San Francisco Shop Owner Flashes Concealed Firearm to Diffuse Attack in Broad Daylight

The apparently unprovoked attack took place at a famous shop in Chinatown. (Photo: ABC7/Twitter screenshot)

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.

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!'”

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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.

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In San Francisco, applicants must supply convincing evidence of the following five-point list:

  1. 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;
  2. 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;
  3. Existing law enforcement resources cannot adequately address the danger of harm;
  4. The danger of harm cannot reasonably be avoided by alternative measures; and
  5. 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.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at

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  • Kane October 27, 2020, 9:36 pm

    I know there are plenty of people who have carried for years and I suspect that most would consider the “shop owner” flashing a firearm in that situation was NOT a display of sound judgement for a number of reasons.

  • Andrew Dawson October 26, 2020, 2:41 pm

    Dude’s wife/gf needs to get off him and step back so he can defend himself. Hanging on your guy is just going to get both of you beat to a pulp

  • Steve Eisenberg October 26, 2020, 7:53 am

    “This year let’s vacation in San Francisco . I want to see the piles of human feces.”

  • Jim October 23, 2020, 1:35 pm

    It’s funny how they mask the thug and not the victim.

  • Winston October 23, 2020, 10:48 am

    Stop capitalizing the word black unless it part of a proper noun or at the beginning of a sentence. Are you a closeted PC adherent?

    • Boz October 26, 2020, 12:26 pm


  • PGiddy October 23, 2020, 6:41 am

    You should never let a threat get that close to you.

  • Mark N. October 22, 2020, 2:16 am

    Hmm, not buying it. San Francisco is proud of its track record of refusing to issue CCWs to ANYONE except LEO who work in town but live outside of town. (The only exception was Dianne Feinstein many many years ago when she was a City councilman, and she was required to take and pass the SFPD course of firearms training. Her license long ago expired.) A few yeas ago, there were only 4 issued for the whole city, all to reserve officers. So the odds of Mr. Chan having a city issued CCW are slim to none. But maybe he lives outside of town, and the county he lives in issued him the permit (they are good statewide, but have to be renewed biannually).

  • Paul October 21, 2020, 2:27 pm

    I find it quite ironic that a criminal is more likely to meet the requirements to get a carry license than an honest person…..

    • srsquidizen October 23, 2020, 8:24 am

      Yep, nothing in the list requires that the danger has got to be lawful activity. A ho with no felonies could legally qualify but a grandma who’s been mugged 4 times would not qualify since that can happen to anybody.

  • SuperG October 21, 2020, 10:23 am

    I think all you need to say, to meet the criteria, is say that you are a resident of S.F.

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