HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — A well-known Arkansas Republican finds herself practicing what she preaches about the second amendment this week.
Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Jan Morgan practices her gun handling on a simulator like the threat is real.
Earlier this week, the threat was real.
She says her daughter was walking into the family’s private indoor shooting range when a man came at her. Morgan was inside.
“My daughter called me on her cell phone screaming and crying and panicked. She said some guy had just charged at her,” Morgan said.
Her daughter locked herself in the car and Morgan came out with her gun. She says the man was banging on the car window and yelling at her daughter.
“I yelled at him, ‘I’m armed, get on the ground, get on the ground, put your hands behind your head,’ and he did,” she said.
Morgan said she asked him questions, he admitted to being on drugs, her daughter snapped a picture and she let him go saying he was no longer a threat.
“Legally I had every right to pull the trigger on him, just because legally you can do something doesn’t mean that you should,” Morgan said.
As a 2nd amendment rights advocate and NRA and State Police certified firearms instructor believes all law abiding citizens should be armed.
“Needing a gun and not having it is a mistake you may only get to make once,” Morgan said.
She says knowing how and when to use it, is the most important.
“I told him don’t ever come back here. And I bet he doesn’t.”
Morgan plans to file an incident report with police.
This situation comes as the Arkansas legislature is reviewing a bill that would protect more uses of deadly force — commonly known as the “stand your ground law.”
While Democrats are admittedly against it saying it causes a rise in gun-related homicides, Morgan says this is a self-defense law that protects those who want to protect others.
As of Tuesday, House Bill 1059 has been postponed to add amendments.