A mother in Ohio and a family man in Texas, both concealed carry permit holders, were forced to put their guns to good use in recent days.
Over the weekend, a group of gang members in Columbus, Ohio opened fire on a 13-year-old boy who was out shopping at a neighborhood store with his mom, WOAI reports.
The woman pulled out her gun and fired back at the gang members. Her son was not seriously injured. One of the shooters has been arrested.
The woman, who concealed her identity when speaking to WOIA, said that she knew the attackers, and they have harassed her family for years and even broken into her home.
Because of that, the woman says she obtained a concealed carry permit this fall.
That appears to be part of a recent trend in Ohio, which saw the number of new applications for concealed carry permits climb more than 50 percent in 2013 versus 2012. The Columbia Dispatch reported earlier this year that the number of new permits issued jumped by over 96,000 in 2013 compared to previous year. (RELATED: Woman Uses Gun To Ward Off Abduction)
Elsewhere in the United States, A San Antonio man broke up an armed robbery at a Subway restaurant Monday night. The man was eating with his family when another man came into the store saying that he would begin shooting if the clerk did not hand over money from the cash register.
The bystander jumped to action and forced the would-be robber to the ground at gunpoint, KENS reported.
Unfortunately, the permit holder was not fully knowledgeable of the law. He released the suspect before police arrived, saying he was unsure whether or not it was legal for him to hold the suspect at gunpoint since he had not completed the robbery. Police told KENS that the man had every legal right to hold the suspect until they arrived.