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Bouncer Stops Shooter, Carries Legal Concealed Weapon

Reported by: Send eMail Katy Brown
Videographer: Troy Morgan, Dan Matics
Web Producer: Katy Brown
Reported: Dec. 13, 2013 11:08 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 13, 2013 11:49 PM EST

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A man shot and injured three people at Shoop's Bar in Huntington before the bar's bouncer shot and killed the suspect using his legal concealed weapon.

"You have the right to protect yourself," Paris Workman, a concealed weapons instructor, said. "The day and time that we're living in is pretty tough right now."

And the incident at Shoop's is an example of those though times.

Workman has been a concealed weapons instructor for more than 30 years. He said many of his students are looking to protect themselves at home or when something like the incident at Shoop's happens.

"You'd rather be safe than sorry," Workman said. "But you know that's a big responsibility. It is a big responsibility. And just because you have a permit doesn't give you the right to just pull it out and do whatever."

Police said the bouncer at the Huntington bar had his concealed carry permit. When Antonio Devon brown started shooting into Shoop's, the bouncer pulled out his gun and shot Brown.

Workman said he's been in previous situations where he had to pull his weapon, he said "your mind's going a thousand times a minute."

And regardless of the rush the bouncer may have felt when making his decision to act, many said he did the right thing.

"I completely agree he did the right thing," Anthony Harriman of Charleston said. "I mean, if I was there and in the same situation, I would have done the same thing."

An opinion Alex Slack echoed, saying the shooter chose to carry the gun into the bar and shot. Slack said "the bouncer did what he had to do to save lives."

For those looking into getting their permit, they said this is an example of how to responsibly use a gun.

"Just in case I do end up in a situation like that," Harriman said. "I'd love to be able to say I saved somebody's life."

Last year more than 92,000 people got their concealed weapons permit in West Virginia. If you're looking to get yours, here's some things you should keep in mind.

-You can apply through the sheriff's office in your county.

-The permit is valid throughout the state and West Virginia is also in agreement with 29 other states that will allow you to carry your gun into those states.

-There are places where you cannot carry, including federal property, schools, and some public businesses.




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