There is an old song that goes: Bang bang, you shot me down, bang bang what an awful sound.
There were 146 road rage incidents involving firearms in Florida over the last 2 years. That is a 300 per cent increase. In many of the incidents, it was the aggressor who got shot, presumably in self defense. The bottom line is that none of the incidents should have escalated to that point. Florida leads the US in road rage involving guns.
As criminal defense lawyers we have represented all forms of road rage ranging from aggravated assault with a vehicle to actually pulling or using a gun.
You do have a right to self defense but the far better answer is to avoid confrontation where possible. Never give somebody the finger, slam on you brakes in front of them or provoke a confrontation. Most all of those situations end badly. Just because lawfully you can shoot someone, doesn’t mean you should. You will likely end up getting arrested. Never pull a gun and point it at someone to scare them.
You will get charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and be looking at a mandatory prison sentence.
Never fire a gun as a “warning shot”. Discharging the firearm could get you charged under the 10/20/life law in Florida and you could be facing big time.
If you have a concealed weapons license, you need to act responsibly. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. I have said that twice now…Think about it. I have defended all types of gun crimes for over thirty years. Deadly force is a last resort. Here in Florida where there are over two million people carrying guns, you have to be careful. You never know when you are going to aggravate some nut and get blasted away. When it comes to road rage, keep your cool.
Smile and drive away…to live another day.