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Important Update on Florida Law – The Use of Force!

February 12, 2021

By David S. Katz The Display of a handgun NO LONGER THE USE OF NON-DEADLY FORCE? What is considered simply the use of force in Florida is changing. Recently, due to courtroom interpretations of an amendment to Florida law, actions that were at one time clearly legal under Florida law are now questionable. All gun…

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Defending Your Property From Halloween Mischief

October 13, 2020

Defending your property on Halloween is not different than any other night. But since Halloween is right around the corner and many of you are carving pumpkins and breaking out the spooky decorations we believe it is time to remind you about your rights when defending your property.  Halloween is always a fun time of…

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A Self-Defense Nightmare – How disabilities affect self-defense!

October 13, 2020

We are often asked how a person’s disabilities affect self-defense and their rights. Recently, fellow Floridian, Jason Dames, was released from jail after spending two years waiting for trial on second degree murder charges stemming from the self-defense shooting of his attacker.  On September 1, 2018, Dames and his cousin were walking to a local…

Active Shooter

Surviving an Active Shooter Encounter!

August 28, 2020

In August, we were honored that over 5,000 Floridians participated in our FREE online webinars.  The featured topic we covered this month was How to Survive an Active Shooter Encounter! For those unable to participate in one of these free webinars, we wanted to provide some basic strategies and advice should you ever find yourself…

Rioters surround car

When Rioters Surround Your Car

July 24, 2020

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution bestows on us “…the right of the people to peaceably assemble…” in order to express our opinions and to give meaning to freedom of speech.  Unfortunately, some people have recently turned peaceable assemblies into violent riots.  During these troubling times, we have received emails and calls regarding…

McClosky Article

If The McCloskeys lived in Florida

July 24, 2020

What if the McCloskeys lived in Florida? By now, you are almost certainly familiar with the St. Louis couple that are accused of pointing firearms at protesters that passed by their home.  Since the incident, we have received hundreds of questions asking us what rights a Florida gun owner would have to protect their property…

Justifiable Use of Deadly Force

Justifiable Use of Deadly Force

February 11, 2020

What Conditions must be present for a justifiable use of deadly force under Florida Law? Florida Statute Chapter 776 is titled, “Justifiable Use of Force.”  Section 776.012(a) discusses the use of force and 776.012(b) discusses the use of deadly force.  In order to use a justification defense, a person must admit that they did the…

Aftermath of Self Defense

Aftermath of Self Defense Seminar

May 07, 2019

Aftermath of self defense – Our Newest Seminar Developed by the Firearm Firm The Firearm Firm has developed a new seminar for U.S. LawShield.  The Aftermath of Self Defense Seminar.  This NEW seminar covers what the Florida legal system does to an individual after they have used force or deadly force to defend themselves.  Taught…

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Can You Shoot An Attacking Dog Or Other Animal?

February 05, 2019

Last night, I had the privilege of assisting a U.S. LawShield member who was confronted with an attacking pit bull.  Unfortunately, no law in Florida allows a person to shoot an attacking dog in defense of human life or injury.  The victim fired a single shot at the dog killing it, as it charged toward…

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How Can I Lose The “Presumption of Reasonableness” Under Florida’s Castle Doctrine

January 07, 2019

By David S. Katz We previously discussed the “Castle Doctrine” in Florida and the protections it offers. (visit: http://thefirearmfirm.com/the-castle-doctrine-in-florida/)  However, you can lose the valuable protections the Castle Doctrine gives.  Read on to learn more. There are a few ways that a person can lose “Castle Doctrine” protection and the presumption of reasonableness regarding their…

Scared Woman

When is an Action “Imminent” Under Florida Law?

January 04, 2019

By David S. Katz When does someone have a reasonable belief that they must use force in order to protect themselves from an “imminent use of unlawful force” by another? In Florida, the decision will be ultimately decided by a jury.  Let’s focus on the word “imminent.” Florida courts have said that imminent means an…

Man Punched In The Face

What Conditions Must be Present For a Justifiable Use of Force Under Florida Law?

December 28, 2018

By David S. Katz On FaceBook, Larry Benson asked, “what are the 2 conditions of Justifiable Use of Force?”  Our complete answer follows: What Conditions must be present for a justifiable use of force under Florida Law? Florida Statute Chapter 776 is titled, “Justifiable Use of Force.”  Section 776.012(a) discusses the use of force and…

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