Gun violence and personal safety are issues of current public debate and concern. In our little town of Tualatin, there are multiple businesses offering assistance with concealed weapons permits. Since a significant segment of our society has chosen to be armed for personal safety reasons, it is probably a good time to consider when, and under what circumstances, the use of deadly weapons is permissible.
Under Oregon law, a person can use physical force in self-defense, but deadly force cannot be used unless the person reasonably believes that the other person is using, or is about to use, unlawful deadly force against the person, or the other person is committing a burglary in a dwelling or committing a felony crime involving the use, or threatened imminent use, of physical force against a person. Unless one of these circumstances exists, the use of deadly force is not justified under Oregon law.