An Atlanta man has proven, once again, that there is a place for concealed carry. When he was the victim of a car jacking, he held the perpetrator at gunpoint until authorities arrived.
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Hashim Fannin was carjacked in broad daylight in the parking spot of a Family Dollar store in northwest Atlanta earlier this month.
The carjacker jumped into the passenger’s seat when Fannin’s doors unlocked.
“He told me, ‘You know what this is,’” Fannin said.
Fannin, though–like a growing number of American citizens, was prepared. He was legally carrying a concealed handgun, which he pulled on the carjacker. If this were Hollywood, Fannin would have said, “And you know what this is?” But it isn’t. This is the real world.
“I asked him to get out the car,” Fannin said, “probably not in those exact words.”
“I told him no, there’s no leaving, leaving was before you hopped into my car … at this point there is not leaving,” Fannin said.
The would-be carjacker, Edgar Horn, complied. Fannin held him, face down in the parking lot until police arrived on the scene.
“You were not trying to rob me?” Fannin asked Horn. “Do you just get into random people’s cars? … you thought I was your friend … you thought I was your friend … so you woke up stupid this morning?”
When help arrived, Fannin waved them over, and calmly put his own gun down. One officer shakes his hand, before cuffing the suspect.
“Honestly, I look at it like this. That is one less guy I got to worry about bothering my mom when she’s out grocery shopping,” Fannin said.
The suspect was booked on appropriate charges. Fannin, for the rest of us, serves as both hope and a model of what to do in these encounters. Don’t expect it to make the mainstream media outlets, either, as a concealed carrier using a gun to stop a crime without ever firing a shot really doesn’t fit their mold.