A 59-year-old Overland Park man was charged Thursday with shooting another man in the leg after taking a gun away from the victim.

Ricky Paul Smith was charged in Johnson County District Court with aggravated battery. He also was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly pointing the gun at another man.

Overland Park police said the incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near 80thStreet and Overland Park Drive.

Police said Smith was allegedly upset about another man carrying a concealed weapon. He took the gun away from the man, pointed it at him and another man, and shot the victim in the leg, according to the allegations.

The victim was taken to a hospital with with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Bond for Smith was set at $10,000. Continue Reading

So a man was minding his own business in a park while carrying a concealed firearm (both open and concealed carry are perfectly legal in Kansas), when a gun-control zealot took his gun from him and shot him in the leg.

There are few things we can take away from this incident.

  • Situational Awareness

The fact that this nut was able to come up behind the armed man and take his firearm is mind-boggling, and should have never happened.

When your carrying a firearm (concealed or open) you should always be aware of your surroundings.

This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself, or that you need to constantly be doing an “operator’s sweep” every step you take.

It just means you should have a pretty good idea of whats around you, and where people are in relation to your weapon.

  • Printing

When carrying concealed, no one should know your carrying a weapon but you.

Duh right?

If your going to carry concealed you need to make sure that other people aren’t able to tell you carrying a firearm.

This means wearing clothes that cover your firearm and don’t “print”, or leave an obvious outline of your weapon.

A good way to make sure everything is covered up is having yourself a little runway show in the mirror before leaving the house.

Take a few twirls and see if what your wearing is suitable CC apparel.

  • Proper Retention

Nothing was mentioned about how the man was carrying his pistol, but having the right gear would have at least helped with concealing his firearm and preventing someone from taking it so easily.

One of, if not the, most important parts of carrying concealed is having the proper gear to keep your firearm secure, in place, and accessible to you at all times.

Keeping your gun tucked in your waistband, or settling for a thin, flimsy nylon holster is reckless and down right dangerous.

Constantly adjusting a poorly constructed or uncomfortable holster is just as bad, if not worse, than printing.

Luckily, there’s a pretty simple solution.

A well-made holster designed for your specific gun ensures that it will stay in place, with proper retention.

Leather holsters are great, but for concealed carry, custom kydex holsters  molded for your gun are going to be your best option.

A solid belt, preferably the same size as the belt loops on your holster, will keep your pants up, gun in place, and you from constantly fidgeting and adjusting your holster.

Having a solid holster and belt is not only safer, it’s much more comfortable, and it could prevent you from ending up on the news like this guy.

 

 

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