Wise or Stupid (with apology)
kavity & Gentlemen,
I've gone back and carefully re-read the thread from OP to #27 as I should have prior to my chiming-in. The OP scenerio was substantially different than what I had previously imagined. Please accept my apology. I'll henceforth be more careful that my responses are more closely on-topic.
kavity, several years ago (25), a friend of mine in Texas was presented with EXACTLY the same situation you described, except he was in the Parking Lot of his own restaurant. He was CCW armed & excessively (physically) provoked by a smaller, unarmed assailant. He stepped to his truck (only a few feet away), opened the door, drew & threw his pistol onto the front floorboard, locked & closed the door, then returned to his assailant and LEVELED HIM. I don't mean a nice punch. I mean a knee-buckling, eyes-rolled-back, it's-all-over, big-step-right-cross that settled the issue like a Thunder Clap.
I'll tell the story to ask a question. What do y'all think about his actions? Was he wise to take his weapon out of the equation? I mean, I guess (to a possible responding LEO) it might have seemed oddly prudent. But what the opinion now in light of modern Courts & Gun Laws?