Reminder: Trespassing Doesn’t Justify Lethal Force
By Bob Owens
When may you use lethal force against another human being?
While the specific wording differs slightly from state to state, the general guideline is that the threat must be legitimate and proximate, and presenting a risk of serious bodily injury or death.
For example, a man 100 yards away with a baseball bat screaming that he’s going to kill you may be serious, but he isn’t a proximate and legitimate threat at that distance.
Likewise, the same person just ten feet away, but on the other side of a 10′ fence topped with razor wire might be both a serious and proximate threat, …read more
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