Herbert Reese, 65, of Montgomery, Alabama, knows the value
of having a firearm for personal protection. He owns a convenience
store that has been robbed six times since 1989. The last robbery
proved fatal for the thug. After closing his shop, Reese, a
concealed-carry permit holder, was apporoached by the young crook,
who displayed a pistol and demanded his wallet. Reese complied, but
then drew his .38 revolver and shot the robber dead. In four of the
previous incidents, a firearm had been used to prevent a robbery,
and Reese has never been charged for defending himself. "You would
have thought people would know not to rob around here by now," he
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