How to Make a Citizenís Arrest

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    How to Make a Citizenís Arrest

    I don't expect this to come up in my life anytime soon; but still, it is an interesting read and an interesting concept we inherited from English Common Law.

    Suffice it to say that extreme caution should be used when exercising this "right."

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    The easiest and most painless way of making a citizen's arrest is to call 911 and explain the need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    The easiest and most painless way of making a citizen's arrest is to call 911 and explain the need.
    LoL... No doubt that's the most sensible.

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    Oh, no...

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    It is an interesting article to read, but I agree with Hiram25--call 911 and don't try to be a hero! Especially if you have a CCW! Even in the best of cases, the liberal gun hating press is likely to make YOU out to be a bad guy or nut case cop wannabe just because you carry a gun! Certainly don't expect to be treated like a "hero"!!! I carry a gun to protect myself and family. Period. Not that I might not intervene in some dire circumstances to protect others, but the circumstances would have to be very clear cut and dire before I do anything other than call 911 and act as a good witness.
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    How to Make a Citizen's Arrest

    Don't.

    In the alternative:

    If you should ever have to use your weapon in self defense, and the BG is down. While pointing at the BG, tell the police "He attacked me, I will press charges (or file a complaint)"... even if he's dead.
    Rats!
    It could be worse!
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    Itís not a matter of being a hero; it's a matter of the BG getting away. letís face it if all you have is a poor description of them/him/her the chances of them getting caught are slim to none. if it's YOUR stuff they are ripping off or trashing you have the right to do it.

    I did it twice so far and no it didn't make me feel like a hero but knowing the BG didn't get away is worth it. Once it was a pick pocket on a bus and the second was a B&E at the house next door where we ran the guy down in a foot chase and capture. In both situations the BG would have got away just waiting for the cops

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    Quote Originally Posted by barstoolguru View Post
    It’s not a matter of being a hero; it's a matter of the BG getting away. let’s face it if all you have is a poor description of them/him/her the chances of them getting caught are slim to none. if it's YOUR stuff they are ripping off or trashing you have the right to do it.

    I did it twice so far and no it didn't make me feel like a hero but knowing the BG didn't get away is worth it. Once it was a pick pocket on a bus and the second was a B&E at the house next door where we ran the guy down in a foot chase and capture. In both situations the BG would have got away just waiting for the cops
    In some states,if you chase a guy that stole your property,and he pulls a gun so you pull yours and shoot him,you go to jail,since you escalated the situation.
    There are way too many things that can go wrong,and you are not only facing criminal charges,but may be sued civilly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    In some states,if you chase a guy that stole your property,and he pulls a gun so you pull yours and shoot him,you go to jail,since you escalated the situation.
    There are way too many things that can go wrong,and you are not only facing criminal charges,but may be sued civilly.
    In the state of Texas that is not the case you can use firearm to apprehend a thief but in both of mine I was unarmed. Two kinds of men out there ones that stand and do nothing and the other gets involved the choice is up to the individual; I chose to get involved

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    The easiest and most painless way of making a citizen's arrest is to call 911 and explain the need.
    I'm curious, Hiram: Is there any circumstance where you think it might be advisable for a civilian to make a citizen's arrest?

    (Maybe I should have posted this in the "Defensive Scenarios" section)

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    I don't think there is any situation in which making a citizen's arrest is a good idea. If a guy is running away, let him go and be a good witness.

    The only time to draw your gun is when it's eminent that you or someone close to you is about to get pulverized or shot, and the only option you have left is to pull your weapon and draw down on them.
    I'm in favor of gun control -- I think every citizen should have control of a gun.
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    [QUOTE=bigmacque;2095339]I don't think there is any situation in which making a citizen's arrest is a good idea. If a guy is running away, let him go and be a good witness.

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    this guy says different... he got involved and because of it they caugh a molester

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    Just an FYI in the Dallas/Ft Worth area on any day there are 650 cops on duty per shift for 6 million people, that is basically one cop per 1000 residents. Some are paper pushers, some are writing tickets, and some are eating donuts so what are the chances that the criminal is going to get caught?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    In some states,if you chase a guy that stole your property, and he pulls a gun so you pull yours and shoot him, you go to jail, since you escalated the situation.
    Huh??
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