Day and Night: Murder or Self-Defense in Missouri?

We all know that nighttime can be scary. In some states the time of day can affect your rights to use a firearm in self-defense. Missouri is not one of those states. Day or night, the law remains the same in Missouri as to when you can use self-defense. If you are faced with an imminent threat of deadly force, you can use deadly force to defend yourself. You can also use deadly force to defend another person who is under the imminent threat of deadly force.

Missouri does have a law that protects you with greater protections within your home. Because it’s your home, because it’s your dwelling, there will be a presumption that you have acted correctly under the law if you use deadly force.

What if you’re out and about? Missouri law allows you to stand your ground, so you do not have a duty to retreat. Day or night, if someone approaches you in a violent manner and puts you in fear of imminent deadly harm, you can use deadly force to protect yourself.

If you have any questions, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to an Independent Program Attorney.

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1 comments on “Day and Night: Murder or Self-Defense in Missouri?

  1. Missouri does not “presume” the use of deadly force to be authorized because you are in your home. In Missouri, the law authorizes the use of deadly force in the home only if the use of non-deadly force would be authorized outside the home. In the home, you still have to have a actual honest belief that you are being attacked, or about to be attacked, that the attack is unlawful, and that the use of some degree of force is necessary to repel that unlawful attack, and your subjective belief has to be objectively reasonable (your reasons have to be reasons that a reasonable man in the same situation could have the same belief). You can’t just use deadly force with impunity.

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