5 Nov , 2017

Updated: Witness to Texas Church shooting: a neighbor shot suspect causing him to leave the scene

UPDATE: Here is a dramatic article describing how Devin Patrick Kelley was going back to kill the people he had initially wounded when Stephen Willeford entered the front door of the church and shot Kelley.

As Farida Brown lay on the floor in the last row of pews in Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church, the 73-year-old woman felt certain she would be the next one killed.

20 Oct , 2017

Permitted concealed handguns stop two kidnappings, in another case holding a killer until police arrive, and other cases

Las Vegas, Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal, October 19, 2017

As he always does before leaving his house, Pearson, a concealed-carry weapon permit holder, put his pistol on his hip. . . .

“About 50 yards in front of me, the driver grabs this young child and starts stuffing him in the car,” Pearson said.

12 Oct , 2017

Dramatic self defense by concealed handgun permit holder caught on high definition video

Detroit, Michigan, October 10, 2017: An attempted robbery in Detroit didn’t turn out the way the criminal hoped it would. A concealed handgun permit holder was able to react quickly. “Police told the CPL holder it was a good thing he was legally armed or he and his cousin may not be alive today.”

A much longer video from Fox 2 in Detroit is available here.…

21 Sep , 2017

Five defensive gun uses in public over two days

Austin, Texas, Austin Statesman, September 20, 2017 (the graphic here is from the Austin Statesman)

Court paperwork filed Tuesday said an armed good Samaritan stopped an attack on a runner on a popular trail near Rainey Street last week.

Police have accused Richard Jordon McEachern, 22, of forcing a runner to the ground Friday and sexually assaulting her on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail near East Avenue and Cummings Street on Friday around 5:46 a.m.

16 Sep , 2017

Six defensive gun uses by people legally carrying in public over four days in mid-September

Dolton, Illinois, ABC Channel 7 WLS, September 14, 2017

The 20-year-old man with a gun walked into the Advance Auto Parts store in the 800-block of East 147th Street around 8 p.m. and tried to rob the store, police said.

He ran out of the store and toward a customer, who told police the suspect had a gun.

4 Sep , 2017

Ten Defensive Gun Uses by People who could Legally Carry in Public Over 13 Days

For our lists of other cases where permit holders have used guns to stop crime click here.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WISN 12 News, August 18, 2017

The car owner, a 24-year-old man, fired shots at the suspects. They then drove away in the same car they came in. Their white car was found abandoned nearby at 86th Street and Lisbon Avenue.

13 Aug , 2017

Seven defensive gun uses in public over seven days

As usual, these cases exclude ones where a store owner or a home owner uses a gun on their own property to defend themselves.  There are so many of those reported in the news.  What we aim for here are cases where people who are legally carrying in public use a gun to defend themselves or others.…

2 Aug , 2017

Seven Defensive Gun Uses by Civilians who were legally carrying guns in Public Places

Phoenix, Arizona, CBS TV Channel 3 (Phoenix), August 1, 2017

Sgt. Jonathan Howard described it as a “good samaritan in the right place at the right time.”

A video of the news broadcast is available here.  From the Associated Press:

Phoenix police tell the Arizona Republic that a man jumped the pharmacy counter, pointed the gun at people and demanded oxycodone from the pharmacist.

21 Jul , 2017

Seven Defensive Guns Use in seven days with legally carried guns in public places

Nashville, Tennessee, WKRN.com, July 19, 2017

Two men tried to rob an elderly man in Madison, but the victim fought back, pulled out a gun, and shot one of them.

The other suspect remains on the run, and police say they are still in the initial stages of the investigation so they aren’t releasing many details at this time.

11 Jul , 2017

Nine defensive gun uses by people legally carrying guns in public over 20 days

COLUMBIA, Mo., ABC Channel 17, July 9, 2017

Columbia police said they are investigating an attempted armed robbery on Claudell Lane, which the victim says he prevented by pulling his own gun and shooting at the robber.

Police said they received calls of gunshots being heard around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a 27-year-old male victim who had been approached by a black man at 1014 Claudell Lane.