One man in Kansas apparently saved a store from armed robbers thanks to his own concealed weapon.
Joey Tapley was at the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Topeka, Kansas, when three teenagers took several rifles and an undisclosed amount of cash from the counter, reports TheBlaze.
“I look up and they are just loading up weapons from the counter and then they run off,” Tapley, 24, told WIBW-TV. “And my instincts kicked in.”
After chasing the teens outside of the store, Tapley decided to confront the suspects. Concealing a weapon of his own, he pulled it out on one of the teenagers.
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“I told him ‘Drop the gun, man, mine is loaded, just drop the gun,’” Tapley told WIBW. “We made eye contact for a second or two and he dropped two guns and ran.”
The suspects were arrested and taken to juvenile detention on charges of assault, burglary and robbery, reports TheBlaze. The cash and rifles that had been stolen were all recovered by police.
Tapley accounts his ability to stop the robbers to the recently passed law in Kansas that allows residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit. The law went into effect on July 1.
“That’s why Kansas made the law,” Tapley said, “so citizens can carry and protect themselves and others.”
Another state recently followed in Kansas’ footsteps — Maine also passed a bill that allows residents to carry concealed guns permit-free, reports The Washington Times. Not everyone is pleased with Maine's new law, however. Maine’s Chiefs of Police Association and the Maine Sheriff’s Association have objected to it, claiming it puts police officers at risk.
“It’s mind-boggling to me,” Kristen Kucera, a Maine resident and a member of the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told The Washington Post. “As a concerned mom, I just can’t understand why they would put our kids in jeopardy like this.”
With the law going into effect in October, Maine is joining only five other states that have a similar policy.
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