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Old 05-06-2015, 09:52 PM
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Default Protecting yourself and your stuff

The recent riots (I'm sure there are more to come) might raise a question or two about what measures you can take in protecting yourself and your property. Every state is different so I'm launching this thread mostly so we can compare notes.

Protection of self and others:
In Texas, we can legally use deadly force to protect ourselves and/or a third party. In the event that deadly force is justified there is no duty to retreat prior to use of deadly force.

Protection of property:
In Texas, we have daylight and nighttime rules. The use of force is justified for protection of property. The use of DEADLY force is justified if the incident occurs at nighttime.

What can you do in your state?

Texas Penal Code

Use less, lose less, weigh the benefits, count the costs.
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Old 05-07-2015, 03:39 AM
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We are similar here, but Stand Your Ground here applies anywhere you can legally be and carry a weapon. We can conceal-carry without a permit within the State. This is a very dangerous place to be a burglar. There are still some break-ins, but usually they have been cased first to make sure the occupants either are not home or are not physically able to defend themselves...or are Liberals in a city without any weapons. All rural residents here are armed at least for bear defense or hunting. They may or may not have handguns, but everyone has rifles and most have shotguns.
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Old 05-09-2015, 12:23 AM
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My biggest deterrent has been a big mouth and a flashlight.

The bag guys run off like roaches (in the dark, if that makes a difference).
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Old 05-09-2015, 01:43 AM
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Minnesota Statutes 2012 Chapter 609. Criminal Code 609.065

JUSTIFIABLE TAKING OF LIFE. The intentional taking of the life of another is not authorized by section 609.06, except when necessary in resisting or preventing an offense which the actor reasonably believes exposes the actor or another to great bodily harm or death, or preventing the commission of a felony in the actor’s place of abode.


I put that last statement in bold because it is extremely important to understand.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:55 PM
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Idaho: Justifiable Homicide- When resisting any attempt to murder any person, or to commit a felony, or to do some great bodily injury upon any person.

Other contributing factors:

No duty to retreat
Reasonable man
Reasonable force
Ability of the attacker
Immediate threat
You must be the victim
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:45 PM
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Pa, open carry legal save inside govt buildings. Concealed carry legal with permit. A castle doctrine bill was on the table recently , however not sure of the status at this time. We are one of the friendlier northeastern states with regards to gun control. Semi auto military style weapons still OK to buy and own with no restrictions on mag size etc like neighboring states. We have the largest hunter base of any state this side of the Mississippi and second only to Texas with regards to number of deer taken annually if not mistaken. So for that we remain in pretty good standing from a firearms standpoint. Hopefully if will stay that way.
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