What Are the Self Defense Laws in Ohio?

stun gun self defense in ohioKnowing what the self defense laws in Ohio is something all Ohioans need to know and what rights they have at protecting themselves from harm.

When it comes to self defense laws nearly all states permit some use of deadly force in order for a person to protect themselves inside their home, which is based on the ‘Castle Doctrine.’ However, while some areas require a person to retreat from an attacker outside of their home, there are more and more states expanding their laws in order to increase a person’s safety and legal rights if they happen to be outside of their homes too.

Previously in Ohio, if a homeowner was subjected to an intruder inside their home they were required to retreat before using deadly force against the suspect. Not only that, but the burden of proof lay upon the defendant to prove in court that the use of deadly force in such a situation was required because he/she had acted out of fear of physical injury or death.

Now, though, the law has changed.

On September 9, 2008, Senate Bill 184 passed while Senate Bill 17 became effective on September 30, 2011. The new laws regarding self defense mean that homeowners now have more rights to protect themselves if a person entered the residence illegally.

According to the Ohio Bar Association under the new laws the Ohio’s ‘Castle Laws’ presume that the homeowner has acted in defense of another or self defense when applying deadly force to someone who has intruded into their home. However, if the homeowner was charged it would be down to the prosecution to prove that the intruder did not enter the resident’s house or vehicle with the intention to cause any sort of harm.

One thing to bear in mind is that regardless of the state, laws relating to self defense are continually changing, which is why it’s always a good idea to maintain a record of what new Bills have been passed. This way you know exactly what your rights are and who the burden of proof falls upon when it comes to the issue of self defense.

What Are the Laws Regarding Stun Guns in Oregon

stun gun laws in oregonHere we look at what the laws are regarding the legality of stun guns in Oregon.

In Oregon it is legal for a person to own and use a stun gun; however, there are restrictions in place to ensure that the use of the device is not mistreated. Here we look at the laws in place.

When it comes to traditional firearms some states will include stun guns under that law, which means you require a permit to use the device for your protection. In Oregon you do not require a permit to carry a stun gun.

Although the use of stun guns is legal in the state it is worth bearing in mind that under Chapter 163.213 it is:

  1. A crime in the first degree if a person unlawfully uses an electrical stun gun, tear gas or mace and knowingly discharges or causes it to be discharged against another person, knowing the other person to be a peace officer, corrections officer, parole and probation office, fire fighter or emergency technician or paramedic while the other person is acting in the course of official duty; and

  2. Unlawful use of an electrical stun gun, tear gas or mace in the first degree is a Class C felony.

You can, however, use a stun gun for your protection or the protection of others if you believe them to be in danger.

Tips on How to Jog in Safety at Night

jog with a stun gun for safetyJogging is probably one of the easiest sports to take up for exercise, but it can also be one that sees many opportunistic criminals targeting those on their own. Taking safety measures will ensure that you stay safe during your workout.

It goes without saying that jogging during daylight hours is much safer compared to jogging at night; however, with our increasingly busy schedules and family commitments there are many runners who find they only have time to jog during the evening or early morning. If you find yourself falling into this category it is important that you don’t take your safety for granted.

A recent assault on a female jogger shows how opportunistic running can be, but by taking measures to avoid such an assault means you can run in safety. Here are some tips to staying safe while jogging:

Know Your Route – Before heading out make sure you know exactly where you’ll be running. This way you can determine if there will be any obstacles in your path, if you’ll be cut off from the main road or if there is poor lighting in certain areas. Knowing where you are going will mean you can remedy the route to avoid bad spots.

Stay in Well-Lit Areas – By doing so you can avoid any unnecessary surprises as you stumble upon individuals you wouldn’t want to meet. It also means that you’ll be able to see where you are going and avoid unwanted injuries that are more likely to happen in dark areas.

Avoid Listening with Headphones – In most cases joggers will tend to listen to their music while jogging, after all, it’s a good way to stay motivated when a fast, up-beat song comes on to keep the legging going. It is, however, dangerous. Not only are you unlikely to hear car horns, trucks or bicycles, but you are unlikely to hear if someone is running up behind you.

Carry Pepper Spray – In order to ensure your safety it is always a good idea to carry pepper spray on your person when out jogging, regardless of where you are going. Make sure that you have this device close to hand so that you can utilize it when needed. Nowadays, most runners will carry a self defense device because they know it’s non-lethal, but extremely effective in stopping an assault.

Get a Jogging Partner – The easiest way you can avoid becoming an easy target is to get a jogging partner. People jogging together are less likely to be targeted than someone who is jogging alone. Not only will you be staying safe, but you’ll enjoy your running workouts now that you have someone with you.

Through A Rapist’s Eyes – Part 2

As promised, here is the Part 2 of “Through a Rapist’s Eyes”.
10. Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone
is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you
in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them
a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: “I
can’t believe it is so cold out here”, “we’re in for a bad winter.”
Now you’ve seen their face and could identify them in a line-up;
you lose appeal as a target.

11. If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands
in front of you and yell STOP or STAY BACK ! Most of
the rapists this man talked to said they’d leave a woman alone
if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight
back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

12. If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge
advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes,)
yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a
deterrent.

13. If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength
but you can by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around
the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm
(between the elbow and armpit) OR in the upper inner thigh
VERY VERY HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught
told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying
to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin
and tore out muscle strands – the guy needed stitches. Try
pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it;
it hurts.

14. After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN. I know
from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a
guy’s parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you’ll
anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the
thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman
who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble and
he’s out of there.

15. When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two
fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much
pressure pushing down on them as possible! The instructor
did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on
my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

16. Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always
be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you
can and if you see any odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with
your instincts!!! You may feel a little silly at the time, but
you’d feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.

I’d like you to share this to all the women you
know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed
by lighting another candle. I was going to send this
to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers,
wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass
it onto them, as well.

After the release of the last video about TASERs, people are
very excited about the product and have asked some great
questions. We decided to put together a video to answer those
questions for you.

By being aware that crimes DO happen ALL the
time, your chance of being a victim has already
decreased by 50%. Now that you are aware, the
rest is up to you. Whether you take a self defense
course (ideally) or equip yourself with a stun gun or
TASER is up to you. Crime happens whether you are
ready or not. So when it happens, you better be ready.
Do not wait; your safety is priceless! Protect yourself
with a stun gun now!

Through A Rapist’s Eyes – Part 1

A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were
interviewed on what they look for in a potential
victim and here are some interesting facts:

  1. The first thing men look for in a potential victim
    is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a
    woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle
    that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go
    after a woman with long hair. Women with short
    hair are not common targets.
  2. The second thing men look for is clothing.
    They will look for women who’s clothing is
    easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry
    scissors around specifically to cut clothing.
  3. They also look for women on their cell phone,
    searching through their purse, or doing other
    activities while walking because they are off guard
    and can be easily overpowered.
  4. Men are most likely to attack & rape in the
    early morning, between 5:00 a.m. and 8:30a.m.
  5. The number one place women are abducted
    from/attacked is grocery store parking lots.
    Number two is office parking lots/garages.
    Number three is public restrooms.
  6. The thing about these men is that they are
    looking to grab a woman and quickly move her
    to another location where they don’t have to
    worry about getting caught.
  7. Only 2% said they carried weapons because
    rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with
    a weapon is 15-20 years.
  8. If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they
    get discouraged because it only takes a minute
    or two for them to realize that going after you
    isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.
  9. These men said they would not pick on women
    who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that
    can be used from a distance, in their hands.Keys are not a deterrent because you have to
    get really close to the attacker to use them as
    a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these
    guys you’re not worth it.

I’d like you to share this to all the women you
know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed
by lighting another candle. I was going to send this
to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers,
wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass
it onto them, as well.
Many people choose to use TASERs for personal protection.
Watch the following video and hear what people
have to say about their experience.

By being aware that crimes DO happen ALL the
time, your chance of being a victim has already
decreased by 50%. Now that you are aware, the
rest is up to you. Whether you take a self defense
course (ideally) or equip yourself with a stun gun or
TASER is up to you. Crime happens whether you are
ready or not. So when it happens, you better be ready.
Do not wait; your safety is priceless! Protect yourself
with a stun gun now.

The History of Pepper Spray

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Pepper spray, a small canister also known as OC spray from Oleoresin Capsaicin, is a non-lethal spraying device that has been designed to irritate the eyes of an assailant by causing tears, pain and temporary blindness.

The use of the cayenne chili pepper as we know it today has been used for thousands of years with records showing that it was used in ancient China when the Chinese ground the potent pepper in rice paper before flinging it into the face of their enemies.

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In 1960, a different type of compound was created at the University of Georgia by Professor James H. Jenkins and Dr Frank Hayes. Sold commercially in 1963 it was known as Halt Animal Repellent. Fast-forward to today and modern day use of pepper spray is a popular device often used for self defense.

In 1989, the Firearms Training Unit of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, finished three years of intensive research on the use and effects of pepper spray. After that, the FBI authorized the use of the spray canister to its special agents in addition to its SWAT teams. Unsurprisingly, the FBI were attracted to pepper spray simply because it provided the ideal answer to stopping an unruly suspect without the need for excessive force.

However, not only is pepper spray effective against hostile individuals, but it is also effective against domestic and wild animals without presenting any harm to them or the environment they are in. It has proved highly effective in preventing dog attacks in built up areas to bear attacks in bear country.

It was only in the 1990’s that the use of pepper spray began to circulate widely among law enforcement departmentswhen over 3,000 police forces in the United States issued the devices as part of an officer’s standard arsenal.

And today, it is widely distributed for the public to purchase as a way of protecting themselves from unwanted harm. Small and discreet, pepper spray has become the ideal self defense device for a person to use for their safety.

The Effectiveness of Stun Guns

effectiveness of stun gunsStun guns are more effective and safe to use compared to traditional firearms. Here we learn more about the effectiveness of a device that has been around for decades.

Owning a stun gun for one’s protection is a far better option to make compared to other forms of devices, which often have lethal repercussions such as with a firearm. However, unlike other weapons used by police, stun guns do not function at any distance. In order for them to work the stun gun’s two diodes must be in contact with an individual while the trigger is depressed.

The exact duration of the shock will vary, but it can be anywhere from three to five seconds. Of course, an element of surprise means that the person using the stun gun will have the opportunity to deliver a shock far longer than if the element of surprise wasn’t there. Areas that have the most effective response include the back, shoulder or hip. The stun gun itself, without actually using it, can also be an effective deterrent, particularly if the stun gun has been activated and it triggers a blue arc of electricity.

There are other factors to consider that play a part in the stun gun’s effectiveness. For example, an attacker’s physical size is an important one to consider. A larger person will need a greater voltage or longer exposure to a stun gun in order for them to be subdued. While on the other hand some models will deliver a higher voltage compared to others, which means that some devices will temporarily disable a person far quicker than others.

Knowing, however, that this device is being used for added protection means that individuals who require extra safety can rest assured that they have it. According to data from RAINN, 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Regardless of who you are you should not have to feel victimized wherever you go.

This is why owning a stun gun is an empowering step that a person can take when it comes to their safety.

The Advantages of Stun Guns

advantage of stun gunWith more people turning their attention to self defense devices for protection we look here to see what the advantages of owning a stun gun are.

Over the past ten years stun guns have evolved to become an extremely effective device at preventing harm to individuals in need of protection. However, it goes without saying that in order to appreciate the advantages of the device it is necessary to understand how it functions.

Stun guns, as the name would imply, are designed to stun a person thus preventing them from committing a crime or succeeding in harming someone. Despite the high voltage number that many of these tools are associated with – as much as 5,000,000 – the low amperage of stun guns is low usually around two to three milliamps, which means that they will not cause long term damage to the person targeted. For electricity to be fatal it has to measure at least one ampere. Furthermore, unlike an electric chair, which is designed to kill a person, a stun gun falls into the classification of a non-lethal device because it is merely a means of disabling the attacker.

A report written in 2004 at the Eastern Michigan University demonstrates that the benefits of stunning devices outweigh the risks and are an effective method at apprehending criminals in a timely and effective manner compared to other devices. However, despite the number of negative reports issued about stun guns there are continually more people buying them for extra protection.

The fact that stun guns don’t harm a person targeted shows a major advantage compared to other devices such as firearms. They also come in a variety of shapes and sizes and disguised forms which mean that a user will have an element of surprise when needed.

Nowadays, it’s possible to buy a stun gun with as little as 100,000 volts to the more powerful stun guns as high as 5,000,000. Due to the wide variety of devices available it is possible to determine the right one for you.

Teaching Your Children About Stranger Danger

use taser gun in dangerous situationsEvery now and then we’ll get approached by a stranger and in more cases than not it’s probably nothing serious, but what do you do when you get a feeling that something is not quite right?

In the United States, the U.S. Department of Justicereports that 797,500 children younger than 18 were reported missing in a one-year period of time studied, which resulted in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing every day; 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions; 58,200 children were the victims of nonfamily abductions; and 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping.

However, while it is important to educate your children on the importance of stranger danger, the understanding of those two words to young children can often be quite confusing. After all, what does a dangerous stranger look like? For a child when they hear the words stranger danger they will evoke images of scary looking individuals, but strangers who want to kidnap a child will know that a child is more trusting when a person appears friendly and is persuasive enough.

Of course, there will come a time when you need to give your child more freedom as they grow older, which may see them walking to and from school by themselves. Until they can carry a self defense weapon teaching your child on the basics of being aware of strangers can help immensely though. For instance, let them know that they have the power to say no whenever they want. Even if the person has lost their dog and needs your childs help finding it, say to them that saying no is important as this could be a ruse to get them into a car.

Here are some more handy tips to consider:

  • Never accept sweets from a stranger.

  • Never go somewhere without telling an adult where you are going and how long you’ll be.

  • Never go up to a car to give directions – always maintain a safe distance so the individual inside the car can’t grab you.

  • Never play in quite places alone.

  • Always stay with a group of friends – safety in numbers.

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