- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Florida deputies arrested a 43-year-old man Tuesday after he tackled a man carrying a concealed weapon in Wal-Mart.

According to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Foster saw 62-year-old Clarence Daniels in the Wal-Mart parking lot at 11110 Causeway Blvd. with a gun holstered under his coat, a local Fox affiliate reported.

Mr. Foster followed Mr. Daniels into the store, put him in a chokehold and brought him to the ground while screaming that he had a gun, police said.

During the struggle, Mr. Daniels yelled that he had a concealed weapons license, which deputies confirmed was true.

The report said Mr. Foster did not call 911 until he tackled the man.

Mr. Foster has been charged with one count of battery.

“Unfortunately, he tackled a guy that was a law-abiding citizen,” sheriff’s spokesman Larry McKinnon said, The Tampa Bay Times reported. “We understand it’s alarming for people to see other people with guns, but Florida has a large population of concealed weapons permit holders.”

The Sheriff’s Office recommended that vigilante-inclined citizens refrain from taking matters into their own hands, The Times reported.

“You better make sure there’s a good reason,” Mr. McKinnon added. “Otherwise you might be confronting a guy that is legally permitted to carry a gun.”

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