Montana's Self Defense Laws and the Rittenhouse Trial

Kyle Rittenhouse- why the jury got it right. Gary Marbut with the Montana Shooting Sports Association gave a very insightful update to his members across Montana shortly after the not guilty verdict was announced in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

He joined us on the radio to talk more about self defense laws, and what criteria needs to be met in order for it to be considered a true self defense case.

Gary Marbut: Those three criteria are that the assailant has opportunity, ability and intent. Opportunity means that the assailant is within striking distance and able to actually deliver harm. That will be different depending on how the assailant might be equipped. If he’s equipped with fists and feet only, it would be a contact distance. If he’s equipped with a handgun it would probably be up to 40 or 50 yards. If he’s equipped with a rifle it’d be even further away. So it depends on on how the assailant is equipped whether or not he’s satisfied that he has opportunity to deliver harm. The next leg of that three legged stool is ability. It is- does the assailant actually have the ability to deliver harm, and there are a number of ways that can be

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