What is Self-Defense?


What exactly is self-defense? We use that term a lot in the USCCA Community, but what exactly is it legally?

Does your state have a different definition of self-defense?


Illinois take on self defense

Illinois Statute 720 ILCS 5/7-1 protects those that use force in self defense. A person is justified in using force if the person reasonably believes that the force is necessary to protect himself/herself or another person against another’s use of unlawful force. The use of deadly force is only allowed if it is reasonable to believe that it was necessary to protect against imminent death or great bodily harm. When the use of force is justified, the aggressor cannot claim liability against the person using force for self defense.


The aggressor cannot claim liability against a person using for us for self-defense – that is awesome! Evidently there are some little good things about Illinois law.

Thanks for sharing @45IPAC!


Illinois does have some redeeming qualities. Blind squirrels find a nut every now and then.

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