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Uber driver uses newly legalized concealed firearm to stop mass shooting

A freelance driver for the Uber individual taxi service taught Chicago gun-grabbers a valuable lesson on Friday on the importance of a good guy with a gun.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Uber driver was in a parked car after dropping off a passenger in the city’s Logan Square section when a man identified as 22-year-old Everardo Custodio opened fire on a group of pedestrians nearby.

The Uber driver, who was unidentified, responded by pulling his own gun firing six times, hitting Custodio in the shin, knee and lower back.

No one else was injured in the shooting and no charges are going to be filed against the Uber driver, who stayed at the scene of the shooting until police arrived. The 47-year-old was “acting in self-defense and the defense of others,” an assistant state attorney said in court Sunday, the Tribune reported.

Custodio faces charges of aggravated battery and weapons charges. He was denied bail Sunday.

The beauty of this is that the driver could have been prosecuted for doing the same thing a little more than a year ago, according to the Daily Caller. The state of Illinois, a notorious Democrat stronghold, became the last state to legalize concealed weapons in 2013. It did not start issuing licenses until February 2014.

The Uber driver has a concealed carry license. The company said it has no policy regarding drivers being armed except that they must comply with local laws, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Fortunately for the pedestrians on that Chicago sidewalk Friday, Illinois laws now allow people to defend themselves – and others.

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