National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to highlight the importance of citizen preparedness for potential disasters, emergencies and service interruptions.
Traveling is an important part of the American way of life. From family road trips to business trips to quick jaunts into neighboring states, Americans love to travel. Personal protection for travelers isn’t entirely about which self-defense weapon they take with them on the trip, however. In addition to the physical fight, defense-minded people need to plan to handle the legal aftermath of a self-defense incident. You’ve already selected U.S. LawShield® to prepare you for the fight after the fight, but how do you protect your physical and financial freedom if you leave your home state?
As gun owners know best, gun laws are complex and one false move could put you on the other side of the law. Plus, gun laws are different in every state, which makes things confusing for law-abiding individuals across the nation. For example, the use of force in one state may constitute “deadly force” in another state, possibly creating a sticky situation if you’re traveling between states.
The pre-dusk Texas sunlight cast a glowing haze over the trees and fields, surrounding my oldest daughter and me as we sat in an elevated blind, waiting. Watching. Trying to be patient. It was time for a management deer hunt, meaning the season hadn’t yet begun state-wide but here we were, using the landowner’s tags to cull the herd. My daughter was 16 at the time, and it was far from her first hunt. Her ability to sit and wait wasn’t quite as developed as mine, but there she was, looking to put meat in the freezer.
“Stand your ground,” one of the better known yet poorly understood self-defense policies, has received a lot of media and legal attention since its inception—most of which has been inaccurate or misconstrued.
No matter what time of year it is, college campuses can be difficult to navigate. With just a simple glance at the headlines, it’s obvious that college students are facing uncertainty and some unsafe situations. If you’re wondering what options you or your child have for self-defense on campus, you’ve come to the right place. These are the possible secondary defensive measures college students might be able to use on campus.
A common question among survivors of family violence is “Can you buy a gun if convicted of domestic violence?” It’s understandable to wonder if a person who was convicted of domestic violence will be allowed to purchase a firearm. And while the short answer is generally “no,” the specific laws and potential enforcement—or lack thereof—tend to vary by state.
Home defense is an important topic for gun owners, not only because it tends to be the primary reason many people own firearms but also due to its many nuances. When trying to make a home defense plan for your place of residence, you might be wondering what gun to use, how to store or stage it, and what laws might pertain to you when protecting yourself from a violent home invasion. Before planning practical home defense strategies, it’s a good idea to have a general understanding of what it means to defend your place of residence.
A New Year Celebration can represent many different things for many different people. For some, it is a time of careful reflection on the events of the past year and a hopeful optimism for the possibilities the coming year represents. For others, it’s an excuse to gather with friends, family, or strangers and enjoy a party. No matter your personal feelings or beliefs behind a New Year Celebration, it’s always a good idea to consider how to stay safe and what goes into protecting not only your physical health and safety, but also your emotional health and safety.
“Duty to retreat” is a phrase you’ll hear from time to time when discussing lawful self-defense. It's a term that is frequently misunderstood and misrepresented, so call your Independent Program Attorney if you have any questions. Let's unpack this legal term so that you can understand what it really means when a state has a duty to retreat law.