When two robbers accosted two victims in Marion, Iowa, on Tuesday, an armed citizen intervened and held one of the alleged robbers for police.
The Linn County district attorney’s office told KCRG that John R. Barnett, 66, of Burlington, Iowa, and one accomplice assaulted two victims as they were walking into their apartment. An armed citizen who had witnessed the attack stepped in and held Barnett at gunpoint until police arrived. The accomplice escaped with one victim’s wallet. Barnett was charged with second-degree robbery.
Police Sgt. Lance Miller said, “A person has a right to defend themselves, they have a right to defend their property, and if you’re carrying a firearm and you feel threatened and the circumstance dictates, then you certainly have the right to utilize that firearm ... at the end of the day it’s whether or not the person with the firearm feels that their life was threatened.”
Florida Lawmakers Seek To Lift Campus Carry Ban
Although legislation ending Florida’s ban on the Right to Carry on college campuses was stalled by a senate committee chairman who refused to hear it this year, its Senate and House sponsors—Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, and Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota—have refiled the bill for consideration when the statehouse re-convenes in January, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Florida led the nation’s Right to Carry revolution when it restored that freedom in 1987. Since then, dozens of states have restored the Right to Carry, and 1.4 million Florida residents over age 21 have obtained permits to do so. However, Florida law still bans the Right to Carry on college and university campuses.
As former NRA President Marion Hammer points out, women shouldn’t be forced to surrender their right to defend themselves simply because they want an education.
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