Former state prosecutor Tom Grieve answers the question many responsibly armed Americans have asked: Can your training actually be used against you if you’re forced to use your firearm? The short answer is yes. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

What Your Training Should Include

Your training shouldn’t only be in how to shoot but when to shoot. If you have training in how to de-escalate a situation, this can be the difference in time behind bars and walking free. Your training should include shooting to stop the threat rather than shooting to kill.

Previous training can be used to show your state of mind at the time of the incident. So you don’t want it to be about serving vigilante justice. If your training includes when to walk away and how to diffuse a violent incident, your defense attorney will have a much easier time.

This training shows that, even if you had to pull the trigger, you weren’t there looking for violence. You only did what you had to do to protect yourself or others.

About Tom Grieve

Tom Grieve is a highly awarded former state prosecutor. He started Grieve Law, LLC, now one of the most successful criminal-defense law firms in Wisconsin. He is a respected top criminal-defense lawyer in the state and has a deep knowledge of Wisconsin firearms law. Tom has gone above and beyond and has also received his certification as a firearms instructor. He participates as a regular speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, training videos and national expos and even serves as a speaker and analyst on numerous radio and TV stations and college and law school campuses.

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