During an attempted armed robbery at a Fairbanks tool shop this past Friday, an employee stopped the would-be perpetrator from stealing a bandsaw kit.

According to the Alaska State Troopers’ dispatch, the attempted robbery took place on June 24, just after 4 p.m.

When an employee tried to stop the suspect and recover the bandsaw kit, the suspect pulled a holstered gun from a backpack and unsuccessfully struggled to remove the firearm from the holster. While the suspect fumbled with the gun, an employee who conceal carries drew his own firearm and pointed it at the suspect, the Troopers reported.

“The suspect considered his decision, then put the firearm in his backpack and ran away on foot,” the report states.

An investigation is on-going.

According to American Gun Facts, a group that gathers firearms statistics from around the country, guns are estimated to deter or thwart crime between 500,000 and 2.8 million times per year in America, and guns are used roughly 1.7 million times in self-defense.

In the vast majority of cases (82%) no shots are ever fired, and in 51% of cases, simply displaying the firearm was sufficient to thwart the perpetrator. In 31% of cases, just telling someone that they are armed prevented the attack from taking place. Only 18.1% of the time was firing the gun required to defend one’s life.

While Alaskans may obtain conceal carry permits in order to carry in other states, there are no firearm registration or permit requirements to purchase or conceal carry guns in Alaska. Open carry is also legal in Alaska for any anyone legally allowed to possess a firearm. Some areas are off-limits, including K-12 schools and any place where liquor is sold for on-site consumption.

Click here for more about Alaska’s concealed carry laws.

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Fairbanks employee with concealed gun thwarts robbery attempt

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    More reasons for not taken weapons away from good citizens!

  • Brandon says:

    1.7 million times per year for self defense.
    So what happens, when we restrict the law abiding….. =/
    Exactly. . .

  • Mike Moore says:

    Pass legislation that will ban any and all Red Flag infinitives, agendas, and or laws.

  • Cathy says:

    How do you determine who gets guns? Who are the law abiding citizens?
    Why do they need assault rifles?
    Are they of sound mind?
    Before guns are handed out and these violent acts occur.
    My sister was shot down in a convenience store on a Sunday while working. Left 4 daughters behind. I cannot blame that on a political party.
    We need a common sense party.

    • Emilie says:

      I’m extremely sorry for your loss, and the loss your 4 nieces have to live with. Guns aren’t the problem. People who wish to do evil can do it with knives, machetes, clubs and acid. If your sister had pulled a handgun and shot them first, would she have had a chance?

    • dabigmoose says:

      THERE WILL ALWAYS BE EVIL PEOPLE gun control will not even slow it down

  • Matt Obermiller says:

    There are around 375 million firearms in private hands in the US and well over a trillion (with a T) rounds of ammunition for those guns. If good guys with guns were the problem, YOU’D KNOW.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Please protect yourself Alaskans
    Locked and loaded

  • Bill Elmore says:

    The first murder was not with a firearm!

  • Matthew Carberry says:

    The restriction on carry in places which allow alcohol consumption on premises are a bit broader than mentioned, but you obviously know that and linked to the details to prevent rewriting a book about it. Thank you for linking to a source, wish more journalists would practice the fundamentals.

  • Dennis says:

    Vote Lisa Murkowski out!

  • CD says:

    Remember the movie theater shooting? They concluded the reason why that guy chose that particular movie theater was because there was a sign that said there were no guns allowed.

  • christopher shelborne says:

    Outlawing fentanyl and meth means no one dies from it anymore, right?