A quirky aspect of U.S. “racial” classification for the past century has been its increasing alignment with left versus right political ideologies. The strangest twist is today’s Black political opposition to armed citizens. In reality, throughout history U.S. gun laws have aimed at ensuring that Blacks are defenseless while Whites are armed.
The short answer is “yes”, with any pistol designed after World War II. Concealed-carry novices often ask this because it seems dangerous to carry a pistol with its firing pin aligned with a live cartridge. If the pin should accidentally slam forward, won’t it fire the cartridge with potentially horrible results? For example, if the back of the pistol (the exposed hammer, say) were hit hard (by being dropped muzzle-up, for instance), would that not drive the hammer into the firing pin and the pin into the cartridge? Even without an exposed hammer, would not dropping a pistol muzzle-down force the firing pin into the cartridge by inertia? Although such fears were well-founded with pistols designed over a half-century ago, they are no longer valid. Modern pistols have mechanisms that stop the firing pin from touching a cartridge unless the trigger is pulled.
Most states’ application forms for concealed handgun licenses say that your sidearm is solely for your own protection and that of your spouse and children. Your permit is not a license to interfere in other people’s fights, and state laws discourage you from doing so. But what if a LEO (law-enforcement officer) is being beaten or killed? Should you intervene then?
You are legally armed. You are stopped by a LEO (law enforcement officer) either in your car or on the street. Should you tell them that you are carrying a gun before they even ask? This essay analyzes the risks and advantages both ways. It recommends that you always cooperate, always answer truthfully, but never volunteer any information.
“So the police can arrest me, handcuff me, drag me to jail, lock me up, and give me a permanent criminal arrest record for doing something so completely legal that no prosecutor would ever file charges, and I would still have no legal recourse?” Yes, that is correct. This essay explains how justice became so strange.
This essay is for anyone who intends legally to carry a firearm in Florida. Whether you have a Florida Concealed Weapons or Firearms License, or are merely visiting from a state enjoying reciprocity with Florida, the same laws apply. Two Chapters of Florida’s criminal code are important: 776 (Justifiable Use of Force) and 790 (Weapons and Firearms).
Virtually everyone will defend their own spouse and children if the need arises. But how much risk would you take to protect your neighborhood? Would you risk criticism by your neighbors? Being shunned? Monetary expense? Physical injury? Imprisonment? Death?
Courts sometimes reach decisions that defy the law. Statutes and caselaw say one thing but courts rule differently. This is because, despite lifelong efforts by good people, every justice system is corruptible and they have been corruptible in all societies throughout history. In the United States, the justice system is often corrupted by mass hysteria. Since colonial times, the newsmedia have periodically whipped the public into blind frenzy. Judicial lynching is a realistic danger to every armed citizen who was forced to defend his home against thugs.
This essay addresses state-by-state differences. in self-defense laws. Every state sees crimes against persons differently than crimes against property. In most states, you can shoot someone committing a felony crime against your person. In no state may you shoot someone committing a crime against property.
Florida law lets you shoot someone to prevent your own imminent death or great bodily harm. The “castle doctrine” says that you are legally presumed to be in danger of imminent death or great bodily harm from anyone who breaks into an occupied house of vehicle, or who tries to drag you out of your house or vehicle. “Legally presumed” means that the danger of imminent death or great bodilly harm will be a given in court, and no evidence or testimony to the contrary will be allowed.