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Jeweller who shot robber wants more gun rights
Dennis Galloway says right to self-defence eroded in Canada, RCMP disagree
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | 9:36 AM PT Comments16Recommend20.
Port Alberni jeweller Dennis Galloway is taking a public stand in support of increased gun rights after he shot an alleged robber in his store. (CBC)
A jeweller from Port Alberni, B.C., who shot an armed robber five times is taking a public stand for stronger rights to bear arms in Canada.
"The police can't control the crime anymore," Dennis Galloway said. "The government isn't controlling it anymore. We are relying on the politicians and the RCMP to take care of us — and we should all be responsible for our own safety and security."
Galloway was speaking out after staying silent for months about how he opened fire one afternoon last fall on the masked robber and accomplice trying to rob his store.
"I had my eye on them before they even opened the door," Galloway said in an interview. "And I could see gloves on their hands and sunglasses and hats. They took one, two steps in the door — and boom — out comes their gun.
'Do you just lie down and let the criminals run the country?'
— Dennis Galloway, jewelry store owner"I turned, went into my safe, got my firearm out of storage and loaded it."
Galloway has been a target shooter for a decade. He said he keeps several legally registered guns in the vault in Dievert's Jewellers, the store he owns with his wife, Sharon. They were alone in the store when the alleged robbers arrived in the late afternoon of Oct. 22, 2008.
Surveillance video shows that while Galloway quickly slipped into his open vault to get his weapon, one of the masked men pointed a large handgun at Sharon's head. The man was moving toward the vault area when the jeweller came out and began firing his 9-mm Beretta handgun.
'No time to contemplate'
"I see the guy moving towards me with a gun and starting to lift the gun up and I started to see the smashing — like he was hitting the [jewelry] case with the gun," he said. "Do I just roll over and let them do whatever they want? Possibly kill us?
Surveillance video from Dievert's Jewellers shows a masked man pointing a gun at Sharon Galloway's face. (CBC)
"There was no time to contemplate on what was morally right and wrong. It happened so fast. Once I started shooting, he turned and he ran."
Galloway said he kept firing until the magazine in his gun was empty. Surveillance video shows accused robber James Gumbleton collapsed in the store entranceway. His alleged accomplice got away. Gumbleton had been shot five times in the shoulder and torso.
"He hit the floor," Galloway said. "I went back into the safe, reloaded my firearm. I was still kind of worried. I didn't want him to escape or turn around and shoot me."
Photographs from the scene show bullets also went through the glass in the storefront. Galloway trained his gun on Gumbleton, while his wife called 911.
Gumbleton was taken to hospital, where he spent several months in a coma. The 46-year old from Burnaby with a record of drug-related convictions is now paralyzed from the chest down. The RCMP are proceeding with robbery charges, now that he is well enough to attend court.
Accused robber James Gumbleton is paralyzed from the chest down after being shot five times. (Courtesy Alberni Valley News)
RCMP recommended Galloway be charged as well — with unsafe storage and careless use of a firearm. The Crown disagreed.
Canadian law says guns must be registered and stored, unloaded and safely. Citizens are allowed to fire their guns in self-defence but only with as much force as necessary.
a reader's comment:
at 12:47 PM ETIn Canada:
If a person shows a RCMP officer a gun. The RCMP shoots you.
If a person shows a RCMP officer a stapler, The RCMP shoots you.
If a person shows a RCMP officer an exacto knife. The RCMP shoots you.
If a person approaches an RCMP officer unarmed. The RCMP shoots you.
If a person runs, walks or crawls away from an RCMP officer. The RCMP shoots you.
If a person uses a gun or weapon on another person in self defence (which is allowed under the criminal code) the RCMP recommends charges agains't the person defending theirself (or as in the case of Christopher Okemau, the RCMP shoots you).
I think I have to agree with Mr. Galloway on this one. We need some changes in this Country..