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Marty-eJournal column pixby Marty Hayes, J.D.

This column will be short this month, primarily because I wrote such a long lead article. Besides, I am leaving soon to testify in my third homicide case this year and have some work to do before I go. Still, I just wanted to announce our eighth DVD, Legal Considerations of the Use of Non-Lethal Defensive Force, which discusses the issues surrounding using force, but not deadly force, in self defense.

If one of our members is going to be involved in a self-defense incident, it is more likely that the incident will involve a display of a firearm and either an implied threat or an overt threat of use of force to stop the incident. I had been wanting to address these issues for our members for some time now, and I think the new DVD, which should be arriving in your mail box this month, will do this nicely.

The program was actually filmed last summer in cooperation with Network Affiliated Instructor Rob Pincus and the Personal Defense Network series of DVDs he puts out through one of his companies.

Last summer when Rob was here training at my firearms training school, he asked if I wanted to try a joint venture on this topic, and I said, “Sure,” because of my conviction that this is a topic we need to be teaching.

DVD8While I have the lead on the DVD, I am joined by Rob and a colleague of his, retired police Sgt. Kerry Tanner, who I think did a real nice job explaining how law enforcement will look at a display of a firearm in self defense or the offer to use force at the point of a gun. One thing that is really nice about the DVD is the production quality. It was nice to work with a professional film and editing crew. We will endeavor to make the quality of our next DVD as good quality as this one. In any event, I hope you enjoy it and find the material useful.

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