Concealed Carrier Stops Bat Wielding Attacker in Walmart

April 15 2015
by GSL Staff
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Source: yakimaherald.com Archive: WebCite.org

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A Washington man found out that you don’t bring a baseball bat to a gunfight. A concealed carrier was able to defend himself from a man in a Walmart who grabbed a baseball bat and began to assault him in front of his children.

According to local media reports:

A 32-year-old man who was shopping with at least three children at a Yakima Wal-Mart was the victim of an unprovoked assault when a stranger picked up a metal tee-ball bat and struck him, according to Yakima police.

The victim was not injured, but he did have a concealed weapons permit, which he immediately put to use, police said.

A store security officer reported hearing a man in the sporting goods department yelling “Get on the ground!” and found one man pointing a pistol at another, who was lying on the floor.

Police arrived a short time later and arrested the 30-year-old suspect, who remains in Yakima County jail in lieu of $30,000 bail set Monday.

This incident is the most common type of defensive gun use. That is, one in which no shots were fired and no one was hurt. Despite this being the most common type of defensive gun use, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

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