MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Video by WMC via CNN) —A Tennessee man is accused of shooting and killing an alleged burglar.

Charles Kalb is charged with first-degree murder, according to WMC.

The man killed, Lamorris Robinson, was seen stealing a chainsaw from a store, according to a police affidavit. The affidavit goes on to say Kalb shot Robinson in the back with a sawed-off shotgun as he ran from the store.

Dougan works as the chief instructor at a gun range in Memphis. He teaches gun owners about using their weapons and the law.

He is also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

Police: Man accused of shooting unarmed burglar is charged with murder

Unfortunately for some “instructors” teaching about defensive use of firearms is mostly concentrated on how yo accurately put rounds downrange into a criminal and a little as of when you can do that within the narrow window the law provide us to do so.  I am still hearing here in Florida about instructors commenting about the “Three Step Rule” of carry in a vehicle and that you can kill somebody if he is armed with a knife at 21 feet or less.

In the case above, the defining line is “as he ran from the store” which means whatever event was happening that may have been considered a forcible felony and which you believed could lead to death or grave bodily harm, was no longer the case. He was not in danger, the possible forcible felony was over.

This is why I keep pestering my readers to get more instruction via books and articles by people that deal with the non-trigger-pulling part of defensive shooting.  I have mentioned Massad Ayoob, Andrew Branca and Jon Gutmacher for Florida residents over and over through the years because they studied and made careers out of what happens after the shooting is done and what has kept people out of prison and what has sent them to endure a long

So yes, do the accurate shooting thing, but learn the legal aspect. If you think it is boring, think that ignoring it will indeed make your life more exciting during trial, sentencing and life behind bars.

Hat Tip Md Duck Training



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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

3 thoughts on “Getting a good self-defense instructor is not easy.”
  1. This is a problem I have with permitless carry- “ waalll I dont need the class to carry so Ima jus gonna stick a pistol in ma pants n go”. And we have “instructors” who want to teach a 70 yr old woman how to reload behind yer back hoppin on one foot. I stress the laws in my classes more than shooting.

    1. The issue isn’t whether ALL citizens need instruction with firearms and in the law. The issue is whether the STATE should mandate terms by which you have to get permission from said state to exercise a guaranteed right.
      By all means, make firearm handling safety, marksmanship and law a mandatory class in high school. I would be all for that.
      But letting the state get their mitts on a poll tax or a literacy test like some did in the 30s and 40s is not the right path. (Can’t read this newspaper written in Chinese, mr black man? Then no voting for you….)

  2. Agree totally.

    Carry is not about actually carrying the gun, it is about knowing when to use it, and when to keep it safely concealed. (Hint: The concealed position is preferred, pretty much every time.) The attorney that was giving the law portion of the class I recently took made the point quite clear. “If you use deadly force, you have broken a law.” And, if you read the statutes, it is the case.

    The question is whether that particular violation of the law was justified. (That is why the use of deadly force statute has an :”except” section.) The police and DAs have to start from a position of the person who survived the fight broke the law. It is step one of the process. Step two is to evaluate the conditions of the event and see if the “exceptions” apply.

    I know too many people who just do not get that. “I was in fear of my life” does not automatically get you out of jail for free. Yet, I know people that actually believe that. Deadly force is reserved for the preservation of life, not property, yet, the very same people who claim to “know their rights” also think they can shoot someone for trying to steal their car.

    Oh… sorry, long post to say “learn the law.”

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