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After the Bang – What to do After Using Deadly Force

May 20, 2022

What to do After Using Deadly Force Our website contains many articles on what to do prior to the use of force. These explain what weapons may be carried in Florida, when you are allowed to use force, how to store your firearms, and many other topics. We will now discuss what you should do…

U.S. LawShield

Veteran Firearms Writer Gains Knowledge at U.S. LawShield Writer’s Symposium

May 16, 2022

by Ace Luciano An expert in firearms and all things related to them As an outdoor and firearm writer, I was invited to attend the U.S. LawShield Writer’s Symposium. There are many who would consider me an “expert “in firearms and all things relating to them- including the legalities surrounding their ownership and use.  One…

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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…

Man behind bars

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…

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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…

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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…

Deadly Force to Protect

Deadly Force to Defend Another!

February 11, 2019

Can you use deadly force to defend another in Florida? Yes, and determining when you can do so is easy.  Place yourself in the “shoes” of the third person.  If the law would allow them to use force or deadly force to protect themselves, you can defend them.  You can use the same level of…

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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…

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground in Florida

December 26, 2018

In 2005 Florida created the nation’s first “Stand your Ground Law.”  The 2005 version of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Statute, which was found in §776.013(3) read: “A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty…

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