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Armed robbery at store on Chicago’s south side thwarted by concealed carry license holder

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CHICAGO — A robbery was thwarted at a store on Chicago’s south side on Halloween night (Saturday, October 31st) when a concealed carry license holder shot and killed a suspect.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting the deceased has been identified as 55-year-old Reginald Gildersleeve of Chicago.

Officials with the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office tell the Chicago Tribune Gildersleeve was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday evening.

Concealed carry license holder shoots armed robbery suspect in Chicago

Concealed carry license holder shoots armed robbery suspect in Chicago

Police say Gildersleeve walked into the store near 51st and Washtenaw Avenue around 7:00 p.m. Saturday, and announced a robbery to an employee behind the counter — displaying a handgun.

Another employee came from the back of the store, and the gunman pointed his weapon at this female employee. Police say Gildersleeve then made the female employee go to the back of the store, which serves as a currency exchange, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Then, a customer inside the store pulled out a weapon and fired at the suspect — killing him. The armed customer shot the man multiple times, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Police say this customer has a valid concealed carry license, and a valid firearm owner’s identification card.

It isn’t clear if the customer, who has not been identified, will face charges.  The case is under review by local prosecutors.  Preliminary details suggest that the customer is not at fault.

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  • James McCarthy (@james31817612)

    The truth of the matter is that more people in the U.S. defend themselves with a gun each year than are victimized by people with guns. This situation in Chicago is just another example. Don’t take my word for it, ask the CDC.

    The truth of the matter is that gun control is counterproductive. Look at Chicago and Detroit, which have the toughest gun laws around. Don’t take my word for it, ask Harvard.

    The truth of the matter is that there is more support for guns rights than gun control. Don’t take my word for it, ask Pew Research Center.

    The truth of the matter is that the crime rate, including “gun crimes” and gun homicides is at a 30 year low despite the sunset of the assault weapon ban”, liberalized concealed carry, steady gun ownership, stand your ground laws, and ignoring the DEMANDS of the “gun control lobby”.

    Regardless – Violence and gun grabs are coming.. Obama is the biggest threat to the American way of life…Obama hates Americans, the Constitution, and free market capitalism. He destroyed our economy with measures like the ACA and immigration amnesty. The “Affordable” Care Act has been nothing short of a disaster. My health insurance bill is up to $450/month. (Compare this to my $25/month auto insurance from InsurancePanda or my $10/month renters insurance… both private enterprise!) Keep your hands off us!

    Everyday our leadership has an opportunity to look at the root causes of crime and violence such as poverty and lack of opportunity and education, the War on Drugs, our revolving door justice system including plea deals, as well as mental health and the role of SSRI drugs and enact policies to address these issues.

    It’s time to move on from “gun control”.

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