I just read a story in the news about a foiled robbery attempt where a concealed carry permit holder intervened and stopped the crime. It made me pause and reflect on the types of decisions with which anyone who carries a concealed gun can face in a moment’s notice.

On a Tuesday morning at about 9:45am, a man walked into a Dekalb County, Georgia Dollar General Store. At the time, the store was relatively quiet, with four or five other customers in the free-standing building. The man pulled a gun, pointed it at the two cashiers on duty, and demanded money.

A customer with a concealed firearm was in the back of the store and heard the commotion at the front counter. The customer moved to the front of the store where he saw the robber pointing a gun at the clerk’s face. One of the two employees was handing money to the robber at the time. The customer drew his weapon and fired several times, killing the robbery suspect. Police said that the armed citizen acted as a Good Samaritan and do not have plans to file charges.

Details are sketchy. We don’t know exactly what the robber said. We don’t know the position of the robber relative to the front counter and cash registers. It’s unclear whether other customers were in the immediate vicinity and if they were being threatened directly. We don’t know if the robber saw the armed customer approaching. If so, we don’t know what might have been said by either party.

Let’s be clear. The intent here isn’t to pass judgement, but to examine the “what-if” possibilities for the benefit of improved self-defense preparation. With that said, a report like this brings up important questions. If you carry a gun for personal protection, these are the types of things you need to contemplate before you’re involved in such a situation.

Read the rest: Concealed Carry Case Study: A Retail Store Robbery