Woman Tries to Rob Arby’s Restaurant With a Knife, She Meets a Citizen Armed With a Gun

January 26 2015
by GSL Staff
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A woman in Utah learned the hard way not to bring a knife to a gunfight over the weekend.

According to local media reports:

According to a press release from the Vernal Police Department, officers were dispatched to an Arby’s restaurant at 1141 West Highway 40 to respond to reports of a robbery in progress. Dispatch personnel informed officers that a female had a knife and had demanded money. They later added that there was a male subject inside the restaurant with a handgun.

When police arrived, they took both the male and female into custody. But they, “immediately determined that the male subject had detained the female suspect.” Police later learned that man had entered the store and interrupted the robbery.

While all ended well in this case, this is a good time to point out that a firearm on your person is significantly more useful than a firearm in your vehicle.

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.

This is the 12th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Utah and the 1,388th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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