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Protect Yourself Without Ever Firing a Shot?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Old Junes, May 16, 2011.

  1. Old Junes

    Old Junes

    Apr 15, 2011
    I am wondering what the ramifications (legal or otherwise) would be of pulling your gun to diffuse a situation or prevent a crime from happening without ever firing a shot. As a responsible CCW permit holder I am well versed in the instances where deadly force would be justified in my state. That said, if pulling a gun deescalated a situation without the use of deadly force it seems to me that would be greatly preferred. Thoughts?
  2. Don't pull your gun unless you are going to kill somebody with it. If you just yank it out to try and scare somebody out of what they are doing you more than likely will end up in jail. I wouldn't draw unless the situation is bad enough to pull the trigger. Don't worry about somebody commiting a crime, you are not the police, just report it. As for a situation, unless it involves you directly and you have a VERY good reason to believe your life is in danger right then, keep it in the holster.
    Last edited: May 16, 2011

  3. djpuffnstuff


    Jan 18, 2009
    Thats a tough one. I think I would pull my gun to try and diffuse a situation.

    In a situation like that I would be more worried about the present than the future. If pulling a gun out is going to make the bad guy go away I would do that rather than let him keep the ball in his court.

    Besides if you pull your gun on someone and they leave your 99% of the time going to be following that situation up with a call to the police so they can try and find the guy.

    You think your going to get arrested for pulling a gun? Maybe you will but that's one of those things you just gotta deal with it if it happens. I don't think any cop in his/her right mind would try to arrest you for responsibly defending yourself.
  4. Beware Owner

    Beware Owner NOT a victim.

    Oct 16, 2007
    As far as I know, the only diffusing to be done with a drawn weapon is when the perp hits the ground.
  5. gomerpyle


    Apr 13, 2009
    Motor City
    Well we have brandishing laws, but when it comes down to close friends and family I would do almost anything to make sure they as well as I, am protected. So this can go both ways, and depends greatly on the situation. It comes down to you're not a LEO. Pull the gun when you tend to use it, which means pulling the trigger, in a life or death situation. Not saying 100% of the time when you pull your gun, you shoot, but your mind should already be prepared and ready to pull the trigger. If your only intentions are to "diffuse" the situation with the "sight" of your firearm, call 911 and let them handle it. Otherwise, your gun doesn't need to be unholstered. Thankfully I've never had to use my guns in a self defense situation, but that's how I've always been taught before and after acquiring my CPL.
    Last edited: May 16, 2011
  6. barstoolguru

    barstoolguru texas proud

    Jan 10, 2011
    dallas, tx
    Every state has different laws on brandishing a firearm. In some states like Texas it is allowed if it is to defuse or stop a crime. What you need to do is check with your state and see what the rules are

    I bought a book that has been very helpful to me on what can and can't be done. the book is self defence laws in all fifty states by mich veto. at the time it was 29.95 with free shipping but well worth the dollar
  7. packsaddle


    Jan 15, 2009
    Depends on the crime.

    The threat of deadly force is only permitted when the use of deadly force is permitted.
  8. If you believe pulling a gun can defuse that situation, then first consider shouting to the BG that "someone already called 9-1-1. The cops are on the way." At least after that, if the BG continued to be aggressive, you'd have a better argument as to why you pulled your gun.
    Last edited: May 16, 2011
  9. Deye76


    Feb 25, 2011
    I've seen it twice, a gun pulled, hesitation, and it ended up getting taken away from the owner during the ensuing scuffle. Luckily the owner(s) didn't get shot with his own gun. IMHO, it stays put unless it really needs to be fired. Some are not deterred by the mere sight of one.
  10. kensteele


    Aug 3, 2003
    Leawood, KS
    Check with your state, they should have laws about how to handle this situation. In any event, I believe very few states allow you to "show" your weapon to "diffuse" the situation. That's what OC is for. :supergrin:
  11. NMGlocker

    NMGlocker BOOM headshot

    Jun 29, 2001
    New Mexico
    You pull your gun without the justification for using it.
    The guy you pull it on isn't intimidated.
    Now what are you going to do?
    Last edited: May 16, 2011
  12. RustyDaleShackleford

    RustyDaleShackleford Giblet Head

    Nov 5, 2010
    North Carolina
    You wouldn't skin it to save somebody else's life? If a BG has a gun pointed at somebody else's head? Or if somebody's on the ground being kicked, stomped, and beaten to a bloody pulp by more BG's than you could stop by yourself?

    Or are you saying in those situations that you would actually shoot?
    Last edited: May 16, 2011
  13. Donn57

    Donn57 Just me

    Aug 11, 2006
    Sunny Florida
    Well, legally or not, Gary Kleck estimates that in the vast majority of instances where guns are used for self defense, the gun is not fired, only pointed or referred to.
  14. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

  15. If it's ever necessary to draw my gun, then it will probably be necessary that I fire it. Drawing that weapon is always the last option for me, and it's something I pray that I never have to do.
  16. Beware Owner

    Beware Owner NOT a victim.

    Oct 16, 2007
    To be fair, when an aggressor sees/feels that the person he/she's harassing/accosting/threatening is going for a gun, there's a VERY good chance that all you'll get to do is pull it because he/she/it will be running like hell. They know that what they're doing is wrong and you have the right to defend yourself. Besides, most people don't have the duty to arrest...
  17. dancingwolf


    Jul 9, 2008
    I couldn't have said it any better.
  18. Crimp


    Dec 31, 2007
    West Virginia
    No? Read this.
  19. dosei


    Mar 22, 2005
    Upstate SC
    As a general rule, if a situation does not justify the use of deadly force then you would be in the wrong to "threaten to use deadly force" (which is what your are doing when you draw the gun...whether you say anything or not...the threat is implied by you simply presenting the weapon).

    So, in a nutshell:
    If the situation justifies the use of deadly force, you are safe to draw.
    If the situation does not justify the use of deadly force, you may not be safe to draw.

    If you've got no intention of shooting, you've got no business drawing. That does not mean that if you draw you must shoot, just that if you draw you darn well better be "ready, willing, & able" to shoot.
    Last edited: May 17, 2011
  20. PEC-Memphis

    PEC-Memphis Scottish Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Doh ?
    Bingo. (for most states)

    .....just that if you draw you darn well better be "ready, willing, able & legal" to shoot.