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Signing Books at Shot Show 2014 – Lynne Finch

Signing Books at Shot Show 2014 - Lynne Finch

It was my honor to meet and talk with 100s of attendees at Shot Show.  One of the ways I did that was by doing two book signings at Rumpf’s and Anglers Book Sellers. It was so much fun, shooters are some of the nicest people in the world.  My book, Taking Your First Shot, is doing very well and I had fun promoting it at Shot Show with instructors, gun shop owners and a lot of men who had me autograph it for their wives. Lynne Finch Peritus Holdings, Inc., the owner of the Firearms Network, encourages a free and open exchange of ideas by guest blog posts to provided various Read More

Motorcycle Trip with Kitty Austin and “Gun Laws by State” by Bryan Ciyou (Part II)

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The last time I talked about the first two states of my 21 day trip on a 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic, again it is as much fun as anything else to do in the summer time. I do want to briefly update on Illinois – just as I finished submitting the blog Illinois’ Legislators overrode the veto by Governor Pat Quinn on the Federal appellate court order mandating that Illinois uphold the Second Amendment. Even though Illinois has this new legislation Chicago’s police superintendent still suggests that guns are the cause of the city’s violence. Has he ever heard of knives? What about just a 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

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

When is a Finger Just a Finger?

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Apparently not when it is being pointed in a “threatening” manner, implying a gun, by a six-year old.  Once again, Zero Tolerance triumphs over Common Sense.  A Maryland First Grader was suspended for pointing his finger and saying “Pow”.  He was also forced to pay a visit to a counselor.  Gee, what is the penalty if instead of “Pow” you say “Pull”?  Would you be forced to visit a zoo and watch animals releasing noisy noxious fumes into the air?  Just to be clear, we are talking about the index finger here. How many of us grew up outside from dawn to dusk, running Read More

Training for the Way You Live

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Instructors are always saying things about training for real life.  And we should.  However, it had never been brought home to me the way it was recently.  I took the Defensive Firearms Coach certification training from I.C.E. Training Services, the same folks who bring us Combat Focus Shooting courses among others. The training was tough, but that is another story.  The focus was on being able to train students, regardless of their skill level, to respond efficiently to an imminent home invasion with the possibility of a lethal threat.  Simply put, what do you do when someone is Read More

Stun Guns, Tasers, Pepper Spray, Personal Alarms and Knives – OH MY!

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Let’s face it, toys are fun! Go to any gun show and you will find a plethora of fun things. But when it comes to self defense, some things are best left to the trained. Stun Guns. They look and sound simple, some models fit in your hand, two little prongs, put your opponent on the ground? Not so simple. You must make, and maintain contact. Mind you, your assailant is not likely to be happy about this, nor compliant. Tasers. These shoot two prongs out that are attached to the “weapon” by wires.  This does give you the advantage of distance, however, they are single use.  If you 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