Texas Law Shield and On the Mark in Lubbock have joined forces. From Handgun Carrying Laws to seminars about handgun safety, Texas Law Shield provides On the Mark with vital information about keeping our License to Carry individuals safe. The video below contains information about the steps you should immediately take following firearm usage.
In the event that you ever have to use your firearm in self-defense, whether you pull the trigger or not, firearm program attorneys Edwin Walker and Michele Byington map out the steps you should take immediately following.
The first thing that you should do after having to use your firearm is make sure that you are safe. Make sure the scene is secure before putting away your firearm.
Then you want to call 911. Remember, all 911 calls are recorded so you want to keep your answers to the 911 operator very, very brief. You’re calling 911 to report that you have been the one victim of a crime. You are calling to report that someone has just broken into your house or that someone has just attempted to rob you at the gas station. The point of the 911 call is not to report that you had to shoot somebody, it is to tell them that you have been victimized and you need assistance in this situation. Now, on that 911 call, give them the basic information and don’t step outside that basic information. Only tell them that you have been the victim of a crime, what your name is, where you are, and what service you’ll be needing. A 911 operator is trained to keep you on the line in the hopes of extracting more information from you; however, this would not be wise because you would not want something you said on the 911 call to ultimately be used against you.
End the call with 911 so you can call your lawyer. Tell the attorney what incident what just happened to you and your attorney would be able to advise you on what to tell the police, if anything, once they arrive on the scene. When the police arrive on the scene, it is going to be a very stressful situation. Stressful for them and stressful for you as well. Be sure at the most opportune time to identify yourself as the 911 caller and the victim of a crime.
Remember to comply with all police officer demands in a very non-threatening manner. Remember, the role of the police is to investigate. The role is not to hold court in the front yard. They are not there to determine if you were justified in using your firearm. You may be arrested. Good guys get arrested every day so it is very important that you follow your attorney’s advice, evoke your 5th amendment right and remain silent and your right to council, and remain as calm and non-threatening as possible throughout the entire process.