Marty Hayes

Using a Firearm to Detain a Person

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Duration:   10  mins

Marty Hayes, founder of the Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network, shows how an armed citizen can hold a criminal suspect at gunpoint. He emphasizes that every armed encounter does not have to end with a shot being fired, and that the scenario of detaining a criminal suspect at gunpoint must be practiced with others or it will likely not go well in real life.

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19 Responses to “Using a Firearm to Detain a Person”

  1. Michael Bryden

    Thanks for the video with some useful hints on what to do if approached by an armed person. While I agree with most of the comments, I suspect most armed persons especially with a gun woould not be so accommodating. Perhaps another video on what to do in those circumstances would be helpful. As to the scenario of the other person running away with or without a weapon, you definitely don't shoot because you are out of life-threatening danger, and you would be deemed the aggressor and liable to legal actions if found guilty of injuring or killing the other person leaving the scene.

  2. Bob Clark

    Well done. You sound a lot like my mentor and trainer, Massad Ayoob. (The Master)

  3. Bob

    Yea Marty, a gun walks towards you with a gun, you say stop and drop it, and he wants to shoot you to get away. Where’s your video for that???

  4. Tony

    Seems that if the bad guy already had the gun in his hand and was intent on doing you harm, he would shoot you while you're going for YOUR gun. Why not evade, and get to a point of cover? Now if he had a knife or club, I'd agree with this procedure(for the most part). It really isn't the mission of a civilian to detain someone for an unknown length of time until the cops arrive, and hope they don't shoot YOU.

  5. Who Cares

    Don't do this in Calif/Mexico. You just may end up in jail & sued by the thug. Are taken out by 5-0.

  6. Bookie

    Great video Marty. Nice to see you again. It's been years.

  7. mel

    What do you do with the weapon of the bad guy? What about watching your surroundings in case someone else is with this guy or the police arrive and don't know what is happening? I think the key to a successful disarmament is not becoming mypoic or too focused on the bad guy after he has dropped his weapon. Instead of having him face away from me, I would keep him facing me so I could see his hands. Just a thinking.

  8. Ken

    Great info to make us aware to prepare before hand how to handle situation. Question concerning the command to drop gun. Isn't dropping firearm potential danger of firing. Less likely with semi-auto but still.

  9. Arthur Burke

    Excellent video! Very informative. I mentally rehearse scenarios praying I will never have to go through one in real life. This is another tool I will add to my arsenal. Thank you so much for making it available.

  10. Randall Snow

    Also the second scenerio where the suspect flees......when he left the firearm behind. There may be potential DNA evidence on it. Do NOT touch the weapon to secure it. Do so through close proximity and do not any one else touch it. Let the police collect it though their agency protocol. When calling police identify yourself and what you are wearing.

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