What Is The Legal Use of Self-Defense (LOSD) Course?

The Legal Use of Self-Defense (LOSD) Course brings the law of self-defense into focus for firearms owners.  You’ll learn when the use of deadly force is legally permissible to defend yourself and others and the best way to deal with the legal system in the aftermath of a self-defense incident.  The course is supported with real world and practical examples of deadly force attacks, and case studies illustrating how the legal system treats self-defense incidents.

Whew… glad the dry stuff is out of the way. Now let’s talk about what The LOSD Course really is…

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Naturally when something new hits the market one of the most frequent questions is “What is it?” So, when we received that question about our Legal Use of Self-Defense (LOSD) Course we thought we should take a moment to have a conversation about what the course is and what it is meant to do.

We designed the LOSD course to support the firearms community in understanding both their rights and their obligations when using firearms, specifically for self-defense. 

With more than 30 years of experience practicing law, we understand that laws are not always written for general consumption.  In addition, the ramifications for misconduct with a firearm can be life-changing in many permanent ways. 

So, we melded our passion for firearms and the right of the individual with our legal expertise to boil down the salient points of law concerning the defensive use of firearms in your state. 

Each state presents its own unique tangle of firearms laws, so it takes time to develop accurate course materials.  We started with Virginia and will be introducing D.C. in short order.    

Because there is a lot of information to consume in one sitting, we have broken the course down into two parts.

Part One of the course, “When the Defensive Use of Firearms Is Permissible,” is presented in a 2.5-hour session with a short break in the middle. Instead of speaking in legalese, we explain in everyday terms Virginia’s boundaries between the lawful and unlawful use of firearms.

The presentation is highlighted and illustrated with useful, practical examples involving real-life situations. We cover street confrontations, home invasions and the Castle Doctrine, Virginia’s stand your ground principle, and defending others. We will also cover Virginia’s legal rules relating to threat duration and proportionality of response, and Virginia’s peculiar law regarding brandishing.

The latter two subjects are perhaps the most troublesome areas of Virginia self-defense law, and you need to understand them well if you rely on firearms for self-defense.

We will also address whether you can still rely on prevention of an atrocious felony in Virginia to justify the use of deadly force.

Part One can be taken by itself, or together with Part Two

In Part Two, “How to Win the Legal Battle That Follows the Defensive Use of Firearms,” we describe the legal battle that follows on the heels of almost every self-defense use of firearms.

We explain each step in the post-incident legal process and give you a real understanding of how the legal system works. We teach you how to deal with the critical time just after a self-defense use of a firearm, including 911 calls, pre-arrest interaction with the police, when and how to assert your Fifth Amendment rights, and what follows after an arrest.

What you do in these circumstances will have a huge effect on how the legal system will treat you.

We not only provide you with practical steps you should take, but also gives you tools you will need to (i) protect your legal rights and (ii) help you (and your counsel) extricate you from the legal system with the least amount of difficulty.

We also make clear the real magnitude of your exposure in defending against criminal and civil suits, and describe vital and surprisingly affordable ways for you to financially survive the legal process.

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