Attorney Andrew Branca has distilled the laws in all 50 states that concern themselves with self-defense. He says, “There are at most 5 elements to any self-defense case (and often not even that many). That’s true in every one of the 50 states, and all US territories.”
The 5 Elements of Self-Defense Law are:
- Imminence (ability, opportunity, jeopardy)
- Reasonableness (subjective and objective)
[ Read the SemperVerus article, Important Judicial Decisions Regarding Self-Defense Law ]
According to attorney Phillip Nelsen, the crime of brandishing a firearm is a mens rea crime which requires deliberate wrongful intent consisting of three elements:
- You display the gun
- in a rude, angry, or threatening manner
- and you don’t have a legal justification of self-defense to do so.
Also see the National Conference of State Legislatures article, Self Defense and “Stand Your Ground”
And learn about USA state gun laws at
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