QOTW: Can Use Of Illegally Carried Gun Harm Claim Of Self-Defense?

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Hey folks, This week’s Law of Self Defense: Question of the Week comes from "William Strunk, Jr." ‏(@cdrusnret), who asked:

If a gun carried illegally is used in valid self-defense, does the illegal carry have a bearing on the claim of self-defense?

This being the law, the answer is naturally both “yes” and “no”. So, let’s step through the analysis.

To read the whole post, head over to Ammoland.com:

Can Use Of Illegally Carried Gun Harm Claim Of Self-Defense?

--Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition," available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere. In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country. Seminars for 2014 are currently being scheduled, if you'd like to see one held in your area fill out the comment box on the LOSD Seminar review page, where you can also see reviews of recently completed seminars in New Hampshire, Maine, Texas, Massachusetts, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere. Andrew is also a contributing author on self defense law topics to Combat Handguns, Ammoland.com, Legal Insurrection, and others. You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.