Use of Deadly Force : Michigan Legal FAQ

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Use of Deadly Force : Michigan Legal FAQ
Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners
Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners

Michigan – -(Ammoland.com)-This past week, MLive covered several cases of potential unjustified shootings in Michigan by otherwise legal gun owners.

This has led many people to ask when they may use a firearm in self defense.

The relevant section in Michigan law is MCL 780.972. It reads:

780.972 Use of deadly force by individual not engaged in commission of crime; conditions.
Sec. 2.

(1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following applies:

(a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual.

(b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.

(2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force other than deadly force may use force other than deadly force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of that force is necessary to defend himself or herself or another individual from the imminent unlawful use of force by another individual.

About Michigan Coalition For Responsible Gun Owners:

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Our mission statement is: “Promoting safe use and ownership of firearms through education, litigation, and legislation” Visit: www.mcrgo.org

  • One thought on “Use of Deadly Force : Michigan Legal FAQ

    1. I am disabled in that my vocal cords do not function properly. I cannot get enough air to my lungs and tissue to use force other than deadly force, nor could I retreat to avoid injury because I cannot run. So, my only option if confronted and threatened is deadly force. How does the law look at this situation, our anyone knows.

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