Deadly Force: What and When?

I do lots of concealed carry training and I ask my students the same question every time: When can you use deadly force?

I get all sorts of answers. Typically someone will say, “When your life is in danger.”

That is true, but not the whole story. Take a few minutes and watch the video. I think you will get the idea. It is more complex than you think.

Into the Fray, Episode 5: Deadly Force Defined

The use of a firearm is always deadly force. But remember: despite the name, your goal in a deadly force encounter is simply to stop the threat.

The rules governing deadly force are vaguely specific or specifically vague. They are in place to protect people, but also to give prosecutors lots of leeway to find a reason to charge you with a crime. Learn these rules.

You'd do anything to protect your family.But did you know... You're still vulnerable to criminal charges and financial ruin…even if you did everything right? Your USCCA Membership arms you with the self-defense education, training, and legal protection you need to protect your family with confidence. Because, after all, doing the right thing shouldn't cost you everything...

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