Excited Utterance

Beware the “Excited Utterance”

One of the most important concepts to understand in the laws of evidence is what legal experts refer to as the “excited utterance.”

An excited utterance is a statement made in response to a shocking event. It is an exception to the hearsay rule and is admissible as evidence against you. Why?

The theory is that because it is spontaneous, unplanned, and made while still under the stress of excitement from the event, it is more reliable than a statement made at a later time when you’ve had a chance to think about what happened.

5 Stages of Violent Crime

The 5 Stages of Violent Crime

Most people see violence as a random event. But actually, violent acts, and crimes in general, follow a fairly regular process. Since the ultimate form of self defense is avoiding a fight altogether, understanding the crime process and spotting the signs of potential violence can help you stay safe.

There are different ways to describe the process of violent crime, but one of the most popular was developed by Marc MacYoung. It is used by the police and military as well as firearm and self defense instructors.

Avoid Confrontation

Avoid Confrontation When Possible

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu observed, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” That’s not only good advice for warfare, it’s good advice for self defense as well.

When it comes to justifiable use of deadly force, you should seek to avoid confrontation unless you have no choice and your life is on the line. This is easier to say than to do because it requires that you be calm and peace-loving throughout your life, but ready to use with deadly force at any moment.

Lethal Force Exceptions

6 Exceptions to Justifiable Self Defense

When gun owners run afoul of the law, it’s often because they don’t know the rules or say or do something stupid because they’re still suffering from the physical and psychological effects of a deadly force encounter.

However, there are also some specific exceptions to justifiable self defense.

New Podcast

Potential ATF Regulation of Pistol Braces, Duty to Retreat in Ohio, and More

Second Call Defense co-founder Sean Maloney joins the Faxon Firearms podcast to discuss the potential ATF regulation of pistol braces, how Ohio recently abolished "duty to retreat," polymer 80% firearms, and more.

You can listen here or visit our podcast site.

Deadly Force and the Law

Be Sure You Understand Deadly Force and the Law

If you own or carry a firearm, you need to know what the law says about using deadly force. You don't have to be a lawyer, but you must at the very least understand the basics. The better you understand how the law views deadly force, the better you are able to act within the law and avoid legal complications.

Here is the accepted legal standard for justifiable deadly force:

Deadly force is justified only to prevent the imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.

M&P Recall

Smith & Wesson Issues M&P Shield Pistol Recall


Smith & Wesson has identified two M&P Shield EZ Pistols on which the hammers manufactured by our supplier were cracked. In those firearms, the hammer failed to fully engage the sear, causing the round to fire, cycling the slide, and potentially resulting in multiple discharges without depressing the trigger. This issue can occur in the following two scenarios:

5 Key Truths

5 Key Truths About Using Lethal Force in Self Defense

The general idea of defending yourself with lethal force may seem pretty simple on the surface, but there’s a big difference between the general idea of defending yourself and the specific circumstances surrounding an act of self defense.

A lot can go wrong when you use a gun to defend yourself. It’s not about what you do as much as what you can “prove” to authorities when they show up to investigate why there’s a dead body on the ground.

Brutal Reality

The Brutal Reality of Armed Self Defense in the Real World

If you think you’re prepared for armed self defense just because you’ve seen it on TV and in the movies, you may be in for a horrible surprise.

It is almost NEVER like the movies. In the real world when your life is on the line, or your family is seconds from being killed, self defense is fast, brutal, and terrifying!

Imagine this …