F irearms I nstruction R esearch and E ducation

Laws Governing the use of Deadly Force

Nov 22, 2014
9:00 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
(412) 922-7070

Course Administrator
Peter Georgiades

Enrollment Form and Credentials

If you think it’s as simple as “I was in fear for my life,” you don’t know what’s involved. Legal justification for the use of deadly force is a very complicated, technical and often confusing subject. Being in fear for one’s life or the life of another is an important aspect of the defense of justification (“self-defense”), but it is far from the whole story.

There are many considerations pertaining to how one found himself in a position where he felt compelled to use deadly force, whether the use of such force was actually necessary at the moment it was applied, and how circumstances might have changed between the time a threat first became apparent and the time deadly force was used. There are also many practical considerations regarding how one might best equip himself, train, and comport himself after a lethal encounter. There are also legal issues pertaining to the use of deadly force on animals.

The Pennsylvania Firearms Development Corporation (PFDC) is presenting a six hour course of instruction, written by a practicing attorney, a firearms instructor and a martial artist. The course is designed for lay people who possess weapons (not limited to firearms) or study a martial art in contemplation of possibly having to use deadly force to defend themselves or their loved ones from a potentially lethal threat. The course will cover how to comply with the law before, during and after an encounter involving the use of deadly force (whether a death results or not). The focus will be statutes, cases interpreting statutes, and practical advice.
The course will address the following topics:

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).

 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 $120 advance enrollment.  The cost will be $140 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.

2003 F.I.R.E. Institute