True stories of everyday armed citizens taking action to defend themselves and others.
- A gas station owner in Shelby, N.C., saw a man entering his gas station carrying a canister of pepper spray. The owner immediately drew his concealed carry handgun and pointed it at the would-be-robber, FOX Carolina reported. The robber turned tail and fled and was later apprehended by local police.
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- A husband and wife were spending a quiet evening at their home in Miami-Dade County, Fla., when they heard the sounds of a break-in. The husband secured his handgun and headed toward the noise, Local10NEWS.com reported, and discovered two men in his home. The husband fired, hitting one man; both home invaders ran from the scene. Police found the wounded man in a local emergency room.
- An employee at Joe’s Used Cars, Amarillo, Texas, recently discovered a burglary in progress and held the alleged burglar at rifle-point until police arrived. According to the Amarillo Globe-News, “The employee told officers the dealership had been targeted by criminals several times over a period of weeks and employees had started staying at the business to guard the lot overnight. Authorities said the employee heard noise in the shop area of the business and took a semi-automatic rifle to investigate.”
- A man holding a knife entered Mac’s Convenience Store in Rutland, Vt., and told store clerk Don Pitaniello to empty the cash register. Instead, Pitaniello, a Vietnam War veteran, drew his .380 concealed carry pistol. The man immediately left the store. Pitaniello told the Rutland Herald that he could very well lose his job—the store prohibits employees from carrying firearms. “That store has been robbed eight or nine times and I always work nights,” Pitaniello told the newspaper. “I’m a firm believer in having a gun and not needing it rather than the other way around. I can always find a new job.”
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