Fellow Twitter “Gun Nut” @hazmatpat got this screen capture Facebook post from Brady Member Michael Bannerman.
Apparently Mr. Bannerman was ranting because he went to a Big Box Home Improvement store and saw a citizen carrying openly legally. The Open Carrier was just shopping minding his own business but in true hoplophobic fashion, Mr. Bannerman felt threatened. This particular post is interesting because we are always accused of taking the laws on our hands (or desperately wanting to) and having fantasies about being heroes, yet Mr. Bannerman wants to do exactly that and in the process break several laws.
“Could I use non-deadly force to bring him down and render him not a threat?”
Now this is a question full of fail. (IANAL Warning) The simple fact of touching the individual without his consent is simple assault. Upping to “non-lethal” force to “bring him down” takes Mr. Bannerman into Aggravated Assault and at least in Florida that is considered a Forcible Felony. Next he wants to “render him not a threat” and that can be taken as either inflicting enough injury on the person to cause bodily harm which is Aggravated Battery (another Forcible Felony) or trying to disarm the person which can be interpreted by the victim as Attempted Murder, also a Forcible Felony.
If District Attorney is in a very forgiving mood, Mr. Bannerman can be slapped with a felony of third degree, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years. Or he can go for the free upgrades to felony on the second or first that apply to Aggravated Battery and Attempted Murder and we are talking about 15 and 30 years worth of “watching bars time-don’t pick up the soap-you look great in orange-meet your new boyfriend Bubba Jose Lamar.”
Oh, by the way, in Florida once you are committing a Forcible Felony, the victim is allowed to defend himself with Deadly Force according to Florida Statutes 776.012.
In other words (actually your people’s words, Mr. Bannerman) playing Superman or Rambo may get you killed.