Shots Justifiable

In self defense, how many shots are justifiable?

If you've been following the story about the shooting in Ferguson, MO, you may have noticed a familiar pattern.

While the general public knows very little about the reality of violence or the use of lethal force, that doesn't stop people from having strong opinions anytime someone gets shot. This is especially true when it comes to how many shots are fired.

Shoot in Back

Is it legal to shoot someone in the back?

You've seen it a hundred times.

Two men walk to the center of a dusty street, guns slung low on their leg. They stand about 20 paces apart, staring each other down with a steely gaze. Their fingers twitch in anticipation. Then it happens.

The bad guy goes for his gun. He draws and fires with an evil smile on his face.

But wait! The good guy isn't hurt. He's faster on the draw and a better shot. The bad guy missed and he's the one who's shot. Slowly and dramatically, he falls to the ground.

Survey Results

Concealed Carry Survey Results

Earlier this month, we conducted an informal survey of our members and newsletter subscribers to learn about the concealed carry habits of average gun owners.

The results were interesting.

Do you have a concealed carry license?

  • Yes - 89.5%
  • No - 9.9%
  • No Responses - < 1%

Nothing unusual here. We expected that most people taking the survey would have a CCW permit.

How often do you carry a firearm?

Favorite Blogs

Our favorite blogs on gun and self defense law

We try to keep you informed by publishing information about the laws of self defense here on our blog. But you might be wondering, "What blogs do you Second Call Defense guys read?"

That's a good question. There are tons of great sites out there with interesting news and commentary, but here are some of our favorites:

Member Training

Ultimate Member training in lethal force

On June 25, 2014, we held a private training session in Westerville, OH for Ultimate Members only.

Sean Maloney, our resident legal guru and founding partner of Second Call Defense, presented Lethal Force & the Law – 5 Universal Concepts Every Gun Owner MUST Understand.

This was one of three topics we developed for our 2014 seminars. It proved to be a standing-room-only topic in Indianapolis, so we decided to share it with our Ultimate Members as well.

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.