4 Examples of the Right to Bear Arms Outside the Home

posted on March 20, 2024
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After nearly two years, gun-ban advocates still haven’t been able to accept the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bruen decision, which, among other things, affirmed the right of lawful Americans to carry a firearm outside the home for self-defense.

In fact, many would like to see concealed carry outlawed, despite the fact that doing so would leave law-abiding Americans disarmed when not at home, while criminals would still have their guns with them anywhere and anytime they choose.

Here are armed citizens who recently used their firearms to save themselves from violent criminals away from their homes, and who are thankful that they had the freedom and means with which to do so.

On February 26, the manager of a Denver, Colo., commercial construction site noticed two people who appeared to be burglarizing the site. When he confronted them , the pair attacked him, prompting him to draw his gun and shoot them both, local news outlets reported.

The manager then waited until police arrived. One of the assailants died at the scene, and the other died later at a local hospital.

On February 19, a courier in Swansea, Mass., was making a drop at BayCoast Bank when he was approached by two men. According to local news, the robbers showed him a gun and demanded that he give them the money he was delivering.

The courier pulled his sidearm and fired two shots at the men, who quickly left in a U-Haul. The courier was not hurt, and the money was not taken.

Less than a week before the Massachusetts self-defense incident, a man was sleeping in his truck in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Harris County, Texas, when an armed man entered his truck and, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, tried to rob him. An ABC 13 report indicated law enforcement believed the man was apparently burglarizing a number of vehicles in the parking lot.

The intrusion woke the sleeping man, who shot the intruder several times. The suspect died at the scene. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the burglary suspect had a firearm in his pocket, along with a large screwdriver they believe he had used to help him break into several other cars before selecting the pickup as his next target.

The week prior to the Texas incident, a Pennsylvania man used his legally carried firearm to protect himself and his 12-year-old son. According to news reports, the man was having his car repaired at a mechanic shop when a man outside began firing into the shop apparently trying to hit the mechanic.

The armed citizen ran when he heard the shots, then noticed his child was not with him. When he ran outside looking for the boy, he found that he had been hit, and quickly drew his firearm and fired shots at the attacker, scaring him off. The boy was treated and released at a nearby hospital. Police are still looking for the attacker.


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