Is “Constitutional Carry” good for the rest of us? Let’s make sure it is through education!

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So-called “constitutional carry” is becoming more popular around the country. This refers to being able to carry a concealed handgun in public without any sort of permitting or licensing process, assuming that the person is legally allowed to possess the handgun.

(The term “constitutional carry” is itself a reference to the Second Amendment’s wording of “keep and bear arms”. As constitutional scholars are quick to point out, however, the term isn’t really accurate; however, since it does have a generally agreed ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 27, 2016

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Gosh, is it Wednesday already? This week renowned author Sam Harris expounds on self defense; we look at how people try to sell you fear, and how you can avoid it; Rob Pincus does his best to demystify the gun for non-shooters; how to keep your flashlight in perfect operating condition; a great article on the historical basis of self defense and why firearms are tied to that ideal; and Greg Ellifritz has some good advice about dealing with the ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Dec. 9, 2015

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This week I’ve got another interesting bunch of articles for you to peruse: Defensive Daddy talks about keeping your kids safe around your guns; a real-world use of the flashlight as a safety tool; dealing with predators that don’t walk upright; an old scam brought back to life by modern technology; guns aren’t just for men any more; Rob Pincus on how flowers really do keep us safe, when they’re backed up by proper use of force; and Jerry Miculek ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Nov. 25, 2015

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, and you know what I’m thankful for? All of the great articles I found this week! We’ve got Greg Ellifritz commenting on a particularly ridiculous gun article; some talk about talking with business owners who ban guns on their premises; Richard Johnson reviews an interesting new pistol caliber carbine; saving money while reloading ammunition; Claude Werner looks at the case of a woman who pulled her gun when she really shouldn’t have; and Ian McCollum has the ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Nov. 18, 2015

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What a week it’s been since our last Hump Day! The attacks in Paris have been front page news since they happened, and Greg Ellifritz has some advice on such matters; the attacks will no doubt affect our own country’s election process, and Short Barrel Shepherd gives us some things to think about; my latest article on the Personal Defense Network blog has been posted; some very interesting information on the Soviet Stechkin pistol; some information about hearing protection; and ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 28, 2015

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Another Wednesday, another batch of interesting articles for you to read! On today’s episode: I appear on The RoadGunner Podcast to talk about lever action rifles; Greg Ellifritz dissects a violent purse snatching; shooting a gun from a “man purse”; Julie Loeffler talks about other women’s reactions to your gun; and The Handgun World Podcast talks about revolvers and gun-owning doctors. Let’s get started!

 

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I recently appeared on The RoadGunner Podcast with “The Un-Named Trucker” (quite possibly the worst-kept ...

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Your Weekly (More Or Less) Hump Day Reading List for October 14, 2015

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Happy Hump Day! I’ve decided to move the “Weekender” to Wednesdays in the hopes that it will help ease you over the hump and get you to Friday unscathed!

Here are some things I’ve found recently that I think you can make use of: what we can learn from the Umpqua Community College killings; a new ruling about self defense versus your employer’s policies; a young girl who defied stereotypes; a prominent activist perpetuates the stereotype that the young girl smashed; ...

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More women in the gun business is a Good Thing!

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You’ve probably heard that firearms manufacturers are marketing more towards women these days, and gun control groups point to that as the “cause” of women buying more guns. But which comes first — the chicken or the egg?

I’ve noticed a big swing in the shooting world in the last decade, and especially in the last five years: more women, at every level. There are more women in shooting competitions than ever before, more women hunting, more women buying firearms for ...

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The unifying power of the shooting sports. Pass it on.

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Maybe if we paid more attention to what we have in common and less to what separates us we’d be better off. Especially in the shooting world.

My best friend has a brother named Maurice. Both of them are without a doubt superb shooters, but for Maurice long guns are where it’s at. He’s a tremendous shot with a rifle; in fact, the only time I’ve ever been able to best him was on a day he was recovering from the ...

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Criminals don’t obey gun laws. Not here, not in Europe. Surprised?

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We keep saying this, but the prohibitionists don’t get it — no matter where they’re from!

Every time a new gun control law (or any other law, really) is proposed it’s always predicated on the notion that criminals will magically obey the laws. Pass a law against any act and those who pass the laws present them as a solution to whatever problem they’ve identified.

Gun-free school zones are an excellent example: I don’t see where those laws have impacted any of ...

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While some states are losing, others are winning the RKBA battle!

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Washington State lost in the last Second Amendment skirmish — but in places like Virginia, thinks are going along quite nicely, thank you!

I frankly get very burned out very quickly on Second Amendment issues. Not that I don’t think they’re important, simply that the seemingly never-ending onslaught wears me down.Last year, for instance, our neighbor to the north fought hard against a Michael Bloomberg-funded proposal to enact the most draconian restrictions on private firearms sales that exist in this country. ...

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Debunking the idea that gun ownership results in more murders.

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The media likes to report that the United States has the highest gun ownership rate and consequently the highest murder rate in the developed world. Does it?
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Piers Morgan. Just mentioning the name causes gun owners to grit their teeth, as well it should. The smarmy, egocentric British expatriate (largely because his own countrymen couldn’t stand him ...
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Kids are the future of the Second Amendment, but not if we treat their parents like pariahs.

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I was teaching a Home Defense Handgun Skills class yesterday, and during the last hour or so of range time a fellow and his two teenage kids drove in and set up on the range next to us to shoot a very well-accessorized AR-15.
During a break I engaged them in the normal range smalltalk, and I noticed two things about this family: first, they came to the range in an “evil, liberal” Prius; second, they were ...
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The younger generation is here, and it’s about time we started treating them like fellow shooters.

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Believe it or not, this guy is one of the most die-hard Second Amendment fans you are likely to find. He even owns a company that makes AR-15 rifles and parts, and is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Yet there are a whole lot of people who probably wouldn’t give him the time of day at a shooting range. That’s ignorant, and ...

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Whenever I hear “I’m all for Second Amendment rights, but…”, my hackles are raised. How about you?

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Just because someone is a self-declared hunter doesn’t mean they know anything about, let alone support, the Second Amendment. And just because they’re a self-declared hunter doesn’t mean they actually are!
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Ashland, OR is a quaint little university town in southern Oregon. My sister attended college there back in the ‘70s (before it became a university), and the town is most widely known for its annual (and quite good) Shakespearean Festival. I’ve spent a fair amount of time ...
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Is this how “responsible” gun owners behave? I don’t think so, and neither does Starbucks.

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In case you missed the news yesterday, the President/CEO of Starbucks finally got fed up with conflict stirred up by the open carry faction of the shooting community and said, in effect, “no more.” In a statement on the company’s blog he posted a note (which you need to read to understand clearly what this is all about) which asked people to leave their guns at home when visiting any of his stores.

This all happened because Starbucks ...

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The rationale of “no sales to police” and what it means to the RKBA fight.

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There is a growing list of gun companies who are refusing to sell to any government agencies (police departments, etc.) in states where their products are not allowed to be owned by the general populace. I’ve applauded this practice, and have taken more than a little heat from both friends and enemies for my stance.

Their arguments against industry-government boycotts are generally based on efficacy: the “it won’t matter, so why bother?” school of thought. I think that’s short-sighted, and ignores ...

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How subjects in the UK get around their draconian gun laws.

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As you may know, the United Kingdom banned possession of handguns for the general populace some time back. This action was precipitated by a spree killing at a school in Scotland, and in an incredibly strong knee-jerk reaction the UK simply declared handguns to be illegal. Confiscation and destruction followed; the loss of many historical artifacts resulted.

The law exempts muzzle-loading handguns, however, and so some enterprising souls convert double-action revolvers into muzzleloaders. The Firearms Blog has the ...

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What are “gun rights”?

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On Sunday, I tweeted this:

If there is no such thing as “gun violence”, there can be no such thing as “gun rights”. Be consistent – owning a gun is a HUMAN right.

Let’s delve into what that means.

I noticed that those in the shooting community bristle at the term “gun violence”. It’s the term used by gun control advocates and much of the media (but I repeat myself) to focus attention on the object rather than the person who ...

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The concept of ‘need’.

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I’m a bit concerned about a trend in the gun community, one borne from defending against the prohibitionists who have gotten their second wind courtesy of the Newtown tragedy. That trend is arguing ‘need’.

The prohibitionists (gun-grabbers, if you prefer) like to ask the question “why do you NEED” some specific gun or feature on a gun. Whether it’s a “high capacity magazine” or a “military style rifle”, the question puts the onus on us to justify our desire to have ...

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Some thoughts on solidarity in the gun culture.

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Since the election we’ve been bombarded with the notion that gun owners need to present a united front against the prohibitionists who wish to restrict the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. I agree with the sentiment, but I think the idea of solidarity can be taken to an illogical extreme, and in fact has been.

When someone in our camp – like the gun store owner in Arizona who publicly declares that he doesn’t want Democrats in his establishment, or the ...

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How to contact your elected representatives and actually have an impact. It might not be how you’ve been told.

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The Second Amendment community is facing a major fight at the dawn of 2013. This time they’re serious, and it’s going to take some work on our parts to win.

You see, Congress goes back to work tomorrow and one of the things they’ll be working on is Dianne Feinstein’s new gun control bill. I’ll not waste the space here detailing the provisions – you can easily look them up with a five-second Google – but she’s going for broke this time: ...

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Hypocrisy, thy name is journalism.

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There is just a ton of stuff to talk about this week, and my “ideas for the blog” bookmark list runs into the hundreds. I want to take today, however, to point out the hypocrisy of the press – and how at least one of the members of the increasingly sanctimonious Fourth Estate has learned that what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, courtesy of the emerging Fifth Estate.

The Journal-News of White Plains, NY ...

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Should we welcome ‘liberals’ to the shooting world? Of course we should.

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I recently found this piece by Terrell Prude Jr. Mr. Prude** is a self-professed liberal who is also a Second Amendment supporter and a member of the NRA. If you’ve been following the blog, Facebook, or any of the podcasts I’ve been on lately you know that this is a hot issue with me. I don’t believe that someone needs to be of a certain political persuasion in order to be a gun rights advocate, and I ...

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Some of us aren’t getting it: chasing away new shooters.

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Last week Rob Pincus posted a photo on his Facebook page of him teaching Khloe Kardashian how to shoot. (I’ll admit to the necessity of Googling the name to find out who she is. I am unabashedly unhip.) Though I’m not a fan of “reality” television (I studiously avoid “Top Shot”, for instance), I’m glad she took the time to find out about the shooting world from someone who knows it quite well.

There, I thought, it sat. ...

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Picking up the pieces, post RECOIL.

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RECOIL Magazine took a beating last week. The editor, Jerry Tsai, resigned on Thursday after a long list of advertisers cancelled their support of the publication, and on Friday the publisher “suspended” Associate Publisher Joe Galloway – likely for his ridiculous spin attempts (and perhaps some alleged astroturfing that was tried on Facebook.)

Now what? They may survive, they may not; I don’t think anyone can really predict their fate, at least not now. If they want to survive, however, the first ...

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Dead Magazine Walking: RECOIL goes all in.

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(If you haven’t been following the erupting story about RECOIL magazine, read my recap from Monday.)

Up until now we’ve heard only from Jerry Tsai, the editor of RECOIL. FIrst he said that he stood behind what he wrote, but that he simply worded it unclearly. (Remember that one of the reasons he cited for the gun being unavailable to “civvies”, and with which he agreed, was that it served “no sporting purpose” and was ...

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RECOIL Magazine’s Waterloo.

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Over the weekend a major firestorm erupted over RECOIL magazine’s review of the HK MP7A1. In the article, the editor of the magazine – one Jerry Tsai – penned this:

“Like we mentioned before, the MP7A1 is unavailable to civilians and for good reason. We all know that’s technology no civies should ever get to lay their hands on. This is a purpose-built weapon with no sporting applications to speak of. It is made to put down scumbags, ...

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The Open Carry movement is being hijacked.

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I’m on record, going back at least a couple of years, of not being a fan of open carry for political purposes. My stand is simple: you cannot open carry in an area where it’s legal to “fight for your rights”, because the right already exists. If it already exists, then it comes under the principle of exercising the right responsibly.

The rabid open carry advocates, those who carry with video cameras and actively seek conflicts with police officers, are not ...

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Monday Meanderings: hi-cap revolvers, Rhode’s life, and I’m no anglophile.

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– Not sure where I got this, but it’s pretty interesting: a three-barrel revolver. What will people think of next?!? (<–that’s humor, people.)

– Seems that Kim Rhode, ace Olympic shotgunner and ambassador for the shooting sports, has a blog. Hope she finds time to post more often. (Who knew she was a fan of bacon-wrapped meatloaf?)

– Speaking of Kim: I’m still a little miffed that they removed her original event – women’s double trap ...

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