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There is a maxim every attorney has heard in law school: “If the law is on your side, pound on the law. If the facts are on your side, pound on the facts. And if neither the law nor the facts are on your side, pound on the table!”

It’s not a figure of speech. This country has more attorneys than it has police officers. If you look at billboards, TV ads, and the classifieds, you can see that a lot of them are hustling for work. If a good plaintiff’s case is not available to them, there are some who aren’t above creating one out of whole cloth. Something like “dangerous gun,” “hair trigger likely to cause a negligent discharge such as the one we allege,” or “Rambo Gun, indicative of malice on the part of the defendant.”

It’s just common sense to avoid known potential trouble. We don’t leave our automobiles unlocked with keys in the ignition when we park them: it’s an invitation to car thieves. We don’t leave our front doors open when we go to bed at night: it’s an invitation to burglars. Similarly, it’s unwise to carry, or use for home defense, a firearm that fits one of the profiles mentioned in the previous paragraph: it’s an invitation to unscrupulous lawyers to fashion an unmeritorious case out of a clean, justifiable shooting in defense of self or others.

Most of us have a few guns that we’ve settled on as best suited for our needs. Some of us find ourselves carrying different guns on different days. My job description is such that I fall into the latter category. Please allow me to share some experience and suggestions.

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