Thursday, March 11, 2010
Canadian Jeweler Who Shot Robber 5 Times Wants Country To Have Greater Gun Rights
A Canadian jewelry store owner who believes that police and the Canadian government can’t control crime anymore shot an armed robber five times last year. He is pressing for greater personal firearms rights in Canada. He saw the two men as they were getting ready to enter his store. They were wearing gloves, sunglasses and hats. They drew their guns as they came inside. He was fortunate enough to be able to get the gun out of storage that Canadian laws require. He and his wife were alone when the armed robbers came in.
The jeweler was lucky enough to be able to get into his vault to get his heavily regulated handgun as the thugs held a gun at his wife’s head.
As one of the men came at him and began lifting his firearm, he began firing his 9mm. There’s usually not enough time to get a gun out of lockup when a robbery is happening. The store owner emptied the magazine at the robbers. He went back to the vault and reloaded. One of the robbers was shot five times in the torso and shoulder and is permanently paralyzed from the chest down. He is being prosecuted on robbery charges.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police wanted to charge the jeweler too. They wanted him to be charged with unsafe storage and careless use of a firearm, but prosecutors declined to proceed against him. The robber had turned and began to leave the building when he was shot. Canadian guns have to be registered and “properly” stored. They can be used in self defense, but people can only use as much force as necessary. Galloway believed the entire event was unfortunate.
But, the recently formed Canadian Association for Self Defense gave him a bravery award. They are working for the right to carry concealed handguns as long as the owner has proper firearms training. They believe that current Canadian law leaves its citizens defenseless, which of course it does. Many Canadians believe that law enforcement services there are incompetent.
The jeweler had been robbed two years ago, and the culprits were never caught.
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