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Man foils robbery attempt with his handgun
The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | October 29, 2002 | George Mattar

Posted on 10/29/2002 5:30:13 AM PST by 2banana

Man foils robbery attempt with his handgun

A Bensalem truck driver stopped an apparent armed robbery at a convenience store, police said.

By GEORGE MATTAR Courier Times

When two teens walked up to a Bensalem 7-Eleven early Saturday morning, Jim Smith immediately thought they were trouble.

So did the store's co-owner, Smith said.

"I don't like the looks of this guy," Smith recalled the co-owner saying as they chatted at 2:49 a.m. inside convenience store in the 1600 block of Street Road.

Minutes later, Smith, 39, of Bensalem, was pointing his gun at the chest of one of the teens. Then he had it aimed at the other. The teens, police said, were preparing to rob the store.

"His actions prevented a robbery," said Director of Public Safety Steve Moran. "But one got hurt and two people are in custody."

Smith, who has been licensed to carry a firearm since 1990, tells the story this way:

It was raining when the store's co-owner went outside to see what the teens wanted.

"We're just trying to get out of the rain," one responded.

The storeowner said, "I hope you aren't doing something stupid like planning to rob my store."

"Oh, no, we're cool," Smith recalled the two answering.

Then one came inside and looked nervously around the store. That's when Smith said he saw what he thought was a gun.

Smith, a truck driver, had his own licensed .45-caliber handgun in a holster strapped to his side. A member of the National Rifle Association, Smith had worked as an armed guard at a bank.

"I'm thinking to myself and my mind is racing. If it is a gun you don't want to overreact. You can get in trouble. I was torn. I wanted to be in control of the situation, but didn't want to overreact," Smith said yesterday.

When he was about eight feet away from the teen, he decided to draw his weapon, he recalled.

"I had my gun pointed in the center of his chest and said, 'Get your hands away from the gun. If you put your hands on the gun, you're going to get shot.' I came real close and took slack out of the trigger. He came very close to getting shot," Smith said.

It's just a BB gun, the suspect told Smith.

"It looked real enough to me," said Smith, who was later told by police that the weapon was a pellet gun.

But Smith's gun didn't scare the teen, Smith said. He started arguing with Smith and the store co-owner, he said. "He just wouldn't listen. The co-owner and his father came over and grabbed the kid and the gun hit the floor."

The co-owner's father kicked the gun down an aisle, away from the suspect. They then wrestled him to the ground and another customer called police.

Meanwhile, the other juvenile still was standing outside. Smith didn't know if he was armed, so he went outside and pointed his gun at him and told him to lie down. The second teen also resisted, Smith said, but the police arrived then and took control of the situation.

Both juveniles, ages 15 and 16, of Bensalem, were taken to the Bucks County Juvenile Detention Center and charged with attempted robbery, criminal conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime and disorderly conduct. One of them also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a marijuana smoking device, police said.

Smith said he carries a gun not only for his own protection, but also to protect others. He said he avoids drawing his weapon at all costs, but believed the storeowner was going to be robbed.

"Parents have got to realize when they buy these pellet guns for kids that they look like real weapons. In fact, a properly operating pellet gun can kill you," he said.

George Mattar can be reached at 215-949-4172 or gmattar@phillyBurbs.com.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; ccw; rkba; robbers
In Pennslyvania you can get a CCW in 15 days for $20 (to pay for a background check). About as close as you can get to a Vermont style CCW.

I wonder how long it will take Rendell to attack PA's CCW?

1 posted on 10/29/2002 5:30:13 AM PST by 2banana
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To: 2banana
It's $110 in Tennessee and takes 6-8 weeks.
2 posted on 10/29/2002 5:42:12 AM PST by GailA
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To: 2banana
I wonder how long it will take Rendell to attack PA's CCW?

This story provides evidence that Rendell should act immeadiatly. Two potential Democratic voters are now chrged with crimes that will probably provent them from ever voting.

If the robbers were the only ones with guns, they not only would have been successful in their endeaver to rob the store, they would have gotten away, and, in a few years been stright Dem voters.

3 posted on 10/29/2002 5:45:33 AM PST by Balding_Eagle
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To: 2banana
Gauging their reaction to his handgun, I suppose kids nowadays have no fear of being shot.

The lesson would be, if you pull it out, you'd better be prepared to be forced to use it.

You can't count on it being a deterrent anymore in today's culture...

4 posted on 10/29/2002 5:57:01 AM PST by Dallas
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To: 2banana
'Get your hands away from the gun. If you put your hands on the gun, you're going to get shot.' I came real close and took slack out of the trigger. He came very close to getting shot," Smith said.

I don't see the benefit in getting real close, or taking the slack out, that's inviting disaster.

Imagine the uproar if he accidentally shot the kid who hadn't drawn his pellet gun?

5 posted on 10/29/2002 6:03:49 AM PST by Mike K
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To: 2banana
And the CCW is good for 5 years.

Now only if we could get the same deal as they have in Texas - show your CCW, get your new gun without NICS.

6 posted on 10/29/2002 6:44:43 AM PST by freedomcrusader
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To: 2banana
In next door New Jersey, It is impossible to get a CCW.

Thats why the sign says "Welcome to Pennsylvania - America starts here"

FatBoy

7 posted on 10/29/2002 6:55:50 AM PST by fatboy
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To: GailA
Maybe $50 in Georgia (I forget) and takes about 4 months, for a background check only.
8 posted on 10/29/2002 8:12:53 AM PST by Redbob
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To: Balding_Eagle
Two potential Democratic voters are now chrged with crimes that will probably provent them from ever voting.

Prevented from voting in PA? LOL! Not likely...

9 posted on 10/29/2002 8:18:07 AM PST by Sloth
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To: 2banana; jdege
A bump for a CCW in Minnesota after November 5th!
10 posted on 10/29/2002 8:24:14 AM PST by Johnny Gage
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To: *bang_list
Bang
11 posted on 10/29/2002 8:26:29 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: freedomcrusader
GA CCL permit is good for 5 years, new gun purchases conducted without background check. It'd be nice to be exempt from the damned ATF forms, too, but that'd take an Act of God.
12 posted on 10/29/2002 8:51:25 AM PST by demosthenes the elder
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To: 2banana
Bump for CCW everywhere! I love reading stories like this.

Long live the Second Amendment--the one that's in place in case all the other ones are ignored!

13 posted on 10/29/2002 8:55:40 AM PST by TonyRo76
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To: 2banana
Not sure he had sufficient evidence that the teen intended to rob the store. If merely carrying a weapon into the store was sufficient evidence, then someone should've pulled a gun on him.

And coming real close to shooting the teen, who hadn't made a move for his gun, was downright abysmally stupid.

14 posted on 10/29/2002 9:09:31 AM PST by john in missouri
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To: john in missouri
I'm with you. There is no way I'd pull my gun out and play hero. If it looked hinky to me, I'd leave the store, and go call the cops from across the street. This guy's lucky he didn't get killed. If the store owner doesn't have a gun, that's his problem, not mine. Maybe that sounds callous to some people, but personally, I'd only pull out a gun to save my life, the life of a family member, or the life of a friend. Everyone else is on their own; it's simply too much of a risk to take for someone I don't know and love.
15 posted on 10/29/2002 10:51:45 AM PST by Henrietta
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