The reason most start carrying a concealed weapon is self-protection, with the protection of those around you as a close second. When those around you are your loved ones, and the people whose lives or health is being threatened, it is a fairly easy decision of when to get involved. However, when the threat is merely in your vicinity, or the threat is too strangers, the decision becomes much more blurry. This is true in the individual’s mind and the mind of the courts or legal letter of the law. The courts have been pretty clear about a lack of obligation to retreat from within the home, but what about at the grocery store, gas station, workplace, or a restaurant. If you were armed and caught in an active shooter scenario at one of those places, would you draw your weapon? At what point would you get involved to help a stranger? What would the legal ramifications be after the fact if you did get involved. Hopefully, most reading this have thought through a variety of scenarios and already formulated a general operating plan as well as a few detailed plans for scenarios that are more common.
U.S. Law Shield’s Sam Malone, recently asked Independent Program Attorney Doug Richards, “What should you do as a gun owner when faced with an active shooter situation?” The following video covers some of the legalities in Colorado, but it is good advice and a great starting point to predetermining or revising your own strategy.