Country Music Star Gives Up Gun To A Cop During Las Vegas Shooting

Country Duo Big & Rich performed on the same night as artists such as Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Kane Brown at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1st and just before the shooting began, they went to a bar that John Rich owns in Las Vegas to play a few songs.

“We played 90 minutes to two hours before Jason Aldean,” John Rich told Fox News about the tragic events that occurred late that night. “We loaded up our bus, and there is a little country bar I have in Las Vegas that I own [Redneck Riviera], and we went over there to play a little after-show set. We were onstage there and got the tap on the shoulder that there was an active shooter. We immediately stopped playing and got everyone away from the windows and tried to secure the location.”

Rare Country reports that in the bar that evening was a Minneapolis police officer, who was on hand just to enjoy a little live music.

“He came up to me and showed me his badge and he says, ‘I’m an officer and I am not armed’ and asked me, ‘Are you armed?’” John recalled. “I said, ‘Yes sir, I am. I am armed.’ I have my concealed weapon permit. And he said, ‘Can I have your firearm so I can hold point on the front door?’ So I handed over my firearm to him. Everyone got behind him and, for about two hours without flinching, this guy kept point on that front door just in case someone came through.”


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  1. LegalBeagle

    Depending on the law in Nevada, it might not be lawful for an out of state cop to be carrying in the venue, but … jeepers. I always have at least one handgun with me when I travel.

    • Law Officer

      Agreed, in some states it is a felony to carry a gun in a bar.

      • TexasGuy

        Would be in Texas. 46.035 b1 – 3rd degree felony

        (b) A license holder commits an offense if the license holder intentionally,
        knowingly, or recklessly carries a handgun under the authority of Subchapter H,
        Chapter 411, Government Code, regardless of whether the handgun is concealed
        or carried in a shoulder or belt holster, on or about the license holder’s person:
        (1) on the premises of a business that has a permit or license issued under
        Chapter 25, 28, 32, 69, or 74, Alcoholic Beverage Code, if the business
        derives 51 percent or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic
        beverages for on-premises consumption, as determined by the Texas Alcoholic
        Beverage Commission under Section 104.06, Alcoholic Beverage Code;
        (g) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, unless the offense
        is committed under Subsection (b)(1) or (b)(3), in which event the offense is a
        felony of the third degree.

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