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Quote[/b] (gunmanguns @ Jan. 06 2004,2:27)]
also what if i do shoot the bad guy and it goes through and hits someone,is this manslaughter.
Depeds who your lawyer is. Quite likely though you could be charged with manslaughter and the charge has a reasonable chance to stick. Most places that give firearms training say know what's behind your target.
 

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Quote[/b] (BreakerMorant @ Jan. 06 2004,3:29)]First of all, in a self defense scenario you need to hit your target not spray 15 shots in the general direction. (Training,training, training.)

Regarding the manslaughter question, use hollowpoints, preferably Hydra-shok or in the alternative the same brand your local police department is using. Hydra-shok should not over-penetrate. It's one of those things, if you get pulled into court, you don't want to explain why you have Crook-killer GT ammo. You want to say, "I only use what my local police department or Federal law enforcement agencies use, nothing more destructive." Those organizations set the reasonableness standard. Although you may know more than them when it comes to guns and ammo, you don't want to depart from the standard they have set.

Even if your bullet did overpenetrate, it's not likely that you would be charged with manslaughter. If you had a legitimate self-defense scenario the collateral damage would likely be pinned on the aggressor. Many jurisdictions have something called the felony murder rule. Simply put, it means all occurrences that flow from the commission of a felony are the responsibility of the individual committing the felony. If a bankrobber comes into a bank and pulls a gun and someone suffers a heart attack, it's the robber's fault. If the police kill someone in a traffic accident rushing to the scene or shoot someone accidentally in a gunfight, again, it's the robber's fault.

Lastly, in court, juries do value a person's right to engage in self defense. D.A.'s offices know this and hesitate to spend the resources to bring a case to court that will be the victim of jury nullification. Certain areas of the country are less understanding when it comes to the use of firearms. However in NYC (not a gun friendly town) Bernard Goetz, the infamous subway vigilante got convicted of violating the city's gun laws (possession and concealed carry w/o a permit) not of shooting three armed individuals who demanded money.
Many PD's today are switching to ball ammo, hollow points are also illegal in a few jurisdictions.

Courts don't value jack or shit. How many people have gotten off cause some miserable juror couldn't decide one way or another? What about OJ. How about Jackson?

Although there may be no criminal charge there are also (which we forgot to mention) civil lawsuits YAY! After you cap your opponant who could be comming at you with two AK-47's and 8 bandoliers of ammo you too can be sued out of existance.

Welcome to the US of A where only the rich survive.
 
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