This is a discussion on Issue with the neighbor within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; See Chevy SS's post on this page: mini camera. Size of a pack of gum and only $60.00. You need it now! Do not talk ...
See Chevy SS's post on this page: mini camera. Size of a pack of gum and only $60.00. You need it now! Do not talk to him. He obviously has no moral compass. If what you said is true, he tried to get you thrown in jail. Brandishing is a felony with manditory jail time in Florida. I have a CCP but have never carried due to this type of BS. For now it will just have to be me and my trusty Spydercos.
I think "mutual combat" is only for the situation at hand. In other words, if you put your hands on the neighbor or challenged him to a fight, he fights back and you shoot him, you engaged in mutual combat and therefore it is an illegal shoot. The same thing applies if he challenged you to a fight and you fight with him and then shoot him. If you walk away and later in the day he assaults you and you shoot, that is not (to my understanding) mutual combat.
All of that said, the situation at hand makes any SD situation much trickier. I would be much more worried about my house getting vandalized and BS police calls then an SD shoot though.
Make sure you carry a recorder if you are going to have any sort of conversation with your neighbor in the future. Obviously, he cannot be trusted. A video camera would be even better, but unless you talk on your property, that isn't going to happen (and hopefully you won't be doing that any time soon). He pulled a seriously dangerous and potentially life-threatening move by essentially having a swat team cover your house with loaded guns drawn. Get a restraining order. Put up a fence and a landscaping screen directly on your newly surveyed lot lines. Shut this guy out of your life.
I have a habit of OC when I'm in my yard. Not really on purpose but rather too lazy to put on a cover shirt to go out to the car or get the paper etc. This has me reconsidering that policy even though my neighbors all know I have guns and I have good neighbors.
Makes it tough to keep secret though when I take the AK or the AR to the range.
I hope you realize that brandishing is to:
1. To wave or flourish (a weapon, for example) menacingly.
2. To display ostentatiously
To wave or flourish (a weapon) in a triumphant, threatening, or ostentatious way.
If the wind blows your cover garment to the point that your gun is momentarily exposed, it is not brandishing.
If you are reaching over your head to retrieve an item off an upper shelf in a grocery store, thus momentarily exposing your gun, is also not considered brandishing.
Most innocent and momentarily exposures of a gun while in it's holster is not considered brandishing except maybe in the most draconian anti-gun jurisdictions.
And even in staunch anti-gun areas, it usually requires drawing your gun (removing it from the holster) to be considered brandishing.
I do hope you'll become more confident with your gun and more confident of Florida law enforcement.
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"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
It's about perception of the so-called brandishing and also can lead to he said-she said just like the OP is dealing with.
(Senselessly) alarmed onlookers can still call the cops if they see your CCW. Cops come....they're going to get 2 stories...and people who feel stupid about not knowing CC laws or fear/hate guns are going to find a way to support their position...less than honestly.
Sure it's likely you'd be cleared (but not necessarily, as I said, in a liberal area), but you'd still be paying fines and lawyers fees :-(
OTOH, this doesnt stop me from CC'ing and I hope that that Mwhich50 reconsiders and exercises his right!
Last edited by 9MMare; July 5th, 2011 at 03:50 PM.
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Freedom doesn't mean safe, it means free.
The thing about "defense" is that it has practically nothing to do with guns. (As passed on by CCW9MM)
When you wear a gun concealed or open carry all kinds of things can go wrong with people freaking. However the consequences of not wearing one can prove deadly. You can't let yourself be scared off by what someone might or might not do if they know you have a gun.
Another good case for 'never tell'
Trust in God and keep your powder dry
"A heavily armed citizenry is not about overthrowing the government; it is about preventing the government from overthrowing liberty. A people stripped of their right of self defense is defenseless against their own government." -source
Some threats are not illegal, such as, because of this situation I am considering moving and renting my house out under Section 8. I would not normally do this to a neighbor, but ..............
If I were you, I would just ignore anything they do. If they come on your property, go inside. If they call the cops, smile and cooperate. Basically you just have to turn the other cheek. Trust me, you don't want to get into a ******* match with a neighbor.
My advice to both parties is to simply grow up and act like adults.
"Just blame Sixto"
Attorney, let him contact the police, the state police , and anyone he needs to in order to make sure your side of it is taken into account and there is no over-reaction. Talk the Atty about an personal protection order, but I would not go there unless he recommended it, and gave me good reasons .... as soon as you do that the guy may file one on you just to do it.
Delete the information in your original post.
I've had property line issues over several years as well. There is a new owner and I talked to them right off the bat, and that I wanted to put a privacy fence on the line, to remove doubts in the future, since he's going to lease the property. He was agreeable.
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I've told my wife that our next house is going to be smack in the middle of about 50+ wooded acres surrounded with fence. No more neighborhoods for me.
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No Guns, No Safety, No Peace.