How would you have handled this situation: Today I was on my way home from work (I work off Fulton Industrial and live in Dunwoody/Atlanta) and traffic was a bear, so I got off at Roswell Road and took Hammond towards Ashford Dunwoody. I decided that I wanted to stop at Best Buy and look at a Plasma TV (Christmas gift to myself). While I was moving into the turn lane into the plaza, another car was 2 lanes over and cut across all lanes of traffic and nearly hit me, then moved in behind me. I pulled into the parking lot and got out and walked towards the store and was getting ready to enter the Best Buy, when the vehicle in question let out a black male about 6'2 180 #'s and 45-52 years of age in front of the store. He rushes over towards me at this point he says to me: "boy, do you drive a jeep" and I reply "yes", and he says "you must be some bad dude", and I said "excuse me", "yeah you must be some bad ass dude", at this point I said "sorry, you crossed 2 lanes of traffic without a signal and almost hit me", and he said "you's must think think you a bad dude" and I replied "**** off"; which I new was a bad idea. But I was not going to take the verbal abuse at that point for trying to mind my own business. At this point he follows me into the store and taunts me saying "**** me, let's go outside and I'll kick your ass. **** Me, yeah you must be a bad dude" I keep walking towards the TV area trying to avoid the situation without saying a word, and then he get's in front of me to try and stop me and I keep walking and walk into him to move him out of my way (I am not a tall man, I am 27 and 5'6" and 225 lbs, I'm not skinny, but not obese, I am a well built man) and he says "oh now you run into me, I'm going to whip you boy" and he stops for a second and says to an associate "this punk said **** you to me, I'm going to kick his ass" at this point he cuts off contact and watches over me. While I am about my business he watches me for 2-3 minutes while I look at TV's. I browse TV's for a few minutes and he heads to the front of the store, and stops there making apparent small talk with the security. I know he is waiting, so I keep browsing the TV's wanting to avoid a confrontation. After awhile I decide that I am done, and decide to leave, I check to see if he is still there, and he wasn't. So I leave. As I walk towards my vehicle he is there waiting. Here is where it gets interesting. I have a carry permit, and carry a Glock 23 when I do carry. I carry infrequenlty (when I go downtown, or out at night in questionable areas, at work when alone etc.) And did not have my weapon on me during this, it was in my vehicle in the side compartment. As I approached my vehicle he came towards me in a threatening manner and said he was going to "kick my ass", and without hesitation I pulled up my shirt and put my hand on the side of my hip like I had my hand on the grip of a weapon and put my other hand up and yelled "do not come any closer". This bluff tactic worked and he stopped, I then proceeded to get into my vehicle and left. He was a taller man, but I was without a doubt stronger than him, I did not feel physically threatened, however; I did not want a confrontation which is what worried me. I now regret not having my weapon on me and I am rethinking full time carry with a smaller piece. How would you out there have handled this, barring my initial comment, which I should not have made, but I did not want to be verbally abused by being called a "boy, dude" etc. How would you have handled this situation with and without a firearm? Even though I wasn't armed because I had a weapon in my possession in my vehicle and acted like I was brandishing, was this a bad call? What would likely happen if I had been carrying and had brandished or drawn due to the terroristic threats and manner in which I was approached. Any comments and advice would be appreciated. Thank you.