WATCH: Armed Store Owners Protect Businesses from Looters

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Numerous armed business owners in Minneapolis can be seen on video standing guard to shield their businesses from looters.

Protests turned into full-scale riots as crowds gathered night after night in the city following the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd. Businesses and police stations were set ablaze, windows shattered, police cars vandalized, and department stores looted.

Some business owners have responded by banding together, armed with AR-15s, AK-47s, pistols, and other firearms to protect their property.


On August 15, 2014, Breitbart News reported armed men protected St. Louis’ businesses from looters in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Store owners of Riverfront Tattoo used AR-15s to keep their business from being looted and “men with concealed 9mm handguns and revolvers” gathered to defend Mally’s Supermarket.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at




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