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Old December 28, 2004, 12:53 PM   #20
mvpel
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It's certainly faster in a situation where speed is necessary than grabbing for pepper spray or even a flashlight, and you have the weapon in hand for instant response if the "blank" tactic doesn't work.
The problem here is, shooting someone with a blank is not legally equivalent to a hit of pepper spray, it is legally equivalent to shooting them with a live round.

A gun is not a tool for less-than-lethal force or scaring someone, it is a tool for adminstering great bodily harm or death, and the law recognizes this fact and draws no distinctions between blanks and live rounds. Drawing your gun and aiming it is a threat of deadly force no matter what it's loaded with.
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