A Coeur d’Alene man was attributing his life to having a concealed weapons permit on Wednesday. 

Anthony Broyles said he and his two-year-old daughter were approached by a man with a knife. Broyles said he thought the man wanted to kidnap his daughter. 

Broyles had spent four-years in the marines and said his military experience gave him a sixth sense when it comes to threat assessment. He said he was glad he was packing his pistol on Wednesday. 

Broyles had a fun day planned with his daughter at Higgins Point along Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Broyles said a man came towards them with a knife as they looked towards the lake. 

Broyles obtained an Idaho concealed weapons permit in 2014. He said he pulled out his gun. 

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said Broyles had every right to defend himself with equal or greater force, especially if he felt his life was in danger. The same rule applied in the State of Washington.

You can carry a firearm in an exposed holster without any kind of permit in Washington and Idaho, unless there is something that makes it specifically illegal. Examples of illegality would be in a courtroom or a school. 

Broyles said he hoped the man would not try to kidnap anyone else’s kids. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said you should call law enforcement officials right away if you find yourself in a similar situation.