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The Line Between Self-Defense And Murder Is Sometimes a Fine, Fuzzy Line

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Do you understand when you can use a firearm to protect your life, dwelling or to stop a felony?  Would you bet a charge of murder on it or risk a wrongful death suit or both?  How about the limits castle doctrine and retreat?  Do you carry a firearm in another state? Do you know the deadly force laws of those states? If you cannot answer these questions off the top of your head, you are taking unnecessary risk and are at extraordinary legal peril. A failure to understand all the legal concepts of deadly force may land you in jail for murder and loss of your wealth. In this webinar, a Read More

Schools and Guns

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It was in my last blog, which was a while ago – so I apology for not getting this out at little earlier, that I talked about how our schools are “dumbing down” our children. I shared information about colleges changing their thoughts on education.  However, just after my last blog, I ran across a college publication with an article titled, Right to Bear Arms: Students for Concealed Carry.  After reading the article I had two thoughts. First Thought:  This is just too Cool! Well, I thought to myself, this is really incredible and just plain cool!  I know “cool” is an old Read More

The Zombie Hordes

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A Zombie is defined as an animated corpse. If you are a regular visitor you may have seen the previous post, One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if by…Graveyard? In the words of that darling cherub Carol Ann “They’re back.” At least that is the word that went out over the emergency broadcast system of KRTV in Great Falls Montana recently. Viewers heard, "Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from the grave and attacking the living." The voice warned not "to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous." Apparently the Read More

Beans, Bullets and Band-aids

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That was a common expression in the military.  Well, today, 2 out of three isn’t bad.  We can get the beans, we can get the Band-aids…the ammunition is a little tougher.  When you can find it, the economic laws of supply and demand are in full effect.  Prices are going up with the demand, while availability is, well, challenging. So, what is happening?  According to various sources, people are nervous about pending legislation and are stockpiling ammo.  You would think that would account for a shortage of high powered riffle ammunition, but now, 9mm and .22LR are also really hard Read More

INTRODUCING THE 2013 EDITION GUN LAWS BY STATE: Reciprocal Carry – The Good, Bad and Ugly

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Growing up in a rural area, guns were an ordinary part of my daily teenage life, as well my friends. We were safe, very safe, and I remember reading the Indiana Department of Natural Resources hunting guide to make sure I knew the law. I continued these interests in firearms in adult life, and in fact, participated in an informal shooting club during law school. It is not surprising that as a legal intern at a local prosecutor’s office, when I knew and could identify guns used in crimes off the top of my head, I became assigned with legal research projects, like was someone carrying a Read More

New York First in Gun Control

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New York is the first state to strengthen their gun laws in response to the violent shootings at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut and also shooting of first responding firefighters in Webster,NY. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York State signed a more restrictive gun control which was passed by the state legislature in very quick fashion on Tuesday, January 15. Mayor Bloomberg, who was pleased with the law, states that it strengthens NY's already strict gun regulations and shows a concern about public safety over gun possession. Gun owner associations such as the NRA have said that the bill Read More

Fast and Furious leads to Duck and Cover…Part II

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The much anticipated Department of Justice Inspector General’s report titled “A Review of the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters (REDACTED)” dated September 2012 runs 512 pages and contains few, if any surprises. In a nut shell, blame the local level Special Agents in Charge (SACs), many of who are identified as “former” in this report, and the people at the top of the chain, i.e., Attorney General Holder had no idea what was going on. In fact, Chapter 7.I.4.a reads; “Although the Office of the Attorney General received various weekly reports from components Read More

How Obamacare And The Healthcare Mandate Could Open The Door To Gun Grab. This is Huge! Wake Up!

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Scotus’ Healthcare Decision: Implications of “Individual Mandate” for Future Firearms Regulation On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court (“Supreme Court”) handed down a landmark decision1 affirming the defining piece of legislation for the Obama Administration, literally reshaping the face of health care by 2014, in deciding whether what has been commonly referred to as “Obama-Care” passes constitutional muster. Continue reading on gunlawsbystate.com... Read More

Introducing Gun Laws by State, 2012 Edition: Part V

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The Reciprocal Carry Conundrum: Part V Determination of the Controlling Laws of the Reciprocal State: How to Conduct and Check Your Legal Research! A big part of legal education is “finding” the law. It seems fairly straight forward as it relates to firearms law and to some extent it is with routine questions. Laws will be local, state and/or federal. These laws are found in administrative rules, statutes and case law. Throughout this introductory series for, these sources of law have been identified and through gunlawsbystate.com, or Gun Laws by State, the book, the locations of Read More

Introducing Gun Laws by State, 2012 Edition: Part IV

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The Reciprocal Carry Conundrum: Part IV Understanding the Legal System: State Sovereignty Versus Federal Supremacy and How it Works Thus far GLBS (GunLawsByState.com) has set out what it does and why it is so necessary for prudent and lawful reciprocal carry. Now it takes the next step and sets forth why and how local, state and federal law may apply in any given instance of reciprocal carry. This is crucial to evaluating whether to carry in a reciprocal state and, if so, what laws to follow. At this point the constitutionalists may be cringing and asking themselves the following rhetorical Read More