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Where is the NRA?

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It Is Everywhere, Soon To Be—Here! The 2014 NRA Annual Meeting and Convention Comes to Indianapolis, Indiana Several years ago, after walking down the never-ending sidewalk along the Ponte Vecchio river in Florence, Italy, I finally realized a life-long dream; I found the Instituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza (the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum) open for my tour. Now machine guns and cannons were nothing new. In fact, I had found them all over the world, but I was visiting the place where they were conceived and drawn by Leonardo Da Vinci. This was long before they were built and Read More

HOW DO YOU KNOW THE “LEGAL” CULTURE OF YOUR STATE, PRO- OR ANTI-GUN: INDIANA GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE SPORTING CLAYS EVENT

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The legal position of a state governor provides a good insight into how various gun laws may be enforced and what to anticipate in terms of future gun laws. In Indiana, Mike Pence gained strong support in his recent bid to be elected governor from gun owners and sports enthusiasts by his stated commitment to Hoosiers’ right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment. Certainly, such a plank for election speaks to whether a Governor will veto nonsensical or unnecessary gun legislation. However, many compromises must often be made by any respected leader, Governor Pence is solid in Read More

Fighting for your Lifetime

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Indiana Senate Committee Hearing 2/20/2013 Re: Senate Bill No.555 On February 20, 2013 at the behest of Senator Tomes of Indiana, I offered my testimony in the Senate hearing of Bill No.555.I was simply asked to give my professional and personal opinion on the proposed bill and what I thought may be the outcome of said bill passing into law. Essentially this bill offers Indiana residents {and non-residents alike} an alternative license to the already existing firearm license Indiana currently issues. With this new firearms reciprocity license one would have to comply with the minimum 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

Introducing Gun Laws by State, 2012 Edition: Part III

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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

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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

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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