Threads like this are an excellent way for us to learn what to do and what not to do.
What to do... READ the LAW!! What does it say to do??
§19. Use of force or violence in defense
A. The use of force or violence upon the person of another is justifiable when committed for the purpose of preventing a forcible offense against the person or a forcible offense or trespass against property in a person's lawful possession, provided that the force or violence used must be reasonable and apparently necessary to prevent such offense, and that this Section shall not apply where the force or violence results in a homicide.
B. For the purposes of this Section, there shall be a presumption that a person lawfully inside a dwelling, place of business, or motor vehicle held a reasonable belief that the use of force or violence was necessary to prevent unlawful entry thereto, or to compel an unlawful intruder to leave the premises or motor vehicle, if both of the following occur:
(1) The person against whom the force or violence was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcibly entering or had unlawfully and forcibly entered the dwelling, place of business, or motor vehicle.
(2) The person who used force or violence knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry was occurring or had occurred.
C. A person who is not engaged in unlawful activity and who is in a place where he or she has a right to be shall have no duty to retreat before using force or violence as provided for in this Section and may stand his or her ground and meet force with force.
D. No finder of fact shall be permitted to consider the possibility of retreat as a factor in determining whether or not the person who used force or violence in defense of his person or property had a reasonable belief that force or violence was reasonable and apparently necessary to prevent a forcible offense or to prevent the unlawful entry.
Acts 2006, No. 141, §1.
ALSO... read http://www.legis.state.la.us/lss/lss.asp?doc=78338 for the definition of justifiable homicide.
If there is a reasonable amount of evidence that you were not justified in your actions, then you will be paying for a trial with time and money.
It would benefit us to do some research on such cases involving force or violence where the defence has used Article 14 sections 19 through 22 as justification.
What not to do... put you or your family in danger simply because you have a side arm. If someone is shouting at you then roll up your window, turn up the music and drive away!! If they pursue then call 911. MOST of ALL, if you have to show your firearm becasue of a traffic altercation, then you better damn well report it. All the other driver has to do is tell the police that you pulled a gun on them(people lie sometimes) and you WILL become a defendent.
People, its one thing to exercise your right to bear arms. The laws are relatively simple. It's quite another thing when you actually HAVE to use your "arm". From what I can tell, quite a few people on the La. portion of this site don't know what they're doing and had better get off their duff and do some research BEFORE they have to ask to use the JAILHOUSE library!!