When a concealed weapon permit holder entered a Las Vegas restaurant Thursday evening, he relied on his handgun to prevent a robbery in progress and potentially save lives in the process.
According to KTNV, police responded to the Red Lobster around 9:45 p.m. after receiving a report that an armed robbery resulted in the theft of a cash register. As the suspect attempted to flee through a rear exit, however, the armed customer fired a shot, startling the robber and causing him to drop the till.
Reports indicate the shot was fired into the air, outside of the business, and resulted in no injuries. The suspect was apprehended a short time later and taken into police custody.
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This location is far from the only one to benefit from the presence of a law-abiding gun owner. As Western Journalism reported, an Illinois sports bar was the scene of a shooting earlier this year that disrupted a high school reunion. Thanks to an off-duty federal agent’s quick response to the threat, however, the incident that resulted in the death of the shooter’s ex-wife and another victim was ended before any further loss of life. Police found the shooter dead at the scene.
On the other side of the gun debate, however, are restaurants and other businesses that bar patrons from carrying firearms regardless of local laws.
Chains including Chipotle and Starbucks have issued such policies in recent months. In the wake of an anti-gun decision by fast food franchise Jack in the Box, several violent crimes were reported at locations across the country.