[Video] Retired Marine Uses Concealed Handgun to Stop Suspected Kidnapping of His Young Daughter

June 19 2014
by GSL Staff
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Source: krem.com Archive: WebCite.org

It was a scary situation for retired marine Anthony Broyles as he was trying to spend some time with his young daughter near Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho.

Broyles said a man attempted to sneak up behind him with a knife in what he believes was an attempt to kidnap his daughter.

Fortunately, Broyles had started carrying a firearm for protection earlier this year. His gun of choice, a Ruger LCP in .380ACP.

According to KREM,

Broyles said a man came towards them with a knife as they looked towards the lake.

“I turned around and there was a guy that was sneaking up on me…probably about 15 feet behind me and he asked me if I had any money,” said Broyles.

Broyles obtained an Idaho concealed weapons permit in 2014. He said he pulled out his gun.

“I pushed my daughter back, pulled out my weapon, cocked it and aimed it at him,” said Broyles.

The message was received loud and clear by the would be assailant who backed down. While this incident turned out OK this time, hopefully Mr. Broyles will start carrying with one in the chamber. Modern handguns are designed to be carried this way and nearly all firearms instructors teach this practice.

This is the 3rd defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state Idaho and the 1,180th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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.

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