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Stand Your Moral High Ground

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A few days ago, I received an e-mail from a former student; a Christian man, a patriot and a defender of freedom in the US Military. He wanted me to comment on an article he had just discovered in the Huffington Post written by Mr. Wallis of the Sojourners, entitled “Stand your Ground has no Moral Ground”.  As a believer in our country’s moral high ground and the inalienable right to self- defense, my student seemed to be concerned. I understand why. Huffington Post Article: Stand Your Ground Has No Moral Ground To say the least I am once again disappointed that there are Read More

We Can All Breathe Easier

Heidi Yewman

Yep. Heidi Yewman has surrendered her firearm, or as she liked to call it…”weapon”.  Don’t know who Ms Yewman is?  She is an anti-gun activist who chronicled “My Month with a Gun”, starting in Ms Magazine and ending in The Daily Beast, Her stated intent was to show that she was able to get a permit and carry a gun without any training, and she did.  Putting herself, her family and all those around her in jeopardy by her reckless actions. She wrote of the fear, sitting in a Starbucks with a gun on her hip, and children nearby.  Later she wrote of leaving her gun in her purse Read More

Response to Violence – Citizens Are Pushing Back

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Across the country, we have seen instances of random acts of violence, assaults on our homes, neighborhoods and communities.  They are frightening and remind us of our vulnerability to fall prey to selfish thugs who only care about themselves and what they can get with minimal effort.  They aren't interested in working for what they want, they want you to work for it so they can take it from you. There is a growing trend coast to coast.  Citizens are pushing back.  There are events such as Light the Night, Neighborhood Watch groups, and neighbors looking out of their windows in response Read More

One Way Or Another

The Nine Classes of People Who Cannot Possess Firearms.

“One way or another I'm gonna find ya. I'm gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha” from One Way or Another by Blondie. Seems state governments are looking back to the 70s for inspiration is their zeal for “gun control”. To me, Gun Control is “hitting what you aim at” (seen on a t-shirt…in my closet) but for some individuals, and governments, gun control means you don’t have them. In the name of safety, five states and the District of Columbia, are considering bills that would require law abiding gun owners to purchase between $250,000 and $1 million dollars in liability insurance Read More

Motorcycle Trip and “Gun Laws by State” by Bryan Ciyou

Motorcycle Trip and “Gun Laws by State” by Bryan Ciyou

A 21 day trip on a 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic is as much fun as anything else to do in the summer time. In getting ready for the trip (as any gun tote’n citizen would do) I thought it would be important to know where I could carry my handgun and where they frowned on such things. So, where did I turn, my 2012 Edition of Gun Laws By State by Bryan Ciyou. You might ask yourself, “Well why is she talking about a book in her blog?” I don’t have a good reason other than I want to share what I thought and what happened. Starting off in Indiana, I have my life time carry permit from Read More

A little History, a little looking ahead…

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Gun Control is a hot topic, especially with the election drawing near.  To me, Gun Control is hitting what you aim at.  To some, Gun Control means banning guns from law-abiding citizens. Technically, criminals are already banned from having guns, or it is a crime to use one in the commission of a crime, but…try disarming the criminals.  Ask Mayor Bloomberg how well that worked for New York. Let’s look back at some history; Between 1997 and 2004, when President Obama was an Illinois state senator, he supported banning all forms of semi-automatic weapons (emphasis added). The 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