The Law Involved Shooting an Unarmed Attacker.

I recently reviewed a post from U.S. Concealed Carry Association discussing the topic of when you are justified in shooting an unarmed attacker.

The highlight of the post is a video featuring U.S. Concealed Carry Association Director of Content Kevin Michalowski interviews criminal defense attorney Tom Grieve of Wisconsin-based Grieve Law, LLC. The two men discuss a recent incident where an unarmed man caused great bodily harm to a pair of homeowners in Chicago

From the post “As with most questions dealing with deadly force, there is no clear-cut answer on whether or not you can shoot someone who is unarmed.”

The video highlights topics such as:

  • As a general principle, you have the right to use deadly force to stop a deadly threat.
  • But what constitutes an imminent deadly threat?
  • How do different states define a potentially deadly threat?
  • What defines great bodily harm?
  • What are victim-subject factors (aka officer-subject factors)?
  • Why are so many self-defense laws purposely vague?
  • Why is it important to pursue training and education on local gun laws?
  • Why is it so difficult to determine proper self-defense response levels to a threat?
  • How can you steer clear of potential legal trouble following the use of force in self-defense?
  • How can you improve the narrative surrounding a self-defense incident if you find yourself in the legal system?

View the compete video for more details.

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