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The 22nd Annual National Firearms Law Seminar

Today, my father and I attended the Annual NRA Firearms Law Seminar in Indianapolis, which takes place as part of the NRA Annual Meetings. The seminar is an all day seminar on firearms related legal issues. We heard from many

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Asset Forfeiture

You may have heard of the phrase “policing for profit.” This does not mean just writing speeding tickets. It also includes a much more concerning law enforcement practice called asset forfeiture. To learn more about this practice and why it

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Civil Liability After Self-Defense

Can a person who shoots in self-defense be held criminally or civilly liable for injuries to an innocent third person, in spite of being justified in the use of deadly force against the attacker? From the outset, it is important

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New Gun Owner

The current political unrest regarding gun control is causing many people to purchase their first handgun. If you were to give one piece of advice to the brand new gun owner, what would that piece of advice be? The one

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Who Should Call 9-1-1?

If a Network member is accompanied by a friend or family member at the time of an armed self-defense incident, is it preferable that the 9-1-1 call be made by the associate? Why or why not? What information should the

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Cell Phones After Self-Defense

Is it common for investigating police officers to take cell phones from armed citizens involved in use of force in self-defense, even if the armed citizen is not taken into custody after the incident? If this is common procedure in

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Talking to an Attorney

We understand that law firms are busy places focused on defending people with current legal problems. How do you recommend a Network member who does not have a pending legal issue connect with an attorney for a brief consultation to

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Bench Trial v. Jury Trial

What circumstances if any might lead you to ask for a bench trial to have a judge make a finding about criminal charges stemming from use of force in self-defense, as opposed to trying the case before a jury? What

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Liability for Stray Bullets

Would the armed citizen likely face criminal charges for the collateral damage, and/or incur civil liability for that stray bullet? Even with no criminal prosecution of a citizen for a self-defense shooting, that would not preclude a civil action against

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