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Same here on Finland...
...Not too long ago our supreme court ruled that a hammer is not a "dangerous weapon" and reduced the sentence of a man who had violated a restraining order and hit a woman in the head knocking her unconscious. Hence his assault was not an aggravated one (because hammer is not a "dangerous weapon").
Hell, just recently a hunter who shot dead a bicycle rider believing him to be a bird got less than 2 years in prison...
Maybe you can in the US, but the innocent victim of crime here in the UK soon becomes a culprit if he should injure or kill an intruder and cannot demonstrate his life was in danger. (That's probably over-simplifying things a bit, but it's about right.)
Interesting,a homeowner can defend his home with deadly force,but a ship owner might not be able to
I think this depends on the location of the vessel being attacked. If it's in territorial waters captains have to be pre-authorised to use armed response. No idea if there are any restrictions in international waters.
Can civilian vessels repel pirates using deadly force legally?
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