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What the Smith case taught us: Firearms instructors address issues raised by murder case

May 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — When Jere Hilland teaches you how to defend yourself, he always preaches using “reasonable force.”
“In other words, if someone punches you in the nose, you can punch them in the nose,” said Hilland, who has taught firearms classes …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

A case of self-defense? Minn., ND differ in justifiable deadly force in home invasions

November 27, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

MOORHEAD, Minn. Minnesota law and court precedent have established an objective standard for when the use of deadly force is justified as self-defense, said Clay County Attorney Brian Melton. Continue Reading

Fargo sisters join direct-sales Damsel in Defense company

June 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Dee Ann Magrum wanted to buy her 18-year-old daughter something to protect herself on her outdoor runs, but she didn’t know where to look. Meanwhile, the Fargo woman’s sister, Debbie Henke of Park Rapids, Minn., had read about a new direct-sales company called Damsel in Defense. Continue Reading

UND women’s self-defense course in high demand

May 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It didn’t take long for 45-year-old Jane Peterson to put her self-defense training into practice. While she didn’t need to use the physical skills she learned a few months before in the self-defense class taught at UND, Peterson said the heightened awareness the class taught saved her. It’s called IMPACT, a 12-hour course that teaches women how to fight off assailants. Continue Reading

UND self-defense course for women gets donations

May 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A local motorcycle group donated $3,000 Thursday to sponsor an intensive self-defense course for women offered through the UND Women’s Center. Continue Reading

Firearm permits rise in booming Oil Patch

April 5, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Cindy Sanford has worked in big cities but it wasn’t until she landed a job in North Dakota’s booming Oil Patch hub of Williston that she began worrying about her safety. Continue Reading

Be aware

March 28, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

Dickinson Police Lt. Dave Wallace talks to students about situational awareness and self-defense strategies Wednesday afternoon at Dickinson State University. Continue Reading

Dayton rejects gun self-defense bill

March 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed an explosive self-defense bill on Monday, saying the lives of police officers could be at risk if citizens are freer to use their guns when they feel threatened. Continue Reading

Bill expanding self-defense rights passes in Senate

February 25, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

A bill that would expand Minnesotans’ self-defense rights was approved 40-23 Thursday night by the state Senate.
The Personal Protection Act known by many opponents as the “shoot first” bill extends the right to use deadly force for personal protection outside the home to any place where an individual lawfully can be, sponsor Senator Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, said. Continue Reading

Bill expanding self-defense rights passes in Minnesota Senate

February 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A bill that would expand Minnesotans’ self-defense rights was approved 40-23 Thursday night by the state Senate. The Personal Protection Act known by many opponents as the “shoot first” bill extends the right to use deadly force for personal protection outside the home to any place where an individual lawfully can be, sponsor Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, said. Continue Reading