Concealed-carrying legislator thwarts robbery

Two Pennsylvania state legislators stood up to two armed robbers on Tuesday night, one of which pulled out a firearm and shot at the suspects, according to police.

State Rep. Marty Flynn (D-Scranton) and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) were walking back to their residences after a late dinner Tuesday night when two armed thugs approached them and demanded their wallets.

Both lawmakers refused to cooperate and Flynn, a former Lackawanna County prison guard and licensed concealed carry permit holder, drew his pistol and exchanged fire with the suspect which sent both pairs of men running in opposite direction.

Flynn and Bizzarro made it back to their residence and called the police, who then arrested a total of four men believed to be connected to the robbery.

“We were extremely impressed by the professional manner in which the Harrisburg police officers responded to our call,” Bizzarro, a former victim-witness coordinator for the Erie County courts, said in the statement. “We are very grateful.”

Meanwhile, Flynn said that he and his weren’t going to back down to the criminals.

“We are used to fighting for the people in our districts every day,” Flynn said in a statement. “We certainly are going to stand up for ourselves and not become victims.”

Neither man were injured in the incident.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Gary March 30, 2018, 8:30 am

    The ONLY reason these two heros(?) Are NOT in jail is because of who.they know! If it we’re ANY two everyday people they would have locked them up!
    You know it, they know it, everyone knows it.
    Discharge a gun in ANY city in the USA and find out what happens. Someone will go to jail. Simple as that!

  • Bill B May 8, 2017, 8:09 am

    They drove back to their residence and then called police? Why the heck did they do that?
    Democrats? Fishy?
    Anyone from these guys districts know their records on votes on 2A issues?
    I dont know about this one.

  • GERRY CURLEY October 21, 2014, 12:13 pm

    I’m impressed with the way these guys refused to be victims. I’m not impressed with r Flynn’s marksmahese guysnship, however. Why didn’t he hit these guys, I wonder. No details were given. The only thing I can think of that is more effective than shooting AT a gun-wielding criminal is actually SHOOTING him. He’ll remember the lesson then!

    • Russ October 22, 2014, 1:08 pm

      ” Why didn’t he hit these guys ” Because it’s all a bunch of bullshit and a set up.

  • LVE4GOD October 20, 2014, 11:36 am

    Always good to hear this kind of news. Now if only these gents would migrate to another political party… 🙂

  • D Hicks October 20, 2014, 9:18 am

    Good for them.

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