Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Does this mean self-defense is legal in Kalifornia?

Prosecutor: Bay Point Man Killed Roommate In Self Defense A dispute over money owed, a violent confrontation, a self-defense shooting.
Mahler was arrested for murder, but Jewett, supervising attorney with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office, declined to file charges Friday saying that Mahler shot Lenox in self-defense.
The surprising thing...
Mahler grabbed a gun, which he owned legally, and fired a warning shot into the floor, Jewett said, but Lenox kept coming at him.

"At this point the gun is up for grabs," Jewett said.

If Mahler didn't shoot Lenox, he was in danger of having Lenox grab the gun and use it on him, Jewett said.

"Mr. Mahler did have a right to arm himself," Jewett said. "Mr. Lenox had a duty to retreat. He charged at a man with a gun who had a right to have a gun and at that point shooting him was the only option left," Jewett said.
Self-defense is a human right, and appears to still be your legal right in California. Hats off to Mr. Jewett for stating what is your right - to own a gun, to defend yourself - even in the People's Republic of California.

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