The police killing of concealed carry permit holder Philando Castile is a troubling, for a variety of reasons, as are the killings of the 5 police officers in Dallas, TX that soon followed.
As reported, a Spokane, Washington armed robbery of a credit union was stopped by an armed citizen who was lawfully exercising his right to concealed carry.
As reported, an employee of a pharmacy in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania used his gun to stop an armed robber who was threatening him and fellow employees.
As reported, a Columbia, South Carolina store clerk used his gun to stop a violent armed robber.
The Pulse, a gay bar in Orlando, Florida was scene of a horrific mass murder today. While details are still coming in, we already know some relevant details about this tragedy:
As reported, two patrons of a barber shop in Columbia, South Carolina used their guns to stop a pair of masked robbers.
As reported, a robber in Fresno, CA and his accomplice were stopped by a concealed carry permit holder who acted in self defense.
As reported, a Corpus Christi, Texas concealed carry permit holder used his gun to stop an armed robber outside of his home.
In an article entitled President Obama Isn’t Taking People’s Guns—But Maybe He Should, Daily Beast writer Barrett Holmes Pitner makes a variety of anti-gun arguments that lack a basis in law or fact. My response is shown below.
As reported, a lawful gun owner in Jamaica used his gun in self defense against an armed robber.
As reported, a 65 year old woman from Manchester, New Hampshire used her gun to stop a robber.
As reported, an armed robber was fatally shot by an employee of the Miami, FL restaurant he was attempting to rob.
As reported, a contractor in Evanston, Ohio used his gun to stop a 16 year old who had robbed a coworker and opened fire.
As reported, a Towson, MD store clerk used his gun to stop a pair of armed robbers.
As reported, a bank robber was shot by an armed citizen in a Detroit, MI bank.
As reported, a woman in Aiken, South Carolina used her gun to stop an armed robber who was holding her boyfriend at gunpoint.
As reported, a utility worker in St. Louis, MO used his gun to stop an armed robber.
As reported, a terrorist attacked a group of citizens standing at a bus stop in Israel, using his car and then a large knife, but was then stopped by an armed citizen. The incident was caught on video.
As reported, a clerk at a Superior, Wisconsin business used his gun to stop a pair of robbers.
As reported, an Atlanta woman used her gun in self defense to stop an armed robber.
For 4 years, my law firm has offered employees a $50/month bonus if they choose to take the training to obtain their permit to carry, lawfully obtain that permit, and lawfully carry at the office. I mentioned that bonus in passing a couple years ago. On March 17, 2015, a boyfriend of a (still unidentified) former employee apparently mentioned that to a morning talk radio show that was discussing things employees could do to earn some extra money while at work. … Continued
NRA-backed House File 535, legislation prohibiting the publication of the names and addresses of individuals possessing permits to acquire and carry firearms, has been assigned to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee where it is in danger of being stalled or defeated for this legislative session. HF 535 passed in the House by an overwhelming 95 to 3 vote on March 18 after passing unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee by a 20-0 vote the week before. Introduced originally as House File 81 by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), this privacy protection legislation is an important … Continued
As reported, a Miami, Florida man used his gun to stop a violent armed robber.
As reported, an Indianapolis, Indiana pizza delivery man used his gun to defend himself against two armed robbers.
Below is an alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association about an upcoming vote by the Will County, Illinois Board on a Resolution to support concealed carry.
As is readily apparent, those opposed to gun rights are making full use of the the the Sandy Hook School Shooting and resulting public sentiment to enact pointless and wrongful anti-gun laws. Now is the time for supporters of gun rights to take action. That action should be at both the individual and group levels:
As reported, a Bradenton, Florida man used his handgun to stop three armed robbers:
As reported, an armed robber in Houston, Texas was reportedly stopped by a pair of armed bystanders, and then bitten by a dog as he attempted to flee.
Congressman Steve Stockman has introduced H.R. 35, the Safe Schools Act of 2013 — a bill to allow principals, teachers, and staff to possess firearms in order to defend their students:
Below is the Gun Control Fact-Sheet, created by Gun Owners of America. The original can be found here. Mar 2004 Gun Control Fact-Sheet 2004 / From Gun Owners Foundation by Gun Owners Foundation 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102 Springfield, VA 22151 1. Highlights * Guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year—or about 6,850 times a day.(1) This means that each … Continued
As reported, a man in Atlanta, Georgia used his handgun to stop a pair of robbers on Christmas Eve:
Below is an action alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association, concerning concealed carry and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Shepard/Moore v. Madigan:
As reported, a concealed weapons permit holder used his handgun to stop a pair of armed robbers:
As reported, a St. Petersburg, Florida man used his lawfully concealed pistol to save himself and his girlfriend from an armed robber outside an Applebee’s restaurant:
Motivated in part by the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords, the Texas legislator is considering a bill that would grant expanded concealed carry rights to certain state officials. While this is a far better reaction than those that historically follow a high profile gun-related crime, it still leaves much to be desired:
As reported, the manager of a convenience store used his gun to stop an armed robber:
As reported, the owner of a diner used his gun to stop an pair of early-morning robbers:
As reported, a would-be robber was shot in self defense by his victim in a grocery store parking lot:
As reported, a pizza delivery driver used his gun in self defense against 3 robbers:
As reported, an armed coffee shop employee shot a robber in self defense.
A recent negligent discharge case, in which a concealed carry permit holder shot himself in the leg, teaches several important lessons:
Earlier this month, Malcolm Gay’s article entitled “More States Allowing Guns in Bars” appeared in the New York Times. The article, while not as outrageously anti-gun as some other articles, takes a dim view of concealed carry, and engages in unfounded fear mongering of the type that is all too common. Quotes from that article, and my responses, can be seen below:
As I’ve previously noted, I primarily write about armed self defense cases in the United States. This is because I’m an American, who focuses first and foremost on American gun and self defense rights. However, I also like to occasionally discuss armed self defense cases from around the world, such as this recent case from Jamaica:
Penny Okamoto’s article entitled “Adams’ gun proposal will save lives” supports additional restrictions upon law abiding gun owners, and does so using a variety of logically-flawed and previously-discredited arguments. Excerpts from that article, along with my responses, can be sen below:
As reported, a Pizza Hut employee used his gun to stop a pair of armed robbers:
As reported, Thomas Insley – a 16 year old Chicago resident – was walking home from the magnate highschool which he attends, when he was attacked by up to 4 assailants. Insley was placed in a choke hold and beaten by the robbers, who stole his iPod and $20 in his wallet, before fleeing. Insley was rendered unconscious, suffered a broken nose, had multiple teeth
Below is an action alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association, concerning a candidate forum which will take place on Thursday, September 30, 2010. I encourage everyone in McHenry County, IL and Lake County, IL to attend:
Christine Hollar of Orangeburg, SC is a retired school teacher and grandmother who now owns rental property. She was cleaning her property on Whitman Street during day when a male approached her, knocked her down, and began slamming her head against the ground. The man then pistol-whipped Hollar in the back of the head, before taking her car keys and her purse.
As reported, a husband and wife, who each have a concealed carry permit, used their self defense guns to save a woman from a domestic violence attack. Police say that a husband and wife pulled into a Wadsworth, Ohio McDonald’s, located on High Street, and noticed a man beating a woman in another vehicle. Fearing for that woman’s safety, the couple reportedly drew their guns and ordered the man to stop his attack, at which point he fled on foot. … Continued
As reported, a convenience store customer used his handgun to stop an armed robber who was threatening the life of the store clerk: