Skip to comments.Colorado Heroine May Have Been Legally Prevented from Using Beretta as Security Guard
Posted on 12/16/2007 10:43:41 AM PST by marktwain
Jeanne Assam, the heroine of the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs, would likely have been unable to carry the Beretta that she stopped the shooting with if she had been a licensed security guard.
An AP article published on 12 December noted that licensed security guards in Colorado Springs are restricted to the use of revolvers.
As Jeanne Assam was a volunteer parishioner who was performing security guard duties because the church did not want to hire mercenaries, she was almost certainly not affected by the regulations, which only apply to government regulated security guards.
Fortunately, her lack of official status with the state and city allowed her to carry a firearm with sufficient firepower to accomplish the necessary task.
Jeannette had to fire 10 rounds to keep her fellow parishoners safe.
It is interesting to note that if she had been licensed by the state, she would have been prevented from using the Beretta that she used to stop the crime.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Sven rounds from a S&W 686+ would, I think, have decided the issue.
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time, and keep your eye on the sparrow!
good loop-hole may be the same in other states....good to know for those who want to hire heat.
Not restricted from the use of them.
Please cite the CRS #
You missed the point...
BECAUSE it is not a revolver, a LICENSED guard would not have been allowed to carry the Beretta.
Becuse she was NOT licensed, she was able to.
One hit from a 1911 would have been better.
Huh? What they're saying is that if she HAD BEEN A LICENSED SECURITY GUARD, she wouldn't have been allowed to use her Beretta, but as a private citizen with a CCW permit, she wasn't limited to using a revolver, which is what the licensed security guards are required to use.
Here is the link that I first found the story at:
I am unfamiliar with the CRS#. Is this an identifier for AP stories?
I agree with the previous poster with respect to an S&W 686+ with 7 rounds. Seven rounds of .357 magnum from a 686+ would likely have been equally effective. We don't know enough from the article to say whether the Beretta was 9mm or 40 S&W. Apparently 10 rounds did the job.
I still think the coroner lied in the public statement that shooter died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound after Assam hit him with 10 rounds from her Beretta. The shooter didn't have a shotgun. The weapons identified were are AR-15 rifle and two semi-auto handguns.
interesting read concerning our second amendment rights.
Considering that the Beretta is a pretty big gun, she probably would have had a .357 wheelgun if that's what she had been restricted to. The perp would be just as dead.
Of course the perp had a 9mm semiautomatic too, but I guess wackos aren't restricted the way security guards are. Sheesh.
Who needs a “licensed security” guard?
Last summer we attended a rather large wedding in our town. The bride was from a well known family so there were a few hundred souls present - enough to pack the church.
As I sat myself towards the back, I looked around and counted a minimum of 14 people (all positioned near the back and/or doors) I knew were all carrying, myself included. Concealed by my sportcoat was a Glock 31 plus two spare mags. That’s 46 rounds of 357 Sig, and I was just one person. Some folks I know carry two guns. We are all seasoned competitors.
Heaven help anyone who started trouble.
These do-gooder jackasses need to quit splitting hairs and get off the backs of people who will stand up to evil.
CRS is Colorado Revised Statutes i.e. State Law
It is nearly a case of “No good deed goes unpunished”..
One hit from a 1911 would have been better.
Of course, a single hit from anything is better than 30 misses. However is there any information about how many times the murderer was hit? If trying to keep him pinned down, the more the merrier, when it comes to shots fired. Though the use of "covering fire" isn't a good doctrine to be using in a civilian area.
But I agree, a more potent round would have been better. But if that's the round she's most comfortable with then that's what she should be using. The Bererra is a relatively large and heavy handgun for a 9mm, making it relatively easy to shoot (though some women and men with smaller hands dislike the wide double stack mag well grip).