So you are now a gun owner and have a desire to protect yourself. Part of being a gun owner is learning to be proficient with your firearm. As equally important is to understand the laws regarding the use of your gun when needed. I want to focus on that instance when, as a responsible gun owner you may be faced with having to use lethal force. While this may not be a pleasant topic, it is vital to know when your action is legal. Having a working knowledge of the laws on the threat to use, and the use itself, can make the difference between a justified shooting and a charge of aggravated assault or murder. Knowing when you can shoot can also assist you in not hesitating in a situation when seconds matter.
This message is not intended to scare you, rather I am hopeful to point you in the direction of either taking a class or do some reading on the laws in your home state. You don’t need to be a trained law enforcement officer or attorney to have a working knowledge of this subject. We have heard a lot lately from a case in Florida regarding the “stand your ground laws”, or the Castle Doctrine. Here in Arizona we have a stand your ground law, but what does it mean and what does it afford someone under the law? Fortunately, there are many resources available to you. If you reside in a state that has concealed weapons permits these courses can be very valuable in providing you with this instruction. If training is not what you are looking for then I recommend some informative and reasonably priced books from the author, Alan Korwin, who is “the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in America, nationally
recognized as an expert resource in this narrowly focused niche”. Below are some local Arizona resources that can provide this training.