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    I thought this was a pretty good list of events to remeber:

    The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah 12/16/08 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 12/18/2008 Around 9:15 a.m., a homeowner in Ogden, Utah was disturbed by a loud noise just outside his home. When the homeowner went to the front door to investigate, he found two men trying to force their way through the front door. The homeowner retrieved his 9mm handgun and confronted the burglars, who began to flee. The homeowner followed the criminals, and asked what they were doing. The criminals then fired at the homeowner, at which point the homeowner returned fire. No one was injured during the incident and the criminals managed to escape. Once the police arrived, the homeowner was able to give a description of the men who had attacked him. The police had had a previous run-in with one of the men fitting the homeowner’s description and were able to track him down and arrest him. The armed criminal is facing charges of aggravated assault and attempted burglary.

    The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, 03/16/08 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 6/1/2008 AFTER A MAN was killed at his apartment complex, Phillip Reinhardt bought a 9mm handgun and kept it nearby while he slept. Months later he was glad he had it. Police say an is-year-old intruder kicked in Reinhardt's dead-bolted door just before dawn. The commotion woke Reinhardt's girlfriend, whom the intruder grabbed and began to touch inappropriately. Reinhardt came to her rescue, freeing her and firing one shot at the intruder. In hasty retreat, the wounded intruder broke a window and jumped through it. Police found him running down a street.

    Daily Herald, Provo, UT, 9/18/07 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 12/1/2007 College student John Erickson parked his scooter and was walking toward his house when a pit bull charged him in an unprovoked attack. "All of a sudden the dog grabbed my leg from behind," he recalls. He swung his helmet at the dog, temporarily halting the assault but the dog recommenced the onslaught. Erickson, a concealed-carry permit holder, was forced to draw his 9 mm pistol and shoot the delinquent animal. His mother, Lyn, used to oppose her son's firearm ownership, but after the incident she noted, "Now I'm saying,'I'm just so thankful he had a gun,' I'm just so thankful because what would you do?"

    The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, 8/8/07 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 11/1/2007 "CHECK THIS OUT, fool!" announced a masked intruder as he burst through the door of Allen Van Arsdale's antique shop. But police say Van Arsdale, a 46-year-old rock collector, was not about to comply. He dropped to a knee, drew a .45 Colt revolver and fired a shot, missing the bandit by inches but causing him to flee. "Whatever drugs he's doing altered his brain chemistry and he did something he probably didn't want to do," Van Arsdale said. "When somebody points a gun at me, it alters my brain chemistry and makes me do things I don't normally do."

    Deseret Morning News, Salt Lake City, UT, 02/01/06 State: ut American Rifleman Issue: 4/1/2006 A man asleep in his apartment was awakened by a knock at his door. Police said that when he answered it, no one was there. Then a man shattered a window in the home and began entering through it. The resident armed himself and ordered the intruder to leave. When the alleged burglar failed to comply, the resident shot him. The suspect was treated for wounds to his leg and hand at the hospital and charged with burglary.

    Deseret News, Salt Lake Cuty, Utah, 11/21/04 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 11/1/2004 When two men broke into a Midvale, Utah, home, they discovered they had picked the wrong one. The homeowner, having retrieved a shotgun, confronted them and held them until police arrived. No shots were fired.

    Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Ut., 8/6/04 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/2004 A Salt Lake City, Utah, homeowner noticed that the pet door in his front door was being used by something other than a pet, and quickly reacted. He retrieved a gun and fired one shot, wounding the intruder, who soon was taken into custody.

    The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 09/12/03 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 12/1/2003 An Orem, Utah, man nearly had his ticket punched when he attempted to rob a Greyhound bus station. The man handed the clerk at the station a note demanding money. The clerk, who has a CCW permit, drew a gun and held the would-be robber at gunpoint until authorities arrived. The suspect was charged with attempted robbery and public intoxication.

    Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, 5/22/00 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 11/1/2000 Shortly before 3 a.m. one Sunday, a West Central City, Utah, couple was awakened by the sounds of someone pounding on a glass door to their home. When the glass broke, an intruder made his way inside. According to the homeowner's son, "[The intruder] looked at my dad with death in his eyes and said, 'Adios, amigos.' They were terrified ... he came at them violently." One bullet from the man's .40-cal. handgun fatally struck the intruder. The son later remarked of his father, "I can't imagine him intentionally hurting another person, but what choice did he have?"

    Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, 7/3/00 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 10/1/2000 When a 17-year-old robber wielding two butcher knives entered Jun Young Bok's Ogden, Utah, market one evening demanding money, the shopkeeper refused. Bok first attempted to match the threat with a golf club, but finally trumped the double-bladed menace with a handgun. Police arrived to find Bok holding the suspect at gunpoint. They arrested the youth and another 17-year-old who had acted as a lookout during the attempted robbery along with a 21-year-old getaway driver.

    The Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 4/7/97 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 10/1/1997 Animal control must sometimes be performed with a firearm. Bill Call of Ogden, Utah, was walking his miniature schnauzer when it was attacked by a pit bull. Call tried to intervene, but received bites from the ferocious dog for his trouble. After a passing letter-carrier tried to subdue the large dog with pepper spray, Call drew his .22 derringer and shot the vicious canine in the head, killing it instantly. Police said Call had no other option to save the schnauzer as well as protect himself.

    The Desert News, Salt Lake City, UT, 2/25/96 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 7/1/1996 "Thank God we have the constitutional right to bear arms. Let's hope they never take that away from us," said Vietnam veteran Mike Patton of Midvale, Utah, after he used a .38 to protect his wife and home from an armed 17-year-old housebreaker. Awakened by his barking dog, Patton confronted the intruder in his basement and fired three shots before holding him for police.

    The Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 2/16/96 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 6/1/1996 Kade Marsh clung to the side of his mother's stolen Nissan Pathfinder as the three crooks inside the vehicle sped from a Lindon, Utah, restaurant parking lot. The driver swerved toward concrete overpass supports and parked vehicles at speeds up to 90 m.p.h., attempting to knock Marsh loose. As the trio slowed coming around a corner, Steve Strate, a citizen following the Pathfinder, forced it to the side of the road with his own truck and held the car thieves for police with his licensed .38.

    The Express, Vernal, UT, 1/17/96 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 5/1/1996 Jensen, Utah, rancher Gary Snow suspected a predator when he couldn't locate his herd of 95 sheep. Shotgun in hand, Snow had not searched long before two rottweilers charged him from the banks of the Green River as if to attack. Snow shot the two dogs just 30 ft. away and to his horror, discovered that they had chased his sheep more than a mile and into the river, mauling them along the way. Of the 70 sheep killed, those not slaughtered by the dogs drowned after their wool became weighted down by the water.

    The Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 5/24/95 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 9/1/1995 The intruders should have heeded 71-year-old Kenneth Struhs' warning to leave after kicking in the door to his Emigration Canyon, Utah, home. Instead, the two men continued toward Struhs, forcing him to shoot one of them in the leg with a .22 cal. rifle. At the sound of the shot, both men tried to flee, but the injured crook collapsed on the porch where he remained until police and paramedics arrived. The arrested criminal had a lengthy criminal record that dated back six years.

    The Desert News, Salt Lake City, UT, 1/31/92 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 5/1/1993 "I told him he'd picked the wrong night," said Kyle Wagstaff of the knife-wielding robber he apprehended outside the Salt Lake City, Utah, store where his fiancee works. In the store when a man walked in, pulled a knife and demanded money, he retreated outside to get a shotgun from his truck. When the robber, clutching a handful of money, walked from the store, Wagstaff trained the shotgun on him and held him for police.

    The Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 8/6/92 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 11/1/1992 After successfully fighting off a would-be rapist while walking her dog, a Murray, Utah, woman, enraged over the incident, retrieved a pistol from her home and went hunting for the man. Finding him attempting to hitch a ride on a local highway, she held him at gunpoint until a passing motorist summoned police.

    The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT,4/15/92 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 7/1/1992 Leon Peterson of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, got a pistol when he heard someone knocking on the doors to his home but found no one there. When he opened one door, however, several teenagers crashed in, one swinging a baseball bat. After issuing warnings, Peterson unleashed several shots, killing the bat-wielding intruder. Police said Peterson acted justifiably and arrested several suspects, including Peterson's estranged wife, alleging she hired the youths to beat Peterson and retrieve the couple's daughter.

    The Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 10/21/91 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 1/1/1992 Her family taken hostage by her daughter's ex-boyfriend, Barbara Holt of Kearns, Utah, and her husband were threatened with death, then forced into the bathroom of their home. When the man, armed with a rifle, went into the kitchen with her daughter, Holt slipped into the bedroom and got her .22 pistol. "I was hiding in the corner and when he came out of the kitchen, I just pulled the trigger," Holt said. Her single shot hit the man in the head and stopped the attack.

    The Deseret, Salt Lake City, UT, 5/19/91 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/1991 Celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary, Steve and Shelly Robertson had just checked into a motel in Midvale, Utah, when someone knocked on their door. Having earlier noticed several men loitering in the motel's parking lot, Robertson picked up a pistol while his wife answered the knock. When three intruders burst into the room, Robertson fired twice, wounding two of them, one mortally.

    The Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 10/30/87 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 3/1/1988 When her landlord forced his way into her Salt Lake City, Utah, home and began beating her friend over a dispute involving automotive repairs, Michele Hansen grabbed her .44 Mag. handgun and repeatedly ordered him to leave. When he instead lunged at her, Hansen fired, killing him. A circuit judge dismissed charges against Hansen, who went into labor after the shooting and gave birth to a son later the same evening.

    The Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT, 10/26/86 State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 8/1/1987 A Salt Lake City, Utah, homeowner was disturbed late at night by knocking at his door. After telephoning police, the homeowner armed himself and answered the door. An armed man standing in the door fired at the resident, who returned fire. In the ensuing struggle the homeowner fatally wounded the man.

    The Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 9/1/1979 Anthony Lelis was relaxing at his Salt Lake City, Utah, home when he heard a cry for help. Investigating, he found a young woman being assaulted on his front lawn. Lelis called police, then took his .38 cal. handgun and went outside. When a warning shot went unheeded, Lelis fired twice at the would-be rapist, hitting him once and driving him away. Police arrested the man a short distance from the scene.

    The Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 2/1/1979 A convicted felon barged into the backyard of a Salt Lake City, Utah, couple and threatened the pair with a revolver. He then tied up the householder, Lawrence F. Rosvall, 60, in his garage, and Rosvall's wife Velva in a bedroom. Rosvall cut himself loose with a pocket knife, borrowed a shotgun from a neighbor, and confronted the intruder as he was leaving the house. When the hood ignored Rosvall's order to lie down, Rosvall brought him to earth with two shotgun blasts. Police said the badly wounded man had a long record, including a conviction for second degree murder.

    The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 11/1/1978 Salt Lake City grocer Ervin Wilkerson was seated at a table when a man drew a pistol and attempted a robbery at the check-out stand where Wilkerson's wife and son were working. When his son distracted the bandit and caused him to turn around, Wilkerson shot him with a 12-ga. shotgun.

    The Park Record, Park City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 12/1/1975 An alert family dog and a .357 Magnum revolver thwarted an apparent holdup attempt at the Park City, Utah, home of Mr. & Mrs. William Bloom. Awakened by barking about 10:30 p.m., Bloom got his revolver and peered through the slit between the curtains of the front door. He observed two men on the doorstep, one brandishing a .38 revolver, the other carrying a large roll of adhesive tape. As they moved toward the door, Bloom pointed his gun above their heads and fired. The prowlers fled, dropping their gun.

    The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 6/1/1974 Sitting behind the counter in his Salt Lake City, Utah, jewelry repair shop one morning, Matthew DeSanto found himself facing a youthful gun-carrying robber. The thief fired a warning shot but scampered away in panic when DeSanto pulled a pistol and returned fire. "I shot over his head," DeSanto said. "He was a kid and had probably never done it before." Police soon cornered the culprit and made the arrest.

    Ogden Standard, Ogden, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 2/1/1973 When a gunman tried to push his way into the South Salt Lake, Utah, home of Mrs. Ray Sanchez, Mrs. Sanchez grabbed him, causing him to drop the gun. Her daughter picked it up, fired two shots into the floor and one at the intruder, wounding him. Police took the man to a nearby hospital.

    The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 1/1/1973 When one of two men he was waiting on pulled a gun, grocer Andrew Pursley of Salt Lake City, Utah, reacted quickly. He pulled a pistol from his apron, grabbed the unarmed robber by the throat, pointed the gun at his head, and asked his partner, "What are you going to do now?" The gunman fled, leaving his accomplice behind. Police arrested the man and later arrested a man believed to be the second robber.

    Murray Eagle, Murray, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 7/1/1972 A Murray, Utah, woman told police of being stabbed in the shoulder by a man who led her to a field, threatening rape. While they were in the field, a truck drove up and two unidentified citizens, one armed with a revolver, got out and chased the man away.

    The Salt Lake Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 7/1/1971 Philip S. Summerhays, 27, noticed activity in a nearby parking lot when he arrived home late one night. Thinking somebody might be breaking into a car, he went to investigate and found a youth attempting to rape a 46-year-old woman. Summerhays drew a gun and held the youth for police.

    Salt Lake City Deseret News-Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 3/1/1971 An intruder cut through a screen door and entered the home of Mrs. Dale Larsen of Pleasant Grove, Utah. Discovering Mrs. Larsen inside, he lunged at her with his knife. Mrs. Larsen picked up a rifle and fired, causing the man to run out of her house.

    Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 2/1/1971 A burglar alarm sounding in Walter M. Bain's home late one night alerted him to an illegal entry of his Farmington, Utah, drug store. While his wife called the sheriff's department, Bain armed himself with a shotgun and went to the store. There he captured three suspects and held them until deputies arrived.

    Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 10/1/1967 When a man walked into Andrew Pursley's Salt Lake City, Utah, grocery and asked for chewing gum, Pursley turned to get it--and turned back to find himself staring at a pistol. He pulled his own pistol, shot the gunman, and routed him with a possible stomach wound.

    Standard Examiner, Ogden, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 10/1/1967 Lemuel Earl and his wife were awakened by suspicious noises in their store, in front of their home at Mendon, Utah. Armed with a .45 automatic, Earl investigated. In front of the store, he confronted a youth who claimed to be alone. Just then, Earl saw a rifle barrel emerge from the shattered window of his store. He fired a shot which wounded one bandit and caused another to dart from the store with his hands up. Police arrested the three, and said they found a stolen car with four rifles in it.

    Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 6/1/1967 Service station attendant Edward Stambaugh, Provo, Utah, was counting the day's receipts when a car drew up on the drive and a man came around the car, gun in his hand. With no lost motion, Stambaugh scooped up a .38 caliber revolver and took one shot at the surprised "customer." The man fled. Station owner Al Nielson commented, "We always have the gun here just in case."

    Utah County Daily Herald, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 2/1/1966 In Santaquin, Utah, restaurant owner Russell Jarvis, who was staying in an apartment behind the restaurant, heard noises. Jarvis picked up a gun and went to investigate. He found a pane of glass removed from a window. Suddenly a man dove out of the window and started to run. Jarvis halted the man and held him at gun point until police arrived. The burglar admitted to police several other robberies in the area.

    Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 1/1/1963 Standing in front of their Salt Lake City place of business, Nate Gallenson and his son Art witnessed an assault and robbery. Art dashed into a shop, obtained a pistol, and joined the chase. As Art approached, the thief reached inside his shirt and handed over the stolen wallet.

    The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT State: UT American Rifleman Issue: 3/1/1962 Having been robbed at gunpoint and ordered to the rear of his South Salt Lake, Utah, store by a thief wanted elsewhere for seriously wounding a clerk in another holdup, Carl A. Templin grabbed his cal. .38 automatic and rushed to the street as the gunman headed toward his car. Templin fired, the thief returned the fire and sped away in the car. The store owner jumped in his pickup truck and chased the holdup man until he stopped his car, got out, put his gun on the sidewalk, and surrendered, wounded in the arm.

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    Awesome list!

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