In a case called New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the Supreme Court in June struck down concealed carry license frameworks in several states that effectively prohibited ordinary Americans from carrying firearms in public for self-defense.
Since then, residents of those states have applied in droves for concealed carry permits, which shows how willing many of them have always been to exercise their Second Amendment rights when the government no longer prohibits it.
Take, for example, New Jersey, a state where only 870 applications for concealed carry permits were filed in 2021, despite residents knowing that almost no one would be granted such a permit. This year, the state administrative office responsible for permits expects 11,000 applications to be submitted by the end of December.
Similarly, Maryland State Police say that in the two weeks following the High Court’s Bruen decision, they received more than 7,000 applications for concealed carry permits, compared to just 1,000 during the same period in 2021.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who understands how important the right to own and bear arms is to American security.
Almost every major study on the issue has found that Americans use their firearms in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times a year, according to the latest report on the subject from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year alone, further study concluded that approximately 1.6 million defensive uses of firearms occur in the United States each year.
For this reason, The Daily Signal publishes an article every month highlighting some of the many news stories from the previous month on the defensive use of firearms that you may have missed or may not have been under. national spotlights in the first place. (Read more reviews from 2019, 2020, 2021 and so far in 2022 here.)
The examples below represent just a fraction of the stories about defensive gun use we found in October. You can explore further using The Heritage Foundation’s Defensive Firearms Use Interactive Database. (The Daily Signal is Heritage’s multimedia news agency.)
- October 3, Hartford, Connecticut: When two armed car thieves ambushed a driver and attempted to steal his car at gunpoint, police say the driver – a concealed carry permit holder – pulled out his own handgun and exchanged gunfire with the car thieves, killing one and injuring the other. Although injured, the driver had to recover. The surviving carjacking suspect has been charged with multiple crimes, including first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and criminal possession of a firearm.
- October 4, Dunn, North Carolina: Police said a woman awoke in her home to find an intruder trying to steal several items, including her dog. She grabbed her handgun and, although she had never fired a gun before, managed to “shoot [the intruder] Outside the house.” Police said they later arrested the intruder, who was shot twice, and charged him with first-degree burglary.
- October 7, Upper Southampton, Pennsylvania: Authorities said three men attacked a holder of a concealed carry permit as he walked to his vehicle outside a bar, punching him repeatedly in the face and knocking him down. The permit holder retrieved his firearm and fired at his attackers, fatally wounding two of them and injuring the third before calling 911.
- October 9, Church Road, Virginia: After a man fatally shot his father and two dogs during an argument, police say an armed family friend intervened and held the suspect at gunpoint until he was killed. arrival of the police. Local law enforcement officials said his actions likely saved the lives of several other people inside the house.
- Oct. 13, Chicago: A knife-wielding man attacked a woman as she entered an apartment building, severing her hands and thigh, police said. A second woman armed herself with a gun and intervened, shooting the attacker several times in the chest. He was hospitalized in critical condition. His victim was treated in the same hospital.
- October 14, Orlando, Florida: Police say the owner of a jewelry store was confronted by four would-be thieves, including at least one armed, who broke into his business and attempted a ‘smash and grab’ robbery. The owner drew his own pistol and fired at the intruders, fatally striking two of them and sending the other two fleeing. The jeweler told reporters that many other shop owners in the mall also hold concealed carry permits, explaining, “If you come to the Magic Mall and want to commit a crime, there are very good chance you get shot.”
- October 17, Gainesville, Georgia: Police say an armed Good Samaritan shot and injured a knife-wielding man who damaged several vehicles and threatened several people, including two paramedics, during a mental health crisis. The Good Samaritan and a paramedic were treated for minor injuries. The suspect, in critical condition, was facing several serious criminal charges, including attempted murder.
- October 21, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: A homeowner shot and injured an intruder who kicked his back door in mid-afternoon and then refused his order to leave, police said. The injured intruder fled, but police found him nearby walking down a street with a large butcher’s knife. Police charged him with criminal trespassing, attempted burglary and terrorist threats.
- October 22, Las Vegas, Nevada: When a mentally ill man broke into a house, grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened to kill everyone inside, the owner and his wife barricaded themselves in a second-floor bedroom. Police said the owner grabbed his gun and fired a warning shot, but the intruder kept trying to force his way inside. The owner fired the next shot through the door, hitting the man in the leg. Police arrested the intruder, who they say was the subject of multiple 911 calls that night and may have attempted to break into other homes.
- October 25, Edinburgh, Texas: According to the police, a woman shot and wounded an intruder through the door of the room in which she and her children were hiding. The intruder fled, but responding deputies found him about 100 yards from the house. He entered the residence through a garage and continued to try to break down the bedroom door even after the woman warned him she was armed and called the police.
- October 27, Kokomo, Indiana: When a masked intruder tried to rob three residents of the apartment at gunpoint, police say they fought back, pushing the handgun away as well as a second the intruder reached during the fight. A resident retrieved his own firearm and held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived. No one inside the apartment was injured.
- October 29, Hatchechubbe, Alabama: A woman has shot and killed her ex-husband after he forced his way into her home, police said. The wife was in the process of having a restraining order reinstated against her husband after it recently expired.
Given so many stories like these, it’s no wonder Americans overwhelmingly choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights when given the chance.
For too long, states like New Jersey and Maryland have done everything in their power to limit the ability of law-abiding residents to defend themselves with firearms. These states should not be shocked that so many residents now want the concealed carry permits their states have denied them.
Americans want to defend themselves. They have the constitutional right to do so with firearms.
The best thing the government can do is get out of their way.
This piece originally appeared in The Daily Signal