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3 Big Tips to Surviving a Carjacking

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This Week: An attempted carjacking in my home town… what never to do with a carjacker… A huge Hollywood CIA myth… A retirement gun business… And, another reason to get a survival motorcycle.


I live in Cedar City, UT. It’s a small town of 25,000 people where nothing ever happens (until it does.)


This past Friday morning I was getting ready to teach the Escape & Evasion Driving Experience. As we were setting up, one of my instructors said to me, “Did you hear about the carjacking at Walmart last night?”


Well, at about 6:30pm on Thursday evening a couple had just finished shopping and were getting ready to leave the Wal-Mart parking lot. Suddenly, a man jumped into the back seat of the car and pointed a gun at the couple.



One of the passengers jumped out of the car and the gunman then jumped out of the car too. The gunman fled to a getaway vehicle being driven by his buddy. As the gunman was driving off police say he fired at least one shot at the couple’s vehicle.


Thankfully, the couple wasn’t hurt, but police have yet to catch the gunman and his accomplice.


As happens anytime a crime like this occurs in a more quiet place people were saying, “I can’t believe this happened in our town… I never thought a carjacking would happen here.”


I always laugh every time I hear this after an incident because it’s not as if someone is going to say, “Yeah, my town is a real dump. I’m not surprised there was a carjacking, I’m just surprised they don’t happen daily and that I didn’t get murdered last night.”


My point is, never forget that it can happen anywhere and anytime… even in your town, your neighborhood, or your driveway.


That’s why I want to share with you 3 quick tips that could save your life if you ever find yourself in the situation where someone is in or is trying to get into your vehicle.


Tip #1- Never, ever stay in the car with the criminal so they can take you somewhere. If you are a victim of a carjacking and they want you in the vehicle too, you’re probably going to die.


Don’t think that if you obey them and just drive them around that you’ll live because you most likely won’t. This is why I highly encourage you to learn gun disarms and knife takeaways. (They’re rather simple and don’t take years of practice and people quickly learn this when we teach it in the Escape & Evasion Driving Experience.)


Tip #2- Remember that car doors are not bullet proof. In other words, if a criminal pulls a gun on you and you happen to have a gun, you can shoot straight through the car door and you don’t have to raise your gun where they can see it before you shoot.


It doesn’t matter if you’ve got full metal jacket rounds or jacketed hollow-point rounds. This could be a huge advantage to you since you don’t have to waste precious time and raise your gun up to the window to fire.


Tip #3- Understand deadly force law. If you are in fear for your life you can run over the criminal with your car. So, if some guy walks in front of your car and points a gun at you, you don’t have to sit there until he makes his next move.


You can jam down on the gas pedal and get away to safety. It is the same thing if you look in your rear view mirror and someone is blocking your vehicle while pointing a gun or knife at you. When your life is in immediate danger you are allowed to preserve your own life, even if it comes at the cost of the attacker’s life.


SPECIAL NOTE: If you would like details on the next Escape & Evasion Driving Experience where we teach gun disarms, knife disarms, and how to stop a carjacker, click here before it’s sold out.


The Mailbag

From Carlos R: I’m a big fan of you and your work and, even though I don’t always agree with you, I think you do great work and service.


A: I appreciate your honesty. We don’t always have to agree with people to learn from them.


From Jeff F: Hey Jason, I bought your book on starting an FFL for retirement. I have thoroughly enjoyed it but I did have one question for you. I am a chiropractor and I am at the office more than I am at home. I always have a staff member in the office to answer phone calls and sign for packages and such. Is it ok for them to occasionally sign for any packages if I use the office as my mailing address?


A: Yes, if you plan to have a retirement gun business you can certainly have others sign for the packages. This is exactly what I do when I’m not in my office. (Click here for details about the Retirement Gun Business Guide.)


From Jonathan S: I’m curious on how you got recruited into the CIA? I have a passion for espionage and have wanted to be a “spy” my whole adult life. Is there any light you could possibly shed on this with me it would be greatly appreciated.

A: I’m going to let you in on a huge myth created by Hollywood: the vast majority of people are not recruited into the CIA. Instead they simply apply for the job and go through the rigorous hiring process, which is what I did. So, if I were you, I wouldn’t wait for a recruiter to approach you, instead I would put in an application.

From Dave P: The KLR650 is my deeply considered bug out bike… I live in Northern Virginia and was here on 9/11. My (now ex) wife was working in Crystal City near the Pentagon that morning and when the second plane hit the Twin Towers… It took her NINE HOURS AND FORTY-FIVE MINUTES TO GET OUT OF HER PARKING GARAGE.


A: A huge reason to consider a survival motorcycle for a crisis situation.

Stay safe,

Jason Hanson


P.S. If you haven’t attended the Escape & Evasion Driving Experience yet, click here now.


  • Phil Werner says:

    How about a photo of you wearing your 37 item bug out bag so we. Can get an idea of size.
    Phil werner

  • Chris says:

    Hi Jason,
    Congratulations on all your success. Been following you since Shark Tank and I look forward to your weekly tips and survival techniques.

    Would love to take Escape and Evasion Driving Experience at some point in the future!

    In the world we live in, it seems more and more that the police are out of control. One could argue that it’s simply all “media spin”, but there are too many examples recently of police abusing their power and unnecessarily escalating situations that result in innocent people getting injured or killed.

    In your newsletters you have great advice and strategies for protecting your family from intruders…I just wanted to see if you had any suggestions or advice for dealing with unruly or power-tripping police officers. Especially when you’re in your car.

    Don’t get me wrong, II know police officers have one of the toughest jobs in the world. But there are quite a few bad apples out there…and those bad apples all have guns and a badge. Anyway, I welcome any suggestions you might have against protecting myself and my family against some emotionally unstable or hyper aggressive lunatic who just happens to be a cop.

    Congrats again on all your success.

    (NY, NY)

  • Marc says:

    I have been considering getting your ffl book for a retirement income. I have done some research previous to you offer and the local FBI office in Phoenix told me that I would need a tax I.d. from the IRS. I have heard otherwise from other sources. No one knows everything. (Some know nothing!) What are your thoughts on this and how do you get one. I happen to be working on paying on some back taxes I owe, will that cause a problem. Thanks for your time. Marc

    • Jason Hanson says:

      Hi Marc,

      If you start the business in your own name then you would not need a tax ID. If you start the business with an LLC then you would need a tax ID. As far as the back taxes you may want to check with the IRS.

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