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Old 02-17-2014, 08:35   #1
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VA Self Defense Laws

Hey guys, does anyone have a read list or summary of statutes relating to self defense and use of force in the commonwealth?
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Old 02-19-2014, 05:35   #2
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Go to the Virginia Citizens Defense League web site.
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Old 02-19-2014, 16:15   #3
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Not a list of statutes like you asked for but good info and interesting reading.

http://crimlaw.blogspot.com/2010/02/...-virginia.html
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Old 02-19-2014, 16:39   #4
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Virginia uses mainly, "case law" and if someone is robbing you and you are an old man or woman or with physical disabilities etc like disparity of force you can defend yourself such as pushing them back two feet and shooting etc. But Virginia uses a lot of common sense approaches I would not recommend starting a fight with a larger person and then shooting them and claiming self defense if you started it. I think that would be counter productive. The above post did have a good article on Virginia's laws.
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Old 02-21-2014, 22:08   #6
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Not a list of statutes like you asked for but good info and interesting reading.

http://crimlaw.blogspot.com/2010/02/...-virginia.html
Awesome read - thanks for the help!
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Old 02-22-2014, 15:12   #7
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Hey guys, does anyone have a read list or summary of statutes relating to self defense and use of force in the commonwealth?
There aren't any. In other words there is no law in Virginia that says "you can shoot a person if...."

In Virginia it it illegal to shoot a person, unless it it justified self defense.

VA uses case law to define self defense.

http://www.virginia1774.org/Page5.html

oldsite.vcdl.org/pdf/Virginia-self-defense-cases.pdf‎

http://medvinlaw.com/alexandria-virg...of-force-laws/

http://www.bvbl.net/index.php/2012/0...-defense-laws/
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Thanks vafish. So it seems that Virginia has a decent 'Castle Doctrine' in that there is no duty to retreat from an intruder in your home. The intruder must, however, pose a serious physical threat to you - unlike other states which have no such burden.

In public places, Virginia seems to have a pretty sensible version of 'stand your ground.' Again, unlike some states witch allow lethal force to defend against robbery or car jacking, VA requires one to be in fear or his or her life in order to use a firearm to defend himself.

And basically, as a man with no disabilities, an assailant needs to be armed with a gun, knife, or some other deadly weapon for me to justify a 'reasonable fear' that he is a threat to my life.

Sound about right?
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