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This One Woman Is Ruining Concealed Carry For Everyone: Don’t Be Like Her


It’s not everyday that we hear of an armed citizen stepping out of line with their firearm, and that’s a good thing. In fact, it’s extremely rare. However when we do see it, it causes problems not only for that concealed carrier, but for concealed carriers everywhere.

If you’re unaware of the recent story, here’s a quick catch-me-up:

The shooting happened in the store’s parking lot at around 2 p.m., when Home Depot security was chasing a shoplifter in his 40s who jumped into a waiting dark SUV, said Lt. Jill McDonnell, an Auburn Hills police spokeswoman.

But when the SUV began to pull away, a 48-year-old woman suddenly began firing shots at the fleeing vehicle. The vehicle escaped – but possibly has a flat tire, McDonnell said.

The yet to be identified woman is making bad headlines everywhere, and it’s creating a discussion that hinders the cause. Why would a legal gun owner fire in public towards a fleeing suspect? In this case, the suspect doesn’t seem to have ever been a threat to the woman and in that case, you simply let him run off into the sunset. While he’s running off, your job as a witness is to gather as much information as you can about the suspect, the vehicle, and anything else that could help police with their investigation.

In case I haven’t been clear yet: You do not draw your firearm and fire at a fleeing suspect that is of no threat to yourself or others.

“It’s my worst nightmare as a [concealed pistol license] instructor,” Doreen Hankins told the Detroit Free Press. “You have to know the entire situation before you pull that handgun out. And I don’t see that a shoplifter at Home Depot fills any of those criteria.”


The Country as a whole has been undergoing monumental changes in the world of concealed carry, and it’s leaning towards us. For the first time in a while, citizens are seeking out permits to lawfully arm themselves. They’re tired of being victims, and they want to ensure the safety of their families and themselves.

One person can ruin that, trust me.

When the media latches on to a story such as this one –and they do– it can have devastating consequences to the topic as a whole, regardless of how short-lived the event is. This incident will be brought up in gun debates for years. Just watch.

What’s the best thing to take away from this irresponsible gun owner’s story? Know the laws, and know how to properly react to a situation. It’s why we pose hypothetical situations now and then; to see what people would/should do in certain situations.

The truth is this: If you’re going to carry a gun, it is your responsibility to know when –and when not– to use it. This woman will be lucky if she isn’t charged with a crime but if you ask me, she should be. Holding irresponsible parties responsible for their actions is important for all of us.

A person who holds a concealed pistol license can only use the weapon if they think there is imminent danger of death, great bodily harm or sexual assault, Legally Armed Detroit firearms trainer Rick Ector told the newspaper, calling a gun “truly a tool of last resort.”

Everyone that messes up in a way such as this needs to be held accountable.

About Brandon Curtis | View all posts by Brandon Curtis

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Richard R Beck

    Are you in immediate danger? No? Don’t pull your gun out. Her license should be revoked at the very least, so very irresponsible.

    • Ray Houthuysen

      Discharge of a firearm in a public place,reckless endangerment, felony firearm use and whatever the Prosecutor can dream up will be lodged against her. Very possible mandatory 2 years prison. Loss of all 2A Rights. No more Carry, no more ownership even at home.

  • War Hammer

    Being a carrier, I think this woman should be charged with everything the DA can come up with. There should be no question about it. She acted outside of her training.

  • Rodney Campbell

    What BS, she is not ruining cc for everyone. Sounds like the reporter is way to liberal to be on your site. Yeah she did something crazy, but even had she been in danger liberals would have tried to make her look like the villian.

    • If the liberal media twists a story, that’s on them. But this story needed no slant from liberals. What the liberal media doesn’t report, but Brandon did, is that among concealed-carry permit holders these kinds of incidents are extremely rare.

  • Bill Redding

    I’m going to have to disagree with everyone here…

    In principle, I’m behind this woman 100% — I wonder if she’s single/available? I mean, after she gets out of jail? ;-)

    Criminals should be shot coming or going, however the “victim” sees fit. As long as care is taken to avoid “collateral damage” to others and property — just do it: Shoot.

    …because contrary to popular (but incredibly ignorant) public belief, NO, not ALL life is sacred — LOTS of it out there is just plain trash. It’s ALWAYS been that way, since Day One. So don’t get too bothered having to shoot it, especially since for sure they don’t care about YOUR life, and would shoot YOU in a heartbeat.

    Criminals START the confrontation/aggression, and so THEY clearly have identified themselves as criminals (no need to make any judgement, they’ve proved it already) so THEY don’t decide when it’s over, the VICTIM makes that call. And the victim SHOULD be able to do WHATEVER he/she wants once presented with an in-your-face criminal(s): (A) Scare them away, (B) hold them for police, or (C) shoot them dead on the spot. With NO ONE — “the authorities” or we other citizens — second-guessing his/her personal choice of response. WE weren’t there, it’s not OUR call.

    But sadly, “the law” says otherwise (all stand and reverently hail “the law,” even bad laws, like good brainwashed & trained droids do) — so she’s in trouble.

    Perhaps in a new and no-nonsense America, laws will be heavily sided FOR the citizen and AGAINST the criminal (“Open Season” on crime wherever it’s found), and crime will be the MOST hazardous occupation anyone could have (and there’d never be any such thing as “career criminals” ever again as they wouldn’t live long enough). But presently in THIS version of America, the laws are just the opposite.

    “The law” makes way too much trouble ONLY for decent citizens — and that’s what the blindfold on the “Lady Justice” statue really means.

    Criminals couldn’t care less. They never have.

    BTW…her situation as a concealed-carrier doesn’t apply to me because I’m not a CCer: I Open-Carry (OC) exclusively here in The Great & Free State of Colorado. ;-)

    — BR