Gun expert: Chasing, shooting at a robber endangers others

Published: Mar. 21, 2017 at 10:07 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 21, 2017 at 11:09 PM CDT
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During the recent robberies of two Shreveport businesses, the Citgo on Greenwood Road and Meemo's Wireless and More, someone inside the stores chased after the robber and fired shots.

No one was wounded.

But the gunplay raises questions about a business owner's rights. How far can a business owner go before putting someone else in danger?

"Store owners generally keep [a gun] in case they are robbed," said Gene Mock, co-owner of Ron's Guns in Bossier City. "But a lot of people aren't well versed in the legality of using [a gun].

"You are civilly liable for every projectile that leaves the barrel and can be criminally prosecuted, depending on the situation."

Mock recommends that everyone who owns a gun for protection to go through a gun safety course.

Participants learn how to safely use a firearm, where you can and cannot carry a gun and instances in which you are legally allowed to use a gun for personal defense, he said.

And even though you may want to chase after the gunman after being robbed, it's a bad idea.

You are going to put more than just yourself in harm's way.

"Run and gun battle out there. You basically instigated a gunfight in the parking lot, and the public is in danger," Mock said.

Mock went on to say that a shooter's accuracy greatly declines when running as opposed to standing still, so the chances of unintentionally shooting someone or something only goes up.

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