Episode 1: Why Gun Owners Are Facing Felonies When They Prevent Crimes


Do you see yourself as someone who would intervene to stop a crime? We've been studying the potential legal consequences that can come when gun owners cross a very simple and hard line that can get them charged with felonies. The main topic of this episode is to explore the ins and outs of when a citizens arrest or an act of legal self defense can cross the line into felony charges.

News Shared In This Episode

  • Political – Antonin Scalia has died. Huge blow for gun rights supporters (Washington Examiner)
  • Industry – NRA Basic Pistol Course now blended (NRA Blog Post)
  • Justified – Didural Sarder stops a violent attack in front of the GM Tech Building in Detroit Michigan

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Thanks for Listening!

Thanks so much for joining us this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below?

About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. Steve G on February 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Great 1st podcast, guys! You covered a lot of stuff regarding self-defense that I wasn’t aware of. Great advice on when to call 911.

    Subscribing to the podcast now.

    • Riley Bowman on February 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Awesome! Thanks so much for listening! It wouldn’t be possible without support from people like you!

  2. Ken on February 17, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Jacob I’v talked to you when I went through the CCW course you put out. But haven’t
    heard from Larry. I did get a lot of info that I wasn’t aware of before and after the
    the CCW course. Keep it up.
    Thanks Ken

  3. Daniel on February 17, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Good first session, any chance of posting a downloadable MP3?

    • Riley Bowman on February 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Daniel, we appreciate the feedback, but we think you’d really like it if you subscribed using one of the options below the player. This way you won’t ever miss an episode!

  4. Wolfman W on February 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Very much needed information. Thanks for bringing this information out as it will prevent innocent victims from becoming criminals. Keep up the great work!

    • Riley Bowman on February 17, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Glad to have provided some value to you! Keep on listening, much more GREAT stuff to come!

  5. David on February 18, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Thank you for this important info. Greatly needed advice on self-defense and CCW training.
    Prevention of crimes and pre 911 are a necessity! Thanks again. David

    • Riley Bowman on February 19, 2016 at 1:31 am

      Thanks for listening, David. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss any of our weekly episodes!!

  6. Fred Ziffel on February 19, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Obama does not get to “appoint” a Supreme Court Justice. He gets to nominate a candidate for the seat. The Nominee must be voted in as Supreme Court Justice by the US Senate. There are several nominations available.

    • Riley Bowman on February 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      You are correct, my apologies if in the “heat of the moment” of producing our first unscripted podcast we were not semantically correct. Thanks for listening!

  7. Joe on February 19, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Wow! That was alot of great information! Thank you guys for doing this and I will be copying the link to our security team and will be meeting to discuss the podcast.

    • Riley Bowman on February 20, 2016 at 1:34 am

      Thanks, Joe, glad it was helpful for you (and your team). Please do continue to give us feedback, and we would also greatly appreciate you leaving a review on iTunes if that’s where you’re downloading from.

  8. Warren on February 20, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Very nice show I look forward to many more.

    • Riley Bowman on February 20, 2016 at 1:34 am

      Thanks, Warren!

  9. Paul Oberley on February 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Thank you for the info…I am a Utah resident. good stuff to bear in mind, if and when and hopefully never get caught in this situation. A city policeman was recently assaulted by a felon in Salt Lake. Bad guy took a swing with a lawn ornament and bout took the officers ear off. I would have been ticked. A human response. To bad his fellow officer didn’t step in quickly when the assaulted officer hit the felon with his club. A human Reaction. hopefully the cop will not be reprimanded in any way.
    Paul Oberley, retired

  10. Ted on February 21, 2016 at 11:42 am

    This is great, important info, please continue with future episodes!

  11. Lloyd on February 21, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I really would like to recieve your output on these topics but, I do not not do advanced electronics (pod cast) well. Could I read it in the form of an email? thanx

    • Jacob Paulsen on February 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Lloyd, the podcast will always be published here on our site and you can read our notes and listen via your computer browser or phone browser. We don’t have any plans to transcribe the audio into text and make it available.

  12. Tammy on February 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Awesone show Riley and Paul. What you guys discussed was beneficial and I’m sure most would agree. It makes perfect sense.. I, personally, hope I may never find myself in such a situation, however if I were I would use my sense and logic to defuse the situation, first and foremost, without having to draw a firearm or make a deadly threat as that, not only, could have criminating consequences but could also have deadly consequences. I aim to make conscious decosions. Always a great idea to look around and be aware of our environment and careful as to who we associate with.. Thanks for the educating info. GOD Bless. Have a blessed day and stay encouraged.

  13. Bill McGraw on February 21, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Read carefully your state law of concealed permit and/or without permit in re to protecting yourself, someone in an attack, robbery or otherwise crime. You cannot hold someone, a burglar or face kidnapping charges, cannot shoot or at someone fleeing a crime scene or face felony assault/battery charges. Call 911 and when the police arrive, put the gun down on the ground and put hands up, do not admit anything beyond 911 call, prepare to be handcuffed and booked. Be respectful to police. When necessary, call your lawyer.

  14. Bruce Luedeman on February 22, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Good info and Best Wishes for future programs. The one thing I stress to CCW students in my current classes is their first responsibility is to get them self safely home to their families. The safety and future wellbeing of spouse and kids should be the deciding factor as to attempting to stop an in progress felony. Police officers are trained to go toward a problem; not a wise decision for a civilian. I am a retired Police Officer.

    A question for Riley: any relation to Tom Bowman? I worked with him at the Thornton, Colorado Police Department back in the 70’s.

  15. Mark Smith on March 11, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Nice podcast. Just subscribed under iTunes and I am listening to the backlog to catch-up. Lots of info.

    I think this podcast was the one where Jacob talked about the money belt he wore. He said he had not found a good money/gun belt. One of my Christmas presents this year was a belt available from the NRA store. It is a money belt and has a polymer internal reinforcement. I have been wearing it daily and find it does a great job. Might want to check it out NRA Cash n Carry Holster Belt ( http://www.nrastore.com/sportswear/belts-and-buckles/nra-cash-n-carry-holster-money-belt ).

    Looking forward to future podcasts. Keep up the good work.

    • Jacob Paulsen on March 11, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you!!

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