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Handing backup gun to friend

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by Timkid, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Timkid


    Feb 16, 2011
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    Was watching a video on you tube where a guy was talking about carrying revolver for backup. He stated that besides carrying the gun incase something happened to primary gun. It could also be handed to a friend if needed. Say friend is a shooting buddy who doesn’t hold ccw. So my question is what would be the legal repercussions?(For ccw holder and non ccw holder) On one hand the buddy could find a way to escape situation. But may be to many bg for one person to take on in the situation by self. Have you ever seen a case like this and what was the situation they were dealing with and legal outcome?

    Thanks for your time

  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
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    Happens fairly frequently. Guest in home grabs host's gun to ward off intruder. Fairly common for good guy who disarms bad guy and gains control of the situation, in jurisdiction where good guy was not authorized to have gun. I've not seen it come to a bad end legally in this country.

    An overarching principle of the common law is the doctrine of competing harms, sometimes called the doctrine of necessity. In essence, it forgives you for breaking the law if circumstances were such that following the law would have caused more danger to human life and limb than breaking it.

    Big thing is to be sure you don't hand the gun to anyone you can't trust to make the right decision, and do the right thing, under pressure.