Fitzgerald, GA asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Georgia

Q: Being 22 without a carry license; if I where to defend myself against an armed assault what could happen?

22yr old on a public sidewalk, walking and an armed assault where to occur. Defending themselves and possibly killing the assailant.

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David S West

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Marietta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: No one can give legal advice on how to handle a violent assault when you are armed. However I can advise you on several legal grounds. First, unless you have a concealed weapons permit, you cannot carry a firearm that isn’t in plain view. Second, lethal force to defend yourself is only permitted if you have good reason you are about to be seriously injured or killed. Most self defense cases that succeed involve being attacked by another person armed with a knife or gun as these would clearly make someone fear for their own life or the life of someone they are with. Lastly, just remember that if you are alone when this assault occurs and the other person is killed, you have no witnesses to back up your version of what happened. This is also why most self defense claims are successful when you are in your own home and someone breaks in. Cases that happen at night outside the home make proving self defense inherently more difficult - but not impossible. Again, none of this can speak to every scenario which might occur but these are the most important things to know about self defense and how it functions. I hope this assists you.

David Edward Boyle

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Monroe, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: The carry license is for carrying a concealed weapon. As far as self defense, that is very fact specific and depends more on what can be proven and less on what actually happens.

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