine. In other words, would a reasonable person in the same situation be likely to use deadly force in self defense? What is considered reasonable?

Calling 911

5 things authorities don't want you to know about calling 911

You might think you know all you need to know about calling 911 after using a firearm for self defense. But most likely, you got your information from TV and movies, which are not the best sources.

NRA Insurance

NRA Self Defense Insurance vs. Second Call Defense

With more people buying firearms and more efforts from gun control advocates to vilify gun owners, more people are looking for gun insurance, especially insurance that protects them after using their firearm in self defense.

Unfortunately, there some serious problems with this type of gun or liability insurance.

What Gun Owners Say

What every gun owner says right before going to jail

It's a sad fact of life that many gun owners are in denial when it comes to the realities of using a firearm for self defense.

Gun owners may think about someone breaking into their home or hijacking their car, so they plan ahead to have the appropriate means of protection. However, they don't think beyond pulling the trigger.

And ironically, it's what happens right after you pull the trigger that's most likely to get you into legal hot water.