1. Laws can differ greatly from state-to-state. This is especially true where firearms are concerned and the legal use of force.

2. In order to help retain and maintain control of your firearm throughout a self-defense scenario, you can keep your gun in one hand and close to your body and utilize your free hand to block your attacker.

3. Most, if not all states provide some means to allow private citizens to carry a loaded firearm on their person and in public (outside their home) for personal defense.

4. When using your firearm to protect yourself, you will always have the time for proper stance and sight alignment.

5. No matter what your level of training or how capable you believe yourself to be in handling stressful situations, you will experience, to a greater or lesser degree, a number of involuntary physiological changes during a serious defensive situation.

6. Some states do not regulate "carry" at all (aka Constitutional Carry) with the exception of having an age requirement and not being a person prohibited from owning a firearm.

7. The WEB site Handgunlaw.us can be used to find legal information related to firearms state-by-state but the information should always be cross-checked and verified on the state specific WEB site.

8. According to the NRA, firearms and ammunition should be store separately and firearms should always be stored unloaded.

9. Everything you need to know about gun laws and use of force can be learned by reading the state statutes.

10. Regarding the color codes of awareness, condition black means that the lethal assault is underway and someone is trying to kill you.

11. Never use deadly force against another unless you are in fear of immediate death or great bodily harm, you are innocent, you are a reluctant participant in the altercation, no opportunity to retreat or avoid the use of deadly force exists and your use of deadly force will not put innocent bystanders in jeopardy.

12. The element of "Preclusion" allows you to stand-your-ground without a duty to retreat.

13. Properly documenting your training (formal and informal) is important so that you can prove in court that you had specific knowledge at the time of the shooting.

14. Following a defensive shooting, a person is likely to experience elation and self-doubt.

15. The final version of the Minnesota Citizens Personal Protection Act was passed in 2005.

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