How do I locate state law, RE: use of deadly force?

How do I locate state law, RE: use of deadly force?

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    How do I locate state law, RE: use of deadly force?

    Is there an easy way to find state laws pertaining to the use of deadly force? My particular state is Rhode Island.

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    Try your State Attorney General website, or the links at Handgunlaw.us
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    Yes, have tried both of those and could not find answers

    thanks
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    I'm not much good at finding these things but did manage to find this:

    11-8-8 Injury or death Defense. In the event that any person shall die or shall sustain a personal injury in any way or for any cause while in the commission of any criminal offense enumerated in 11-8-2 11-8-6, it shall be rebuttably presumed as a matter of law in any civil or criminal proceeding that the owner, tenant, or occupier of the place where the offense was committed acted by reasonable means in self-defense and in the reasonable belief that the person engaged in the criminal offense was about to inflict great bodily harm or death upon that person or any other individual lawfully in the place where the criminal offense was committed. There shall be no duty on the part of an owner, tenant, or occupier to retreat from any person engaged in the commission of any criminal offense enumerated in 11-8-2 11-8-6.
    here: 11-8-8
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    scroll down to burglary:

    Rhode Island Office of the Secretary of State


    "occupier of a place" is vague enough to include vehicles or sidewalks........maybe. It certainly is vague enough to keep lawyers on both sides happy and busy.

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    This retired lawyer respectfully suggests that anyone who carries a gun should have a crystal clear understanding of his/her State's laws regarding the use of deadly force.

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    dose rhode island have thecastle doctrine??
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    How's this?
    Title 11-47 seems to cover weapons.

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    I have the same question for Indiana. Does anyone have a link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jongle View Post
    This retired lawyer respectfully suggests that anyone who carries a gun should have a crystal clear understanding of his/her State's laws regarding the use of deadly force.
    100% agreed, that's why I'm asking the question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jongle View Post
    This retired lawyer respectfully suggests that anyone who carries a gun should have a crystal clear understanding of his/her State's laws regarding the use of deadly force.
    I'll second that! I also keep a copy of concealed carry laws in my vehicle and at home.

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    I found it for Indiana

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    http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/StateLaws.pdf

    list deadly force legislative code for almost all states

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    Quote Originally Posted by jongle View Post
    This retired lawyer respectfully suggests that anyone who carries a gun should have a crystal clear understanding of his/her State's laws regarding the use of deadly force.
    Agreed. However, Washington State is intentionally vague. Sucks, have to rely on prior cases which very from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, much harder to track.
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    I have found some laws (but not all; for that you need a law library) by Googling "Michigan Gun Laws" for example. I have a bound copy which should be available from your (Michigan) County Clerk's office.

    But to me, the downside of not knowing could be so catastrophic that spending a few bucks to consult a local lawyer is money well spent. Your state NRA should know who the gun friendly lawyers are.

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