What is considered "property" in 11-47-11?

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What is considered "property" in 11-47-11?

Postby RImike » Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:08 pm

As the title implies, what is considered property? While things we own are property such as my house or vehicle, I would assume my dog is my property as I paid for him and pay his yearly license fees. How about my family, is that considered my "property"?

From Merriam-Webster:
1
a : a quality or trait belonging and especially peculiar to an individual or thing
b : an effect that an object has on another object or on the senses
c : virtue 3
d : an attribute common to all members of a class
2
a : something owned or possessed; specifically : a piece of real estate
b : the exclusive right to possess, enjoy, and dispose of a thing : ownership
c : something to which a person or business has a legal title
d : one (as a performer) who is under contract and whose work is especially valuable
e : a book or script purchased for publication or productiong


So would my wife technically be considered my property as we have a marriage license, which is a legal title between us.
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Re: What is considered "property" in 11-47-11?

Postby newportri » Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:00 pm

I am not aware of any definition of "property" and you might have to look at case law.
However, I would not use lethal force unless my own life or my immediate family's life was in danger and not if someone tries to steal my car.
The statute might say you shall be issued a license if you have reason to fear injury to your property, but it doesn't say you have the right to use deadly force to defend property (ie. a vehicle).
Look at 11-5 and 11-8 of RIGL

http://lawofselfdefense.com/rhode-island/
....the right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
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