Episode 434: Behind the Scenes of a Self Defense Trial – Don West

Topic: Behind the Scenes of a Self Defense Trial – CCW Safe's Don West

Riley Bowman interviews Don West from CCW Safe to get a behind the scenes look at what goes into a self-defense case. Mr. West was the lead attorney on the George Zimmerman case, this nation's highest-profile self-defense case featuring a successful affirmative defense. We're going to get into the nitty-gritty of what really goes on behind the scenes in a self-defense case like that. What sort of things should you know ahead of time to prepare yourself in the event you find yourself in a situation you cannot get out of…physically or legally.

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  • CCWSafe.com – The top choice for self-defense coverage. Pick the team that has your back!
  • Guardian Nation – Couldn't get enough of this interview with Don West today? Join us for a special live Q&A broadcast with Mr. West on the evening of Tuesday, July 28 at 7pm MDT / 9pm EDT. But you've got to be a member of Guardian Nation to gain access. Good thing we've got you covered there with a free 14-day trial of Guardian Nation membership at: www.concealedcarry.com/14day

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About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.

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