Deadly Force Law

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

For those who have been robbed in their own home, they know how scary the experience can be.

The new "Deadly Force" law aims to give rights to those in this type of situation.

Originally, the law stated that victims of robberies were only allowed to use a firearm after retreating to the farthest place in the home.

That is now changing.

"This law, the necessity to retreat it also take away the civil liability that you could face, not criminal but civil."

Deborah Williams, a Kentucky Gun Instructor, says the law will also prevent criminals from suing the person whose home they've broken into if they get shot.

"There were some cases civilly granted money in court because they were shot in someones home."

The law also extends beyond the home.

"If you truly feel yourself in danger you can protect your family and in some cases your property if you're talking about instances of car-jacking and things like that."

This addition slightly changes the concealed weapons law as far as how those with guns will be trained.

However, more weapons than just firearms can be considered concealed weapons.

"It really covers a broad spectrum of weapons that could be concealed. That could be knives, switchblades, brass knucks..."

Williams says the "deadly force" law puts more control in the hand of the victim and may make the criminal think twice."

"Well I think that criminals understand that they have to be careful these days because people they choose to rob or home they break into because they may be armed."

Williams also says that 35 states now have the carry concealed weapon law.


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