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Homeowner Shoots Burglar Dead During Home Invasion

SAN ANTONIO, TX — In what appears to be an attempted burglary, a homeowner shot and killed a man outside his house in San Antonio, Texas.

Police are still investigating the incident, and more than that, the homeowner knew his alleged assailant.

As My Santonio reports:

Officers responded to the 7300 Block of Marble Creek Drive, near Leon Valley, around 2:40 p.m. to a shooting in progress where they found a man had been shot by a homeowner, police say.

In a news release Saturday, police identified the homeowner as Kevin Clifton. Police say Clifton heard the “burglary suspect” banging on his windows attempting to enter the home. When he confronted the suspect, police say Clifton began to fear for his life and shot the man.

Gus Guzman, an SAPD deputy police chief at the scene, said the suspect was a male, age unknown, who was hit twice in his upper body. The suspect was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity is being withheld pending notification of family. Guzman said the homeowner knew the suspect but did not elaborate.

Neighbors did report hearing pounding on the home and yelling before they heard gunshots.

Police reportedly took Clifton SAPD headquarters for questioning, but he was neither arrested or charged.

This is definitely a developing situation, and we’ll try to keep tabs on it as it develops, but it seems as though Clifton was soundly in the right.

Even if the assailant was known to Clifton — even if they knew each other well, if the man banging on his window threatened his life or attempted to force his way into the home he opened himself up to a whole new level of reasonable defense.

It was a foolish mistake.

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CHECK YOUR TARGET: Dad Guns Down Own Son For the Worst Reason

CULLMAN COUNTY, AL — One man’s questionable defensive gun use not only earned him criticism for his behavior — it cost his son his life.

He thought that a random thug was stealing his truck, but he was mistaken — his son was just borrowing it on Christmas Eve.

Now the family will never be the same.

As reports:

Family members are mourning the death of 22-year-old Logan Trammell, who was driving away from his parent’s home in Cullman County just before midnight on Christmas Eve in one of his father’s vehicles. His father, however, happened to be sitting in his camper outside of the house and was unaware that his son was coming over to borrow his truck. He yelled and fired off a warning shot at the driver, whom he assumed was a car thief. When that was unsuccessful, he shot at the truck, which immediately stopped.

He then opened the truck door to discover he had just accidentally killed his own son.

There is so much wrong with this situation, but let’s break it down to two main points:

First, no one needs to be firing shots at vehicles that are driving away.

At that point, if there ever was a threat, it’s gone. No one’s leaning out the window, brandishing a firearm. No one’s trying to run the man down with the car. If this were an attempted theft, it wasn’t one that held danger at that point for the homeowner. Already, this homeowner is out of line, making passersby vulnerable, and opening himself up to a world of legal trouble.

Second, check your freaking target.

I am sick and tired of writing stories in which a family member is shot by another because nerves got a hold of them.

You do not pull the trigger unless you know what you’re aiming at. “It was dark” is not an excuse.

Please stay safe out there, folks. We can’t have tragedies like this.

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Would-Be Car Thief Sent Packing After 9-Year-Old Takes a Stand

KOKOMO, IN — A Kokomo man made a dumb mistake — he left his car unlocked, with the engine running, with his nine-year-old inside.

A thief attempted to capitalize on his mistake, but wasn’t planning on the little man’s stalwart, pellet gun-based defense.

The resulting scrap led to a different car being stolen, and an entire high-speed chase.

As WTHR reports:

All of this started at the One Stop Express on the corner of Washington and Jefferson in Kokomo, then ended at the American Tool Rental on South Lafountain Street.

Kevin Cooksey and Kyle Sparling stopped by the One Stop as strangers for different reasons… They didn’t know they’d end up leaving together and chasing after someone they say tried to steal both their cars.

“When I saw my truck door open, I was like, ‘oh my God, what am I going to tell my wife?’” said Cooksey. That’s because Cooksey’s 9 year old son, Larry Larimore, was inside – with the engine running. “I was thinking, I hope my son knew what to do in that situation,” said Cooksey.

“As soon as he opened the door, I got scared,” said Larimore. “So I pulled out the pellet gun and pointed it to his head.”

That scared the man enough to get him out of the truck, but then he ran into the next car down – Sparling’s black Trail Blazer, which also had its engine running.

“I didn’t know what to think, I just kind of ran outside and watched him,” said Sparling.

“I wanted to go catch the guy,” said Cooksey. “It’s just one of those instincts to help out somebody else.”

Cooksey told Sparling to get in the truck with them. They called the police and chased the suspect down Washington Street… After a couple miles, the suspect crashed Sparling’s car. Larimore says he’s glad he and his dad were able to help track the suspect down.

I think every boy with a pellet gun has thought about using it to right wrongs to heroic, out-of-its caliber affect. This boy got to live the dream and save the day, without a shot being fired.

Well done.

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Attempted Car Theft Goes Sour When Armed Homeowner Steps In

CHILLUM, MD — Authorities are currently deciding whether one homeowner’s engagement with an attempted car thief that turned into a shooting was justified, WJLA reports.

The owner reportedly discovered the break-in while it was still going on, and all hell broke loose.

According to WJLA:

A bullet hole in a window serves as a reminder of the deadly encounter on Tuesday morning around 2:15 a.m., on Sligo Parkway. Police say a homeowner shot 32-year-old Deontae Parker, while Parker was breaking into his vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the homeowner’s driveway.

“Caller thinks that there’s more than one suspect. Advised that they were trying to steal her dad’s truck and then shots went off,” said a dispatcher during a 911 call. “He’s shot in the head.”

Parker was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting. Neighbors say several children were inside the house at the time of the shooting.

Officers found the wounded man shortly after the shooting, but there was nothing they could do to save him.

WJLA further reported that there were no less than eight people inside of the residence during the shooting, including children.

Witnesses have reportedly said that there have been a rash of vehicle break-ins in the area.

Crimes like these come in waves — especially in tightly-packed areas like apartment complexes. If you live in one, take great care to pay attention to criminal activity in your neighborhood, and be on the lookout accordingly.

Stay safe out there folks.

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One Armed Man Versus Two Thugs: Not a Chance

CHARLES COUNTY, MD — A man was forced into a deadly firefight after thugs not only broke into his home and attempted to rob his roommate,  but then burst into the room where he was hiding and threatened his life as well.

In response, the armed citizen sent them packing and on the way to justice.

As The Bay Net reports:

The homeowner reported two male suspects kicked open his front door and, at gunpoint, demanded money. A male occupant of the house heard the robbery, grabbed a gun, and hid in a nearby room. The suspects entered the room and pointed the gun at the man who then fired shots at the suspect with the gun. Both suspects fled and were subsequently located nearby. One of the suspects had a gunshot wound to his neck. He was transported to a hospital and treated for an injury that was not life threatening.

Investigators did determine the house was targeted and this was not a random burglary. Charges are pending against the male with the gunshot wound and detectives arrested the other suspect – a 17-year-old male. He was charged with attempted robbery, burglary and other related charges.

Targeted burglaries are more often than you might think, especially during holiday season such as the one from which we are currently emerging.

It makes sense on some level — potential valuables all piled up for easy access in houses too often vacant with holiday visiting must be a tempting target.

During times like this, it’s doubly important to remain vigilant, even at home.

Keep this in mind next holiday season — stay safe out there, folks.

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When You Should Take Your Gun To A Gunsmith

Clack, clack, clack, clack… Crunch

If you’ve owned firearms for a good long while, you know that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you pull the trigger of a gun only to feel some spring or pin come loose.

It can happen to anyone. Guns, like any other mechanical device, are subject to failure. If it happens during routine practice, count yourself lucky and thank your stars.

However, when is it time to crack open the gun and try to replace a part or take it to a gunsmith?

Before we dig in, I’ll ask you a few questions and you answer them honestly:

  • What is your experience fixing firearms?
  • Are you naturally mechanically inclined?
  • Do you know the correct part numbers to order?
  • Are those parts commonly available?
  • Do you have the proper equipment to make modifications to your firearms in a safe and controlled manner?

If you answers a lot, yes, yes, yes, and yes, you’re probably in a position to fix your own gun without any oversight. When in doubt, carry on with this article to find out your next best course of action.

There’s nothing wrong with admitting you don’t know how or why your gun broke. Do not try to shoot a gun after it has repeatedly failed to fire, load, or chamber a round.

Guns sometimes need repairs just like cars do. If they get run ragged or maybe just skipped past the QA/QC table at the manufacturer’s bench, there’s a time and a place where a gunsmith can help.

Check Manufacturer Warranty First

Before you take that gun to the gunsmith, assess the following:

  • Were you firing the correct ammunition type for that gun?
    • E.g. Shooting 9mm out of a 9mm handgun
  • Was the ammunition you were firing rated to pass through that gun?
    • E.g. Not shooting overpressurized (+P) rounds out of a gun specifically not rated to handle overpressurized loads.
  • Did the gun fail during normal operation?
  • Did you modify the gun in any way prior to it breaking?
  • Did you lubricate the gun to the manufacturer’s specifications?
  • Was the gun new in the box (NIB)?
    • E.g. You are the first owner of this particular firearm and it failed during initial break-in (<5,000 rounds).

If you answered yes to all of the above, check with your manufacturer’s manual and contact their customer service department to see if you qualify for a manufacturer’s warranty.

You may be able to forgo a visit to your local gunsmith entirely so long as your pistol broke under normal operation. Some manufacturers are much more lenient than others. You may just end up getting an upgrade in the process and, often times, either free of charge or just at cost of shipping.

When In Doubt, Talk To The Experts

Ideally, you should deliver a firearm to a gunsmith in an unloaded state. If a round is caught in the chamber, you should make reasonable accommodations to store the gun in such a way that it cannot discharge that round. I’ve seen people store a badly jammed gun in a barrel of sand. I’ve seen a lot of weird work-arounds. Transporting a broken gun with a jammed live round in it is dangerous to all parties involved.

A seasoned gunsmith may be able to talk you through unloading a live fire jam. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes there’s a few hard steps in between.

Once you have the gun in a safe condition, you can take it to a gunsmith and he can assess what parts may need to be repaired to get that gun back into optimal condition. Gunsmiths may also have access to microscopes to check for cracks or abnormal chips in the steel or polymer components.

This is important.

The human eye can only see so much. A microscope can show you where the gun will break before it becomes evident to the human eye.

Taking a gun to a gunsmith may entail having it out of your custody for a week or longer — depending upon that gunsmith’s schedule. Don’t fret. It’s worth the time and expense to fix up a broken gun.

…Or you could always use it as a trade-in at the local gun shop and get a new gun.

Thug Tries Cheap Shot on Holiday Invasion, Learns Hard Way Not to Wake Granny

PUTNAM COUNTY, WV — When one grandmother woke up to the sound of a man trying to break into her bedroom window, she didn’t take it with grace — I’m not even sure she took it with fear.

Just pure, unbridled fury.

WSAZ 3 reports the incredible story on how one Yvonda “Bonnie” Gatens scared a would-be intruder so badly that he fell over without firing a shot:

Gatens lives off Showen Hill Road in Putnam County. She and her late husband built their home 40 years ago. After she heard the noise at the window, she called 911 and grabbed her gun.

“I told him ‘you’re going to die’ and he fell over to the side,” Gatens explained to WSAZ.

Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the woman’s call, but they were unable to find the person. Despite losing a sense of security, Gatens is relieved everything ended up OK. Now she’s encouraging her neighbors to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

“If you come in here, it’s going to be you or me, and I’ll see to it that it won’t be me!” Gatens said.

I’m sure that most of us (myself included) have been threatened by someone whose feathers got a little too ruffled, be it as a sports bar, bad case of road rage, what have you.

Although that’s never good, more often than not the belligerent is sent on his way by a bouncer, or he or she speeds off down the freeway. The point is — they’re blowhards, and of little concern as often as not.

Now when a grandma tells you “you’re going to die,” she’s not bluffing you. You better leave her the heck alone.

I’m glad no one had to be shot this Christmas Eve at the Gatens residence.

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Old Schoolmate Attempts Break-In, Homeowner Unleashes Whitetail-Caliber Justice

MILTON, FL — A Florida homeowner must have breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday when the State Attorney’s Office announced that they would not be pressing charges against him, stating that they believed he was following the stand your ground law.

The situation would certainly seem to lend itself well to such a conclusion.

As the NWF Daily News reports:

(I)nvestigators determined through several witness interviews that Patterson was asleep on his couch about 12:30 a.m. when he was awakened by screaming and banging on his front porch near the door. His elderly parents and 16-year-old son were also in the home at the time… The man at the door was 39-year-old Marcus Indigo Mulinix… Patterson and Mulinix had gone to grade school together but had not seen each other since then and were virtually unknown to one another.

Patterson approached Mulinix at the door but could not understand what he was saying. Mulinix then began shaking the door knob and trying to enter the home. Patterson’s elderly mother woke up and dialed 911.

Patterson went to a bedroom and retrieved a 30-30 rifle, stepped out the back door and walked around to the front of the house. He saw Mulinix in his front yard holding a baseball bat and trying to get into his home. Patterson yelled at the man to stop, but instead Mulinix “raised the bat and began to walk towards Patterson,” according to the report.

You can guess what happened next.

Patterson fired a single shot at his former schoolmate and knocked him flat backwards. Patterson and his brother gave the man first aid until emergency services arrived, but the would-be intruder died on the way to the hospital.

Patterson might not have been carrying concealed, but he stood his ground, and he protected his family.

Hopefully he’ll take the opportunity to invest in a more wieldy home-defense platform than a deer rifle — although 30-30 will always be one of my all-time favorites.

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Why We Plan For The Worst — Pit Bulls Attack And Kill Wife, Maul Husband

A married couple went for a walk not far from the iconic Route 66 going through Kentucky. The Bell County Sheriff’s Office reported that the couple were attacked by two dogs. They viciously pounced and killed the man’s wife before he was able to take out his gun and shoot.

According to US News, one of the dogs was killed and the other took off. They are believed to be pitbulls — not belonging to the couple.

It’s a heart wrenching story involving the loss of life. Thankfully, the man thought to carry a concealed handgun on his walk. He wasn’t fast enough to save his wife’s life but he was able to save himself.

There’s a natural confusion that sets in when what we expect to encounter — like a nice walk with our significant other — takes a turn for the horrific.

A dog attack happening randomly out in the woods is about the last thing any normal person would expect.

It’s also why we promote the concept of preparing for the worst while hoping for the best.

There’s a very slim chance any concealed carrier will ever need to pull his or her gun in self-defense. That slim chance, though, could happen to any one of us.

There are irresponsible people out there in this world that don’t care if their dogs get loose. There are bad people who prey upon others. There are wild animals that are aggressively territorial.

Any number of reasons can culminate into a self-defense gun situation. If you don’t have your concealed carry pistol on you, you’re depending upon sheer brute force and will to survive an encounter. It may not be enough.

These two pit bulls are powerful examples of aggressive animals attacking. If they managed to knock down and kill the wife before setting upon the husband, there’s a good chance that if he wasn’t armed, he wouldn’t have stood even half a chance of keeping himself alive.

That’s why we wrote this article about defending yourself while defending your family.

We strongly believe that a defensive mindset needs to incorporate not just you but also anyone you plan on protecting. You can’t protect anyone if you’re down and you certainly can’t protect yourself if you’re not carrying a concealed handgun.

It’s also why we cover incidents reminding gun owners why we carry.

Our Second Amendment right is reinforced by our daily commitment to carry a concealed handgun. It’s not just for yourself. You’re doing it for your close family and friends. There are people who depend upon you to defend yourself and them if the worst comes to pass.

If you’re someone who’s on the fence about carrying a gun, check out our article on why it’s okay to carry a gun you feel comfortable with versus trying to carry bigger or badder. Any bullet is a good bullet so long as it’s coming out of the barrel of your gun and heading towards a bad guy. It doesn’t need to be a big round. Heck, it can be as small and easy to manage as a .25 ACP.

Pick a gun you feel comfortable carrying. Practice with it at the range. Get your concealed carry permit. Get a holster you feel confident will keep solid retention over the gun. Carry concealed everywhere, everyday.

Why You Should Train To Shoot With Both Arms

Concealed carry pistols are generally lighter and smaller than full-size pistols. They can be fired from a single hand. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to choose a pistol that fits well in your hand — so you can eventually learn to shoot it one handed.

That’s not to say you should shoot with one hand when you can use both. A two handed grip is going to be steadier than a single hand. A single hand is a single point of failure. And that brings us to a very important point: every concealed carrier should train to use either hand.

It’s not for the over-the-top scenario where you’re in the middle of a gas station robbery and the robber shoots your dominant arm.

Those are such rare occasions in the first place, it would be training for a single life event that will likely never happen.

Why You Need To Shoot With Your Non-Dominant Hand

The real reason I recommend training to shoot your concealed carry pistol with either arm is because you can’t plan for life events, in general. A good example is a life event like rotator cuff surgery. In a normal world, this results in a downtime of between 10-14 weeks at a minimum and months — if not years — of physical therapy before you’re able to use that arm fully again.

During that time, if your right arm is down, you’re effectively a lefty. If it’s your left, you’re now a righty.

Reasons Why Your Dominant Hand Or Arm May Not Work
  • Your arm is in a cast
  • Your arm is in a sling
  • Your hand is shattered
  • You snapped tendons or tore muscles in your arm or dominant shoulder
  • Your rotator cuff needs surgery
  • Your dominant side is ridden with arthritis
  • You recently suffered a stroke or brain aneurysm
  • Your dominant arm was partially or completely amputated in an accident

These are just a few off the top of my head that could occur to just about anyone and result in a dominant arm being put out of commission.

This messes everything up for most people.

Everything from signing a check to putting a jar of mayonnaise back in the refrigerator becomes a laborious exercise.

Using a gun will be no different. Worse, if you haven’t practiced with your other arm, you’re at a severe disadvantage to get that pistol on target. You also don’t know how “off” your other arm is from your dominant one.

Crossdraw With Non-Dominant Hand To Dominant Side

Let’s go one step further: cross draw with non-dominant arm.

Most concealed carriers draw from the waistband, dominant side. They bring the gun’s sights up to eye-level, align, and shoot.

If your dominant arm is down — unless you pick up an opposite-side holster — you’re going to be stuck in cross-draw.

Is that something you’ve practiced? It should be.

Simple Exercises To Practice Non-Dominant Hand Draw
  • At 7 yards, aim on target using only your non-dominant hand.
  • Fire three shots from the first magazine on target.
  • Drop the magazine.
  • Reload with another magazine.
  • Fire three more shots on target.

REMEMBER: Your dominant arm cannot be used for this exercise. Use only your non-dominant arm. Whatever you need to do to load that second magazine, make sure your pistol is always pointed down range. The four fundamental rules of firearm safety always apply.

When you do this exercise, you’ll get a lot of funny looks. There’s no smooth way I’ve seen to drop a magazine and reload another one using only one arm — dominant or otherwise.

That’s okay. It’s better you look like a fool than to have no muscle memory of working through this problem. Problem solving is central to carrying a concealed handgun.

Adjusting Holster For Non-Dominant Crossdraw

If you did that previous exercise, you’re likely to notice that either your standard holster on your dominant side isn’t positioned in a place that’s easily accessible to your non-dominant arm OR you had to position the holster differently so it was.

You’re used to positioning your handgun in a place convenient for your dominant arm draw side. Now you’re going to need to adjust that holster so it can be reached by your non-dominant arm.

For appendix carry holster wearers, this isn’t much of an issue. For those who like to carry dominant side 3 o’clock to 5 o’clock, you need to adjust. The less time you need to reach across your body, the more time you have to react to the threat and put rounds on target.

When you train for realistic scenarios, include ones that can occur just as a normal consequence of life.

Proper Self Defense? Man Shoots Suspected Trespasser in Back

EWA BEACH, HI — A shooting meant to ward off trespassers (and possible potential home invaders) is being examined by authorities trying to decide whether the resident who pulled the trigger was justified in his use of deadly force, or whether he went too far.

A decision like this would be difficult under good circumstances, but these aren’t good circumstances.

The residence is in Hawaii, one of the least gun-friendly states in the union.

As KHON2 reports:

According to sources, a 51-year-old resident found two men that were wearing masks on his property. He told the men he had a gun, and then shot one of them in the back as he was trying to run away.

Some wonder whether he really did anything wrong. The man that was shot took himself to the hospital and was listed in stable condition. Attorney Victor Bakke says Hawaii’s self-defense law will protect you, but it depends on the amount of force used.

The shooting took place at the bottom unit of the home where crime tape still remains. Bakke says a person needs to be in serious danger in order to claim self-defense. In this circumstance where one of the trespassers was shot in the back, Bakke says the self-defense law could protect the resident.

“Absolutely shooting someone in the back can always be open to interpretation,” Bakke explained. “If they were inside the house then it’s pretty clear that they probably will get shot, and that would be justified.”

It’s tricky because the trespassers were not in his home, but at the same time they were masked.

I mean, come on. The resident clearly interrupted a pair of thugs who were about to break in.

It’s hard — of course you want to treat your property like the inside of your home — but in your best legal interest, I beg you to consult your local and state laws before you have to navigate them in an earnest scenario.

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Is This A DGU Scenario? Teens Throwing Sand Bags From Overpass, Killing Passenger In Vehicle

TOLEDO, OHIO — Teens will be teens, no doubt, but there’s a fine line between immaturity and downright stupidity. Four teenage boys are now facing murder charges after a person was killed when they threw a sandbag from an overpass onto oncoming traffic.

The story goes as follows:

Twenty-two-year-old Marquise Byrd died Friday at a hospital. The Warren, Michigan, man was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car traveling south on Interstate 75 in Toledo when a sandbag smashed through the windshield Dec. 19.

The Lucas County Coroner’s Office says Byrd died of blunt-force trauma injuries to the head and neck.

Along with the sandbag, many other objects were said to have been thrown over at traffic.

Which begs the question: If you were in a vehicle, say, traveling on the overpass and saw some people throwing large objects over, would you pull over and try to put an end to it? Of course you would, because anyone with a brain could see the dangers of what they were doing.

But what if they didn’t stop initially? Does the law protect you if you were to draw your firearm on the bad-decision-making teens? Would a scenario like this justify the drawing of a firearm? Remember; Any draw of the firearm can be looked at as a possible trigger pull.

In this case, the presence of a firearm would most likely be enough to stop what these idiot teens were doing, don’t you think?

Of course we wouldn’t assume initially that they would, for sure, injure or kill someone, but the likelihood is extremely high. So, again, DGU?

“I Had To Take Care Of Things”: Mother Scares Off Intruder With Her Gun

HOUSTON, TX — One mom whose husband was out of town and whose infant daughter was counting solely on her the Thursday before Christmas knew exactly what to do when her home was attacked.

She produced her Equalizer, and sent the bad guy packing.

She didn’t even need to pull the trigger, either.

As KSAT reports:

The mother was at home with the family’s 3-month-old daughter Thursday night. Her husband was out of town working, but was coming home Friday to celebrate the first Christmas with their daughter.

After tossing and turning in bed for a while, the mother was not able to fall asleep and went to the living room around 11:30 p.m. About an hour later, she heard the home alarm beep and her back door open. Her instinct kicked in.

“I froze for a second and then I realized I needed to spring into action, I mean, I had my baby in the house. I was alone. My husband was away on business, so I had to take care of things,” she said.

She grabbed a gun and went towards the back door, where she found a man standing in her kitchen. She yelled at the man while pointing the gun at him, and her dog ran towards him, scaring him out of the back door.

She locked the door and called 911.

Houston authorities were on the scene in minutes.

She had to take care of things, and she did. I have no doubt she was terrified — anyone with sense would be.

But she came through — that’s about the definition of courage.

When you’re out, whether you’re a man or a woman, make sure your partner knows how to defend your shared home.

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Man Shot In Head By Girlfriend’s Mother After Being Released From Jail For Assault

MORGANTON, NC — When a mother saw her grown daughter’s life, and the life of her grandchildren, threatened by her daughter’s boyfriend, she knew she had to take action.

With a single shot, she ended the threat. Vernon Dale was dead, with a single gunshot to the head.

As WSOC reports:

Officials with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office said they went to a residence in the Shady Acres Mobile Home Park on U.S. Highway 64 in Morganton around 1:21 a.m. and found 46-year-old Vernon Eugene Dale dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities said there were three adults, including Dale, and two small children in the home at the time of the shooting. Sheriff’s deputies said Dale was arrested Wednesday for assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.

A few hours after being released from jail, he showed up at the home where he got into a fight with his girlfriend and her mother. Investigators said the mother shot Dale once in the head. Neighbors described hearing just a single shot around 1 a.m.

Deputies said the mother of Dale’s girlfriend told them that the shooting was an act of self-defense and that she feared for her life. Deputies told Channel 9 that they seized two 9 mm handguns from the home.

It certainly seems like a clear-cut case for self-defense — I wouldn’t expect any charges to materialize from this shooting.

Breaking Burke- this is a picture of Vernon Dale. He was released from jail hours before being shot and killed inside his home by his girlfriend’s mother. Deputies say she feared for her life.

— Dave Faherty (@FahertyWSOC9) December 21, 2017

There’s an important thing to remember here, and although it’s well-known, it always can stand repeating:

The police were well-aware this man was a threat. The police couldn’t be everywhere at once. Despite the man already being on the police’s radar, lives were threatened.

Only an armed and vigilant populace — grandmothers included — can hope to consistently preserve the safety of a society.

Stay safe out there, folks.

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Man Shot By Homeowner During Break-In Attempt

BOWLING GREEN, OH — When a pair of thugs attempted to break into an Ohio residence, they weren’t counting on the occupant being armed.

Not only was he armed, but he was more than happy to resist his attackers — one of the two suspects, later caught, was found with three different bullet wounds.

As The Blade reports:

The Liberty Street homeowner called 911 shortly after 1 a.m. Friday and told officials he shot his 9mm handgun toward two men, whom he said broke into his home, according to Bowling Green Police Lt. Daniel Mancuso. The two men then fled the home, police said.

The threatening suspect was shot three times — twice in the arm and once in the lower back — the lieutenant said. He was located about a block and a half away near North Main Street and Evers Road. His injuries were described as not life-threatening.

He was transported to Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center, according to a Bowling Green police report. According to the report, only one of the two men were located. Nothing from the home was stolen, Lieutenant Mancuso said.

Property records identify the homeowner as Terry Stetler. Mr. Stetler declined comment Friday.

Nothing from the home was stolen because the attackers were too busy getting their tail ends handed to them.

This brings up a question, however, that will have 1911 fanboys dancing in the streets:

If the attacker was hit in the lower back with a 9mm cartridge, and the man was still able to get away, is the cartridge adequate for home defense or, by extension, concealed carry?

The answer, in my opinion, is yes. It’s still perfectly viable.

The number one objective of any responsibly armed citizen in a life-and-death situation is simple — stop the threat.

This 9mm-wielding man sent his adversaries packing — mission accomplished.

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How To Act In A Gun Shop — Proper Gun Shop Etiquette

Don’t act like a criminal, don’t get treated like a criminal. That’s the first rule to remember when you walk into a gun shop. A wide variety of people walk through the doors of just about any gun shop. Some people are pensive, nervous about a potential first gun purchase. Others are worried that their wives or husbands will find out they’re using the Christmas credit card on a new pistol.

  • Gun shop clerks are used to seeing nervous people.
  • Gun shop clerks are also used to seeing overly confident jackasses.
  • Most gun shop clerks are experts at picking out criminals.

Those boys and gals working behind the glass typically carry a pistol on their side because it’s not the nervous nellies or the proud cowboys strutting in through the door they’re worried about.

They’re worried about that shifty character, shooting sideways glances, whispering in his girlfriend’s ear about his next preferred purchase.

They’re worried about the guy on his cellphone, taking gun orders and texting photos of what’s in the case to god-knows-who.

And they’re definitely worried about some young buck thinking he can knock off a gun store with a broken down pistol and some liquid courage.

If you’re not in the gun shop to purchase a gun for a felon, aren’t yourself a fugitive from justice, or looking to rob the place — it’s pretty easy to not act like it.

This article is for those who are nervous about walking in the door of a gun shop for the first time. There’s nothing to fear. Gun store clerks don’t typically bite unless it’s lunch time.

Gun Store Etiquette 101

There’s three basic rules to shopping for a gun in a gun store:

1.) Don’t act like a criminal.

2.) Don’t whip out your gun. 

3.) Follow the 4 Safety Rules while handling any guns.

Those three basic rules are surprisingly difficult to follow for some people.

In case you don’t know the 4 Safety Rules, here they are:

1.) Treat every gun as if it is loaded — until you physically confirm it is not.

2.) Don’t point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot.

3.) Keep your finger off the trigger until you intend to fire.

4.) Know what is in front of and behind your target.

You’re going to see row upon row of amazing firearms for sale. That’s the point. There’s going to be stickers where gun prices are listed. In the vast majority of cases, that’s the price the store clerk wants for the gun.

Feel free to ask their advice and don’t be afraid to let them know your budget. They’re not there to determine if you’re a bad person or not. They’re there to sell a gun to a law-abiding American who has a right to possess firearms.

What You Say Can Hurt You

The clerk is obliged to follow the rules the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) sets forth for Federal Firearm Licensees. This means that if you say you’re purchasing this gun on someone else’s behalf, they’re going to tell you to come back with that person.

The reason is this: they can’t legally sell you a gun that’s going to someone other than you.

Depending upon your state’s laws, you’re completely allowed to purchase a pistol and then transfer it to someone else in “private sale”. Some states — like Massachusetts — will want to have some legal paperwork for that transaction to legally occur.

Don’t walk into a gun store wearing drug paraphenalia. A tie-die Bob Marley shirt doesn’t count. But if you walk in smelling like you just got done doing bong rips in the car, the clerk is going to be obliged to not sell you a gun.


Because the clerk isn’t allowed to sell a gun to anyone that is under the influence or addicted to drugs.

Even if you live in a state where recreational marijuana is completely legal, the BATF is a federal agency and their friends over in the DEA say marijuana is a Schedule I drug.

Furthermore, the clerk needs to be able to hand a form (DOJ Form 4473) to you and be reasonably confident you can truthfully answer the following questions.

For your convenience, we’ll list them out. They’re all YES/NO

  • Are you the actual buyer of the gun?
    • If you answer ‘no’, the clerk can’t sell you the gun. Simple as that. No ‘if’s, ‘and’s, or ‘but’s.
  • Are you under indictment for a felony or any other crime that could land you in jail for a year or more?
    • ‘Under indictment’ means a jury has decided that there is enough evidence to go ahead with a full blown trial.
  • Are you a fugitive from justice?
    • Is there an active warrant out for your arrest? If there is, answer ‘Yes‘. And take a free trip to a place where you’re guaranteed three square meals a day and your own cot.
  • Are you an unlawful user of marijuana or any controlled substances?
    • i.e. You are taking drugs that have not been prescribed to you.
    • Be warned: medical marijuana cards are under some harsh scrutiny by the federal government.
  • Have you been adjudicated mentally defective or have you ever been committed to a mental institution?
    • When a court adjudicates you’re mentally defective, there’s a court order detailing you as such. Until that time, so long as you haven’t been committed to a mental institution (or psych ward), this doesn’t apply.
  • Have you been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions?
    • A medical discharge, general under honorable, etc., is not dishonorable. A dishonorable discharge is very specific and you’d definitely know if you got one.
  • Are you subject to a court order restraining you from harassing, stalking, or threatening your child or the intimate partner of your child?
    • i.e. Restraining Order or Protective Custody Order
  • Have you ever been convicted in any court of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence?
    • Charged is different than convicted. You can be charged for a crime but not convicted.
  • Have you ever renounced your United States citizenship?
    • This is different than that one time your buddy in college wanted to become a Marxist guerilla in El Salvador and said he hated the U.S. government. Don’t get me wrong, that dude was weird, but renouncing citizenship is a legal process. This is the actual act of renouncing your citizenship by turning in your passport once you are outside of the country.
  • Country of Citizenship (multiple choice question)
    • HINT: If it’s not the United States, the gun sale isn’t going through.
  • Are you an illegal alien?
    • Actual question is phrased differently but the crux is this: if you answer ‘Yes’, you don’t get to buy a gun through an FFL.

There’s a few more questions but the major ones are right up front.

  • Will you be buying the gun for yourself?
  • Are you under indictment for any felonies or serious misdemeanors?
  • Do you have active restraining orders against you?
  • Have you ever been convicted of domestic violence?
  • Are you a legal citizen of this country?

If you say anything to the gun clerk by which he may rightfully infer you fall into any of these aforementioned categories — he can’t, in good conscience, sell you the gun.

Bartering and Haggling For Guns with Gun Store Clerks

So you see the pistol of your dreams sitting in the case. The problem is, it’s more than you are willing to spend. Haggling with the gun store owner from this perspective won’t get you anything. If you pony up all cash, he may give you a very small discount — typically no more than $25-50 depending upon how convincing you are.

There are gun stores that sell used and new guns. If you’re in a store that sells used guns, your best bet to dropping the price of a gun you’re interested is to offer something in trade in addition to cash.

That gets gun store clerks interested.

If you want to keep that interest, here’s what they’re looking for:

  • PRIORITY A: Working guns
  • B: A bunch of working magazines
  • C: Optics, scopes

A + B + C = Biggest discount

If you’re willing to trade in a few working guns, you may just be able to knock down the price to something extremely reasonable. Just magazines or just optics probably won’t get you there unless there’s very high demand for either.

They’re typically not going to give you a whole big discount if you throw in used holsters. And most gun store clerks I’ve spoken with cannot accept ammunition as trade.

You can sell ammunition, though, in private sales. Keep that in mind. Check with your state’s regulations on that.

Trade Smarter, Not Harder

Know the market value of your gun prior to using it as a trade-in.

If you have, for instance, a Sig Sauer P250 full-size and you want to use its trade-in value against a Springfield 1911, you’re likely to only get $100 in trade-in value. Why? Because the market value for a used Sig Sauer P250 full-size is in the $375 range. A gun store clerk is going to need to make a profit off the resale in order to make it worth his while.

Gun store clerks will, at times, tell you to get what you can in a private sale and come back when you have the cash.

So, we’ve covered the wide gamut of basic etiquette tips. There’s always more. If you’ve ever been a gun store clerk, make sure to tell us about your pet peeves when dealing with customers. We’re always curious to hear some of the crazy stories that come up.

Owner Fires On Armed Robber, And That Robber Was Lucky

LOWELL, MA — When the co-owner of a Lowell, Massachusetts shop saw his fellow owner with a gun being pointed at him, he knew what he had to do.

He opened fire, quite possibly saving the life of his friend.

As the Sentinel and Enterprise reports:

Max, 25, saw a robber pointing a gun at the other co-owner of Valentina’s, located at 886 Central St.

Max, who declined give his last name out of fear of retaliation, immediately stepped back around Portuguese imported cheese and cereals, pulled out the gun he’s licensed to carry, cocked his gun and waited for the thief.

“I fired. Boom. Boom,” recalled Max Thursday morning. “I thought he was dead right there, but he got up. I fired two more. Boom. Boom. He was ducking, though. I would have got him if he was standing up.”

Again, the suspect was lying on the floor. Then he popped up quickly and ran out the door of the market in the city’s Back Central neighborhood.

“He really got lucky,” Max said of the robber not getting seriously injured or killed Wednesday night. “Sometimes people really get real lucky. He got (expletive) lucky.”

The suspect, who did not shoot back, is still at large on Thursday, according to police.

Hats off to this man for possessing one of the entirely too few concealed carry permits to be had in Massachusetts. It’s not the easiest state to exercise your Second Amendment rights in.

But Max did it, and it would appear that he acquitted himself well. Although the attacker remains at-large at this time to the best of this writer’s knowledge, he didn’t get the chance to hurt anyone, and he probably learned a powerful lesson, too.

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20-Year-Old Draws Two Guns On Pawn Shop Owner, Is Then Shot And Killed

TAMPA, FL — A pawn shop owner was accosted by a man barely not a teenager who seems to subscribe to the theory that more guns equals more chances for a successful robbery.

He was wrong.

As Fox 13 reports:

Police say it appears a man was trying to rob the City Pawn shop on Hillsborough Avenue when he was shot by the shop’s owner just before 2 p.m. Thursday. Police said the suspect, identified as Eric Jerome Norton, 20, parked a car in front of the pawn shop, left the engine running, and went inside.

The pawn shop owner, 41-year-old Arthur Divi, told police Norton jumped the counter and pointed two guns at him. Police say Divi fatally shot the suspect. They say Divi has been cooperating with police and has not been charged.

Listen, I’m not against carrying two guns at once — a back up gun does have merit, although exactly how much merit is the stuff of a different story.

But wielding them both at once?

That’s fine for “Halo 2,” but for anything or anyone else other than the extremely well-trained firearm user, it’s just not practical.

I say that knowing multiple carriers who tote a pair of 1911’s, including my own dad. Relax, I’m not condemning the carry style.

I’m just suggesting that if you don’t have a mastery of one firearm, like this deceased young man, maybe don’t venture into two.

Fortunately for all of us, the pawn shop owner — like just about every other pawn shop owner in the history of pawn shop owners — knew how to operate his defensive tool just fine.

Seriously. I’d put robbing a pawn shop only slightly below the danger level of the local police department — it’s never not a terrible idea.

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Ruger Announces New Pistol; The Ruger Security-9, And The Price Is Just Stunning

Yesterday, Ruger announced a new pistol to their line-up that will bring some competition to the Glock 19’s and S&W M&P M2.0 Compact’s of the world.

As you can see below, they’ll be available in both 15+1 and 10+1 capacity. But wait, what’s that MSRP? With an MSRP of $379 for the Ruger Security-9, it’s sure to appeal to many people looking for a new self-defense firearm.

We’re hoping to get our hands on one soon for some testing and eval, and we’ll have a review up once that’s done.

Take a look at their press release below, including specs:

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce the new Security-9® pistol. Ideal for everyday carry and self-defense, the Security-9 is an affordable, rugged, mid-sized centerfire pistol that provides everyday security in the perfect caliber, size and price point.

Chambered in 9mm Luger and utilizing a 15-round, double-stack magazine, the Security-9 strikes the perfect balance between a compact and full-size pistol. It is small and light enough to be easily concealed and comfortably carried, yet has twice the capacity of slimmer 9mm Luger pistols.

At the range, both new and advanced shooters will appreciate the easy-to-rack slide; short, crisp trigger pull; eye-catching sights; and ergonomic, textured grip frame. The American-made Security-9 is constructed around a rigid, one-piece, precision-machined, aluminum chassis with full-length guide rails; a blued, through-hardened alloy steel slide and barrel; and a high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame with an integral accessory rail.

The Secure Action used in the Security-9 is the same as the LCP® II and is derived from the reliable and proven hammer-fired LCP fire control system, combining the smooth trigger pull of the LCP with the short, crisp feel and positive reset of a single action. Safety features include a bladed trigger safety, external manual safety, neutrally balanced sear with significant engagement and strong spring tension, and a hammer catch to help prevent the hammer from contacting the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled.

“The Security-9 is a yet another example of what we do best here at Ruger: deliver new products to the market that combine innovation and value,” said Ruger President and CEO, Chris Killoy. “We expect our customers are going to be excited to buy the Security-9; they will definitely enjoy shooting it.”

The new Security-9 features a 4” barrel and weighs just 23.7 ounces with an empty magazine. It ships with two alloy steel magazines and a cable locking device.

Ruger Security-9 Specs:
  • Model Number: 3810
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 15+1
  • Barrel Material: Alloy Steel
  • Barrel Finish: Blued
  • Barrel Length: 4″
  • Overall Length: 7.24″
  • Sights: Drift Adjustable 3-Dot
  • Weight: 23.7 oz
  • Grip Frame: High-Performance Glass Filled Nylon
  • Slide Material: Through-Hardened Alloy Steel
  • Slide Finish: Blued
  • Slide Width: 1.02″
  • Height: 5″
  • Grooves: 6
  • Twist: 1:10″ RH
  • CA Approved: No
  • MA Approved & Certified: No
  • Suggested Retail: $379.00

For more information on the Security-9 or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit or To find accessories for the Security-9 and other Ruger firearms, visit or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.

About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. As a full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®,” echoes the importance of these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.

My Car Was Broken Into Last Night: What Do You Keep Inside?

This morning, we decided to take a drive to a local restaurant for some breakfast. First I went to the front door because a neighbor, Bob, had dropped off a few Christmas presents for us. This is important because Bob comes into the picture again when we go out to the car.

When we were ready to go, I walked up to the driver’s side to open the door and saw that my seat was pushed forward. “Weird, I don’t remember moving the seat to get anything in the back,” I thought to myself.

I opened the door and pushed the seat back. I immediately noticed that there was stuff everywhere. My fiancee, Evlin, opened her door at the same time and was just starring inside the car. The first thought in my mind was, “I don’t remember the Jeep being this dirty.” The second thought was something along the lines of, “Is Bob playing a trick on me?”

It was a few seconds later that I realized the car was broken into, and someone had trashed it while looking for anything valuable.

Evlin asked if anything was taken, so we started looking around without touching anything. A few bucks were missing, and that seemed to be it.

I called the police and they were over in about 10 minutes, because they just happened to be down the road at a neighbors house for the exact same thing. It’s been a problem in our neighborhood for the past few weeks, and we’ve seen numerous cars broken into and two stolen.

It’s a quiet neighborhood, but thugs be thugs and they can show up anywhere.

After the police did their thing and got some fingerprints, we started to look through what was left. Noting seemed to be missing except for the money, which was about $6, and the only thing they seemed to leave behind was some mud.

When the officer was asking his questions, he asked what I do for a living. I told him, and of course his first question was if I had any firearms in the car. I didn’t, of course, because I never leave any in there. Even being in a quiet neighborhood with nothing like this typically happening, I still wouldn’t leave any in the car.

But many people do.

I’ve never liked the idea of leaving a firearm in a vehicle, even if it’s locked up. Who knows who could get inside, and they could have plenty of time to dig around and get access to a ‘secured’ firearm.

In the end, nothing was taken that would make me sleep less well in the coming nights because if someone had stolen a firearm, I’d be worried about what they’d do with it. That’s not cool.

The final result is a few additional security cameras and a few trips around the neighborhood at night to check up on things. Chances are that its a few kids who are bored with life and want to play thug, and I can only hope that they change their ways.

Evlin is worried that they could become more brazen and take a chance at entering the house. If the happens, kids or not, it’ll be a bad decision on their part.

Do you leave any firearms, knives, etc inside your car when you aren’t there?