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Here Are 5 Times Concealed Carriers Have Stopped Mass Shootings


We’ve seen our fair share of tragedy over the last decade.  Mass shootings, the loss of life, the cracking of the very fabric of society… Sometimes it’s hard to come up with solutions to these problems.  But what if a solution already existed — and best of all, it worked?

It does.  It’s called carrying a concealed firearm every day.

In this article, we’re going to highlight just five recent situations that could have resulted in far worse violence had a concealed carrier not been present and able to defend himself and others.  These situations all highlight a simple truth: the best response to a mass shooter is a well-armed, law-abiding concealed carrier.


CASE 1: Winnemucca Bar Shootings

In May of 2008, a 48-year-old patron was frequenting his favorite bar some 160 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada, when a disgruntled Ernesto Villagomez, 30, entered the bar and opened fire indiscriminately upon an estimated 300 people.  Two people were immediately struck by the gunfire and fell.  The valid concealed carrier took out his pistol and fatally shot Villagomez before the gunman could proceed any further.  He was initially taken into custody but later released after the Humboldt County District Attorney determined it was a justifiable homicide.  Both shooting victims were able to be evacuated and receive life-saving medical care.


CASE 2: Uber Driver Critically Wounds Chicago Gunman

In a story we covered earlier in the year, a Chicago Uber Driver saw Everardo Custodio, 22, open fire on a crowd milling about Logan Square.  The driver, 47, took out his concealed carry pistol and judiciously hit Custodio several times — disabling him from further engaging bystanders.  Chicago police arrived to find Ernesto struck several times from gunshot wounds originating from the driver.  The driver was released without charges.  No bystanders were hit by bullets and no other injuries were reported in connection with this event.


CASE 3: Philly Barbershop Under Attack — Concealed Carrier To The Rescue

Another “concealed carry in action” story we covered involved a concealed carrier who came to the rescue after a man took out his gun and opened fire on customers and barbers.  The fight was the result of an argument which spiralled out of control and the man who took out his gun and opened fire in an establishment which also had children inside.  A concealed carrier heard the gunshots and fatally shot the gunman in the chest.  No one else was injured due to gunfire.

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CASE 4: Gunman Shoots Patrons, Runs, Returns To Concealed Carrier

In a vicious case involving the death of one man and the critical injury of another, a Luzerne gunman was sentenced to serve 25 to 50 years only after he was stopped by a concealed carrier in the bar.  According to court records, William Allabaugh was asked to leave a Plymouth bar in September of 2012, after he was spotted with a gun.  He shot a man in the bar and then ran outside and fatally shot another.  It was then that video surveillance shows he turned around to go back inside.  Thankfully, there was a concealed carrier there waiting to take him out — and that’s precisely what happened.

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“The video footage and the evidence reveals that Mr. Allabaugh had turned around and was reapproaching the bar. Mr. Kiter [the concealed carrier] then acted, taking him down. We believe that it could have been much worse that night,” [Luzerne County A.D.A. Jarrett] Ferentino said.


CASE 5: Churchgoers Stop Gunman Before He Can Do Harm

This is what all concealed carriers hope for — the peaceful resolution of a potentially violent conflict.  In March of 2012, 38-year-old Jesse Gates showed up to the South Side Free Will Baptist Church in Boiling Springs with a shotgun after having left the church earlier in the morning.  Aaron Guyton, the pastor’s grandson and a concealed carry permit holder, noticed Gates’ pickup truck return to the parking lot.  He saw him take out a shotgun from the back.  That’s when he alerted other members of the church and went out the back.  Church members locked the doors and sheltered in place while Guyton moved around the periphery to flank Gates.  According to Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright, Guyton operated clearly by the book.

“He locked the door, and they were calling 911 at the same time. He didn’t draw his weapon or make any actions towards this gentleman until he forced the issue,” Wright said.

Gates was successfully taken down by the pastor’s grandson and several other churchmembers without any shots being fired.  No injuries were reported as a result of the incident and both Gates and his sister were charged with aggravated assault.

This is just a small sample of a number of situations handled successfully through the use of a concealed carrier in the right place, at the right time, and with the right mindset.

While it’s impossible to know when and where danger will rear its ugly head, this much is certain: you can either leave your life to chance or you can be willing to take an active role in protecting yourself and other members of your community.

About G. Halek | View all posts by G. Halek

GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun…

GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 26 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his Sig Sauer SP2022 in a Dara Holsters Appendix IWB holster.

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  • dragos111

    The gun grabbers always say, “If we can save just one life.” They totally ignore the number of lives that would be saved by lawful concealed carriers if they were present.

    Seems to me that more lives are saved by concealed carry than the “one life that could be saved” by banning guns and carriers.

    • Forest Dewberry

      I tend to be pretty liberal in my views, but I completely agree with you here.

    • lafer

      These are hardly recent, but since they’re using old data, in 2011 there were 591 deaths from “accidental” shootings, 102 of which were under 18. This doesn’t come close to deaths by guns used in domestic violence deaths. A loaded concealed weapon is more likely to be used in homicide, suicide or accidental shootings than preventing a mass shooting.

      • calbeck357

        Since you’re expanding beyond just counting mass shootings, the reality is that a loaded weapon — concealed or not — is more likely to be used to prevent or stop a crime, including homicides.

        I myself, without having had to kill anyone, have defended successfully against two groups of wilding gangbangers on separate occasions, simply by showing I had a firearm and was willing to use it. In both cases, the gangbangers fled the scene, (despite one of them having already pulled a shotgun in one instance, whereas in the other case just one of them outmassed me by 50%+). Without a firearm to defend myself, I would have been beaten up or shot, and in both cases it would have been because the gangbangers thought it would be fun.

        And before you trot out the usual “Rambo” nonsense, the police I called told me in one instance that if I had shot, I needed to shoot to kill. Not wound, no warning shots, because the Tucson city prosecutors — who are virulently anti-gun, along with most of the Tucson city government — would otherwise charge me with “reckless endangerment”. Their logic? “If you don’t shoot to kill, you must not really believe your life is in danger.”

        Anti-gun nuts have made America’s streets more deadly by forcing citizens to kill rather than scare off or wound if they fire any shots.

      • dragos111

        The count of Defensive Gun Uses is much higher than the stats you show. They, however, are simply ignored. Guns are used thousands of times each year to stop crimes, to defuse a dangerous situation. Without those carriers doing what they are doing, the rate of violent crime would be much higher, as would the body count.

  • Katrina

    Yes, gun grabbers completely ignore facts. We hear of the 6,7 victims in one mass shooting over and over, sensationalized by media, but don’t hear of the many shootings that DON’T happen due to concealed carry.

    • bjensen

      Because if a ccw holder stops a (potential) mass shooting, it isn’t a mass shooting, so the anti’s will always claim that no ccw holder has ever stopped a mass shooting (ie: liberal logic)

      • Katrina

        That, too. Lovely the way they can twist facts to fit their agenda.

  • TheTopMostDog

    Best to not mention permitted gun owners going haywire, even if they were stopped by other gun owners. Pro gun-control guys would drool over “but if there were NO GUNS ALLOWED”. Le, sigh.

  • Jay Saxton

    Don’t forget December 10 2007 New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Six shot, but concealed carrier prevented more carnage.

    • James England

      When I was writing this article, I was surprised to read how many scenarios that could have ended in outright tragedy were averted by the presence of someone who also had a gun and was equally committed to protecting themselves and those around them. It was an encouraging article to investigate.

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  • Jaci Frost

    What if you don’t want to live in Deadwood,Tombstone or Dodge City?What if you see the need to carry guns every where simply a sign that America is stuck in the past?If concealed Carry is such a good solution why does not every First World Nation Have it?By the way, how many mass shootings do another First world Nations without Concealed carry have compared to America?If their law abiding Citizens are unarmed, why are they not always afraid of being victimized?

    • Michael Myers

      Leaving aside the fact that you are a pussy-ass little bitch, your reference to Deadwood, Tombstone, etc indicates that you are also a dumb fuck with no knowledge of history.

  • Dennis Fritz

    This is all well and good as far as it goes, but it is basically just anecdotal evidence. Opponents of conceal carry could just as easily hand-pick five examples of crime committed by people with conceal-carry permits to “prove” their point. The best evidence is that conceal-carry just doesn’t have that much impact on mass shootings one way or the other.