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Licensed to carry shooters many times face lawsuits

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Steve Farley tells his license to carry students with Cornerstone Tactical Institute not to be “caught by surprise” if they have to shoot their firearm to protect themselves and then face a lawsuit.
“With all the types of lawsuits that are out there today, anybody can try and take you to court for anything,” Farley said.
This is a legal situation Lubbock lawyer Kevin Glasheen knows well.
"If you use deadly force, somebody is going to grade your paper,” he said.

That is why he said anyone licensed to carry needs to be careful and think before they pull the trigger.

"There has to be more than words to make you feel threatened,” Glasheen said. “So there really has to be a real serious threat to your own personal safety, a threat of serious bodily injury or death before you can use deadly force.”

If these laws are not followed, he said an injured victim will likely file a civil lawsuit.

“There’s a number of things you can recover,” Glasheen said. “Past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering and impairment, disfigurement, loss of earnings…that sort of thing. So the jury gets to decide how much, if anything, to award of each of those different elements of damages.”

Glasheen offers this legal advice to anyone with their license to carry:

"I think it's probably a good idea to buy that kind of CHL insurance you see advertised,” he said, “in case you do get into an incident.

Glasheen recommends the NRA combined self-defense and personal firearms liability insurance packages offered online:
Another option for license to carry holders is a legal defense program, like Texas Law Shield:

"It’s set up for gun owners who are forced to use their firearm in self-defense,” said Scott Barnes, the Lubbock area manager of Texas Law Shield. “Our independent program attorneys will defend its members in both criminal and civil proceedings for zero attorney fees, other than $10.95 a month.”

This program started in 2007 after Pasadena resident Joe Horn killed two burglars who he said stole his neighbor's property then came onto his property.

"He went through a lot of expense during the legal process to prove what he did was completely legal,” Barnes said, “and it was completely legal.”

Barnes hopes no one has to use this program unless the shot they took was unavoidable.

"It is a last resort,” he said. “Things can be replaced.”

Glasheen agrees, citing the emotional turmoil anyone licensed to carry usually experiences after they shoot someone in self-defense.

"You have to really be careful before you pick up a gun and fire it,” he said. “The consequences are so significant and lifelong that a civil lawsuit may be the least of your worries.”

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