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YouTube: VIDEO: CCW Holder? Is it your responsibility?

September 13, 2013

YouTube: VIDEO: CCW Holder? Is it your responsibility?

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tom September 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

This is a tough call I’m a CCW holder in Ohio. Regarding this scenario definitely get my family to safety first and foremost then call 911 immediately and monitor the situation from a safe vantage point should the police need a credible eye witness statement. Hope that the situation remains a verbal altercation as a CCW holder I know the the license doesn’t give me the right to place myself in dangerous situations but that changes if the danger comes to me, as in if I’m seen observing the altercation by the aggressive armed male and the male comes after me. Hopefully a secondary level of intervention is available to you for use since not all situations are “gun” situations I carry Fox pepper spray and have 2% capsaicin bear spray in the car to use where a gun is not warranted and my ever present Spyderco pocket knife. I’ll draw my weapon as a last resort or if I’m in grave danger. I hope this helps.

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GlennB September 13, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Whether you are with your children or not before you get involved you have to determine several things. Can you get involved? If you can’t because your children and family are your primary responsibility to keep them from harms way. Get them out of harm, then call the police or mall security. If you can get your family out of harms way, the you have to determine what you CAN do. You have to determine who is the aggressor. It may be a mutual conflict over parking. Is it a robbery? Is one of the parties a Law Enforcement Officer? Keep your distance. Proximity can give psychological cause for the aggressor to focus on you, and you may not want that. Be very very careful what you say as it may escalate everything quickly.
If you are going to say anything, have the skill set to de-escalate the tension. Keep your focus on ALL the parties. Watch their eyes for intent. You don’t know what you walked into.
Next if you chose to intervene and chose to defend a party the LAW says that you are now sitting in that Defender’s shoes. If they had just done something illegal and then you defend them, you now are the illegal person and be subject to arrest. As a final statement to your question, “are you responsible to get involved”? The answer is not legally, maybe not even morally.

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