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Updated: 04/24/2014 10:48:02AM

Above the law? Know your legal rights

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FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2013 file photo James Wilson of Elmore, Ala., left, rallies against gun control during a demonstration at the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Exactly how you can exercise your constitutional rights depends on where you live. That’s the result of an increasing number of state laws on abortion and guns. Alabama Republicans this year have passed new regulations of abortion clinics and loosened limits on where citizens can carry guns. In liberal states such as New York and California, Democratic lawmakers have the opposite priorities. They’re shoring up access to abortion and tightening rules on guns. On both issues, critics of the limitations say the majority is threatening protected rights. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

By Billy Carl

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As a handgun, concealed carry and self-defense trainer, I’m frequently asked questions about correct responses to an assailant in or around one’s home, property or vehicle. This type of confrontation can evolve into a life-changing event for all parties involved. Now, I’m not an attorney or a police officer, so my suggestions are based on a book that I teach called “Florida Firearms Law Use And Ownership,” written by attorney Jon Gutmacher. This book is in its seventh printing, and in my opinion, should be required reading for anyone who carries a gun in Florida.

As I’ve said time and again, when you strap on a handgun, you enter a serious realm. You have the power and ability to take a human life, and this must never be taken lightly. You must take a higher mental and moral road, or you are bound for very serious trouble. That being said, I still feel that you and I also have a moral and legal duty and right to protect and defend myself, and my loved ones, from anyone who has made the decision to cross the line, threatening to inflict damage.

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