Some dramatic cases where concealed handgun permit holders have stopped mass public shootings

12 Sep , 2016  


Granite City, Illinois, September 9, 2016 (The television news segment mentions that Granite City has one of the highest rate of concealed handgun permit holders in Illinois.)

A man pulled a gun and shot a suspect who tried to rob him in Granite City early Friday morning.

A suspect approached two men around 1:30 a.m. and pointed a gun at them, authorities say. One of the victims then pulled a gun and shot the suspect. The suspect was taken to a hospital.

“Thankfully this individual was a concealed and carry permit holder. He had the ability to defend himself and his friend,” said Tom Gibbons, Madison County State’s Attorney. . . .

More on the case in another news story:

Investigators say a man with a conceal carry permit was able to defend himself against armed robbers. Police believe his weapon helped save his life

“I was nervous. You don’t know where the bullets are flying. You hear this everyday. People just sitting on the porch and shot and killed, just from the wild fire,” said resident Tom Chapin. . . .


Macomb, Michigan, August 23, 2016

No criminal charges will be filed against a 91-year-old concealed pistol license holder who shot a suspected robber outside of a pharmacy in Eastpointe, according to police and prosecutors.. . .

“This is a textbook case for why concealed pistol licenses are issued in the first place,” [Prosecutor Eric Smith] said in the release. “American citizens have the right to protect themselves in the face of clear assault.” . . .

The elderly man, whose name was not released, had just gotten out of his car in the parking lot of Rite Aid Pharmacy on Gratiot at Nine Mile Road on Monday morning when the incident took place.

In the release, Smith provided additional details on the case, based on accounts from the elderly man and independent witnesses.

Ashford walked directly at the elderly man in a “threatening manner” as soon as the man exited his car, according to Smith’s account. Frightened by the approach, the elderly man announced he was a CPL holder and returned back into his vehicle.

He waited in the car until Ashford walked out of view, witnesses told investigators.

The elderly man got out of his car again and walked up to the Rite Aid. As he got closer to the front door, he saw Ashford walking to him, holding something in his hand.

The 91-year-old man again shouted that he was armed and urged Ashford to back off. But Ashford continued to approach with an unknown object held in his hand above his head, Smith said in the release.

That’s when the elderly man pulled out a .38-caliber revolver and fired from a distance of about 10 feet, but missed. Ashford kept coming, and the elderly man fired again, this time striking Ashford in the neck. . . .



Shawnee, Kansas, September 11, 2016 (Two good Samaritans with concealed handgun permits came to the aid of a woman who was being beaten, probably saving her life.)

One person was killed and two people were injured in an assault and shooting outside a Shawnee Walmart store Sunday afternoon.

The shooting happened about 1:30 p.m. at the Walmart store near Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road.

Police said a woman left the store and was putting her infant child in a car seat when two men approached her and one struck her on the head.

Investigators said a man got out of his car to help the woman and was shot multiple times. They said another man saw what happened, got out of his car and shot one of the attackers dead.

Police said the second man ran off and was captured by a police K-9.

The good Samaritan who was shot and the woman who was injured were both initially listed in critical condition. Police said they are both doing better and the woman may be out of the hospital soon. . . .


Albuquerque, NM (KRQE), September 9, 2016: Concealed handgun permit holder holds a hit-and-run suspect who hit a bicyclist.

A video sent to KRQE News 13 by a viewer shows an armed man holding another man, suspected of hitting a bicyclist and fleeing, at gunpoint until police arrive.

Albuquerque Police confirm a bicyclist was hit by an SUV Friday morning. The bike the person was riding was then dragged by the vehicle as it left the crash scene.

Soon after, however, an armed citizen got the suspect out the SUV and held him at gunpoint while calling police.

APD said they didn’t know what led to the confrontation between the two men.

At the scene, KRQE News 13 crews saw what appeared to be the bicyclist in the back of an ambulance being tended to by paramedics on southbound Pan American Frontage Road between Montgomery/Montaño and Jefferson. . . .


Franklin Township, Ohio, September 3, 2016

. . . Upon arrival they found one person dead inside a Boost Mobile store.

Detectives now say that person attempted to rob the store, armed and masked.

Detectives say the clerk, who has a license to carry a gun, shot and killed the suspect. . . .



Tulsa, OK, Sunday, August 28, 2016

When you shoot at a vehicle with a BB gun, you better make sure nobody in the other car has a real gun.

A man learned that lesson the hard way early Sunday morning, near the River Spirit Casino. . . .

an unidentified man fired a BB gun at a second vehicle. . . .

“One of the passengers in that vehicle has a license to carry conceal and pulls out his gun and returns fire at the vehicle who was shooting at them with a BB gun,” police said.

Nobody was hit by the real bullets.

KRMG’s told the driver who shot the BB gun was arrested on an assault count. . . .

Phoenix, Arizona, September 4, 2016

A man was shot after police said he tried to run over a woman holding a 3-year-old child near 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road Sunday evening. . . .

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