There are many factors that should be taken into consideration when carrying a firearm for personal defense. One factor that is often overlooked is having some type of legal backing. The fact of the matter is that if we draw a firearm and use deadly physical force to defend our lives or the life of another, there is a pretty high probability that we may end up having to go to court to defend our actions. There is also a possibility, depending on the circumstances and how much information responding Law Enforcement has, that we may be detained and booked in jail until Law Enforcement can sort the situation out.
The time to consider and look at a legal defense is not when we are in this situation. It is advisable to figure that out before we start carrying in the first place. There are a few options that individuals have when it comes to a legal defense. We can do some research and figure out specifically who we would want to represent us in a self-defense situation and sit down with that attorney to talk about the options. Concealed carriers also have the option to put a retainer on that attorney, which means that we can pre-pay for a certain amount of hours so that attorney has a certain amount of time on the books. In that case, if we end up in a self-defense situation that attorney has time already paid for so they can start working on our defense.
Another option is looking into a legal membership plan. There are a ton of programs out there that allow members to pay month to month in order to have legal backing should they end up in a situation where they need it. Some programs are better than others; it is advisable to research the programs available in your state that best fit your specific needs and budget.
Always remember, the inherent nature of carrying a firearm for personal defense brings along with it a higher amount of liability for our actions. We are responsible for every round we fire, up to and even after that round stops. There is no substitute for a fundamental understanding of the laws, rules and regulations surrounding the use of force, however; having a solid legal backing will aid individuals should they end up in a situation that they need to articulate the circumstances in a court setting.