Thursday, January 12, 2006

Self Protection?

In reference to this post by Walter, I have a few questions:

What right does a person have in Denver to defend themselves and their property (outside of the “Make My Day” home intrusion law)? When can deadly force be used in defending against an assailant? And what, precisely, is an assailant? I mean, in what situations can a person claim to reasonably feel that their life was in danger and therefor justified in using deadly force in their own defense?

It seems obvious that anyone should have the right to defend themselves against attack, but deciding what form that defense takes and when a person is right in taking action isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Not that worries about the law would keep me from doing everything in my power to protect myself (and my property) when I feel sufficiently threatened; it’s just nice to know what the consequences might look like.


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