The classic “Forrest Gump” line comes to mind as I read through this list while shaking my head. I personally would think that trying to rob a gun store would be extremely low on a badguy’s list of “Things to do today and survive”, but here are fourteen separate cases, spanning from 1962 to 2016, proving that criminals really haven’t evolved in the brains department over the past 50 years.
My favorite one is the perp who literally brought a knife to a gunfight. In Miami, FL, 1992, a knife-wielding man entered into an area firearms shop and demanded, of all things that might be attractive to a badguy in a gun store, money. Tony Milan, a shop employee, took him to task, grappling with the armed man, while an employee named Edward Sarhan drew a .38 revolver and perforated the perpetrator three times, killing him. Probably not how the robber saw that one going down.
There are other excerpts from the NRA’s “The Armed Citizen”, all with examples of robbers with more balls than brains – and consistently predicable results for said badguy. Read them in disbelief here.
Having worked in several gun shops over the years, I can tell you that those (usually) nice guys behind the counter are probably heavily armed and pretty good shots. If you were thinking about robbing a gun shop, I might recommend reconsidering and living another day; perhaps you can take up gardening instead.