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Old June 2, 2000, 03:48 PM   #9
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Gee I learned the two elements were Perception and Proximity (NC Justice Department CCW Instr Class)

1st - Perception. A reasonable person must perceive an eminent threat of death or bodily harm (includes rape).

2nd - The person threating must be in close enought proximity to carry out the preceived threat.

Example - I couldn't blow someone away if he is standing 50 yards from me threating me with a knife. I would meet test #1 but not #2. However, change that knife to a rifle then I meet both tests and could defend myself.

Of course after meeting both tests then you get into the matter of retreat/avoidence and this really depends on State/Local Laws, etc.

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