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Concealed Carrier Stops Mass Shooting At Louisianan Gas Station


By Dean Weingarten via The Truth About Guns

On the afternoon of 31 January, 2016, some ten ATVs were getting gas at the intersection of Claiborne and Esplanade Avenues in New Orleans, Louisiana. Richard Macklin pulled up in a white Volvo. Police said Macklin became upset; the ATV riders were blocking the gas pumps. He pulled out a firearm and opened fire, sending more than a dozen rounds into the crowd. Three were wounded. One of the wounded was armed . . .

He drew his legally carried weapon and fired at Macklin, hitting him in the head and stopping the attack. During the initial investigation, officers concluded that the person who fired back did so in legitimate defense of self and others.From


At this time, detectives believe it was an act of self-defense. He was also carrying a legal weapon, that was registered to him and that he had a concealed carry permit to carry.

While the disarmsists will see this incident and bemoan the “easy availability of guns,” it’s another example of a legal gun carrier stopping a mass shooting, which the disarmists claim never happens. Even when it does.

©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included. Link to Gun Watch

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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…

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  • sanjuro

    btw, before everyone starts congratulating the armed ATV rider, it is illegal to ride an ATV on the streets of New Orleans.

    ATV posses are notorious for reckless driving and intimidating local neighborhoods. Several of the riders were arrested later for traffic violations.

    This isn’t exactly a good guy with a gun…

    • Jason Poulos

      Ok so a illegal atv rider stopped a murderer . That’s awesome.

      • CJ Minnesota

        Well, he wasn’t riding now was he. He was fueling up. So unless that is also illegal, and it might be in New Orleans, he was just another patron of the gas station.

      • Laura W

        Illegal? Read before you speak.

    • Gary

      Seriously? Not a good guy with a gun? Who killed the active shooter then? A cop? Oh, that’s right there was no cop. In my book even a “reckless driver intimidating neighborhoods” who saves lives, IS the good guy.

    • Patrick States

      So it’s OK to shoot them if they riding illegally?

    • CJ Minnesota

      I’m not sure what illegal driving an ATV through New Orleans even has to do with this story. Are you saying that anyone who commits a ticket-able offense can’t possibly be the good guy with a gun? Seriously? So if I happen to drive 10 miles an hour over the speed limit for any amount of time that precludes me from acting in self defense of myself and/or others?

    • Joseph A Correia III

      And you are not exactly a good guy without a gun.Just a nay saying obstructionist with a negative agenda against ATV enthusiasts.By the way he could not have been to hardened of a criminal if he was legally carrying a firearm.You still have to be a law abiding citizen to get that permit.

      • Big Hed

        So… instead of commenting on the point of the article, you comment on that? It doesn’t say anything more about the ATVs because it is irrelevant. Makes sense like saying (i.e.) the passengers in a car that were injured by a drunk driver running a traffic light were not good people because their inspection sticker expired. What if your people were there in the line of fire? I’m betting you’d high five him then wouldn’t you? JS

        • STAND TALL

          It’s definitely a failed attempt to establish that one criminal should not be better than the next. Nonsense, riding your ATV illegally on the street does not rise to the level of pulling a gun out to shoot three people. No need to make this about race, it was black on black road rage. White people do not do this we shoot people up in movie theaters, cut them up and eat them… You know all the cray crap…

    • Redline

      Well I’m going to congratulate him. He’s a great guy.

    • podgida

      The article doesn’t say if they were driven there or trailered there. It’s possible that they all arrived on trailers and were backed off of the trailers in order to be fueled up.

      • Duane Hull

        Other reports on the incident, including the local news report that I heard that same day, indicate that the atv’s were out riding as a group, and were well known in that area. Also, there was an exchange of pleasantries; the guy who got arrested didn’t just open up on them. from what I recall, several members of the group had guns but only one was legal.

    • Go Faster

      So, That gives that guy the right to start shooting them? Really? you’re going to take up for the dumbass?

    • Rick Crowell

      You Sir are the PERFECT Definition of an IDIOT!!! You don’t even know if they where on trailers or if they drove them in.

    • Dopeycop

      ATV riding isn’t the article asshole. It’s an idiot SHOOTING that was stopped by A LEGAL CCW PERSON. Stop trying to change the subject you SHIT FOR BRAINS!!

    • Wburas

      Y’all are taking the troll bait. Hook, line, and sinker.

    • nojustus

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      NEW ORLEANS —One man was arrested in connection with a shooting that happened Sunday afternoon at a gas station at the corner of Claiborne and Esplanade avenues.

      Richard Macklin, 30, faces charges of aggravated battery by shooting and one count of illegal discharge of a weapon, the New Orleans Police Department said.

      Macklin was identified as the man who was driving the Volvo.

      Jerome Richards, Corey Berry and Charles Simon were identified as the men who fled. The three were arrested on charges of reckless operation of a vehicle and traffic violations.

      Macklin has been identified as the aggressor in the shooting, the NOPD said. The person who returned fire will not be arrested because detectives believe he was defending himself and was carrying a legal weapon registered in his name.

      In addition to the arrests, officials said the ATVs were confiscated. NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said he wants the public to remember that ATVs are not allowed on city streets.

  • Usunder

    I say way to go, sorry he was shot! But it was kill or be killed, I do believe we would all choose to stop the killer by any means. Better one than a hundred.

  • sanjuro

    Well, I used to live in New Orleans and I was there for several weeks last year.

    It is the Wild Wild West there.

  • Harold Eugene Crow

    No one shot back. The guy drove away. This is just blocks from where I live. I catch a bus right there. There was a shooting, but no returned fire.

  • 1911HeadBanger

    One correction. Louisiana does not have Gun Registration, so the gun could not be “registered” to him. But even many Cops think that when you fill out the Form 4473 at purchase that you are “registering” the gun. No so.

    • R.s. Moffatt

      It’s exactly the same here in Colorado.

    • Duane Hull

      Louisiana has gun registration available, but there is not MANDATORY gun registration.

      • 1911HeadBanger

        Where is Gun Registration available? You want into any Police Station and ask about registering a gun, and they will look at you like you have Crabs crawling out of your ears. Besides, what’s the point, if there is no gun registration, with “registering” a gun? That would be like making a license plate and putting it on a car that doesn’t need to be. It makes no sense.

        • Duane Hull

          Law enforcement does not register weapons on behalf of the government. You can register a gun with the state or feds through any gun dealer. Most will tell you that it is pointless in the state of Louisiana, since it is not required and can lead to tracing and confiscation, but there are still citizens and entities that find it necessary. My weapon is not registered by choice, but I have been afforded the opportunity.

  • Dead_Mariner

    Propaganda for the teabillies.

  • John Burris

    I live in New Orleans and haven’t heard of this incident, which means I seriously doubt it occurred.


    Harold apparently you are not fully informed. One of the ATV’s riders did shoot the guy back in the head. It was confirmed that he was carrying a legally registered gun. 4 went to hospital and all survived. The other riders did go to jail for riding ATV’s on streets. Not sure why none of you watch the news and or did not bother to fact check before claiming that this article is false…