The irony here is stunning. Guns Down America calls their effort to get Subway to ban carry in its stores a “victory” back on July 7, 2020. Yet here we are in September 2021, and an armed robber walked into a Subway in Albuquerque, and was fatally shot by an employee.
That ban’s working very well indeed. I guess the armed robber wasn’t technically a “customer,” so maybe it is.
At any rate, Igor Volsky of Guns Down America says he’s not sure how the successful ban relates to this incident. I, and I’m guessing many of you, might venture it could relate to the idiotic fantasy of a “gun free zone” being a safer place.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —
The Albuquerque Police Department on Thursday offering their advice to store owners who may be confronted with an armed robber.
“Getting a barrier between yourself, maybe having some sort of tool that’s available to you that you’ve practiced or trained with. Also, move. It is a whole lot harder to hit a moving target,” said Officer Hence Williams, with the Albuquerque Police Department.
In a one-week span, two suspected robbers were shot dead by store clerks who feared for their lives, the current investigations by the district attorney’s office showing the shootings appear to be justified.
“The individual was threatened with lethal force and they did what they needed to do to protect themselves,” Officer Hence said.
New Mexico is an open carry gun-law state.
The most recent incident on Tuesday happened at a Subway in South East Albuquerque.
“We launched a campaign that asked Subway to adopt a policy in all of their restaurants across the country, asking their customers to not bring firearms into their stores,” said Igor Volsky.
Volsky is with Guns Down America, in 2020 his group got Subway to change their policy regarding people bringing guns into their stores.
"I, myself, am actually not sure how the change that we fought for and got how that relates to this incident,” Volsky said.
We reached out to Subway to find out if the policy change applies to their employees.
We didn’t hear back from them, but regardless of whether an employee is justified in committing a homicide on store premises, our legal expert John Day said they can still be fired from their job.
“You could engage in justifiable homicide and the D.A. may not charge you, but your employer may decide what we’re not going to keep you around your liability," Day said.
The police department said if you’re a business owner and want advice on how to handle a robbery, you can set up an appointment for guidance.