Concealed Carrier Shoots Attacker In Cemetery

Cemetery where concealed carry permit holder defended himself from attacker
Scene of the incident. (Photo: Fox News)

A concealed carry permit holder who fatally shot an armed attacker will not face criminal charges, says Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele.

The shooting was on March 18, 2023, at a cemetery in Horsham Township, Pennsylvania. Our permit holder was at a birthday celebration for a friend who was killed in 2013.

According to the DA’s press release, Arian Davis, age 33, was sitting in a car at the cemetery with others when 29-year-old Daniel Hawkins approached and began shooting at them. 

Concealed Carry Permit Comes In Handy

Davis had a valid concealed carry permit and legally owned a firearm. Hawkins shot him multiple times but Davis managed to retrieve his weapon and fire back at Hawkins, ultimately killing him.

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According to Fox News, the investigation revealed that Hawkins had a firearm that had been illegally altered to become automatic. He also had previous felony convictions that prohibited him from possessing firearms. Furthermore, the vehicle Hawkins had driven to the location had recently been reported stolen by Philadelphia Police.

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Fox News and NBC10 News indicate that Hawkins and Davis, knew each other previous to the attack. Reports say that both were from the area.

Upon investigating the scene, police told the press that there had been over 30 shots fired. 

Permit Holder Acted In Self-Defense

After analyzing the evidence, the DA determined that the permit holder had acted in self-defense. He had feared for his life so his actions were justified.

“Davis was under attack and in danger of being killed when he fired his legally owned weapon to end the threat. For these reasons, I conclude that this was a justifiable shooting, and therefore, no criminal charges are warranted,” Steele said in the press release.

In conclusion, the ruling by the Montgomery County DA brings closure to a tragic incident. The decision sends a message that responsible gun ownership and the right to self-defense are crucial components of a safe and just society.

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This incident reflects how important it is to know when you are legally allowed to shoot in self-defense. It also underscores the critical role of concealed carry permits, which allow individuals to legally carry firearms for self-defense in public places.

Do your research and find out what it takes to get your own concealed carry permit in your state so that you can stay prepared and not find yourself in a worse situation than Davis. 

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About the author: Kimber Pearce is a student, an avid shooter, and a pro-2A advocate.

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  • LJ April 21, 2023, 11:37 am

    They knew each other? Want’a take bets on whether or not this was drug related?

  • BobW April 21, 2023, 11:21 am

    This thing has “gang”written all over it. Time to go after all the unlicensed gang bangers.

  • C April 21, 2023, 10:18 am

    Isn’t wonderful how criminals respect all those laws we have that keep our civil society so safe and peaceful?

  • Charles Nesbitt April 21, 2023, 10:08 am

    Things like self defense shootings need to be put on the news. The media tries to fill the air with shootings to make gun owners look bad and illegal. We need to fill the news when ever someone uses a gun in self defense.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment April 18, 2023, 3:32 pm

    In a cemetery……. now that’s convenient and saves loads of work !

    • Hondo April 21, 2023, 6:11 am

      You know what they say “ location, location, location. Lol