Safety and Training

Deadly Force to Protect Your Neighbor — Is it Legal?

U.S. Law Shield Protect Thy Neighbor video cover

Many of know about the use of force or deadly force when it applies to ourselves or immediate loved ones. However, the question of whether that protection applied a neighbor or total stranger was recently posed on The Shooter’s Log. For legal matters it is always best to consult an attorney, so U.S. Law offered the solution.

The following links are for videos detailing specific items in each state’s laws that applies to using your firearm or deadly force for someone other than yourself.

What are the laws in your state? Do you have a question you would like U.S. Law Shield to tackle? Share your questions or answers in the comment section.

The Mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!'s blog, The Shooter's Log, is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!

Comments (14)

  1. I would like to thank cheaper than dirt. For all the Articles information news that you guys send out in your newsletter. From a guy like me who works 10 hours a day 6 days a week it’s nice to get information in one place that’s informative. As a person that carries legally it’s great to have news, laws and information pertaining to my gun rights . Thank you to the entire staff keep up the great work.

  2. Well, I dont know what the laws in Ohio are, nor do I really care. I know how to assess a situation, and I know how to apply common sense to it. Seems to me, if yer not trigger happy, you’ll be on the right side of the law.
    I’ve carried for over 30 years, the only times I’ve pulled my pistol, were to hand it off so I could whip some punks ass, WITHOUT some legal repercussions. Well, no GUN related charges anyway. Been in more than my fair share of altercations, large and small. Haven’t shot anyone yet. Wanted to, but, you know…..common sense.
    But in my house…..thats another story. ALL intruders will be met with deadly force. But again, I’ve never had that problem. Perhaps being known as “that crazy old special forces guy” has its advantages.

    As always
    Carry on

  3. One important difference between self-defense and defense of a third party in MOST states is that when defending yourself the standard is based on what you reasonably believed the situation to be; but in defense of a third party the standard is the actual situation. Defending yourself you can make an honest mistake provided it is reasonable (e.g. the attacker had a fake gun) but defending a third party you have to be right that they were actually in imminent danger.

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