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Dueling Chainsaws

A recent event in the Bay Area is a reminder of why California especially needs a shall-issue concealed weapon permit law.  If you have ever ridden a subway train, you know the profound sense of unease that comes from it.  Unlike a bus, there is no easy way out, even if you were prepared to jump out an emergency exit.  You are at the mercy of any crazy person on board. The Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) is the pride of Big Government sorts in the Bay Area.  It cost a truly astonishing amount of money to build (about $10 billion in current dollars), and remains a very expensive Read More >>

Why Trump Needs to Appoint Some More Supreme Court Justices

A few months back, a federal district court in Texas agreed that the Gun Control Act of 1968's ban on sale of handguns to residents of states other than the FFL's state of residence is a leftover from a period when it was impractical for an FFL to determine if a buyer from state X could lawfully possess a handgun.  Now that background checks are done by the federal government, this should not be a problem.  This particular case, Mance v. Sessions, involved a resident of DC who wanted to buy a handgun in Texas to avoid the absurd $125 fee charged by the only FFL in DC. This case was of Read More >>

Introducing Gun Laws by State, 2012 Edition: Part V

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

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 >>

Introducing Gun Laws by State, 2012 Edition: Part III

The Reciprocal Carry Conundrum: Part III With Tens of Thoughts of Laws On The Books, How Can You Locate and Follow Laws of Another State For Reciprocal Carry? Before GLBS (GunLawsByState.com), there were but a few books and on-line resources providing a patchwork of coverages to address some aspect of this question. There are some good state-specific guides, and a variety of on-line forums and other sources that cover a specific and general topic, such as whether one state is reciprocal with another state (i.e., it recognizes another state’s license for carry in that state as if it were its Read More >>

Introducing Gun Laws by State, 2012 Edition: Part II

The Reciprocal Carry Conundrum: Part II Doesn't The Second Amendment Allow Me To Carry A Handgun (or Long Gun) Throughout The Country (And If So, Why GLBS!)? In a word, “no.” Broadly, the right to keep and bear arms was conceived as a natural right–a right to self-protection–that the 2nd Amendment was drafted and included in the original Ten Amendments to prohibit the government from limiting. However, even before the Constitution was penned, firearms regulations not incongruent with this right existed. In the Colonies, for instance, there were laws prohibiting the common act of Read More >>

Introducing Gun Laws by State, 2012 Edition

The Reciprocal Carry Conundrum: Part I Conundrum is a noun, and is defined as “something confusing.” Although it may surprise you, there are tens of thousands of laws on the legal books that you face when you engage in carrying a handgun with concealed carry permit (“CCP”) in your state or another state by virtue of reciprocity agreements between certain states. Therefore, it is not an understatement my dear reader for me to tell you what awaits you (and me) with reciprocal carry: mind-numbing confusion. This is why I have authored the definitive paper (book form) and interactive Read More >>