A 31-year-old man tried to rob a gun shop in Canada with the only thing he had; a crossbow. Apparently, he wanted to trade in his crossbow for a new gun because that’s what he demanded from the employee as he was pointing the crossbow at him.
He then apparently got cold feet and left the shop empty handed, and later turned himself into police claiming responsibility for the armed robbery.
I have to wonder why none of the gun shop employees drew their firearm on this guy as soon as he drew his bow. Then again, Canada law could prohibit them from doing so. Their carry law is summed up with the following entry from Wikipedia:
The Criminal Code recognizes self-defence with a firearm. The Firearms Act provides a legal framework wherein an individual may acquire, possess and carry a restricted or (a specific class of) prohibited firearm for protection from other individuals when police protection is deemed insufficient. This situation is extremely rare: the (publicly available version of the) RCMP authorization to carry application refers only to protection of life during employment that involves handling of valuable goods or dangerous wildlife.
What a sad thing it would be if a gun shop, of all places, wouldn’t be able to defend themselves against an armed robbery. SMH.