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Old June 24, 2014, 09:56 PM   #7
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Location: Northern, KY
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In KY, my CC instructor explained that the law is:

In defense of yourself, you are legally justified to use lethal force if you BELIEVE that you are at risk for death or grievous injury.

In the defense of someone else, it is not what you BELIEVE, but the situation as it ACTUALLY exists.

As explained to us: If someone is threatening you with an empty gun, you are probably justified to use lethal force, because it is reasonable to believe you feared for your life.

If you see someone else being threatened with a gun and use lethal force in there defense, and it turns out that the gun was empty, then you are in very deep trouble.
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