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to Carry a Handgun
The Reasonable Man Rule
The law differs from state to state. Some
states require you to retreat in the face of a
threat before you can use deadly force.
Some states don’t. Some states even
establish a legal assumption that you were
threatened in certain circumstances.
But a good thing to remember that will keep
out of legal hot water almost anywhere in the
Just about every jurisdiction permits you to
use deadly force to defend yourself or another
if you can articulate the imminent fear of
death or great bodily harm. The reasonable
man rule comes into play in that if a
reasonable man were to weigh your actions and
decide that yes, he would have felt in danger
of imminent death or great bodily harm if
put in your situation, Your use of force will
“likely” be found to be justified It’s ultimately going to come down to,
“how well you tell your story” and “if your story matches up with the physical evidence and testimony
of any witnesses”.
Lets look at an example 1. and see how this
would play out.
1. A much larger guy grabs you by the shirt,
raises a fist, and makes some demand “give
me your wallet, watch, whatever”.
A. Is your life really in danger?
Beating someone to death would (could) take time
and ALL this guy wants money.
Realistically, your life is not in danger if you send him away with your valuables.
B. If this guy gets the impression that you
are reaching for a weapon, he might be able
to wrestle it away from you.
Could the much larger guy kill you? At the
time he grabs you, are you in imminent fear
of death or great bodily harm?
Aren’t you making a pretty big assumption
that if you give him your wallet he’ll leave?
Granted, that is what happens in a great
majority of strong arm robberies. But what
if this guy is the exception? The fact that in
this example, your attacker has a big size
advantage will make it easier to convince
that reasonable man that you were in fear
of imminent death or great bodily harm.
-----Its Called Disparity of Force---------
Might he be able to wrestle your gun away
from you? Yes, that’s why you walk around
in condition Yellow and hopefully he won’t
get that close to you.
“There is one activity you
can do everything right and loose”. That is to
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