Bar Shooting Was an “Active Shooter Situation” According to Owner

Bar Shooting Was "Active Shooter Situation" According to Bar Owner, iStock-1334890768
Bar Shooting Was an “Active Shooter Situation” According to Owner, iStock-1334890768

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)-– On December 18, 2022, at about 6 p.m., a previous customer returned to Famous Sam’s bar in Tucson, Arizona, and fired a round into the ceiling. Another customer pulled his pistol and told the person with the rifle to drop the gun.

When the suspect started to point the rifle at him and another customer, he shot the rifle-toting shooter. KOLD initially reported the story:

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – A man is battling for his life after a bar fight ended in a shooting near Grant and Silverbell in Tucson late Sunday, Dec. 18.

In an interview with KVOA, Mark Rhude, the bar owner, gave a more detailed account of what happened. From kvoa.com:

A shooting at a bar on Tucson’s west side Sunday was initially reported by multiple media outlets as a “bar fight”, but Famous Sam’s owner Mark Rhude said it was a much different situation that could have been more serious.

Speaking exclusively with News 4 Tucson, Rhude said it was an active shooter situation stopped short by a heroic customer with a gun.

Arizona was the second state to re-establish Constitutional Carry.

Vermont has always had Constitutional Carry since the Bill of Rights was ratified. Alaska re-established Constitutional Carry in 2003. Arizona re-established Constitutional Carry in 2011. In Arizona law, there is a local wrinkle in Constitutional Carry. A person may carry in an establishment that serves alcohol, but the person who is carrying is not allowed to consume alcohol while carrying a concealed firearm. The firearm has to be concealed. From AZleg.gov:

 A. A person may carry a concealed handgun on the premises of a licensee who is an on-sale retailer unless the licensee posts a sign that clearly prohibits the possession of weapons on the licensed premises.

As private property, establishments may ban the carry of firearms altogether if the owner desires to do so.

This story is one of many that goes underreported by the mainstream media because it shows a positive image of a law-abiding gun owner using that tool to defend their life and family. It is our responsibility at AmmoLand to report these stories to you the reader. While we will continue to report these stories, groups like the Crime Prevention Research Center, led by Dr. John Lott, are fastidious in studying the use of firearms for self-defense. Stay up to date with all news on self-defense by following CPRC and Ammoland.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Duane

Fired a round into the ceiling,

Must of watched to many westerns.

Bigfootbob

I was in a convenience store on Bourbon Street buying a quart of beer and a milk carton to pour it in to drink on the street while crowd watching sometime in the mid seventies I don’t remember the exact year. I was about ready to exit the store when a Hell broke loose. a NOLA Tactical Squad rushed the store two grabbed me by the scruff of my collar and started dragging my 6’ 3” 200 pound body out of the store and around the corner behind a stone wall. Meantime other tactical officers started firing their weapons into… Read more »

Tionico

well by that time I don’t think you really NEEDED that beer. Nor did you get the street show you were expecting. Maybe a fifth of hootch after you were “free to go”.
Guess they did not think words and lengthy explanations were in order just then.

TGP389

I prefer Augustus McRae’s shot glass trick…

ras52

Yeah, he sure got their attention didn’t he!

Ledesma

Media won’t tolerate anything positive being projected about “gun nuts”. Except of course when the “gun nuts” are ghetto carjackers then they report “disagreement about a car”.

Deplorable Bill

This is why we are armed, this is why we carry. We defend and preserve life. There were lives saved that day! Had that second customer not been packing and been willing to use it things may have turned out much differently. If the bar owner is correct, and there is no reason to think otherwise, this was an active shooter situation. This could have gone down like that bar out in communist California a year or two back, it does fit. Sadly, most of the time the press either under reports or fails to report any situation when a… Read more »

KenW

In Florida although we do not have Constitutional Carry, the law states that you cannot carry in a bar. You can in a restaurant or in the restaurant section, but not if you’re at the bar.
I generally do not carry as I sit at the bar, although I have before, I feel it is more prudent not to.

TGP389

I’d rather ‘splain why I had it there than be shot. It is a dilemma, though.

Tionico

I’ve been inArizona and taken advantage of the “liberty” to be in an “establishment” armed. I don’t need the booze, we were in there visiting and playing caroms or some such.Oregon is the same way. Washington has a very simple rule..NO GUNS IN BARS> Nohow nowhere no time nope. Story from the very rural eastern part of the state cattle country mostly: Tavern on the edge of the small town, one fin day someone new walks in sits down, friendly folks engage inconversation he quaffs a beer or two, becomes known as “Bob”. Next day back again he soon enough… Read more »

ras52

Bob is a smart fellow and a hero! Very good post, thanks!

ROCK6

I carry in bars and breweries. My choice, my risk, not the government’s or the establishment’s. I’m okay with that. I don’t get drink to get intoxicated, I don’t go to any such places after 9PM, and quite often breweries have some great food trucks! I kind of like Bob…

Steve

Our state says no problem where (in terms of bar, restaurant) – just don’t carry concealed and have alcohol in your system. Not a certain amount, but ANY alcohol in your system.

PistolGrip44

They forget the part where the police disarmed the heroic customer and he will probably never see his firearm again. It will, no doubt, end up in the home of one of the thieves, aka police.

Bill

Thanks Dean! I appreciate you always getting us “the rest of the story!”