Different states have different laws about when you can and cannot use deadly force in self-defense. Some states may have a “duty to retreat” law. This law questions whether you have exhausted all possible avenues of retreat as legally required.

In their most extreme form, “duty to retreat” laws state that an individual who is under threat of deadly force must make a reasonable effort to avoid confrontation. This could be de-escalation or an attempt to leave the area in which the threat is occurring.

To learn more about which states impose laws related to the duty to retreat as well as learn more about other important self-defense terminology, check out the USCCA’s Terminology Guide.

If you are looking for detailed state-by-state information about gun laws and concealed carry reciprocity, check out the USCCA’s Gun Laws by State tool.

About Tom Grieve, Grieve Law

Tom Grieve is one of the most respected criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin. A highly awarded former prosecutor, he started Grieve Law, LLC, which is one of the top criminal defense firms in the state. He developed a nuanced knowledge of Wisconsin firearms law. Tom has also received his certification as a firearms instructor and participates as a speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, national expos and training videos. He is even serving as a speaker and analyst on numerous TV and radio stations as well as on college and law school campuses.

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