Self Defense Prevails in Sarasota

20150617-143-Edit(1)There was a shooting Sunday night in Sarasota and the police did not arrest the shooter. Apparently, according to news reports the deceased instigated a confrontation and shot at a man. The man returned fire and the original shooter was killed. Since the second shooter was not arrested and merely returned fire, self defense weighed heavily. Florida has a stand your ground law and for sure if someone is blasting away at you, returning fire seems to be in order. Every case is different but in this latest one, returning fire ended the threat. Knowing when you should use deadly force is important. Just because you can legally use deadly force does not mean you should. Many times people get arrested and have to let the Courts sort it out. If you can resolve a conflict without using a gun, by all means do so. Taking a life is a serious matter and just because you can, does not mean you should. Taking a life with deadly force should be the last resort and only when absolutely necessary to protect your own life or the life of someone else. Getting involved in a shooting is an expensive proposition.
In Florida there are over a million people with concealed weapons licenses. There are a lot of people walking around with pistols. Alcohol and guns do not mix. If you go out drinking or partying, do not carry. Leave the gun at home. Carrying a concealed weapon into a bar is illegal and your concealed weapons license has limitations. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so whenever possible, walk away. As a criminal defense lawyer I have defended lots of people who did not. Road rage is another huge problem. Never display a gun in anger. Never threaten someone with a gun, loaded or not. You don’t want to get charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. Use your head. Stay calm and don’t let someone provoke you.
I am a huge believer in the Second Amendment. You have a right to protect your family, your business and your home. Most of the time, by the time the police show up, it is too late. Having said that however, as a gun lawyer, I can tell you, if you can, avoid the problem. We live in dangerous times with terrorists attacking innocent civilians and I truly believe that an armed citizen if a good thing. If you have a crisis and have to use deadly force, for God’s sake, before you make a statement, call for a free consultation at 941 366 3506

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Peter Aiken -Sarasota – Manatee County 941-366-3506

Andrew Banyai – Charlotte – Desoto County 941-639-6009

Sean O’Halloran Lee County – 239-334-8890

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