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Open Carry Gun Owner Has Gun Stolen From Behind

I'm in support of Open Carry as part of our constitutional right to keep and bear arms but as a daily means of carrying a firearm I preferred to do so concealed. I think there is one man in Phoenix that will be carrying concealed from now on. While standing in line at a local McDonalds, a man who was open carrying his handgun was approached from behind by the suspect who proceeded to draw the firearm and flee out of the restaurant.

Photo Courtesy of Silent Witness

Photo Courtesy of Silent Witness

Filing that police report had to make the day worse for that gun owner. Carrying openly can make you a target for a variety of different crimes so mind your surroundings and don't become complacent. Also as a general piece of advice I would avoid McDonalds…

Silent Witness is looking to the public for help identifying a man who stole a gun from a man in line at a Phoenix McDonalds, officials said.

On April 7, at Southern and Central Avenues the suspect approached a man ordering from behind before taking the pistol from the man's back pocket and running from the restaurant, according to Silent Witness spokesman Sgt. Jamie Rothschild.

The victim then chased the suspect in an attempt to retrieve his stolen gun but the thief turned around and pointed the pistol at the victim before fleeing, according to Rothschild.

The suspect is described as a black male between 18 and 25 years of age, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. (Source)

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11 Responses to Open Carry Gun Owner Has Gun Stolen From Behind

  1. Matthew May 21, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    I agree that carrying concealed is preferable. If someone wants to open carry, I would highly recommend only doing so with a holster with a level of retention, for this specific reason. Thanks for a great article!

  2. Edgar May 23, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

    When I took the CCW class, the Instructor presented this scenario: You are in whatever store open-carrying, and some people come in with the intention of robbing the place. If/when they see you open-carrying, what are they going to do? They probably will take you out if at all possible (you are a threat to their success), and then proceed to rob the place. My understanding of this is the fact that open-carry can/will make me a target.

  3. Lynner May 23, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    Gun Owners are supposed to be “responsible” gun owners whether carrying concealed or open. How stupid can you be to have the gun in your back pocket and be out in public. This is stupid behaviour is what gives our community a ‘bad name.’ Ditto on the holster with a retention strap. Makes me wonder if he was licensed.

    • Ron May 23, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

      I don’t know about Arizona but in North Carolina, no license is required to carry open (only concealed)

  4. WhoCares May 23, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

    Concealed is the best way.

  5. Ken S May 23, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    He’s lucky he only lost his gun.

  6. BillyBob Texas May 23, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    S T U P I D >>>>>>>>

  7. Ron May 23, 2016 at 10:04 pm #

    It is easy to get down on someone else but, The fact is, this can happen easily with open carry and without a retention holster. It can even happen with a concealed holster if you aren’t careful. This underscores the need to be aware of who and what is around you at all times. When carrying, we must absolutely be in condition yellow at all times. This requires continual practice in controlling our mental state. Anyone who thinks he is such a cowboy that he doesn’t need to be concerned with such things is (likely) in for a very unpleasant surprise at some point in his life!

  8. Lawrence Muhr May 23, 2016 at 11:26 pm #

    I only use the drive-up window and McDonalds. There are too many people around and you can’t keep track of your environment.

  9. Mark ruby May 24, 2016 at 5:39 am #

    I carry concealed in the pocket everyday this is my preferred method of caring. Ikaria Taurus 738 380 auto most of the time on occasion I carry a Ruger LCR 357 Magnum but most of the time I carried a 380 this is my preferred method of Carry is concealed. and I carry concealed only concealed

  10. Jay June 1, 2016 at 5:39 am #

    When I was a law enforcement officer working for the Feds I never felt comfortable standing in line to purchase something at a store with my firearm on. (I did not have a uniform and worked plain clothes and 98% of the time had my firearm concealed). Normally if I had my firearm in clear view (I had my badge on my belt or around my neck on a chain and was going to the field office for firearms training) on a holster I always kept an eye on my surroundings. I also had a habit of resting my elbow on my weapon as well.

    I have debated back and forth with other like minded instructors. Some like the idea of open carry and some don’t. Well I’m on the side of I don’t like it. Most (a very high percentage) of private citizens have never had weapons retention training and this is scary if people are carrying openly. My opinion is if your going to open carry is to purchase a level 2 retention holster or higher. Also you shoildntake some sort of retention training from an instructor.

    (Excuse and typos, spelling and grammar mistakes)

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