The vast majority of firearms used for self-defense are never fired, and last weekend brought the people of San Francisco a great example of that fact.
The owner of a popular shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown is being hailed as a hero after using his concealed firearm to end an assault on a tourist that took place in broad daylight last Saturday. The incident was captured on a surveillance camera and published by the local ABC affiliate.
EXCLUSIVE: Owner of iconic Golden Gate Cookie Factory jumps in & flashes his conceal carry weapon- to protect a tourist who is attacked by the man in the black sweatshirt.— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) October 19, 2020
Kevin told me “I had to protect my people, protect my employees and the guests.” https://t.co/rWloOKWC2x pic.twitter.com/jdfIorj3gd
The incident took place at Chinatown’s iconic Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory co-owned by Kevin Chan. Chan explained what happened to ABC.
“The guy just pushed real quick…he did the first push real hard,” Chan said. “The guy asked the Black guy, ‘Why did you push me?’ The Black guy said, ‘because you stared at me two blocks away!'”
In the video, Chan can be seen lifting his shirt to reveal his handgun.
“I have a concealed carry and I need it to protect my business,” Chan said.
That was enough to convince the attacker to leave.
“He was scared and he didn’t want to go any further,” Chan believes.
Chan decided not to file a police report, and the suspect has not been arrested. But even though he was able to handle the latest situation himself, he’s not in favor of defunding the police.
“Not to defund the police. But to reform the police. Recognize them. Don’t take away resources. Our community needs resources,” he said.
Chan is fortunate to have secured a license to carry a concealed firearm. California state law allows local law enforcement officials to grant or deny permit applications on a “may issue” basis. Applicants must demonstrate a need to carry a firearm that satisfies that official’s definition of “need.” Some jurisdictions issue many permits while others issue virtually none.
In San Francisco, applicants must supply convincing evidence of the following five-point list:
- There is a reported, documented, presently existing, and significant risk of danger to life or of great bodily injury to the applicant and/or his or her spouse, domestic partner or dependents;
- The danger of harm is specific to the applicant or his or her immediate family and is not generally shared by other similarly situated members of the public;
- Existing law enforcement resources cannot adequately address the danger of harm;
- The danger of harm cannot reasonably be avoided by alternative measures; and
- Licensing the applicant to carry a concealed weapon is significantly likely to reduce the danger of harm.
Fortunately for Chan, he was somehow able to satisfy San Francisco PD’s draconian requirements and protect his business.
“I’m just doing my job to protect my family. My business. My people. My guests,” he said.