Another Open Carry Fail—Criminal Takes Gun From Man in Columbus, Ohio

In August, a Columbus, Ohio gas station, a man had his handgun stolen while he was paying the cashier. The criminal took the gun from the unsuspecting customer, fled the scene and the police have not apprehended the now armed suspect. This incident begs a conversation about open carry vs concealed carry.

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Gun Disarm Incident in Columbus, Ohio —

Columbus Police say that on August 24th, around 10:00 PM, at a gas station in the 600 block of East Hudson Street, a criminal stole a handgun from the victim while he payed the cashier. Local ABC News 6 reported that the police state:

The victim was standing at the counter when the suspect reached into the victim’s pocket and stole a handgun. The suspect then fled on foot.

Have you seen the man in the red shirt? Police say he stole another person's gun while in line at a gas station. (Columbus police)

Based on the police statement, the victim was carrying the gun “in his pocket.” It isn't clear if he carried the gun in a pocket holster, or his pocket was the holster. The victim may not have been ‘technically' open carrying his handgun, but it was visible. I'm not sure the victim's intent to conceal the gun or not matters much, Other than an opportunity to mention two things.

First, that you should always carry a gun in a proper holster. Here is one example of what can happen when you don't.


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Second, that if you intend to carry concealed, you need to ensure the gun is…concealed.

Open Carry Gun Disarms Happen —

This isn't the only incident where a criminal took a gun from an unsuspecting victim. For example, in this video we see a criminal take a gun from a victim by force. Here are just a couple more incidents similar to this recent one in Ohio.

Stolen Off Carrier’s Hip, And Prevention Tips

Suspect who stole gun from man open carrying at Detroit gas station arrested for unrelated crime

I know some will say that millions of people open carry every day, and I am just cherry picking a few stories to confirm my bias against open carry. It may be true to say the number of guns taken from open carriers is low. However, the number of guns taken from concealed carriers is even lower. What I mean is that although I've searched, I haven't found an incident where a criminal disarmed a person who carried their gun concealed.

suspect physically dominates victim improper concealed carry of a gun

Improper concealed carry is practically not much different from open carry.

Another Disarm Caught on Video —

Here is a separate incident caught on video. Don't blink, it happens quick folks. Once your gun is gone, what is your response?

Some Considerations —

We don't want to provide any criminal with a free gun, but there is even more to worry about. Someone willing to steal a gun from your hip may also be willing to use it against you or anyone else. Here is one incident where that is exactly what happened.

It's important to consider your physical condition as well. In this video, we see an older man carrying his handgun openly. If you were a violent predator, would you consider this man your prey?

I am not a fan of open carry. It's not a “rights” issue, it is a tactical and practical decision. But, supposing it is legal to do so, you may still choose to open carry. If you do, at least consider comparing the answers to the following questions to any benefits of open carry.

Oh, and this one just happened recently in Memphis, TN: Man’s gun stolen from holster while waiting in gas station line

If you're interested in a couple more, here is another one where the criminal stole the gun and used it against him. Man Disarmed And Shot With Own Handgun in Parking Lot. Getting shot is horrible. Getting shot with your own gun, even more so.

Open Carry Questions:

One More Example for Good Measure:

Help for Finding an Alternative to Open Carry —

If you choose to open carry for comfort or ease of draw, consider this course called Holsters Concealment and Carry Positions. This is the most thorough course that breaks down the pros and cons of different carry methods, as well as the attributes of a holster that provide for adjustment and ultimate comfort and concealment.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is asked to contact Det. Miles at either (614) 645-2090 or jm****@co************.org. Another option is to call Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS.

About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. Clark Kent on October 7, 2023 at 9:41 pm

    I call open carry the ‘free gun zone’. All it takes is someone behind you to club you over the head or one suspect to distract you while his partner clubs you over the head. And no one has eyes in the back of their head. As stupid as going through a car wash with your convertible top down.

    • Turbopumper on October 11, 2023 at 4:02 pm

      Consider your Situational Awareness… no need for eyes in back of head, but keep your head on a swival.

      • Clark Kent on October 11, 2023 at 10:45 pm

        Does your head swivel 360 degrees?

  2. Helene (Ohio) on October 11, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    It is wonderful to have the freedom to open carry but, as with many things that are legal, just because you can doesn’t mean that you should.

    • Trbopumper on October 11, 2023 at 4:10 pm

      That’s a personal decision on a case-by-case basis. With the right holster, SA and mentality, it can be a great deterrent while offering an unfettered draw. Otherwise, carry concealed or call and wait for law enforcement—if you’re able. Remember, a crime can occur and be over in moments—and law enforcement are minutes away (maybe?).

      • Clark Kent on October 11, 2023 at 10:44 pm

        ‘Deterrent’? To what? And how, exactly, are CCW and waiting for law enforcement related? Are you suggesting one must wait for police to arrive before you can draw your concealed handgun?

  3. Mike in a Truck on October 15, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    A martial arts foundation is important to have.Awarness is most important of all. If shady characters are about it’s best to leave the area or dont go there in the first place. Theres a certain demographic in this country that if present should put one on high alert- Sorry thire behavior has done this to themselves. I open carry while hunting but I always have a backup. I rarely open carry otherwise but when I do I’ll carry a backup. Take my gun get a bullet.

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