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    If I open carry in a neighbor and get charged by a wild animal...be it coyote, javelina, whatever but discharging a firarm is a felony, is it justified and what do you do after you have such an incident?? reprocussions?

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    Most discharge laws I have seen have an exemption for lawful self defense.

    And in the end it's always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

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    Here's your wildlife exception:

    ARS 13-3107.9 In self-defense or defense of another person against an animal attack if a reasonable person would believe that deadly physical force against the animal is immediately necessary and reasonable under the circumstances to protect oneself or the other person.





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    drkarrow wrote:
    Most discharge laws I have seen have an exemption for lawful self defense.

    And in the end it's always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
    +1

    Even if it did get as far as trial, the prosecution would have one heck of a time trying to prove that you were just shooting animals all willy nilly like.

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    what about a charging dog.

    i live on an acre and a half and i do my yard work in the front yard and yada yada

    my question is if a dog (off leash is charging me and barking am i entitled to shoot it?
    (using common sense and knowing its not my neighbors poodle or chuawa, im talking bout big ol rottweiler)


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    LcCPL fatherdeath wrote:
    what about a charging dog.

    i live on an acre and a half and i do my yard work in the front yard and yada yada

    my question is if a dog (off leash is charging me and barking am i entitled to shoot it?
    (using common sense and knowing its not my neighbors poodle or chuawa, im talking bout big ol rottweiler)
    Barking does not constitute reason to shoot. If charging you aggressively then yes.

    I have over an acre in the mountains. We have an occasional Bear or Couger wander through, along with other smaller critters. I allow my hound to lay on the front porch unfenced or tethered. She keeps Bear off the porch. She has been known to bark at neighbors out for a walk. She does not however charge them.

    I would look very unfavorably at any one that shot at her for simply barking out the message that "This Is My Masters Land"

    I have not found it necessary to shoot at either Bear, Couger or Coyote either. I simply watch them pass through.
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    My neighbors let their big, crazy dogs run wild. I have come home from work around 6 or so in the morning and had them start coming at me. Lucky for them they always seem to know whats best for them, and stop a few feet away. Its the day they don't stop that they will have a problem. The sad part is that I have told the neighbors what will happen, and they don't seem to care.

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    Most states have laws that, any canine "OFF IT'S PROPERTY" that attacks, puts one in worry ,or fear, can be shot. Check your states laws. This most definite if they attack livestock.

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    kashmirsmp wrote:
    My neighbors let their big, crazy dogs run wild. I have come home from work around 6 or so in the morning and had them start coming at me. Lucky for them they always seem to know whats best for them, and stop a few feet away. Its the day they don't stop that they will have a problem. The sad part is that I have told the neighbors what will happen, and they don't seem to care.
    Read my post above. The law clearly says animal attack. A dog, bear, ostrich or elephant no difference under the law.

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