Tonight is Night 1 of our 2-night Concealed Carry Pistol class at BluCore Shooting Center. This is a very informative and important class for many reasons. Getting your CCW permit and deciding to carry a concealed weapon is a big responsibility. You will want to arm yourself with facts and know the rules and regulations that pertain to concealed carry in your jurisdiction. You will also want to find the most appropriate firearm and holster, and figure out the best method of carry for you. Lastly, you will want to take time to learn how to quickly and accurately draw your weapon from concealment. These are all things we cover in our Concealed Carry Pistol class. If you are a CCW permit holder or plan to be, we hope to see you in this class or a future one.
Deadly force is only permissible in a situation of immediate, otherwise unavoidable danger of death or great bodily harm to oneself or another innocent person one has the right to protect.
The presence of that situation is determined by the simultaneous presence of three criteria: ability, opportunity, and jeopardy.
Ability means the attacker has the power to cause death or great bodily harm: that is, to kill or cause crippling injury. Usually that involves the attacker having a weapon, but it also includes ‘disparity of force,’ which is when a larger and stronger person is attacking someone much smaller (ie: able-bodied attacking a disabled person, adult attacking a child, male attacking a female, and so on).
Opportunity means the attacker is capable of immediately employing that power. Dennis Tueller did the research that proved that the average adult male can close a gap of 7 yards from a standing start and inflict a fatal stab wound in 1.5 seconds. Within seven or even ten paces, a man with a knife has satisfied the opportunity factor; someone who is 25 yards away has not.
Jeopardy is the final factor. The opponent must be acting in such a manner that any reasonable, prudent person in your situation would conclude that his intent was to kill or cripple you or the innocent person you are trying to protect. We are talking about an intent that has been expressed in words and/or actions.
A great deal of responsibility comes with the decision to carry concealed. We feel very thankful that many of our customers have taken this in-depth class, and we look forward to teaching it to many more. Click here to learn more about our Concealed Carry Pistol class.