A Kansas man says he was able to delay an armed robbery for weapons inside the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Topeka because because of a new state law.
According to a story from WIBW.com, 24-year-old Joey Tapley was at the ammunition counter with his cousin when he heard loud bangs on the back counter.
“Then I saw them taking guns off the back counter and loading up. Then they started running and then I kind of reacted,” Tapley said.
Tapley says he then followed the three suspects, described as white males ages 16 or 17, who stole several rifles and cash. When they were outside, Tapley drew his concealed firearm, which he was legally allowed to carry because of the state’s constitutional carry law that went into effect on July 1.
“I told him, ‘Drop the guns man, mine is loaded, just drop the gun.’ He turned around, we made eye contact for a second or two and he dropped two guns and ran,” Tapley said. “I thought about this situation happening when I bought the gun, and it just happened, I guess.”
Police were then able to arrest the three teens along with an unidentified woman. The youths were jailed at a juvenile center on assault, burglary, and robbery charges. The woman was booked for conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
The new Kansas law allows state residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit, as long as they are legal gun owners and 21 or older.
“It is a constitutional right and we’re removing a barrier to that right,” said Gov. Sam Brownback, who signed the bill into law less than two weeks ago. “We’re saying that if you want to do that in this state, then you don’t have to get the permission slip from the government.”
“This is what Kansas made the law for…so citizens could carry and protect themselves and others,” Tapley said.
Before the law went into effect, there were about 87,000 people with concealed carry permits in Kansas.