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The Armed Citizen® | Connecticut

The Armed Citizen® | Connecticut

Connecticut, nicknamed the Constitution State, is home to a number of people who hold our founding document dear—particularly the one amendment that makes all the others possible. Below are five accounts of individuals who learned firsthand how important it is that their right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.”

A 67-year-old man was at his home in New Haven, Conn., when he heard a suspicious noise. The homeowner went to investigate, first spotting a screen that had been forced open, then a naked intruder. A struggle ensued, during which the homeowner was able to retreat to another floor and retrieve a handgun. The homeowner then went back to confront the criminal and ordered the man to leave. When the home invader refused, another altercation ensued, during which the homeowner shot the criminal in the chest. The home invader was taken to a local hospital where he was listed as in critical condition. (The Milford Mirror, Milford, Conn., 07/23/12; The New Haven Register, New Haven, Conn., 07/27/12)

A pair of armed criminals entered Babe’s Market convenience store in New Haven, Conn., and demanded money from the owner and a customer. The 22-year-old store owner, Karar Jawad, explained to the local media what happened next, stating, “They had a gun to the customer. When they had a gun to the customer, they said to me ‘Give me your money.’ I had my gun over here, so I pulled it out slowly and he pointed the gun right here on my chest and I let off shots, a couple. They took off.” One of the robbers turned up a short time later at a local hospital, suffering from a chest wound. Jawad purchased the .40-caliber pistol he used to thwart the robbery after his father was robbed at their store last year. After police notified Jawad that due to an investigation it could be some time before he gets his pistol back, Jawad made clear that he wouldn’t wait and plans to get a new one. (WTNH, New Haven, Conn., 11/30/11; The New Haven Independent, New Haven, Conn., 11/30/11)

An armed robber entered Peking Chinese Restaurant in Bridgeport, Conn., and ordered food while an accomplice waited outside. As an employee opened the cash register, the criminal drew a gun and attempted to steal the cash. When the owner, sitting at a nearby table, noticed the robbery occurring, he retrieved a gun and shot the robber in the chest. The pair of criminals fled in nearby car, but only made it four blocks before crashing. The wounded criminal was found dead at the scene of the wreck. The restaurant owner has a carry permit and has not been charged. (The Connecticut Post, Bridgeport, Conn., 09/27/10)

When a man armed with a 6-inch survival-type knife told the operator of a West Willington, Conn., liquor store to leave his store, that they were "going for a ride," the 59-year-old storekeeper complied. But when the knife-wielding robber demanded his money, the operator reached into his shirt and drew a .45 semi-automatic pistol, then ordered the man to leave his car. The man dropped his knife and fled. (The Herald, New Britain, Conn., 11/10/87)

Hearing noises in the early morning hours behind a restaurant next door, a Hamden, Conn., citizen, Salvatore Amendola, got his 12-ga. shotgun and went to investigate while his wife called the police. When Amendola saw two men trying to break in the restaurant's back door, he ordered them not to move. Both the thugs tried to run, and Amendola fired one shot in the air. One intruder kept running, but the other stood meekly until police arrived. (The Register, New Haven, Conn., 11/1/64)