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Tennessee's Castle Doctrine


In Tennessee deadly force is legal when used to defend one's self, when they believe that there is a threat of immediate death or serious bodily injury. This belief must be founded on reasonable grounds. There is no duty to retreat from anywhere that the person has the right to be.


What is Castle Doctrine?

Castle Laws are laws that address the use of force when defending one's self inside their home, or on their property. Some states expand this to vehicles, and the person's place of work. Castle Laws generally include: the places where this law applies, the requirements fro use of deadly force, if there is a duty to retreat, the amount of force that maybe used in defending one's self or others. These vary widely from state to state.


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