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Robber Demands Woman’s Purse, She Pulls Out Her Gun Instead


LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — An alleged armed robber got more than he bargained for when he attempted to rob a woman in downtown Louisville.  The woman reported that she believed he had a weapon.  When he attempted to rob her of her possessions, she took her handgun out of her purse and shot him at close range.  Witnesses report they saw a man running in vicinity of PNC Plaza and the woman ran up to police to report the incident as well.  The armed robber was captured by police promptly and taken to a nearby medical facility where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to WDRB, no charges have been filed at this time and an investigation is ongoing to determine what exactly occurred.  From the outset, it looks like the woman was most certainly looking to defend herself and she did the right thing in contacting the police immediately following the incident.

It’s just one more reason why we need to take concealed carry seriously.  These events can happen at any time, any place, and especially when we’re not expecting them.  We’re all very thankful she was able to responsibly defend her own life and property.

That said, purse carry can be a very tricky subject in the concealed carry community.  While many women find this to be a method that works for them, it has been subject to plenty of scrutiny in cases of purse snatching or when the robber attempts to gain control over the purse.  These situations can leave a woman effectively defenseless.  To make matters worse, this can also enable the robber to have access to a firearm that doesn’t belong to him.  Even if he’s able to escape with no harm done to either party, he is now in possession of a firearm that isn’t his and is most certainly in bad hands.

If you find yourself teetering between purse carry as an option and something more reliable like an inside the waistband concealed carry holster, I strongly urge you to consider the equipment you’re using and to train for the likelihood that your purse will be the main target of any attempted robbery.

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James England 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…

James England 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 36 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his CZ-75D PCR in an Alien Gear MOD holster.

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  • David Teiwes

    What dumb ass logic! So if the villain gets a gun!!! It’s not like can’t get a gun any other way! Whoever wrote these comments better grow some common sense in that empty part of his brain and join in promoting CCW permits! Our female population will be major victims of sexual crimes when the fuck happy subhuman muzzie males have their way!

    • Cody

      Seems to me, you are the one with dumb ass logic. He isn’t saying he doesn’t want females armed, but there is no reason a female can not carry in the waistband. The point is, if you carry, you are responsible for your gun and you must maintain control over it at all times. Putting a gun in a purse or even a backpack is stupid as those items could much more easily be snagged from you, then what?

      • Skirts can have pockets in them. Jackets. A woman with a big purse is a target for a snatch or a grab. Plus you know women put everything in there to the point where if you asked a woman to name everything she had in her purse and then pull out the contents to see how well she did women would flunk it because they would have fifty more things then they had named in the purse.

  • Bill Gibson

    My wife just said, “Those crooks are going to learn not to fool with women”. I said that is the reason for CC.

  • Thomas Shick

    Too bad he still lives

  • David Hill

    The liberals would have rather had the woman beaten and robbed instead of being able to defend herself.

  • ripple1961

    It’s a fact that the percentage of people who carry a firearm legally for self protection are saved by doing so. Most states allow the concealment and carry of a firearm except for a very few. And those states are the ones with the highest crime rates. N.J. N.Y. CONN. CAL. These states either need to conform to allowing the legal possession of a firearm or just keep watching innocent people get raped and murdered.