Criminal Defense Lawyers Discuss Use of Force

ATG Membership Meeting. Our monthly Membership Meeting will be at Cabela’s this Friday, Oct. 20th, with the main program starting at 6:00 PM.  Cabela’s meeting room is back by the Deli.  The Deli has good food and will will stay open until 6:00 PM so plan to have dinner with us at Cabela’s.  The networking hour will start at 5:00 PM; the Deli closes at 6:00.  I just learned that Criminal Defense Lawyer David Stevens will be there at 5:00 PM and he has agreed to provide us with some observations related to the Gerlach manslaughter trial. The trial is the subject for three of our speakers.  Defense Lawyer Richard Lee, will talk to us about the trial and media related issues. David Stevens and Mr. Lee were co-counsel for Mr. Gerlach’s criminal defense in the Spokane self-defense shooting trial several years back. Read more

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Gun News – ADTA Article

The Washington Arms Collectors featured the Armed Defense Training Association in the October, 2016 edition of the GunNews.  We asked the author, Ed Streit, the current ADTA President and a founding member of the citizen self-defense group, to send us the article.  The Action Training Group, Inc. in Eastern Washington and North Idaho follows the model created several years ago when the ADTA founders, including Spokane-area criminal defense lawyer, Mark Knapp, first started exploring ways to create a gun range in Federal Way, Washington.  The following is the complete article from the GunNews.

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Introduction to IDPA-and Use of Force at Cabela’s in Post Falls

  Our next ATG Meeting is Friday, December 1st, 2017 at Cabela’s the Action Training Group, an Idaho nonprofit, all volunteer corporation, will present  Use of Force and Washington state Firearms Law.  We recently reviewed how IDPA match shooting procedures relate to our ATG range protocol and objectives. Now we need to start integrating our ATG  range procedures with the legal, practical and tactical considerations that arise in life and death split-second situations when confronted by deadly force.  There are also encounters that can be mistaken for deadly force confrontations where deadly force is not the right decision.  Thus, force-on-force drills are necessary to create stress and confusion in real time scenarios and develop the reactions and judgment that it takes to get it right when the stakes are high!

 

National Outreach. We also need to start thinking about reaching out to law enforcement and other groups with an interest in the use-of-force issues we are confronting. Carl Chinn’s weekly article addresses the need for us to get involved with a national organization.

 

 

Fri, December 1st starting at 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Location:   Cabela’s

                    North Cabela Way

                    Post Falls, ID

Event details. 

We invite everyone to come and hear Bob Smith and Mark Knapp speak on Friday, Dec 1st at CABELA’s at 6:00 PM. The social hour is at 5:00 PM. The restaurant normally closes at 6:00 PM but might remain open later during the holidays.  The subject of our ATG meeting next Friday will be Washington firearms law and use of force in general.

 

 

David Howlett, of Next Level Training and the U. S. Tactical Rifle Association, will also be giving us a preview of what to expect during the REALITY-BASED force-on-force drills he has prepared for an upcoming event. One of our goals for the ATG is just to identify people with expertise that armed citizens need along with church safety resources.

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We are also promoting the exchange of such information and bringing folks together to encourage more cost-effective training and educational opportunities for churches and armed citizens in general.

We will be presenting indoor live-fire Action Shoots on a Sunday evening, once a month starting in January. Please forward this message to others who might be interested in the ATG or the newsletters. Hope to see everyone one week from tomorrow on Friday, December 1st. Anyone interested can call me or send an email to discuss any questions or ideas related to ATG, Inc., armed defense or church safety.

Watch some IDPA videos by Googling IDPA drills.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbjc8AUTB8k

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3txtcVLLrc

 

We will give you a chance to join our group and invite you just to come out and shoot with us.  We are planning Indoor Action Shoots to start in January.

ATG Meeting in October.  Our October meeting at Cabela’s presented the team of defense lawyers who represented Gail Gerlach in the Spokane Manslaughter trial several years ago. One of the themes of the meeting was the impact of the news media before, during and after a self-defense shooting trial in which an armed citizen is accused of unjustified or reckless use of force.  Gail Gerlach’s criminal defense team, Bob Smith, an expert witness on use of force at the Gerlach trial and defense attorney, Mark Knapp, joined in the discussion with Chuck Delgado regarding how Chuck shot and killed an unarmed attacker when he was a Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy in 1971.

Lethal Force.  If the lethal force available to the police is unduly restricted, the responsibility for armed citizens to deploy deadly force in defense of our own lives and the lives of our loved ones will also become severely restricted.  You may not realize that right now armed citizens in Washington State  have broader authority to use deadly force than LEOs.

According to the Legislative Note included with RCW 9A.16.040:

Legislative recognition: “The legislature recognizes that RCW 9A.16.040 establishes a dual standard with respect to the use of deadly force by peace officers and private citizens, and further recognizes that private citizens’ permissible use of deadly force under the authority of RCW 9.01.200, 9A.16.020, or 9A.16.050 is not restricted and remains broader than the limitations imposed on peace officers.”

Bring family and friends to Cabela’s on December 1st.

ATG Presents Safety Team Programs for North Idaho & Spokane Area Churches

Action Training Group Monthly Membership Meeting. Kenny Moore spoke at our monthly ATG Membership Meeting at the Post Falls Cabela’s on May 26. Kenny led the security team at the Candlelight Church team in Coeur d’Alene when they got started.

Kenny, a retired Lt. Colonel, USMC, shared that the best approach is to look at the very best current Church Security available in the United States, and tailor programs to meet the specific needs of each church environment. Read more

The Beef in Your Marketing Arsenal?

The LAW OFFICE OF MARK KNAPP provides NFA Gun Trusts, protects the gun rights of individuals and represents those who are charged with crimes in the State of Washington; i.e., criminal defense work. We have also been very involved in forming and promoting the Action Training Group in North Idaho and the greater Spokane area.

Attorney Mark Knapp, who is running for Federal Way Municipal Court judge, enjoys a coffee in the Commons Mall parking lot while taking a client’s call on his Blackberry. Photo by Seth Bynum

I just finished reading Chapter 3 of Guerilla Marketing, by Jay Conrad Levinson. I am not done reading the book but was invited to talk about the 16 Secrets of Guerilla Marketing at a meeting of Heart of Business in Coeur d’Alene. Read more

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Action Training Group Reaching Shooting Public & Veterans in Post Falls

On Tuesday, April 25, my wife and I visited a Disabled American Veterans meeting at the American Legion in Post Falls, Idaho. The objective was to invite the members to get involved in the Action Training Group, a shooting club that focuses on Church Safety training drills. We need volunteers to train new shooters, organize events as Range Safety Officers and build our group’s outreach to Church Safety Teams. Read more

Why The Second Amendment Matters

WHY THE SECOND AMENDMENT MATTERS

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In 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States (hereinafter SCOTUS) ruled that Americans have an individual right to keep and bear arms. Why does the decision in DC V HELLER matter to city-dwellers like you and I that live or work in Federal Way and have almost no place in our lives for hunting, target shooting or toting a pistol as we go about our busy routines? Read more

Action Training Group Presents Church Security Program

ATG Monthly Membership Meeting. Our next ATG Membership Meeting on Friday, July 28th at 5:30 PM will be open to the public. Chuck Delgado will tell us about an officer-involved shooting in 1971. We will also discuss Reality Based Training scenarios and promote an upcoming event in which we will use SIRT pistols for Active Shooter Protocols, parking lot drills, church situations and car-jacking response drills.

At the ATG Membership Meeting in May, Kenny Moore spoke to the Action Training Group about church security. Kenny talked about how to create a successful church safety team. He started the team at Candlelight Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In June, we discussed Church Safety & Use of Force to Detain Read more

Armed Citizen Group Forming in Spokane Valley

We started the Armed Defense Training Association several years ago. We met for many years in a church in Federal Way. The Federal Way ADTA chapter presently meets in a Senior Community Center. When we start a similar group in Spokane Valley or even North Idaho, it could be a great opportunity for professional trainers who are willing to come in and help us on a volunteer basis. This will give trainers an opportunity to create relationships with potential clients. We should also reach out to churches and other community organizations. Read more

All Volunteer Armed Defense Training Association in Spokane?

Introduction to the Armed Defense Training Association

Spokane and North Idaho: Gun Training Opportunities

Firearms Lawyer, Mark Knapp, makes a solid case for introducing a nonprofit volunteer gun-training group to Spokane and North Idaho.

Build It & They Will Come

The United States is experiencing a historic wave of new shooters. And with that come new shooting facilities and other firearms related businesses. Bellevue, Washington, Las Vegas, Nevada and Potlatch, Idaho are cities that have attracted successful gun-related businesses. Idaho and Montana are both among a growing number of states that have recognized the economic opportunity created by America’s legacy of firearms freedom. Read more