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.

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.

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.

Don't Talk After Shooting

10 other people you shouldn't talk to after a self defense shooting

If you know anything at all about the legal perils of defending yourself with a gun, you know that you should never speak at length to a 911 operator or responding police.

Why? Because the physical and emotional trauma of defending your life can give you diarrhea of the mouth. And in the minutes and hours after a shooting, you could say things that a prosecutor could decide to use against you in a criminal trial.

Zimmerman Lessons

7 critical lessons from America's most notorious gun owner

No matter what you might think of George Zimmerman or whether he was justified in shooting Trayvon Martin on that rainy February night in 2012, one thing is certain: it's a self defense case that has taught us all a lot about what not to do.

Here are 7 critical lessons for anyone who owns or carries a gun.

Improve Handgun Skills

7 ways to improve your self defense handgun skills

While there should never be a training requirement to exercise your Second Amendment right, training is nevertheless a good idea.

First, knowing how to use a firearm safely and effectively will pay off if you're ever in a situation where your life depends on your shooting skill. Second, the more training you have, the more likely you are to avoid mistakes that could lead to legal troubles.

Stand Your Ground

Do you understand Stand Your Ground laws? Are you sure?

The George Zimmerman trial brought considerable attention to "Stand Your Ground" laws in many states, even though Zimmerman did not use this in his defense. It also revealed the widespread misunderstanding about these laws.

Travel Safety

Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays of the year and often means long road trips to visit family and friends.

If you'll be hitting the road soon, follow these tips to be prepared and stay safe:

Plan your trip.
Having a GPS can make you lazy about planning. Always bring a "real" map just in case and have a list of addresses and phone numbers for your destinations.

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