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Florida Stand Your Ground Situation

Discussion in 'Political Issues' started by Jonesee, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Jonesee


    Apr 16, 2009
    I ride a motorcycle... a lot. Will hit a bunch of rallies every year. Daytona, Bike Week, Biketoberfest, Sturgis, and rallies most of you have never heard of. I have Iron Butt Association # 48383. (google it)

    I live in Florida and I am a gun owner. Here is my question that I have posted on motorcycle forums.

    For bike week, as an example, there are always questions about concealed carry in Florida, and for the most part the answers are spot on.

    Zimmerman's situation has brought to light a point I've made on those forums.

    If you are in a bar drinking, and right, wrong , or otherwise you get into a bar fight. Maybe your fault, maybe not. And you proceed to get a good ol fashioned azz kicking. When, if ever do you have the right to draw your gun and pull the trigger? When he hits you and you get your nose broken? When he knocks you down and starts kicking you in the ribs? When he lets you up just to hit you again?

    Anyone who has been in a bar fight or two knows what I am talking about.

    There are a lot of Junior Billy Bad Azz posers showing up at bike rallies and sometimes ending up in bars they probably shouldn't be in. (not so many of those bars in Daytona but elsewhere there are)

    The question is:

    Given what is happening with Zimmerman, when is it appropriate to draw your weapon during a gold ol fashioned bar fight and azz kicking?

    What I consider a severe butt kicking, others might consider life threatening (or at least they are getting scared to death)
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  2. aircarver

    aircarver Ride Continues Silver Member

    I think you need some other form of recreation .... :alex:


  3. opto_isolator

    opto_isolator Extinct GOP

    Aug 2, 2006
    Well, first you'd be breaking the law, regardless. You aren't allowed to carry in a bar in FL.
  4. Jonesee


    Apr 16, 2009
    Great point. Outside the bar on the sidewalk.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  5. Norske

    Norske Millennium Member

    Mar 24, 1999
    Are you carrying a gun to defend yourself "from the threat of death or grave bodily harm to the innocent" (essentially the definition of "justifiable homicide" that justifies our CCWs).

    Or are you carrying a gun to be a "bad azz"?

    In my estimation, if you are carrying a gun to be a "bad azz", and like to get into drunken bar fights just for fun, and think you could possibly justify using lethal force to get outr of a stupid, drunken altercaton you should never have gotten into in the first place, you are too dam immature to be carrying a gun at all.

    And by "immature" I don't care if you are 18 or 80.

    If you are carrying a gun for the wrong reasons you should not be carrying a gun at all.

    Carry a gun..

    Drunken bar brawls.

    Choose one or the other.

    No one is entitled to both.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  6. Jonesee


    Apr 16, 2009

    I have a high stress job. Riding the bike is one of the few ways I take my mind off business.
  7. Jonesee


    Apr 16, 2009
    I don't carry on a bike. But there are plenty that do. My point is even if it is unintentional, you are sober and/or it does not go your way, when does a fight reach the point you can draw a weapon?
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  8. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    I ride as well, but my position is that I don't put myself in the situation. No alcohol when I drive or ride. That also means I don't go to places that it would be an issue that I'm concerned.
  9. Gunnut 45/454

    Gunnut 45/454

    Jun 20, 2002
    Your problem is you admitted that getting into druken bar fights while carrying a firearm! Having a "High stress job " is no excuse. Time to grow up! As been stated above make a choice - be a responsible gun owner/carrier or be a drunken brawler. And even being on the sidewalk out side a bar waiting for a fight to get into doesn't cut it. You put yourself into a situation where you knew it could happen so no you couldn't claim selfdefense.:faint:

    Reading your post#7

    You have no SA do you. Hell when I walked into a bar when I used to go to them - I could tell you within 5 minutes if there was going to be trouble and who was going to start it!
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  10. Jonesee


    Apr 16, 2009

    No I didn't!! Re read the post. I laid out a situation that is not uncommon. Maybe it is a domestic disturbance, a fight over a wayward woman, you insert the reason.

    I admit to getting into fights when I was younger and healed faster. I don't do that anymore. I'm old now. Probably old enough to be the father of most members here on the forum. I break instead of bounce now...

    I personally don't carry except to throw a gun in the car when traveling with the family.

    My question is, as driven home by the Zimmerman situation. At what point in a fight, do the forum members believe it reaches a point to allow a stand your ground situation?
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2012
  11. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    Rule 1. Bike week (panama city) is for old hags showing their floppy boobs that look like Q balls in a tube sock, and drunks cheering them on.

    Rule 2. Dont go to bars were those same people are.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012
  12. deathpriest


    Dec 12, 2004
    Pepper spray!
    My opinion... if it is a fight, both parties are participating in the violence exchange. You can not respond with a gun when the fight is not going your way.
    If you are being assaulted, meaning you tried to avoid the confrontation, that would be a different story.
  13. jay-bird

    jay-bird goin' broke

    May 17, 2011
    Alcohol removes your right to carry. Fighting removes your right to self defense.
  14. Alcohol will impair your ability to make a reasonable judgement about the threat against you, and your impairment will be the central theme in your subsequent interrogation and (probably) criminal and civil trials.
  15. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

    Sep 28, 2009

    Yes you are.

    You just cannot be seated at the area primarily licensed to sell alcohol. (The actual bar itself).

    You can drink your beer at a table or highboy. The dining room. Out on the patio. In the establishment.
  16. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

    Sep 28, 2009
    No it doesn't. Not in every instance. Sometimes. Varies by state and condition.
  17. ScubaSven

    ScubaSven PersonaNonGrata

    Jun 3, 2003
    Villa Incognito
    Your post perfectly illustrates the difficulty in drafting and judging these laws. Not sure if you did that on purpose, but drawing the line as to when an aggressor became a deadly threat, thereby justifying a killing, is impossible.

    There is no way to give a bright-line rule (or the guidance you seek) in these situations. It must be on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, the Zimmerman case also shows how difficult it is to know what really happened in the heat of battle.
  18. Guss


    Jul 1, 2010
    A fight by mutual consent is going to be a petty offense in most states and is not going to look good if you even accidentally kill the other person. If two people enter into an illegal activity and one is harmed as a result, you're sure not going to get a free pass on any self-defense claim, and you're going to have a really tough time convincing a jury.
  19. Guss


    Jul 1, 2010
    By the way... Now that you have expressed these thoughts on a public forum, if you are ever in such an incident in the future, it's going to look like you plotted it.
  20. Hyksos


    May 15, 2008
    Jupiter/Miami, FL
    In Florida, it is illegal to carry a firearm and drink at the same time.

    BUT, if you were to be carrying while drinking, and you use the firearm, and the shoot is deemed lawful self defense, then there is an exception to being drunk.

    So, basically, you can't carry when you're drinking, but if you are carrying drunk, and use the gun lawfully, you don't get charged.