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Guy Personal Defense

Murfreesboro TN 37129 US


Guy Personal Defense

T.C.A. 39-11-611

  • A person who is not engaged in unlawful activity and in a place where they have a right to be, has no duty to retreat before using Defensive Force against another person

  • Such Defensive Force can be used when and to the degree the person reasonably believes is immediately necessary to protect against another’s use of unlawful force

  • Deadly Force can be used when a person has a reasonable belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury

  • There is no duty to retreat before using Defensive Force, including Deadly Force, against another’s use of unlawful force

39-11-611. Self-defense.


(a) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:


(1) �Business� means a commercial enterprise or establishment owned by a person as all or part of the person's livelihood or is under the owner's control or who is an employee or agent of the owner with responsibility for protecting persons and property and shall include the interior and exterior premises of the business;


(2) �Curtilage� means the area surrounding a dwelling that is necessary, convenient and habitually used for family purposes and for those activities associated with the sanctity of a person's home;


(3) �Dwelling� means a building or conveyance of any kind, including any attached porch, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, that has a roof over it, including a tent, and is designed for or capable of use by people;


(4) �Residence� means a dwelling in which a person resides, either temporarily or permanently, or is visiting as an invited guest, or any dwelling, building or other appurtenance within the curtilage of the residence; and


(5) �Vehicle� means any motorized vehicle that is self-propelled and designed for use on public highways to transport people or property.


(b) (1) Notwithstanding § 39-17-1322, a person who is not engaged in unlawful activity and is in a place where the person has a right to be has no duty to retreat before threatening or using force against another person when and to the degree the person reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful force.


(2) Notwithstanding § 39-17-1322, a person who is not engaged in unlawful activity and is in a place where the person has a right to be has no duty to retreat before threatening or using force intended or likely to cause death or serious bodily injury, if:


(A) The person has a reasonable belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury;


(B) The danger creating the belief of imminent death or serious bodily injury is real, or honestly believed to be real at the time; and


(C) The belief of danger is founded upon reasonable grounds.


(c) Any person using force intended or likely to cause death or serious bodily injury within a residence, business, dwelling or vehicle is presumed to have held a reasonable belief of imminent death or serious bodily injury to self, family, a member of the household or a person visiting as an invited guest, when that force is used against another person, who unlawfully and forcibly enters or has unlawfully and forcibly entered the residence, business, dwelling or vehicle, and the person using defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry occurred.


(d) The presumption established in subsection (c) shall not apply, if:


(1) The person against whom the force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, business, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner, lessee, or titleholder; provided, that the person is not prohibited from entering the dwelling, business, residence, or occupied vehicle by an order of protection, injunction for protection from domestic abuse, or a court order of no contact against that person;


(2) The person against whom the force is used is attempting to remove a person or persons who is a child or grandchild of, or is otherwise in the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of, the person against whom the defensive force is used;


(3) Notwithstanding § 39-17-1322, the person using force is engaged in an unlawful activity or is using the dwelling, business, residence, or occupied vehicle to further an unlawful activity; or


(4) The person against whom force is used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in § 39-11-106, who enters or attempts to enter a dwelling, business, residence, or vehicle in the performance of the officer's official duties, and the officer identified the officer in accordance with any applicable law, or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter was a law enforcement officer.


(e) The threat or use of force against another is not justified:


(1) If the person using force consented to the exact force used or attempted by the other individual;


(2) If the person using force provoked the other individual's use or attempted use of unlawful force, unless:


(A) The person using force abandons the encounter or clearly communicates to the other the intent to do so; and


(B) The other person nevertheless continues or attempts to use unlawful force against the person; or


(3) To resist a halt at a roadblock, arrest, search, or stop and frisk that the person using force knows is being made by a law enforcement officer, unless:


(A) The law enforcement officer uses or attempts to use greater force than necessary to make the arrest, search, stop and frisk, or halt; and


(B) The person using force reasonably believes that the force is immediately necessary to protect against the law enforcement officer's use or attempted use of greater force than necessary.


TCA § 39-11-611 (a) – Self Defense

Definitions

Business includes the interior and exterior of the business

Curtilage is the area surrounding a dwelling that is necessary, convenient, and habitually used for family purposes

Deadly Force means the use of force intended or likely to cause death or serious bodily injury

Dwelling means a building or conveyance of any kind, designed for or capable of use by people (tent, car, house, porch)

Residence means a dwelling in which a person resides or is visiting as an invited guest

Vehicle means any motorized vehicle that is self-propelled and designed for use on public highways to transport people or property

TCA § 39-11-611 (b) – Self Defense

A person who is not engaged in unlawful activity and in a place where they have a right to be, has NO duty to retreat before using Deadly Force against another person

There is NO duty to retreat before using Defensive Force, including Deadly Force, against another’s use of unlawful force

Such Defensive Force can be used when and to the degree the person reasonably believes is immediately necessary to protect against another’s use of unlawful force

Deadly Force can be used when a person has a reasonable belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury

TCA § 39-11-611 (c) – Self Defense

An occupant of a residence, business, dwelling, or vehicle is allowed to use Deadly Force against another person who has unlawfully and forcibly entered a residence, business, dwelling or vehicle when the person using such Deadly Force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry occurred

In these places, the law presumes a reasonable belief of imminent death or serious bodily injury, this is commonly referred to as the Castle Doctrine

TCA § 39-11-611 (c) – Self Defense

An occupant of a residence, business, dwelling, or vehicle is allowed to use Deadly Force against another person who has unlawfully and forcibly entered a residence, business, dwelling or vehicle when the person using such Deadly Force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry occurred

In these places, the law presumes a reasonable belief of imminent death or serious bodily injury, this is commonly referred to as the Castle Doctrine

TCA § 39-11-611 (d) – Self Defense

If the person using defensive force is involved in any unlawful activity **Exception

TCA § 39-17-1322 – Defenses under Offenses Against Public Health, Safety and Welfare - Weapons

(a) A person shall not be charged with or convicted of a violation under this part if the person possessed, displayed or employed a handgun in justifiable self-defense or in justifiable defense of another during the commission of a crime in which that person or the other person defended was a victim.

(b) A person who discharges a firearm within the geographical limits of a municipality shall not be deemed to have violated any ordinance in effect or be subject to any citation or fine the municipality may impose for discharging a firearm within the limits of the municipality if it is determined that when the firearm was discharged the person was acting in justifiable self-defense, defense of property, defense of another, or to prevent a criminal offense from occurring.

TCA § 39-11-611 (d) – Self Defense

If the person using defensive force is involved in any unlawful activity **Exception

TCA § 39-17-1322 – Defenses under Offenses Against Public Health, Safety and Welfare - Weapons

(a) A person shall not be charged with or convicted of a violation under this part if the person possessed, displayed or employed a handgun in justifiable self-defense or in justifiable defense of another during the commission of a crime in which that person or the other person defended was a victim.

(b) A person who discharges a firearm within the geographical limits of a municipality shall not be deemed to have violated any ordinance in effect or be subject to any citation or fine the municipality may impose for discharging a firearm within the limits of the municipality if it is determined that when the firearm was discharged the person was acting in justifiable self-defense, defense of property, defense of another, or to prevent a criminal offense from occurring.

TCA § 29-34-201 (c) – Injuries suffered in committing or attempting to commit felony on property of another

A person who is injured while committing a felony or attempting to commit a felony on the real property of another is barred from recovery of actual or punitive damages

A person who accidentally or intentionally causes property damage to or inflicts injury or death upon the perpetrator of a criminal offense is absolutely immune from civil liability

Such immunity shall not be construed to extend to property damage caused to or injury or death inflicted upon a bystander or other person

Offenses for which immunity applies are:

Criminal homicide, aggravated rape, kidnapping, especially aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, carjacking, and attempt to commit first or second degree murder

Criminal and civil immunity is provided for a person using Defensive Force, including Deadly Force, to protect themselves subject to certain exceptions. Some of the exceptions are:

TCA § 39-11-604 – Reckless injury of innocent third person

TCA § 39-11-605 – Civil remedies unaffected

TCA § 39-11-614 – Protection of property

TCA § 39-11-622 – Justification for use of force – Exceptions – Immunity from civil liability

[Acts 1989, ch. 591, § 1; 1990, ch. 1030, § 8; 2007, ch. 210, § 1; 2008, ch. 1012, § 1; 2009, ch. 194, § 2.]

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