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5 Things You Should Never Do After Firing a Gun in Self Defence

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May 4, 2017 in Guns

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When you have to fire a gun, especially in self defence, it can be a fraught situation. Your heart will be pounding, your thoughts racing, and you may not know what to do next. Whatever it is, make sure that you don’t take these steps, as they could land you in hot water.

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Call the police in a panic
When you are still full of adrenaline and probably in shock, it’s not a good idea to do anything hasty. When you call the police, you might blurt out something inaccurate or make it sound as though you are to blame for the shooting. Remember, if you kill someone in self defence in Australia, the law is on your side. But this is only the case if you have acted with due force – for example, you might be justified in using a gun if you thought that your assailant was armed. But this depends on a case by case ruling, so you may even wish to call professional lawyers such as LY Lawyers before you call the police. Take the time to calm down and consider what has happened before you make that emergency call.

Run away
When you have made your call – and before – stay in one place, at the scene of your firing. Your reason for shooting is that you were defending yourself, and most believe that only a guilty person would run away. Stay put and wait for the police to arrive, as calmly as possible. Try not to get involved in any further disturbance. If you are shaken and need company, you could call a friend and ask for them to come and wait with you. If you believe that you are in danger, you can leave, but you should update the police as to your whereabouts.

Keep your gun out
When the danger is past, put your gun away and wait for the police calmly. Remember that when they respond to a disturbance, they may not know whether you are the victim or the perpetrator. If they see you with a gun in your hand, they may act accordingly, and that could be dangerous for you.

Disturb the scene
When you have fired your gun, you should then attempt to leave everything as it is. Don’t move items around or attempt to clean up. Even if the firing has occurred in your own home, you need to leave as much evidence as possible as to what has happened. This will all work in your favour, as the police should be able to spot signs of any attack or struggle.

Be disrespectful
When the police arrive, remember your manners and be polite. The police are authority figures, and when they arrive, they won’t necessarily know what has happened. While it is wise to wait for your lawyer before you make a statement, this doesn’t mean you have to be rude or uncooperative. You can admit that a gun is yours, and also that you have fired in self-defence. If they ask any questions, let them know that you would like to wait for your lawyer, and remember to use your “sir” and “ma’am”s. Make it clear that you are not trying to make their job harder, but that you feel you may require legal advice before proceeding with a statement.

If you stay clear of these potential issues, you may well find that you are in a much stronger position. Trust your lawyer to take things from there, and to ensure that you are presented as well as possible.

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