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Does Georgia have anything like this?

Check into state laws...
For example, in WA we have the following statute...I have not studied it extensively, but at face value it appears it will essentially cover what your insurance policy would cover. Correct me if I'm wrong.

RCW 9A.16.110
Defending against violent crime â€" Reimbursement.

(1) No person in the state shall be placed in legal jeopardy of any kind whatsoever for protecting by any reasonable means necessary, himself or herself, his or her family, or his or her real or personal property, or for coming to the aid of another who is in imminent danger of or the victim of assault, robbery, kidnapping, arson, burglary, rape, murder, or any other violent crime as defined in RCW 9.94A.030.

(2) When a person charged with a crime listed in subsection (1) of this section is found not guilty by reason of self-defense, the state of Washington shall reimburse the defendant for all reasonable costs, including loss of time, legal fees incurred, and other expenses involved in his or her defense. This reimbursement is not an independent cause of action. To award these reasonable costs the trier of fact must find that the defendant's claim of self-defense was sustained by a preponderance of the evidence. If the trier of fact makes a determination of self-defense, the judge shall determine the amount of the award.

(3) Notwithstanding a finding that a defendant's actions were justified by self-defense, if the trier of fact also determines that the defendant was engaged in criminal conduct substantially related to the events giving rise to the charges filed against the defendant the judge may deny or reduce the amount of the award. In determining the amount of the award, the judge shall also consider the seriousness of the initial criminal conduct.

Nothing in this section precludes the legislature from using the sundry claims process to grant an award where none was granted under this section or to grant a higher award than one granted under this section.
I was hoping some of you legal types would be familiar enough with the Codes to know.

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Nor I either. But, I must say I like the idea. The costs of defending oneself against a murder charge could be crippling. Not to mention the fact that it is highly likely that a murder defendant would lose his or her job (due to pre-trial incarceration, even if not for the stigma of being a "murderer.") District attorneys tend to be cavalier about charging, probably on the theory that most people have some level of culpability and will accept a plea bargain. This system is harsh, however, on the actually innocent.

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Hey Guys,

This is my first post. I'm new to handguns. In fact, I just applied for a conceiled weapons permit today in Dekalb County. I understand I'll receive my license in six months. Tucker Gun referred me to your site. VERY INFORMATIVE! Thanks for taking the time.

My questions are: What constitutes 'self defense' and when can lethal force legally be used? Is their a specfic link to Georgia's definition? After hours of research, I know where I can and can't carry my handgun, I just don't know WHEN I can use it to protect myself or protect others in life threatening danger. Kind Regards.

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You might also want to look in the Current Bills section for two current proposals in the General Assembly to change those Code sections.

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