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USCCA - The Legal Use Of Force

Basic - Do You Know The Differences Between Reasonable Force And Deadly Force??

Duration: 2 hours classroom



Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Availability
Register Now October 1 Sunday
Parma, OH
1 - 30 Students 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Candy Petticord Space Available target icon


It is important to understand the legal consequences of using your firearm. In this course we will review the legal definitions of “Reasonable Force” and “Deadly Force”, we will take a look at the “Use of Force Continuum” and the four pillars that justify the use of deadly force. Lastly, we will look at how defense in the home differs from defense outside the home and the best course(s) of action to take when defending your property.

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Topics Covered

Every state in the U.S. has definitions, statues, and case law defining when civilians may legally use force to protect themselves, their families, and their homes. Whenever any level of force has been used, a prosecutor may second guess your decision, and it’s up to a jury of your peers to decide if your actions were reasonable.

Your actions during a self-defense incident will be scrutinized, so the best way to protect yourself is to know what is legally required when defending yourself with a firearm. For instance, are you aware of the differences between reasonable force and deadly force?? These are just two of the lenses through which your actions will be viewed. In many situations, use of force can be murky at best, so understanding the legal consequences of each action is imperative. From simply exposing your firearm to actually pressing the trigger, each decision you make will fall somewhere along the continuum that determines what actions are reasonable and what could be considered excessive.

Lastly, what is the best course of action you could take to defend your home? How about property such as vehicles, livestock, or pets? Depending on your state’s laws, there may be more than one way to legally defend your property, however, defending your property, especially with a firearm, may not always be the correct choice, legally speaking.

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Expectations and Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive a certificate from Northpointe Training, LLC.

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Basic, Intermediate, CCW, In Home Defense Training, Private Classes (Group / Individual), Seminars / Lectures, USCCA Courses

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Documentation Requirements

Please bring an unexpired Ohio Driver License or State ID and your unexpired CCW/CHL to class.

The instructor requires a copy of your Government Issued ID once you register.

The instructor requires a copy of your Concealed Carry Weapons permit once you register.

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  • Note taking materials
  • Snacks and hydration, if desired
  • A willingness to be an attentive, safe, and diligent learner with a positive and receptive attitude!! 😊