As reported, a Forest Grove, Oregon concealed carry permit holder used his handgun to stop a trio of drunken attackers:
Police say that the 55 year old man was walking his dog at about 12:30 AM, when three drunken young men approached, insulted him, and began to make threats of violence. Fearing for his safety, the man reportedly drew his .38 caliber handgun, for which he had a valid concealed carry permit, and instructed the drunken men to leave him alone. One of the assailants reportedly told the man that he didn’t believe the gun was loaded and then attacked, biting the man and putting him into a sleeper hold. Feeling that he was about to lose consciousness from strangulation, the concealed carry permit holder is said to have fired a shot in self defense, which missed the attackers but caused them to flee. Police, who had received multiple 911 calls about the attack, responded to the scene and apprehended a suspect who was reportedly identified as Michael W. Ryan III, who was charged with assault, strangulation, and disorderly conduct and booked into the county jail. The concealed carry permit holder was treated for minor injuries from the attack.
Once again, concealed carry has allowed a law abiding person who was going about their peaceful business to defend themselves from unprovoked and violent attack. Had this man not been armed, he could have been seriously harmed or killed. Instead, this man wisely chose to exercise his right to carry a gun for self defense, and as a result was able to defend himself.
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