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Threats in Self-Defense

In a situation where the law permits you to shoot someone in self-defense, can you say "Stop, or I'll shoot" instead? A "yes" answer would seem to be obvious, but in Kansas you had better go ahead and shoot him. The Supreme Court of Kansas gave an overly literal and cramped interpretation of its self-defense statute in State v. Hendrix, No. 97,323, today, finding that only use of force, not threat to use force, comes within the statute. Thanks to How Appealing for the pointer.

Prompt legislative action is in order.

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