Saw this article this morning at newsok.com. “Charles Timothy Taylor, 52, was escorted by Park Tavern employees out of the bar, 196 E Lake Dr., about midnight because several patrons had complained about his behavior, Brown said. Taylor then pulled out a knife and tried to stab bar employees and other patrons. The employees and patrons ran back inside the bar, locked its doors and called 911 along with the bar’s owner, Brown said. The bar’s owner arrived shortly before police. Taylor had left the bar’s door and returned with a gun by the arrival of the bar owner, who also had a gun, Brown said. Taylor shot at the owner and at a small crowd that had gathered, and fired inside the bar, she said. The bar’s owner returned fire, fatally shooting Taylor, Brown said.” I can’t imagine any self-respecting DA that would charge the bar owner for ventilating the perp . . .
Intoxication is no excuse for being reckless with a handgun, but intoxication can negate the culpability requirements of purpose or knowledge with respect to his possible attempted murder. Who knows if Taylor intended on murder, but shooting a gun at the bar owner, a crowd, or into the bar sure doesn’t look good for him. Or his estate.
Surely the “defense of self/others” defense is a no-brainer here and the bar owner can walk with no charges. Of course, there may be facts that we don’t know about, but hopefully this is an armed citizen story for the books. And not fuel for the fire for gun control advocates in other states who’d ban firearms at bars and restaurants. [Click here for information on various states’ “guns in bars” laws.]