Sunday, May 31, 2015
Americas Got A Fever, And The Only Prescription Is More Concealed Carry Permits - Defend and Carry
May 26, 2015 |
Concealed carry permits soar amid political, safety fears
Whatever the reason for getting a concealed carry — self-defense, political beliefs about the right to bear arms, worries about terrorism, crime or societal implosion — the numbers of concealed carry permit holders keep rising.
That mirrors a national trend in which the number of concealed carry permit holders rose by 136 percent from 1999 to 2014, when it passed 11.1 million.
“The biggest thing I see is it’s all ages now,” said Jeff Stucker, co-owner of On Target Shooting Range in South Asheville and a gun instructor for 20 years. “It used to be 40- , 50-year-old guys, maybe some in their 20s and 30s. Now, it’s almost as many women taking it as men. That’s the biggest thing — they want it for self-defense for their home or car.”
The Crime Prevention Research Center released a report last July, based in part on a Government Accounting Office study, that put the number of concealed carry permit holders nationwide at 11.1 million, noting it’s likely much higher because figures are not available for some states, including New York, and five states and most of Montana do not required a permit to carry concealed.
All 50 states now allow concealed carry, although the rules vary significantly, and permits have skyrocketed.
Somehow the media has been trying to convince Americans that gun ownership is down. That less homes have guns in them.
More importantly, they have been trying to push the narrative that guns are the most evil thing in our society, and anyone who owns one is dangerous.
Despite that, concealed carry permits have soared to record numbers. More Americans have concealed carry permits than any time in our nations history.
The answer as to why is simple. People want to be able to defend themselves.
As our society becomes more dangerous, more violent, and more crowded; people are recognizing the individual responsibility to defend oneself and family.
More importantly, Americans LOVE guns. We love guns because we see them as tools of Freedom. We didn’t ask the British to leave, we shot them with guns.
Guns and the idea of freedom go hand and hand in this country. Guns preserve our rights given to us in the constitution.
It is not even about preserving our rights against a potential tyrannical government, it’s about preserving our rights against the guy kicking down our door at 3am.
It is about preserving our rights from the carjacker waiting in the parking lot. Its about protecting our rights from bad guys who answer offensive cartoons with bombs in shopping malls.
America has turned the corner on gun permit ownership. We want gun permits for our personal safety, and we demand gun rights to preserve our way of life.
America has a fever folks, and the only prescription is more gun permits!
Saturday, May 30, 2015
4 Tips For Road Trips And Travel With Your Concealed Carry Firearm
For those looking forward to a nice long summer, it’s always an added bonus to be able to travel with the safety and security of a concealed carry firearm. But before you pack the Glock with the suntan lotion, here’s a few tips to help stay on the right side of the law no matter your final destination.
1. Know Your Concealed Carry Reciprocity
Despite efforts to pass national reciprocity laws allowing concealed carriers to move across state lines with ease, we’re still stuck in an antiquated system of in-state versus out of state distinctions. A quick reference tool to see what states presently accept your concealed carry permit, check here.
NOTE: The aforementioned link should only be used as a quick reference tool because legislation is changing all the time. To ensure you remain in compliance, the only sure-fire way is to check with the state itself.
For states that do not recognize your right to carry concealed, they may have open carry policies which allow some more freedom of movement. At present counting, there are thirty states (and hopefully more to follow) which do not require a permit to open carry. Here’s another quick reference for that.
2. Specific State Gun Restrictions
California is a case example of not only a state that doesn’t issue concealed carry permits to out-of-state residents but also one that heavily restricts the style and class of guns that can be used.
“High Capacity” Magazine Restrictions
|California||>10||Does not ban possession|
|District of Columbia||>10||Does ban possession.|
|Hawaii||>10||Does ban possession|
|Maryland||>20||Does not ban possession|
|Massachusetts||10+||Does ban possession|
|New Jersey||15+||Does ban possession|
|New York||>10||Does ban possession|
|NOTE: This reference is based upon data published and reported through the State of Connecticut’s inquiry into Federal and State high-capacity magazines. The full report is available here.|
The good news on this above list is that if you plan on travelling through those states, the Firearms Owner Protection Act of 1986 protects you so long as you only stop for brief periods (i.e. a quick meal, gas, a bathroom break, etc.). In order for this federal law to fully protect you, however, it’s probably a best practice to:
- Ensure all firearms are unloaded
- Lock up all firearms in a secure compartment
- Make sure that secure compartment can’t fall into the vague definition of “easily accessible”. It’s very foggy and it’s something that can be used against a concealed carrier, unfortunately.
3. Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 Can Be Your Best Friend
There’s a few common questions that arise naturally when we’re told we can pass through a state but can’t stop. We’ll take one that came up real recently in discussion.
I’m driving from Utah to Oregon and I have to pass through California. It’s a big state and I need to pull over and take a nap. Will I get pinched for having magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition?
This is possibly one of the hardest ones to answer. Undoubtedly, something as dubious as being in possession with a magazine that a specific state defines as “high capacity” has probably been used against someone for less than legitimate reasons. The only person that can accurately answer this question is an attorney who specializes in firearms-related cases.
Obviously, the threat of sleeping at the wheel outweighs the threat of (in this example) California State Troopers making a big problem about transporting high capacity magazines in a secure compartment of your vehicle.
Rule 1: Don’t give probable cause where there isn’t. A police officer cannot legally search your vehicle without a warrant, your consent, or due probable cause. That last one can often be the turning point in a case. If you do stop to rest, do not grant any reason to give any of the above.
Rule 2: Strictly limit time outside the vehicle. The longer you’re away from your vehicle in a state that prohibits the transportation of something you are transporting, the Firearm Owners Protection Act quickly loses ground. Stopping in a motel for the night and heading out in the morning? Probably fine. Stopping in at Aunt Sue’s house for a long weekend? That’s treading on thin ice.
Rule 3: If you can’t wear it legally, keep it locked up. While it’s natural to check to ensure that firearms and ammunition are in their allotted space, at no time is it alright to take out or handle these weapons. FOPA of 1986 only protects gun owners just so far.
4. Travelling By Bus, Train or Plane? Check Your CCW
There are a lot of great provisions allowed for the transportation of firearms across the United States provided they’re checked in as luggage via either the TSA (for airplanes) or Amtrak’s baggage service (if by train).
For those looking to board buses and metro lines, however, additional restrictions apply. For instance, MARTA (Atlanta, GA) does not allow the transportation of firearms. Getting out of the airport at Hartfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the major routes out of there is via the local MARTA terminal and bus service. If Atlanta is your final destination, you may want to consider alternate modes of transportation such as taxi or a rental car.
Chartered buses, such as Greyhound, have specific limitations on transporting firearms. Many do allowed booked transport. Make sure to check with them and if you have any transfers, ensure you’re good to safely transport those firearms from bus to bus.
Do you have any insight into travelling about with a concealed carry firearm? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Keep it in Your Pants - Defend and Carry
May 19, 2015 |
Reasons to Resist Urge to Unholster Your Firearm in Chaotic Situations
By David Humphreys, Defend and Carry Contributor
The bloodbath between five biker gangs in Waco got me thinking about my own personal, concealed line of defense. When bullets are ricocheting off parked cars and armed threats are on all sides, would I reach for the firearm on my side? You bet I would. But to pull it out and confront multiple threats is another choice entirely. Unholstering a firearm isn’t always the right answer in these specific chaotic situations, and I’ll explain why.
Here are three situations when you should keep your concealed carry, well, concealed:
1.) Caught in the Crossfire
When gangs are unloading round after round at each other and you’re caught in the crossfire, it may be best to stay low and get behind cover. Let the threats duke it out amongst themselves, and try to escape the situation. Unless you have some deeply-rooted death wish, the last thing you want to do is poke your head out like a curious prairie dog.
However, if a gang member came at you with an obvious intent to harm you, that would be a legitimate reason to use your concealed counterpart.
2.) Help is on the way, Dear!
If you’re a bystander caught in a sticky situation, like a gang brawl, it may be in your best interest to allow law enforcement to do the shooting. There are more of them, they most likely have bigger guns than what’s in your holster, and they are on the clock doing their job. We as concealed carriers should refrain from going “Rambo” unless the situation requires it; instead, allow the authorities the chance to eliminate the threats in an orderly fashion.
It’s always good to keep your sidearm at the ready, but whipping it out when other options are available could prove to be a fatal choice in these chaotic situations. We must choose our battles wisely.
3.) What’s beyond your target?
Unless the attackers are lined up like a row of evil ducks, it may be best to resist pulling the trigger if it endangers innocent people within the vicinity. Too often bystanders die as a result of a hasty defensive shot. It all comes down to situational awareness. These moments in life happen quickly, and they require the best judgement call at the time. If you feel confident that you can neutralize the threat to your life without harming innocents, pull the hammer back and go with your gut instinct.
There are obviously dozens of reasons to keep your gun holstered, and these are just three if you find yourself caught in a five-way biker gang brawl. It all comes down to justifying the use of your firearm.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
News’ host Greg Gutfeld explained that the media’s gun control arguments increasingly fall on deaf ears because Americans refuse to feel guilty over using guns for self-defense.
Gutfeld said, “No matter how hard the establishment media tries, they can’t convince good people how bad guns are when they’re in the right hands.”
He then explained that the American people, while supportive of the police, have simply come to realize that there are long seconds–and frequently, agonizing minutes–between the time they dial 911 and the time police arrive. Moreover, he stressed that Americans understand that in many instances the police will only be coming to count bodies–that any defense that is going to happen has to happen before badges, handcuffs, or sirens are on the scene.
Gutfeld suggested the gun control media’s inability to understand these things has only placed greater distance between their esoteric arguments and the American people. He said:
Perhaps the media misses the big point. They do their theorizing from the fish bowl of a well-protected studio and travel to and from work at reasonable hours through tiny neighborhoods in secure vehicles. The fine people of Detroit don’t have that luxury; they realize that any argument against arming yourself is full of holes, which is not the way they’d like to end up being.
Empirical support for Gutfeld’s claims can be seen in the pro-gun attitude taking hold in Detroit’s heavily black community right now. Breitbart News recently reported that concealed carry is surging in the black community, and no less a prominent figure than Detroit Police Chief James Craig explained that this is a seismic shift from how things have been historically.
In a tone similar to Gutfeld’s, Craig explained that Detroit residents have simply come to realize that good guys with guns really can protect their own lives and the lives of their neighbors. They have also realized that being armed helps bring stability to their community.
In the real world, these realizations are drowning out anything that gun controllers might say to the contrary.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
12 Killed, 43 Wounded In Memorial Day Weekend Shootings
CHICAGO (STMW) — Twelve people were killed and at least 43 — including a 4-year-old girl — were wounded in shootings across Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, police said.
The 4-year-old, identified by her family as Jacele Johnson, was shot about 8 p.m. Friday in the West Englewood neighborhood. She and her 17-year-old cousin Romare Wilson were inside an SUV in the 7000 block of South Justine when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to their family and Chicago Police.
The girl was shot in the head and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, authorities said. She has since been upgraded to fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday morning.
The teen was shot in the chest and grazed by a bullet in the neck. He was in serious condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. A 15-year-old girl standing on a sidewalk nearby was shot in the forehead and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where her condition stabilized, police said.
The weekend’s most recent fatal shooting happened Monday night in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, police said. About 7:50 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the back and the leg in the 4900 block of West Erie, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not confirm the death Monday night.
About 5:25 p.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the back in the 0-100 block of East 36th Place, less than two blocks south of Chicago Police headquarters in the Bronzeville neighborhood. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, police said. The medical examiner’s office could not confirm the death Monday night.
A 29-year-old man died after he was shot Monday afternoon in the Irving Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said. He was shot about 2:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of North Hamlin. He was sitting passenger in a vehicle when another vehicle pulled up, and someone inside got out and fired shots, police said.
The man was shot multiple times in the upper torso and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he later died, police said. The medical examiner’s office could not confirm the death Monday night.
Two teen boys were shot — one fatally — in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side on Sunday night.
The boys, 14 and 15, were outside in the 4400 block of South Cottage Grove about 8:15 p.m. when someone fired shots from a light-colored sedan, police said. Emergency crews found the older boy unresponsive in an alley with a gunshot wound in his back.
Raheem Dameron, 15, of the 5600 block of South Justine, was pronounced dead at the scene, the medical examiner’s office said. The younger boy was shot in the foot and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where his condition stabilized. Police said the 15-year-old had documented gang ties.
On Sunday afternoon, a 20-year-old man was fatally shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. He was driving in the 3300 block of West Division about 4 p.m. when a dark-colored SUV pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. He was shot in the chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died, police said.
Less than an hour earlier, a man was killed in a drive-by shooting in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.
About 3:20 p.m., LaSean Barnes, 38, was in the 3200 block of West Maypole when someone fired shots from a passing beige conversion van, authorities said. The van then drove off east on Maypole.
Barnes, of the 3000 block of West Polk, was shot in the right side of his abdomen and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said.
Early Sunday morning, a woman died in a shooting which injured two others at a party in West Englewood. About 12:45 a.m., four people were denied entry to a party in the 6100 block of South Honore, police said. The four males then surrounded the party and opened fire, striking three people outside, including Deja Atwood, 29, authorities said. She was shot in the chest and leg and taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where she died.
A 39-year-old man shot in the chest was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, and a 25-year-old man shot in the arm was taken to Holy Cross, where his condition stabilized, police said.
Minutes earlier, one man was killed and another wounded in a shooting in South Shore. They were standing on the sidewalk in the 7900 block of South East End Avenue at 12:27 a.m. when a gunman fired shots, police said. One of them, age 32, was shot in the neck and taken to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Another man, whose age was not available, was shot in the buttocks and went to Jackson Park Hospital, where his condition stabilized.
About 11:45 p.m. Saturday, a man was found shot to death in an alley in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Daniel Rivera, 27, was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his face in an alley in the 4700 block of North Albany, authorities said.
Rivera, who lived in the 7200 block of North Damen, was pronounced dead at the scene, the medical examiner’s office said.
Earlier Saturday afternoon, a 24-year-old man was found fatally shot in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Charlie R. Weathers had a gunshot wound to the head when officers found him about 12:45 p.m. in the 0-100 block of North Laramie, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.
Weathers, of the 5000 block of West West End Avenue, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:01 p.m., authorities said.
Early Saturday morning, a 20-year-old man was found shot to death in University Village, police said.
Officers responding to the 1000 block of West 14th Place about 2:10 a.m. found the man unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The holiday weekend’s first fatal shooting happened about 1:45 a.m. Saturday in Wicker Park. Carlos F. Marino, 34, was sitting on the front porch of a home with two other people in the 1700 block of West Pierce when someone walked up and opened fire, authorities said.
Marino, who lived in the same block as the shooting, was struck in the chest and shoulder and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:34 a.m., authorities said.
The most recent nonfatal shooting left a woman with a graze wound to her leg following a domestic dispute with her boyfriend early Tuesday in the Austin neighborhood.
The 47-year-old woman was shot about 2 a.m. by her boyfriend in the 4800 block of West Madison, police said.
She was treated and released at the scene and no one is in custody.
At least 35 others have been shot since Friday night.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2015. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Floridians Allowed To Carry in State Emergencies Even Without Concealed Permit - Defend and Carry
May 22, 2015 |
Gov. Scott signs Florida emergency concealed carry bill
It will now be legal for gun owners in the Sunshine State to temporarily carry concealed handguns without a permit during periods when the sun isn’t shining so bright.
Now law is a measure to allow law-abiding citizens without concealed carry licenses to bear arms during declared mandatory evacuations. A reboot of a failed2014 bill that was killed in last minute political maneuvering, this session’s effort had an easier go of it after police lobby groups embraced the proposal. It passed the Republican-controlled Senate in an easy 29-10 vote while the House last month approved it by a 86-26 margin.
“As Hurricane Season approaches it’s critical that our rights are protected during natural disasters,” advised Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-Petersburg, in a statement. “With the signing of SB 290, all lawful gun owners will be permitted to carry a concealed weapon if they are complying with a mandatory evacuation during a state of emergency. I’m proud to have sponsored this bipartisan bill ensuring that we have the right to protect our families during these sometimes chaotic times.”
This is exactly the type of thing I like to hear heading into the weekend. This law will allow lawful gun owners to possess a firearm during an evacuation, which will ultimately protect themselves and their family from the chaos that ensues after a Florida storm.
Times like these are always more dangerous, so it makes sense to allow more law-abiding citizens access to guns for defensive purposes. Criminals tend to get more desperate and brasher with their actions during the aftermath of a natural disaster. This is when a gun comes in handy, to subdue the chaos.
When Floridians evacuate their homes, they take what’s most precious to them. Their family, of course. Photo albums. Jewelry. Why leave your gun?