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Permit Holder Charged After Shooting Chained Up Pit Bull, Self-Defense Claim Doesn’t Hold Up

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CLEVELAND, OHIO — An irresponsible gun owner shot and killed a chained-up pitbull outside a convenience store in Cleveland. His actions were caught on camera so when police arrived to reports of shots fired, his claims to self-defense were invalidated. He is facing charges related to discharging a firearm within city limits and cruelty to animals.

Making matters worse, the incident was pretty much filmed in broad daylight — 2:45 pm. There’s not even a reasonable expectation that maybe this dude was taken off guard by a barking dog and overreacted. As the Cleveland News reports it, the concealed carrier had every opportunity to leave the scene versus shooting the dog.

Granted, a duty to retreat is a delicate matter but we’re not really going to tie that in for this occasion. On one hand, you have an animal that is restrained and on the other you have a dude with a gun. That’s not really a self-defense situation unless the dude happened to fall without the maws of some savage beast — which surveillance footage has pretty much all but discounted.

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He had to post bail and will appear in Toledo Municipal Court to face charges. This is the sort of incident that can cost a concealed carrier the firearm he used in the attack as well as potentially his permit.

That’s why we have to weigh our options before acting impulsively in a scenario.

There’s a lot of opportunities to avoid gun use — and those should be exercised by the individual. A firearm is for defending our lives, property, and our family.

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

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