I just came across this very interesting and excellent article about the legal maze of armed self-defense:
Hot Bullets, Cold Truth – How to prepare for the investigators, lawyers, revenge seekers and media hounds after shooting an attacker in self-defense <—Link (read it!)
If you’ve committed yourself to be accountable for your own safety and survival in a world where bad guys victimize good people, then I would recommend reading this article. If you own a weapon intended to defend yourself and family at home or outside the home, you must commit to a number of things:
1. Training and practice – You must be intimately familiar with how to operate your weapon and be proficient in its use. Can you hit the target? Do you know how to clear a malfunction?
2. Knowing the law – Every state is different. And, in some states (which don’t have “preemption” laws), each municipality may have its own unique laws. Know your laws COLD. Know them! And, that does NOT mean asking your friend, who happens to be a police officer. Do your own homework. Use the state’s website and print out the laws. Buy a book like this one (obviously this one applies to Florida only). Click on book image to link. Or do a Google search for a similar book that applies to your state.
3. Mental commitment – Are you REALLY committed to the notion of armed self-defense? Do you REALLY believe you could do it if the SHTF? Have you visualized how you would respond? Do you understand the potential sequellae?
I sincerely hope that none of us is ever forced to defend ourselves in this way. It is a decision with the most dire consequences for all parties involved. Avoidance is best and can often be accomplished via Situational Awareness. Lock your doors (including your car doors when you’re in the car. Use alarms. Be aware of suspicious behavior. Trust your instincts. Don’t do stupid things in stupid places with stupid people at stupid times. Nothing good happens after midnight.
If you haven’t already… go back and click the link to the article at the top of this post. It’s a worthwhile read, I promise.