Category Archives: Concealed Carry

Man goes behind counter, punches George Webb worker, video shows

A man walked behind a counter and punched a worker in the face at a south side George Webb restaurant.

The attack happened early on June 29 at the restaurant at South 21st and Mitchell streets.

“It is sickening to see this unsuspecting worker assaulted so brutally by this individual,” Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan said.

The woman who was hit had a concussion but is back at the work.

Another worker, who pulled out a gun and pointed it at the man to get him away from the victim, has quit.

“I thank God that the one waitress had a concealed carry and pulled out her gun. I shudder to think what might have happened had she not been able to do that. What this guy would’ve done,” Donovan said.

Police know who the man is but are still looking for him.

Donovan looks at the attack as a symptom of a larger issue citywide. “It’s frustrating because I’ve been saying if we don’t pay attention to some of these neighborhoods that are on the fence, they’re gonna fall the wrong way. And that’s precisely what’s happening,” he said.

Anyone with information about the man’s whereabouts is asked to Milwaukee police at 414-935-7360.

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‘You are welcome,’ says good Samaritan who turned gun on restaurant shooter

Not one,  but two men ran to their respective cars to grab their guns when a shooter opened fire at an Oklahoma City restaurant Thursday.

Police Capt. Bo Matthews said today that both of those men shot suspect Alexander C. Tilghman on Thursday. Tilghman died as a result of those gunshots.

The two civilians have been identified by police as Juan Carlos Nazario, 35, and Bryan Whittle, 39.

“You are welcome,” Nazario said to local ABC affiliate KOCO after the shooting. “Just did what was trained to do to neutralize the situation.”

Whittle’s family told ABC News that he served in Afghanistan and has been in the National Guard for almost 20 years.

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Suspected robber shot and killed by robbery victim with concealed carry weapon

A man was killed by the victim he attempted to rob who had a concealed carry weapon on him.

Gainesville police said they got called to a shooting Monday morning in NW Gainesville.

Officers say the victim was coming home from a movie theater with family members, and while they were parked Arkeem Bennett approached them with a handgun in an attempt to rob them.

The victim who holds a concealed carry permit took out his gun and shot at Arkeem in self defense, one of the bullets struck Arkeem but he was able to get away in his car with another person driving.

The victim informed 911 about the incident, and they later found Bennett dead.

An investigation into the case is ongoing.

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Man, 73, with concealed carry permit shoots Fresno man in apparent self defense

Two men were injured after an altercation that led to a shooting in southeast Fresno on Thursday morning.

The shooting took place around 7:45 a.m. behind a house in the 100 block of north Argyle Avenue.

A 73-year-old man was walking down the canal bank behind the home as he often does, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. The man often walks his dog and returns to the area and cleans up the canal bank.

A 22-year-old man approached the 73-year-old and a verbal confrontation began. Dyer said the men have had issues in the past.

Dyer said at some point, the 22-year-old picked up a large stick or wooden object and struck 73-year-old — which may have resulted in his leg or ankle being broken.

That’s when the 73-year-old pulled out a fire arm and shot the 22-year-old three times in the hip and wrist.

Both men were taken for medical treatment.

The 73-year-old has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, Dyer said, and although the investigation is ongoing, the preliminary information points to the shooting being in self defense.

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Armed good Samaritan rescues cop under attack

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — An armed good Samaritan scared off a suspect who was pummeling a Utah officer.

KSTU reports that on Friday, the officer noticed a pair of feet dangling from a donation bin and ordered the suspect out of it. When the suspect, Paul Douglas Anderson, exited the bin, he ignored commands and began punching the officer in the face.

The suspect repeatedly struck the officer until a passerby, Derek Meyer, witnessed the attack and intervened.

Meyer, who has a concealed-carry permit, drew his weapon and ordered Anderson to get off of the officer. The suspect ran off. Officers eventually found the suspect hiding under a trailer and arrested him.

Corporal Cory Waters praised Meyer’s actions and said it made a huge difference.

“Had he not been in the right place at the right time, who knows what would have happened,” Waters said. “But he definitely stopped the attack from continuing and becoming much worse. He might have even saved either one of their lives. It could have gone really bad, even for the suspect.”

Meyer said he did it “because of who I am.”

“I carry a gun to protect me and those around me, but primarily I carry a gun to protect my family first and foremost,” Meyer said. “Outside of that, if I were to use my gun to protect anyone it would be law enforcement or military personnel.”

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Gun-Carrying Customers Thwart Assault at SC Car Dealership

A pair of gun-toting customers are getting credit for stopping a pipe-wielding attacker at a South Carolina car dealership.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that prosecutors described the attack last month that was thwarted by customers legally carrying handguns.

Prosecutor Aaron Hayes says the customers stepped in after the wrench-wielding man who was making death threats and smashing cars cornered an employee.

Alonzo Seegars of Charlotte faces five felony charges and was released Friday on bond.

Hayes says the two customers at the crowded dealership intervened and held with their pistols until police arrived. The 29-year-old Seegars suffered a broken leg while scuffling with York County deputies.

Officials say he was released from a Mecklenburg County medical facility after more than a week despite warrants for his arrest.

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House bill would make concealed carry permits valid in any state that issues them

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday allowing concealed carry gun permits to be valid in any state that issues permits.

There are 10 states that do not recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits. Most of those states have a higher level of requirements for the issue of permits. Permit holders in California, for example, must demonstrate a specific need for a concealed carry permit for local law enforcement officials.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act cleared the House with a 231-198 vote, including a vote in favor cast by Montana’s lone congressman, Rep. Greg Gianforte, who is also one of the bill’s 213 co-sponsors.

Montana requires concealed carry permit holders to have some type of firearms training such as a hunter’s safety course and undergo a background check performed by county sheriff’s offices. Permits from 43 states are recognized in Montana, including all 10 states that do not recognize any out-of-state permits. Vermont does not issue concealed carry permits.

According to the Montana Office of the Attorney General’s website, several states — Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia — do not require background checks for concealed carry permit applicants. Those permits are not recognized in Montana.

Montana’s concealed carry permits are not recognized by eight states in addition to the 10 that do not accept out-of-state concealed carry permits.

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National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act advancing slowly

Are you a gun owner?  Are you a gun owner with a concealed carry permit?  If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, the odds are you’ve been keeping your eye on the slow, steady, advancement of the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

The Bill, which is currently inching its way out of Committee and onto the House floor, would mean that the rights of a concealed weapons permit holder in one state would be recognized in other states that allow similar licenses.  It would make movement, and self-defense, less complicated for interstate travelers who are already qualified to carry on their home turf.

It also just makes sense. After all, if you have a concealed carry license in one state, you’ve obviously passed a federal background check.  You shouldn’t be penalized thanks to the labyrinthine firearms laws that come into play when moving about the country.

The official Congress.gov summary reads as follows:

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

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National concealed carry reciprocity clears first hurdle in Congress

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, right, said the carry rights bill passed this week helps ensure the Second Amendment doesn’t stop at state lines. (Photo: Reuters)

In a party-line vote Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee sent a measure expanding carry protections to the floor over howls from gun control advocates.

Stressing the bill, H.R. 38, helps protect the right to keep and bear arms, Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said it also contributes to public safety.

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act ensures that law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right does not end when they cross state lines,” said Goodlatte in a statement. “Citizens with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit, or individuals who are citizens of states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm, should not have to worry about losing these rights when entering another state that may have different rules and regulations.”

The measure speeding to the floor has 213 co-sponsors including a few Democrats and the support of attorneys general from five conservative states. In its amended version, it would force states to recognize the right of law-abiding citizens with a valid concealed carry license or permit to carry a concealed handgun. Residents of constitutional or permitless carry states would also be recognized. Further, the proposal would open public land currently off limits to concealed carry such as that controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers.

A group of big-city district attorneys, under the banner of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, were on hand along with other national gun control groups and police lobby organizations to protest the bill.

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would be, I think, the single most destructive bill we could pass to affect the public safety we have achieved, and affect it negatively,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. “Individuals could come in with loaded weapons into New York City, and probably hundreds of thousands when you consider we have 46 million visitors outside the United States into New York.”

The National Rifle Association ranks the issue of nationwide reciprocity, which they argue is “a much-needed solution to the confusing patchwork of state and local gun laws” as a top legislative priority.

The measure could receive a floor vote in the House as early as next week, while its Senate companion has 38 supporters, all Republican.

NICS improvement bill advances

Besides the polarizing carry bill, Goodlatte’s committee also marked up a new “Fix NICS” act, which would add several accountability measures designed to ensure that federal agencies submit the records of criminals, domestic abusers and others prohibited from possessing guns to the FBI-maintained system while giving states incentives to up their own reporting.

The bill, H.R. 4477, passed in a more popular 17-6 vote with bipartisan support.

“There is simply no excuse for the ongoing negligence of criminal history reporting into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System,” said the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, a Texas Republican.

Meanwhile, the Senate’s version of FixNics Act, S.2135, now has 23 cosponsors (11 Republicans, 11 Democrats, 1 Independent) with both majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Chuck Schumer signing on this week.

Concealed Carry Reciprocity is on the Move: Your Lawmakers Need to Hear from You NOW!

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a full committee mark-up of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, this Wednesday! It’s therefore more important than ever to urge your member of Congress to support this crucial legislation.

Concealed carry reciprocity is the NRA’s highest legislative priority in Congress. It would ensure that states recognize the concealed carry credentials of other states. This would end abuses in anti-gun states like New York and New Jersey and allow law-abiding concealed carriers to exercise their rights nationwide with peace of mind. 

H.R. 38 would not, as some critics claim, affect how states issue their own concealed carry permits. It would also require those taking advantage of its protections to obey the laws for concealed carry in each state in which they travel. 

Concealed carry reciprocity is already the norm in most states.  This legislation is merely a commonsense follow-up to this successful initiative. 

The few states that target law-abiding concealed carriers from other jurisdictions for criminal prosecution consider the bearing of arms in public for self-defense a privilege reserved for the elite, rather than a constitutional right. When states trample on constitutional rights, Congress has the authority and responsibility to act. 

Passage is now closer than ever before, but it won’t happen without your support. Please contact your member of Congress today and respectfully urge him or her to support H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. You can call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your representative or use the Write Your Federal Lawmakers feature of our website. 

However you choose to make your voice heard, don’t delay No gun owner can afford to sit out this fight!

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1 suspect killed, 1 charged in Hattiesburg home invasion

One man was killed and another arrested Sunday night during a home invasion in Hattiesburg.

Hattiesburg police responded to the home invasion around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Orange Street.

The homeowners said two men rushed into their home, displayed a hand gun and demanded money, Hattiesburg police spokeswoman Lt. LaTosha Myers-Mitchell said.

One of the suspects, Justin Woodland, 17, of Hattiesburg was shot by the homeowner. He was transported to Forrest General Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.

The second suspect, Anton Smith, 29, of Hattiesburg was charged with burglary of a dwelling, armed robbery and leaving the scene an accident. He was booked into Forrest County Jail.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner, but the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to call Hattiesburg police at (601) 544-7900 or Metro Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.

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Tennessee Hero Uses His Gun To Stop A Deadly Church Shooter

A man in a mask opened fire at a church in Antioch, Tennessee on Sunday morning, injuring seven people and killing a woman who was walking to her car. Police say the gunman, whom they suspect is 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, entered Burnette Chapel Church of Christ and “began indiscriminately shooting” people inside the main sanctuary. Luckily, a brave church usher stopped the gunman in his tracks.

When 22-year-old Caleb Engle first confronted the gunman, the shooter pistol-whipped him, authorities say. During this initial struggle, the suspect shot himself in the chest, giving Engle — a licensed gun owner — time to get his gun from his car. Police say Engle used his gun to make sure the suspect didn’t try to make a move before help arrived.

“He’s the hero,” said Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson, according to NBC News. “He’s the person who stopped this madness.”

Engle says police are the ones who deserve the credit for saving the day.

“The real heroes are the police, first responders and medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected,” Engle said.

Samson, who is believed to have come to the United States from Sudan in 1996, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is being held without bond and police say he will be charged with additional crimes. Churchgoers said Samson used to attend Burnette Chapel Church of Christ more than a year ago, but officials are still piecing together what motivated the suspect to carry out this deadly rampage.

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Taco Bell Workers Kill Armed Robber During Failed Robbery Operation

Three employees from a Taco Bell store in Cleveland reportedly shot and killed an armed robber when he and a partner tried to rob the store on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Reports claimed that the three male workers from the fast food chain whose names were unrevealed were also armed when the two masked robbers entered the restaurant at 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday to get cash from the register.

The Taco Bell employees were reported to have opened fire and shot one of the robbers in the ribs while the other one managed to escape.

The local police officers arrived at the restaurant after the incident, where they discovered the attempted robber lying unconscious on the ground while holding a loaded gun in his hand. According to reports, the suspected robber has received a total of six shots. He was later on pronounced dead when he was brought to the MetroHealth Medical Center.

The medical examiner reportedly identified the suspected robber as a 24-year-old Cleveland resident named DeCarlo Jackson.

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79-year-old thwarts would-be robber with concealed firearm

 Police say that a 79-year-old Stanton man thwarted a would-be robber after pulling out his concealed firearm.

Andrew Yanez, 24, has been charged and arrested for Attempted Robbery and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

According to the Stanton Police Department, the elderly man was leaving a convenience store Friday afternoon when he was approached by a suspect.

The suspect then demanded keys to his vehicle, stating “It would be best for you to give me the keys, I want your car” and implied violence would be used, according to police.

It was then that the victim who was licensed to carry a handgun drew his concealed firearm and pointed it towards the suspect, who fled the scene on foot.

A description of the suspect was provided to police, and he was located two blocks away from the scene and was identified as Yanez.

According to police, Yanez was found to have a semi-automatic handgun in his possession. He was then arrested and booked into the Martin County Jail.

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This Bill Would Allow Conceal-Carry Rights to Transfer State-to-State

Another layer has been added to the gun control controversy due to a new bill from Congress. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38) will allow people with conceal and carry rights to keep those rights when traveling across state lines. They would be allowed to enter school zones and public federal land, but they would have to meet certain qualifications. This means they must be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law, carry a valid photo identification document, and carry a valid concealed carry permit (send your opinion to your rep here.)

Those who support the bill argue it is too difficult for law-abiding concealed carry permit holders to travel out of state and keep their rights. They have to negotiate a confusing maze of laws, reciprocity agreements, and recognition statutes to keep a right they already have. They also argue that recent gun violence in public places shows the need for more gun carrying citizens.

Those in opposition to the law argue that the state-by-state conceal-carry gun laws differ too much for this bill to work. States with tougher requirements would have to allow people from other states with fewer requirements to carry their firearms. Each state knows what is best for its own residents, so forcing another state’s laws onto them would put people in danger.

And there’s still time to weigh in before Congress votes, so be sure to send your opinion to your rep here with one click! We’ll alert you if and when Congress votes and share your rep’s vote with you.

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Approval for concealed weapons permits made easier for military

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced Wednesday at the National Guard Armory in Panama City that the state has expedited concealed weapons permits for more than 80,000 active military and veterans.

With this in effect, members of the military automatically get taken care of first. This shortens the process of getting a concealed carry permit from a couple months to just a few days.

The change came after a shooting at a military reserve in Chattanooga, Tennessee two years ago where members of the military were killed.

Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis mentioned ISIS posted the names and addresses of men and women in the military on the internet. They say members of the military have become targets inside the United States.

“If they mail in their application, if they come to a regional office, they are processed first,” Commissioner Putnam said. “The use of that DD-214 [form] is a flag to move them to the top of the stack and make sure that active duty military and veterans are getting the protection they need.”

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National concealed reciprocity bill picks up 200th supporter in House

National concealed reciprocity bill picks up 200th supporter in House

Legislation to treat concealed carry permits like drivers’ licenses nationwide is gaining steam in Congress while opponents dig in.

Introduced by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-NC, on the first day of session in the new House, the bill now enjoys the support of Hudson and 199 co-sponsors from 42 states. The bill is largely Republican, with three Democrats crossing the aisle, and is currently one of the top 10 most-viewed bills in Congress.

“Your driver’s license works in every state, so why doesn’t your concealed carry permit?” says a backgrounder on the bill circulated by Hudson’s office. “Just like your privilege to drive, your Second Amendment right does not disappear when you cross state lines. However, conflicting state codes have created a confusing patchwork of reciprocity agreements for concealed carry permit holders.”

Hudson’s bill would amend federal law to allow those eligible to possess a firearm to have a concealed handgun in any state that allows individuals to carry a pistol or revolver. Those who do so would have to carry a valid permit with them as well as a photo ID. The bill also applies to nonresident permit holders.

A companion measure, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn’s S.446, has 37 co-sponsors, all Republican.

While Second Amendment groups large and small support the legislation, gun control advocates have drawn a line in the sand to stop the bill, with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown organization pledging as much as $25 million to derail the campaign.

Astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, co-founder with his wife– former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — of Americans for Responsible Solutions, has often argued that national reciprocity violates states’ rights and constitutes a public safety threat, going on to describe it simply as “bad legislation” when speaking recently in the aftermath of an attack on House Republicans at a charity baseball practice.

The measure has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, but is not scheduled for a hearing.

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House votes 65-54 for bill easing concealed handgun laws

It would no longer be necessary to have a concealed handgun permit to bring a gun anywhere that firearms can already be carried openly, under a bill a divided state House tentatively approved on Wednesday.

The change would eliminate the need for concealed-carry permits for adults who are at least 18 and are not otherwise prohibited from owning firearms, except where open-carry is barred. That would change current law that requires concealed-carry applicants be at least 21 and complete firearm safety training to obtain a permit.

The debate on House Bill 746 was preceded by days of intense pressure from national and statewide gun-control and gun-rights advocates. It resulted in an 11-vote margin; eight Republicans broke from the majority and voted with all Democrats against the bill. The vote was 65-54.

Rep. Susan Fisher, a Democrat from Asheville, set the tone for the afternoon when she delivered the daily prayer peppered with references to the victims of gun violence.

Republican leaders used procedural maneuvers to bat down a series of amendments offered by Democrats, and eventually shut down the debate with six amendments pending. A final vote in the House is expected on Thursday, which would send the bill to the Senate.

“It will expand opportunities for law-abiding citizens to better protect themselves and their loved ones from harm,” Rep. Chris Millis, a Republican from Hampstead who is the main sponsor of the bill.

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Concealed Carry Holder Stopped ‘Bad Guy’ with Gun, Say Texas Police

Arlington, Texas, Police Department officials (APD) confirmed to Breitbart Texas that the now deceased shooter in Wednesday night’s attack on a sports bar/restaurant was prevented from doing “significant harm causing significant loss of life” by a man with a license to carry a concealed handgun. The gunman entered the restaurant with two “fully loaded handguns” and two knives, according to police.

The gunman, 48-year-old James Jones, entered the Zona Caliente Sports Bar in Arlington Thursday evening and began shouting what witnesses described as “strange and incoherent things,” APD Spokesman Lt. Christopher Cook told Breitbart Texas in a phone interview Thursday. Upon hearing the commotion, restaurant manager Cesar Perez, 37, approached Jones to attempt to calm him down. Cook said at that point, restaurant video revealed that Jones pulled one of his guns and shot Perez, killing him.

Hearing the argument escalating at the other end of the bar, a man having dinner with his wife became concerned that the situation was growing dangerous. He instructed his wife to get on the ground before the shooting began, Cook explained.

When Jones opened fire on Perez, the customer pulled his own handgun from concealment and “engaged the bad guy,” APD said.

“When the suspect was struck the first time,” Lt. Cook explained, “the video shows he appears unaware of where the gunfire is coming from. He turns towards the door, perhaps thinking police have entered, and begins firing multiple shots in that direction.” He said the concealed handgun license holder continued firing until the suspect was no longer a threat.

“The suspect died at the scene,” Cook told Breitbart Texas.

Cook verified the civilian was properly licensed to carry the handgun and the restaurant is one that it is legal for a License to Carry holder to enter (a “blue sign” establishment). He said the shooting will be referred to the Tarrant County grand jury, per normal procedure, but he expects the intervenor will not face any charges.

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Concealed-carrying Air Force reservist sees knife attack

His name Is Brandon Teel. He’s an active duty Air Force Reservist and he was driving hom the other night when he saw what he thought was two kids messing around. When he got closer he saw it was grown men and one was repeatedly stabbing the other.

What happened next has local cops calling him a hero.

“I quickly pulled out my concealed weapon, drew it on him and I said, ‘Stop what your doing, get down on the ground or I’m going to shoot you,’” Teel recalled to KATV-TV.

Austin police found Darren Terry, 47, with three wounds, and he was taken to a hospital. His brother Chris Terry, 30, was arrested and charged with first-degree domestic battery and was being held in jail on a $10,000 bond.

“Lt. Teel is a perfect example of a responsible concealed carry permit holder,” said Chief Bill Duerson. “He acted heroically in the face of extreme danger and avoided a tragedy.”

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NC House approves concealed handgun option for church services on campus

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The state House approved a bill Monday night that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon at certain churches, citing concerns among some church leaders about security.

The lawmaker backing the bill says leaders of a church near her came to her about the issue and were concerned about safety.

But, some pastors say this goes too far and goes against what they preach at church.

It’s typically a tranquil scene at United Church of Chapel Hill, letting people know they are welcome.

But, one thing Reverend Richard Edens says is not welcome: guns.

“Having guns in a Sunday School. What value is that?” Edens said.

The State House voted Monday night 82-34 in support of a bill that could lead to more people carrying a concealed weapon at churches.

Republican Representative Rena Turner says a local church’s leaders approached her after the shooting at Emanuel AME in Charleston.

They said their security team would like to be able to carry a handgun.

“And, after that shooting in Charleston, they were just very concerned about their safety and feeling vulnerable,” Turner said.

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Bill would allow concealed carry guns on UNC, community college campuses

Legislation filed Thursday would allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry their handguns on UNC system and North Carolina community college campuses.

Rep. Kyle Hall, a Republican from King just north of Winston-Salem, said House Bill 251 would make campuses safer by allowing trained firearms holders to carry their weapons. But the legislation is likely to draw complaints from gun control groups and from higher education officials.

“This is just another safeguard to make sure our campuses are safe,” said Hall, a 2012 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and one of four bill sponsors. “Our students and faculty should feel safe when they go on campus.”

NC lawmaker proposes bill that would no longer require permit to carry guns

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Cabarrus County lawmaker introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow North Carolinians to carry a concealed handgun without the need of a concealed carry permit.

House Bill 69, otherwise known as the Constitutional Carry Act, was presented by Republican Representative Larry Pittman. The bill was also sponsored by three additional Republican representatives.

The current concealed carry law in North Carolina requires an applicant to take and pass a safety and training course that involves the actual firing of handguns and understanding of North Carolina gun laws.

READ: House Bill 69

Dan Starks, a longtime gun safety instructor in Charlotte, isn’t worried that the new law will give criminals an easier path to weapons. He says they’ll get them regardless of the laws in place.

“The guns law only affect law abiding citizens,” Starks said.

Starks is concerned, however, that a lack of training and gun safety knowledge could have a negative impact on public safety.

“I think it makes good sense but the question is what kind of training do people have?”

“People carrying a gun without a permit would be like allowing people to drive without having to have a license,” Starks explained. “You get a license because it requires you to learn how to drive, (as well as) the laws. It’s the same thing with a handgun.

“If you’re going to carry a deadly weapon in public, it’s absolutely mandatory that you understand the laws as far as you using it.”

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Cops seized his weapon, so gun shop gave him a new Smith & Wesson .38 Special

While dozens of people dined on fried chicken and Southern vegetables, Billy Harrell was staring down the barrel of a gun.

The 66-year-old manager of the Ole Times Country Buffet in Dublin had noticed two men walking down the sidewalk as he went to his SUV in the parking lot at about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

One of them walked up with a gun and demanded Harrell’s money.

When the Telfair County resident said he didn’t have any, the gunman made him sit in the vehicle as the robber rifled through the console and glove compartment.

The robber grabbed a pistol and some other items from the vehicle and started to leave.

When he turned back around with his gun pointed, Harrell fired a shot from another weapon he had concealed in the car, hitting 21-year-old Devin Wilbert.

“He’s done a good thing,” Harrell’s hometown sheriff, Chris Steverson said.

Down the road, Dublin police quickly arrested Wilbert’s alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Quantavis Jones, who was wearing clothes that matched surveillance images.

Investigators had to take both of Harrell’s guns as evidence, which prompted the sheriff to post Harrell’s plight on Facebook.