Gun Drawn But No Shots Fired...What Should You Do?
You have received your authorization to carry a Leathal Weapon. You have never had to draw your firearm in self-defense...until today. What should you do if this happens?
The majority of Legally Armed Citizens will never have to draw their firearm in a self-defense incident. However, no one knows who will have to do this. It is better to know what you should do if you are forced to draw your weapon. One thing that is certain, if you have to draw your weapon, there will be two or three different stories about what happened during the incident. You, the person or persons who threatened you, and bystanders who witnessed the incident. The two complete opposite stories will come from you, and the person or people who caused you to draw your firearm. This is why you need to get your story to the local authorities before anyone else. There are different theories about contacting the authorities. Most attorneys will say to not say anthing at all. Especially if no shots were fired, and no one was hurt. However, if they are wrong, you will wind up paying them or some other attorney to defend you if your arrested. Better to speak up and let the authorities know what happened, and go on the record before they are sent out to get you.
Here is an example of an actual incident that took place in Tennessee. The Handgun Pemit Holder in Tennessee rented trailers. One of the renters was behind on his rent. The Permit Holder went to the trailer of the renter. The renter was a large burley man who had a criminal history. He found out after he rented the trailer to him, that he had spent time in jail for murder. As the landloard approached the trailor, the rentor came running out of the house towards the landlord. Not knowing what was about to happen, the landloard drew his weapon but held it in his hand at his side, he did not point it at the renter. He yelled at the renter to stop running at him. When the rentor saw the pistol, he stopped running. The landlord told the renter he was behind on his rent. He needed him to pay the back rent in a few days, or he would have him evicted. The conflict did not escalate any further.
The following morning there was a knock on the door of the landloard. When he asked who was there, he was told it was a local Deputy Sheriff. When he opened the door, there were two Deputies with guns drawn. He held his hands up and told them he was un-armed. They put the landloard in handcuffs and told him that he was being arrested because of an incident the previous day, when he pulled a pistol on one of his renters. The landlord knew who had called them. He did not say anthing. He was taken to jail. He had the charges dismissed, but it cost him over $3,500.00 for an attorney. This is the same thing that can happen in any incident where a pistol is drawn, but no shots were fired.
If you have to draw your pistol but no shots were fired, and the incident ends without conflict, holster your pistol, and get out of the area before something else happens. Call the local Law Office, Police or Sheriff, and tell them exactly what happend. Let them know that your have a CCW Permit or License, and you were concerned about harm done to you. Thats why you drew your pistol in self-defense. You want to go on the record about what happened. Even if the person on the phone says not to worry about it, explain that you want to have the information recorded. The reason you want to do this is incase someone else comes in at a latter time, saying they want to press charges against you, or a witness tells them a different story then you told. Get a copy of your statement, and keep it for your records. Make sure it has the name of the employee who took it, the time, and date when it was taken.
Lets face it, you are a Law Abiding Citizen that wants to stay on the right side of the law. You have been authorized by law, to carry your weapon for self-defense. This was the reason your weapon was drawn. It was in self-defense. To find out more on this subject, speak to your local Sheriff. Get to know your Sheriff because, it is usually his office that gets the majority of calls about brandishing of weapons, or calls on this subject. Also speak to your personal attorney about this subject.
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" Thanks for the info. I have thought about this subject and some of what you said makes sense. I hope I do not have to draw my weapon ever. Shots fired or not. I just don't want to have to go through the problems that seem to come along with most self-defense shootings. Thanks again. "
Brian, Huntsville, Alabama
Just read “Gun Drawn But No Shots Fired…”. You guys really need to clean up the spelling, punctuation and grammar of these articles.
They often make legally armed citizens look like the toothless cavemen all our detractors claim we are.
James A. Terwoord
NOTE: Thanks James. We are trying to check the articles better. However, it is a problem because most of the staff are toothless cavemen.
A humble opinion of the incident as described. The owner may have been better advised to try and retreat from the threat. The renter was attacking in a menacing way but apparently unarmed. If the renter continued the attack the weapon should then be drawn. I realize fear and or anxiety are running high but retreat is the first recourse. Once a weapon is exposed the situation escalates. Any observer is now aware you carry. The attacker when seeing the weapon may stand down. However, the failed action of retreat if seen by a witness should provide relief from any issue of drawing and or discharging the weapon. Why would any one go alone to a convicted murderer to collect money?