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Why Some People Believe that Guns Should Be Illegal

I have researched this question, and interviewed several on the anti-gun side; from one who just didn’t want a gun in the house, to people who didn’t want anyone to have a gun in the house. I don’t care for cigarettes but I recognize that they are legal and I will not lobby to have them outlawed just because I don’t want anyone else to have them. According to the CDC in 2006, last up to date numbers, there were 30,896 total firearm related deaths, of which, 642 accidental, 16,883 were Suicide, 12,791 were Homicide, 220 were Undetermined and 360 by Legal intervention. In the same Read More >>

A little History, a little looking ahead…

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 >>

Fast and Furious leads to Duck and Cover…Part II

The much anticipated Department of Justice Inspector General’s report titled “A Review of the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters (REDACTED)” dated September 2012 runs 512 pages and contains few, if any surprises. In a nut shell, blame the local level Special Agents in Charge (SACs), many of who are identified as “former” in this report, and the people at the top of the chain, i.e., Attorney General Holder had no idea what was going on. In fact, Chapter 7.I.4.a reads; “Although the Office of the Attorney General received various weekly reports from components 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, 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 ( 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 (, 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 >>

The Nine Classes of People Who Cannot Possess Firearms.

The Nine Classes of People Who Cannot Possess Firearms. As an attorney who has handled hundreds of firearms matters, ranging from criminal to compliance/regulatory, a common question I receive from people of all walks of life is “Who is prohibited from the purchase and possession of firearms?” Broadly, there are nine (9) classes of people who are unable to possess firearms under federal law. However, it is unlawful for anyone (he, she or it, such as an “FFL”) to knowingly sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to a person within these groups. This means both the Read More >>