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10 Things Gun Owners Get Wrong About Their Self-Defense Rights

10 Things Gun Owners Get Wrong About Their Self-Defense Rights
Civil suits often follow self-defense shoots, even when the gun owner is justified in his or her use of force, Byington says.

For six years, I was an attorney for a national firearms legal-defense program. I represented gun owners who acted in self-defense and traveled the country speaking on firearms issues. I’ve taken countless questions regarding a person’s legal right to self-defense. Over the years, I started to see a pattern — people have the same questions. From your brand-new gun owner to the seasoned carrier, the questions and misconceptions were the same. I’ve heard it all, and nothing catches me off-guard, so I’ve drawn on these experiences to put together the top 10 misconceptions gun owners have when it comes to their self-defense rights.

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