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Politics and Millennials

There is a scary report out that Millennials on the campus of George Washington University are overwhelmingly in favor of socialism, thinking it inclusive and all for one.  They don’t know about the atrocities attributed to socialism by other governments.  GWU is an expensive, prestigious school.  How can this be.  These young people will vote us into Socialism and then blame everyone else when it fails.  But getting in is much easier than getting out.  Virginia county and state elections just saw a blue tidal wave.  Hardworking Virginians are nervous about the next Read More >>

Checking Claims Carefully

I was gratified to have an attorney ask me to be an expert witness in a case in California. California recently licensed open carry. You did not know it had been legal? Yes, outside cities in most of the state. But no more. So in Baird v. Becerra (E.D.Cal. 2019) there is a challenge to this law. The California Attorney-General is defending this law, as they are required to do. But their defense included these claims: 1. The 2nd Amendment does not protect a right to open carry. 2. State supreme court decisions before the Civil War that seem to regard open carry as protected, also claimed Read More >>

Defending the 2nd

We have seen our 2nd Amendment rights fall under attack in recent years.  The rationales vary from No One NEEDS an Assault Rifle, which is an often used but rarely defined term. We Don’t Need Military Style Arms on Our Streets, in truth most modern firearms were at some point derived from military use but the current military arms are not what we see at the range.  We Need to Prevent Mass Shootings Like In Schools, according to Crime Prevention Research Center, 90% of all mass shootings between Jan 1998 and Dev 2015 occurred in “gun free zones”.  These are the places where a Read More >>

Concealed Carry in a Coat

Lynne Finch

As winter approaches for most of us, the talk of how to conceal and access your firearm in a coat is coming up more and more.  There are a lot of options, some better than others.  There are conceal carry winter coats that have a holster built in to the system.  A simple web search will turn up lots of options.  If you prefer on body, a shorter Bomber or Letter style jacket can offer concealment and access.  Coats made for first responders often have snaps or zippers on the sides so you can open up the coat for access to hip carries firearms. Some will add a pocket holster and carry Read More >>

Open versus Concealed Carry

Lynne Finch

There has been a lot of media attention to Walmart and Kroger asking people not to open carry in their stores.  I don't think for a minute they are foolish to think this makes them safer (I did see a video of a man successfully conceal and draw an AR-15 from his pants, it was impressive) but it does ease the nerves of the non-shooting public.  Many on the open carry side argue that it is their right, assuming your state allows it, mine does.  Yes, it is also the right of any establishment to impose a restriction.  If Walmart announced you must wear a smiley face at all times in this store, Read More >>

Do Bump Stock Bans Make Sense?

You are doubtless aware that a bump stock ban has been adopted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco * Firearms effective March 26, 2019.  Doesn’t Congress have to pass a ban?  The way BATF did this was by redefining a bump stock to be a machine gun, requiring you to destroy it or turn it into BATF.  What? The federal law definition of a machine gun is a gun that fires multiple rounds by one function of the trigger.  Now the Obama Administration approved bump stocks because each time the trigger is pulled, it fires one round, even though you only pull the trigger once.  Within the strict Read More >>

Standing Your Ground – An Evening At the Range

It's a simple gun club well away from the outskirts of a large Midwest town.  Across the road, a cornfield that will soon be stubble, waves in the breeze like a friendly neighbor with a wind that picked up at the end of the day. Peering down on the road that leads to this place, the August sun, already hanging low and orange in the sky, like ripe fruit, waits for the rim of the earth to take one last bite out of it. You are alone, yet you are not, a couple of cars in the lot as folks put away the last of their equipment, the last person out making sure the clubhouse is locked, the gate Read More >>

Silencers Do Not Exist

You doubtless heard that a “silencer” was used in the recent Virginia Beach mass murder. Do not use the word “silencer.” The correct term is “suppressor.” I have yet to see a suppressor that made a gunshot silent; at best they make gunshot less obnoxiously loud. Only in Hollywood do “silencers” exist which made a firearm sound like a pellet gun. As Dr. John Lott observed, the only reason a mass murderer would use a suppressor is to make the noise less deafening to him. The use of the term “silencer” makes it easier to justify bans that will have no impact on nearly every Read More >>

Safe Carry is Critical

Lynne Finch

Recently a young woman in North Caroline died after accidently shooting herself.  While details aren't available, it is clear she left behind a husband and daughter.  She was carrying a 9mm Smith and Wesson, in her purse. We may never know exactly what happened, but it is easy to make an educated guess. I am not personally a fan of purse carry, preferring on body carry, but if you need to carry in a purse, you need a carry purse.  I written about this before.  A holster is designed to provide safe transport for your firearm.  It should hold your gun secure and cover the trigger Read More >>

This is Likely a Victory Coming

You may or may not have heard of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association vs. City of New York.  This is a challenge to a New York City regulation that says people with premises licenses for their handguns (which is required to have a pistol in your home or business) may not take their unloaded, inaccessible, and secured pistols anywhere except one of the licensed gun ranges in the city.  You may not go to a range outside the city, to your home in upstate New York, to a competition of any sort.  You are allowed to take your gun to a gunsmith, but only if you get advance permission from Read More >>