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Old November 26, 2012, 06:33 PM   #10
Aguila Blanca
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Join Date: September 25, 2008
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You effect a citizen's arrest by stating, "You're under arrest."

It is my understanding from something I read years ago that making a citizen's arrest does NOT grant me any more authority than I already have under the law to use force to detain a suspect/perpetrator. And if the suspect/perpetrator is not CURRENTLY an imminent threat to me or a third party bystander, the laws of my state do not allow me to use force. And certainly not lethal force, which is what the law considers pointing a gun at someone.
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