F irearms I nstruction R esearch and E ducation
Laws Governing the use of Deadly Force
Enrollment Form and Credentials
Mar 1, 2014
9:30 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M.
Holiday Inn Express Pittsburgh West
Parkway Center Mall - Exit 68 off I 376
875 Greentree Road, Pgh. PA. 15220
Enrollment Form and Credentials
The course will address the following topics:
- Distinguishing "reasonable force" and "deadly force."
- The history of the legal defense of justification, and how it relates to “self defense”
- Statutory codification of deadly force principles in Pennsylvania
- The "Castle Doctrine" and how the 2011 changes in the law are working out
- Consequences of being wrong (civil and criminal exposure)
- Consequences of being right (the need to prove your case and avoid “talking your way into jail”)
- Taking the law into account when training, so as to avoid training to screw up
- Circumstances affecting the lawfulness of a use of deadly force:
- Protection of self
- Protection of others
- Protection of property
- Provocation, escalation and your responsibility for a confrontation
- Use of force to make or resist arrest
- Use of force to maintain order by those charged with the care of others
- Duty to retreat
- Confinement as deadly force
- Duty to render aid following the use of deadly force
- Your obligation in dealing with the police following an incident
- "Prohibited" weapons and your liability for possessing them
- Using deadly force against animals (excluding hunting and the game code)
Instructor: Peter Georgiadfes is a practicing attorney with 37 years of litigation experience.
Admitted to practice in Arizona, Pennsylvania and the District of
Columbia, his practice includes advising clients with respect to various
aspects of law relating to firearms. Peter has been an instructor in
law at the National Law Center at the George Washington University and
the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie-Mellon
University, and is also an experienced firearms instructor (NRA
certified to instruct in rifle, pistol, shotgun and personal protection;
issued State of Arizona CCW instructor certificate No. 8769268; member
of the International Ass'n. of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
(IALEFI); and instructor in carbine and defensive tactics since 1997).
Peter is a judoka, holding the rank of Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt),
is a two-time medalist at the USA Senior National Judo Championships
(2005 and 2007), and gold medalist at USJA PA state open (2009, 2011).
Instructor: Harry Schneider is the Legislative Chairman of the Pennsylvania Sportsmen's Association (PSA). He is experienced at writing bills and analyzing legislation, and has worked tirelessly to advance the interests of firearms owners in the Pennsylvania legislature. He participated in drafting and passing several improvements to firearms laws in Pennsylvania, including recent changes in the law including the duty to retreat, civil immunity, and other topics pertaining to the justification defense (enhanced Castle Doctrine) as well as significant improvements to reciprocity between Pennsylvania and other states with respect to licenses and permits to carry and laws governing hunters and trappers. He has attended numerous ATF-PSP Firearms Law Seminars and CLE seminars sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Federal Bar Association and the NRA. His formal firearms training and experience stretches back 30 years.
Cost: The cost is $90 advance enrollment. The cost will be $110 at the door, space permitting, and assuming we have sufficient enrollment for the course to proceed. (It’s best to enroll in advance.)
Course format: The course will consist of straightforward explanation of what the governing statutes provide, how the law works, what the current rules are and how to stay out of unnecessary trouble. There will be three hours of discussion in the morning and three hours in the afternoon, with a one-hour break for lunch, and 15 minute breaks in the morning and in the afternoon. The course will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Principles will be illustrated using actual cases and statutes (as opposed to theories, political positions or ideology). There will be substantial time for questions and discussion.
Prerequisites: None. Because this course does not involve the handling of weapons or training in the actual application of force, no criminal history check is required, and no age limits apply.
Continuing Legal Education Credits: This course qualifies for six hours of continuing education credit for NRA law enforcement instructor accreditation. Paperwork will be will be available at the course site.
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"Having a gun and thinking you are armed is like having a piano and thinking you are a musician"
------ Col. Jeff Cooper (U.S.M.C. Ret.)
This course is sponsored by the Firearms Instruction Research & Education (FIRE) Institute,
a Penna. nonprofit corporation.
Training is provided as a public service.
All students must be 18 years or older. Proof of no criminal history is required.
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