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What to do after using your weapon in self defense

U.S. Law Shield – Gun Law Center has released a series(4) of videos to inform you of what you should do and can expect after using your firearm in self-defense.  Be sure to check out the videos below:

What should I do if I have to use my firearm?

In the event that you ever have to use your firearm in self-defense, whether you pull the trigger or not, firearm program attorneys Edwin Walker and Michele Byington map out the steps you should take immediately following.

  • The first thing: Make sure you’re safe at the scene.
  • Next, call 911 and report you were the victim of a crime and you need assistance. Provide only the basics: State you were the victim of a crime, your name, where you are, and what service you need.
  • End the call to 911, and call your lawyer. Follow the lawyer’s directions on how to proceed.
  • Then secure your firearm off your body, unloaded and open, and where it can be seen by arriving law enforcement. Move away from it, but keep it in sight.
  • When police arrive, follow their directions calmly and deliberately. At the first opportunity, identify yourself as the 911 caller and the victim of a crime. Continue complying with LE’s directions.
  • You may be arrested. Good guys are arrested every day. Follow your attorney’s advice, invoke your 5th Amendment right to stay silent and ask for counsel, and stay calm.

What do I do if I am arrested?

Firearms Program Attorney Richard Carter explains what to do when a police officer decides to arrest you.

  • Don’t argue.
  • Don’t create a scene.
  • Stop talking.

When are police required to read me my rights?

Firearms Program Attorney Richard Carter explains when police are required to read you your rights.

  • Police are not required to read you a Miranda warning unless you are in custody and being interrogated.
  • However, anything you say may be used against you.
  • Tip: You must clearly invoke your rights to counsel. No wishy-washy language, such as, “I think I want to speak to my lawyer.”

How long can police hold me without charges?

Firearms Program Attorney Richard Carter discusses how long you may be held by police without charges being filed.

  • If you have been arrested following the use of your firearm for self defense, LE officials can keep you in custody for up to 48 hours before you are presented to a magistrate.