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  • Follow-up: Bass Pro Shops responds to Editorial (and publishes concealed carry policy

    06/27/2012 8:55:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Aaron Samsel recently published an editorial by long time writer David LaPell about a string of customer complaints regarding Bass Pro Shop’s concealed carry policy. The article concerned carriers being asked to check their arms before entering the store and it created quite a stir online with folks messaging us coming from across the country both verifying and refuting Mr. LaPell’s insinuations that Bass Pro Shops policy, whatever it was, appeared to be arbitrarily enforced by employees depending on the store location and also not readily available to him in print. Well, Bass Pro Shops responded immediately and, as you will...
  • Missouri: Implementation of HB 1647 in Jeopardy!

    06/26/2012 7:20:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 26 June, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Contact Governor Nixon and Urge Him to Sign HB 1647 Into Law House Bill 1647, which was passed by both chambers of the Missouri legislature last month and currently awaits Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) signature, has once again come under attack. The Missouri Press Association is working with Missouri Prosecuting Attorneys to undermine your rights by pushing for Governor Nixon to veto this common-sense Right to Carry legislation. Don't let the media and power-hungry prosecutors win this battle. If they do, HB 1647 will not become law, and law-abiding citizens and our active duty military will lose! Contact Governor Nixon...
  • 10 States Debating Guns on Campus

    06/25/2012 11:23:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 24 June, 20112 | Staff
    Last year was a banner year for proponents of gun carrying on college campuses. No fewer than 23 state legislatures saw bills introduced that would allow either faculty or students, or both, to bring firearms onto school grounds. The vast majority of the lawmakers in these states declined to change their current laws on the subject. Rather than giving up the fight, supporters of college carry laws have been rejuvenated by recent school shootings and have brought the issue back around in 2012. In these 10 states across the country, the great debate rages on. 1. Virginia: Looser campus carry...
  • 10 States Debating Guns on Campus

    06/25/2012 10:44:13 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 24 June, 20112 | Staff
    Last year was a banner year for proponents of gun carrying on college campuses. No fewer than 23 state legislatures saw bills introduced that would allow either faculty or students, or both, to bring firearms onto school grounds. The vast majority of the lawmakers in these states declined to change their current laws on the subject. Rather than giving up the fight, supporters of college carry laws have been rejuvenated by recent school shootings and have brought the issue back around in 2012. In these 10 states across the country, the great debate rages on. 1. Virginia: Looser campus carry...
  • Wrigleyville Man's Throat Slashed in Random Attack(IL)

    06/23/2012 6:42:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies ^ | 22 June, 2012 | Phil Rogers and Lindsay Smith
    Michael Schmidt says he has no idea why a man he passed while walking his dog Sunday night turned around and attacked him. "He came up behind, put his left arm over my chest, took his right arm, and slashed my throat from left to right," Schmidt explained. The attack happened at about 11 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of West Byron Street. As Schmidt gripped his throat, he said his attacker just stood there for several seconds, watching his victim bleed profusely. "He just had this sneer on his face. I think he was amazed that I didn't...
  • Poll Position: Carry permits for soldiers under 21?(GA poll to freep)

    06/22/2012 11:01:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 22 June, 2012 | Kyle Wingfield
    While the T-SPLOST vote rightly gets most of the attention, the July 31 primaries will also feature a number of ballot questions for both Republican voters and Democrats. We’ve covered a few of them in previous Poll Positions, and today we’re going to resume that series with a bang. No, really. The third question on GOP primary ballots will read: Should active duty military personnel who are under the age of 21 be allowed to obtain a Georgia weapons carry license?
  • Church to host gun class(TX)

    06/22/2012 3:41:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 21 June, 2012 | Matthew Waller
    SAN ANGELO, Texas — Whether people should be allowed to carry guns into churches has been a matter of debate, although in Texas, unless the church says otherwise, it's legal to carry a concealed handgun into a place of worship. Come Saturday, not only will people be allowed to carry a weapon onto one church premises, but there will be a class on how to use that weapon. The Heights Baptist Church will hold a concealed handgun class from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, with a break for lunch, church staff said. "I want to be a responsible owner,"...
  • County board passes concealed carry ordinance for parks(WI)

    06/21/2012 5:26:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 20 June, 2012 | NA
    (WEAU) - The Eau Claire County Board passed a new ordinance allowing loaded guns to be carried in parks. In the past guns were only allowed if there were unloaded and encased. Mike Torud with the Eau Claire County Parks and Forestry Department says people carrying a gun need to have a valid concealed carry permit to do so and cannot shoot guns in the park unless it is in self-defense. Violators can be fined up to about $263. Torud says signs should be up in parks in about the next two weeks.
  • Bang! Was that 'gun violence' or self-defense?

    06/20/2012 5:30:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Liberterian News Examiner ^ | 15 June, 2012 | Garry Reed
    From time to time the Libertarian News Examiner receives Editorial Ideas to write about. A recent one was "Gun Violence." "According to a National Institute of Justice survey," this Editorial Idea declared, "gun fatalities have steadily risen every year since 2002." While lots of statistics and examples were thrown around by this Editorial Idea no definition of gun violence was offered. Words like homicide, murder and attacks were used but there was no mention of people defending themselves from attempted homicide, murder or attacks. The obviously intended insinuation is that every instance of gun usage is an act of "gun...
  • Ohio Passes Firearm Bill to Modernize Reciprocity & Concealed Carry

    06/19/2012 7:10:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 June, 2012 | Buckey Firearms Association
    Ohio --( By a 59 – 28 margin, the Ohio House has passed House Bill 495, sponsored by Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), which will reform Ohio concealed carry law to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and continue a trend toward making Ohio law similar to other states. HB495 makes three changes to current law: * Changes to automatically honor other states licenses, similar to a driver’s license * Eliminates the “demonstrated competency” requirement for 2nd and future CHL renewals, making CHL training similar to a hunting license * Fixes the definition of a “loaded gun” to match the...
  • Judges react to DA's petition to carry gun at work(WI)

    06/19/2012 5:28:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 18 June, 2012 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Winnebago County's circuit judges responded Monday to an effort by the district attorney there to wear his gun to work in the courthouse. The judges in January banned anyone but on-duty law enforcement officers from carrying a gun in the courthouse without written permission of the judge or court commissioner in front of whom the applicant will appear. District Attorney Christian Gossett and Deputy DA Scott Ceman, in a Monday petition to the Supreme Court, claim the orders exceed the judges' authority and contradict the state's concealed carry law which Gossett and Ceman claim specifically exempts prosecutors from the general...
  • DA fights to carry gun in Winnebago County courthouse(WI)

    06/18/2012 5:54:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 17 June, 2012 | Bruce Vielmetti
    As an elected district attorney, Christian Gossett is one of the few people Wisconsin's concealed carry law specifically allows to wear a weapon in a courthouse. But the judges in Winnebago County, where Gossett works, have said even he can't take a gun to work without written permission of whatever judge or court commissioner is presiding where Gossett might appear. So Gossett and his chief deputy Scott Ceman - both concealed carry permit holders - have asked the state Supreme Court to declare that the circuit judges have exceeded their authority and for a writ of prohibition to block them...
  • Florida sees rise in number of concealed weapon permits

    06/18/2012 5:10:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 17 June, 2012 | John W. Davis
    The number of people permitted to carry concealed weapons in Florida is up 33 percent this year, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture. The data, calculated as of May 31, 2012, shows women being issued more permits than ever before. Every Sunday in Orlando, it’s Ladies Day at The Shooting Gallery Gun Range on West 39th Street near John Young Parkway. At the gun range, News 13 met several women who are already carrying or thinking about carrying a concealed weapon. Some women mentioned the uncertain economy as a primary factor to protect themselves with a concealed handgun. “I...
  • Wis. DOJ wants more cash, workers for gun checks

    06/17/2012 5:55:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 13 June, 2012 | TODD RICHMOND
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Justice Department asked legislators Wednesday for permission to spend an additional $788,000 to ensure the agency can keep up with concealed carry applications. The request illustrates yet again the popularity of Wisconsin's concealed carry law. The Department of Justice has been grappling with a deluge of permit applications since the Republican-authored measure took effect in November.
  • Media In NC Starting To Notice Pressure On GOP About HB 111

    06/14/2012 6:32:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 13 June, 2012 | John Richardson
    Grass Roots North Carolina's pressure on the GOP regarding HB 111 has caught the eye of the media. The Associated Press' Allen Reed sent out a 4-paragraph report on this issue. He notes, correctly, that the perception is that the Republican leadership is shunting the issue to the side and claiming they just don't have the time. It appears to be have been picked up by a number of papers. The Winston-Salem Journal goes further on the issue quoting Paul Valone of GRNC and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on the issue. "Do we have to wait until more...
  • Concealed handgun license rewrite passes Ohio House

    06/14/2012 4:15:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 14 June, 2012 | By Aaron Marshall
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Concealed handgun permit holders could legally have clips loaded with bullets next to their weapons in their cars under legislation approved Wednesday by the Ohio House. House lawmakers voted, 57-26, for the measure, which also would lift other restrictions in the concealed carry law. The legislation also would free permit holders who are up for a license renewal from going through a competency course in firearms. Current law already requires applicants to undergo a first round of training to obtain a permit. In addition, the legislation would require the Ohio Attorney General to enter into reciprocity agreements...
  • Buckeye Firearms Assoc. Chairman Jim Irvine and attorney/ author Scott Kapas testify(OH ccw)

    06/13/2012 9:09:49 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 12 June, 2012 | cbaus
    On Tuesday, June 12, the House Committee on State Government and Elections, which is chaired by BFA "A" -rated Rep. Ron Maag, heard testimony on HB495 (Reciprocity & Concealed Carry Modernization). HB495, also known as the reciprocity & concealed carry modernization bill makes three changes to current law: * Changes to automatically honor other states licenses, just like a driver's license * Eliminates the "demonstrated competency" requirement for 2nd and future CHL renewals, making CHL training similar to a hunting license * Fixes the definition of a "loaded gun" to match the commonly accepted definition This was the third hearing...
  • Wisconsin’s First CCW Self Defense Case

    06/13/2012 4:09:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 June, 2012 | Wisconsin Gun Owners
    Wisconsin --( A Milwaukee man will not face any charges after shooting a robbery suspect at a Milwaukee grocery store after an armed robber began waving a shotgun around, according to reports. In fact, despite the Aldi’s store being posted against concealed carry, Milwaukee County’s district attorney praised his actions and no charges have been filed. Nazir Al-Mujaahid told 12 News that when he saw a man holding up a sawed off shotgun threatening a cashier in Aldi’s, he felt justified in drawing and shooting his concealed carry handgun. Al-Mujaahid said he’d only had his permit a short time before...
  • City pulls gun ordinance(AR)

    06/12/2012 11:16:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 11 June, 2012 | Preston Tolliver
    An ordinance that would prohibit the carrying of a concealed handgun in city-owned parks was pulled from the Russellville City Council's agenda Monday due to a discovered potential change with federal park guidelines. Recreation and Parks Director Mack Hollis requested the ordinance he submitted on behalf of his department's board be pulled, citing in an email the Recreational Lands Self Defense Act of 2011 — a bill that has passed in the House of Representatives and is pending in the U.S. Senate that would prohibit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from barring weapons otherwise authorized under state law....
  • Roanoke woman invents Apron Gun Holster and a new business

    06/09/2012 7:29:16 PM PDT · by Bratch · 19 replies
    WDBJ7-TV ^ | June 8, 2012 | Holly Pietrzak
    ROANOKE, Va.— A Roanoke business woman's gun and where she keeps it has helped her launch another, new business. Eliane Coleman Niemann has owned The Health Shelf, a full service herbal wellness center, for 18 years. She got quite a scare one day in 2009 and thought she was going to be robbed. Nothing happened, but an idea was born. It's called the Apron Gun Holster. "I didn't want my customers to come into a health store and be talking to me about their health, and I'm doing reflexology on their feet and then seeing a pistol on my side,"...
  • Keller's Riverside Gun Store in Mason, Texas
  • Another Ohio police chief who opposed passage of concealed carry in 2004 admits his concerns were

    06/09/2012 3:32:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 8 June, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    During the fight to pass concealed carry reform in Ohio, raging a decade ago, the list of people offering warning that the sky would fall if we passed a CCW law was long and varied. While I and other pro-gun advocates often pointed out that the successful experience in other states should be an easy answer to all of the "what ifs" and Chicken Little warnings being tossed about, it often seemed as though opponents thought Ohioans were somehow less responsible than residents of bordering states. In those days, reporters had no problems finding law enforcement officers (usually unelected bureaucrats,...
  • Concealed carry advocates continue efforts in legislature, courts(IL)

    06/09/2012 4:30:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 8 June, 2012 | DAVID THOMAS
    SPRINGFIELD -- The sponsor of a bill that would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed handguns is waiting for a task force to finish its work before calling the legislation for a vote. Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said lawmakers want to hear what the Firearm Public Awareness Task Force will say about the impact concealed carry might have on public safety. The House created the task force after Phelps’ legislation, House Bill 148, was defeated. The task force’s deadline is Dec. 31, but Phelps said he is ready to call the bill for a vote if the legislature holds a...
  • A Man’s Girlfriend’s Car is His Castle. Or Not.(OH)

    06/08/2012 4:21:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 7 June, 2012 | Tim McNabb
    Ohio’s castle doctrine law justifies defending yourself without retreating in your home or car. Twenty-nine-year-old Woodrow Edwards III was in his girlfriend’s car when a man he didn’t know lifted the door handle and tried to enter. Edwards then lifted the .40-caliber handgun he was legally carrying. As a result, he was convicted of aggravated menacing. Though only fined $100 and ordered to stay away from the other man, he’s appealing his conviction based on a novel (at least for Ohio) interpretation of the state’s castle doctrine law . . . The case will be the first of its kind...
  • Bill would allow guns in restaurants and in park trails and fields(NC)

    06/08/2012 4:08:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 7 June, 2012 | cjarvis
    A gun bill left over from the flurry of gun bills that cleared the General Assembly last year was resurrected Thursday. This one, HB111, would allow anyone with a permit to carry a concealed weapon to bring that gun into a restaurant that serves alcohol, which is currently illegal. The bill also clarifies what part of park property that firearms would be allowed. A law that went into effect in December already allows that, but it gave local governments the option of banning guns from playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities, and swimming pools. Gun-rights advocates say some cities and towns...
  • Police: Relative shoots teenager at Lancaster city park(PA)

    06/08/2012 4:03:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 7 June, 2012 | NA
    A 15-year-old boy was shot in the arm by a relative during a family outing Wednesday at Long's Park, according to Lancaster city police. Investigators said the teen was squirting a "super-soaker type" water gun shortly after 4 p.m. when James Lawoyne Thedford Sr. shot him, hitting the boy's right wrist. Thedford and others took the boy to an area hospital, where he was treated and released, according to Capt. Kent Switzer. The gun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered from the vehicle that was used to take the teen to the hospital, according to investigators....
  • Headline: House Panel Debates Bill To Ease Regulations On Gun Owners(OH)

    06/07/2012 10:04:30 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 6 June, 2012 | cbaus
    The Gongwer News Service is reporting on the second hearing on HB495 (Reciprocity & Concealed Carry Modernization), which was held yesterday before the House Committee on State Government and Elections. According to the article, gun rights advocates urged members of the committee to ease restrictions on concealed carry licensees, while opponents warned the bill would bring Ohio's firearm regulations into line with the "lowest common denominator" among states. National Rifle Association member Omar Ganoom said the legislation (HB 495) would eliminate an onerous and unfair requirement for licensees to undergo competency training for renewing their licenses, he said, noting that...
  • Josephine County Sees Weapons Permit Boom(OR)

    06/07/2012 4:33:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 6 June, 2012 | Yessenia Anderson
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- With only a handful of deputies on patrol, Josephine County residents are taking steps to ensure their safety. Officials say applications for concealed handgun licenses have nearly quadrupled in the last few months. The Sheriff's Civil Office is now operating with one staff member who only works four days a week for four hours. But during that time, the lines have been out the door for concealed handgun licenses. Traditionally, the civil division has seen about 4 gun applications a day, but recently the office has been taking about 10 applications a day, a 72% increase....
  • Ask Foghorn: Is .22lr The Best for Self Defense?

    06/04/2012 3:38:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 168 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4 June, 2012 | Nick Leghorn
    Wade writes: Foghorn, my Dad is planning on getting his CCW license, and is already thinking about the handgun to use. But he says that he is going to get a .22lr or something similar, saying that ‘accuracy is more important than force’. He has hunted his entire life, and is an extremely good shot with both rifle and pistol, but I think he is too cocky when he says “all you need to do is shoot someone in the head and the party’s over”. How can I convince him that he may not be able to hit what he’s...
  • Anti-gun advocates seek one-word change in WA law

    06/02/2012 5:30:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 1 June, 2012 | CHRIS INGALLS
    SEATTLE – A national organization is using Wednesday’s deadly shootings in Seattle to push for new gun laws in Washington state. It says a one word change to the law could have prevented someone like Ian Stawicki, the mentally troubled man who shot and killed five people, from getting a concealed weapons permit. "There are some people who should not own a gun. It can be a devastating thing,” said Nina Schumacher, niece of one of the victims in the shooting at Café Racer. "In this case police had no choice but to issue a dangerous person a license to...
  • Shooting Blanks(Illinois CCW)

    06/01/2012 10:06:01 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 1 June, 2012 | Christina Chapman
    As state legislators wrapped up their session Thursday, a concealed carry bill allowing the people of Illinois to carry guns had not been called for a vote as some had hoped. Earlier this month, State Rep. Pam Roth, R-Morris, joined numerous other representatives in not only sponsoring the concealed carry bill, but also starting an online petition in its favor. The proposed bill allows people who acquire a permit the ability to carry a loaded firearm. To apply for a permit, a person must be 21 years of age and have a FOID card. Applicants cannot have been convicted of...
  • Gunfight at Family Dollar leaves clerk dead(TX)

    05/31/2012 4:48:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 18 May, 2012 | Sally MacDonald
    HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A 26-year-old woman went to work but never got to go home. Tyrza Smith was the victim of a robbery that became a shootout inside the Family Dollar at 6951 Bellfort just west of Telephone Road in southeast Houston. Smith, an assistant manager, was someone's wife, daughter and sister. Police aren't sure if she was shot by the robbers or a customer who had a license to carry. The shooting has longtime customers grappling with grief. "Last night, I was about to come here, but something was telling me not to come so I didn't come,"...
  • CHL holder fired shot that killed store clerk(TX)

    05/31/2012 4:43:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 47 replies ^ | 30 May, 2012 | Sally MacDonald
    HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Houston Police confirm it was a customer with a concealed handgun license who accidentally shot and killed a store clerk. The CHL holder was trying to protect Tyrza Smith, 26, from armed robbers, but something went terribly wrong and she was killed. It happened on May 17 at the Family Dollar located at 6951 Bellfort in southeast Houston. Police say Dwight Richardson, 20, and another man who hasn't been arrested are accused of bursting into the store, locking the front door and holding a gun to the clerk's head. "They come in, they got guns out...
  • Pro-Gun Activists Demand Permitless Carry of Concealed Weapons (Barf Alert)

    05/30/2012 5:53:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    JD Supra ^ | May 30, 2012 | Aaron Kase
    Amid the controversy over the spread of Stand Your Ground gun laws and their role in the death of Trayvon Martin, gun rights activists are pushing for even fewer restrictions on firearms through a status they call “Constitutional Carry.” •Constitutional Carry would sanction individuals to carry weapons concealed or openly with no permit •Push for federal law to force states to honor other states’ looser gun laws •Next step is “Diplomatic Carry” allowing gun owners to pack heat in schools, shops, etc On a RINO Hunt Activists in Michigan have taken to the streets, proclaiming that they are hunting politicians...
  • Appeal of voided Md. gun-permit law awaits ruling

    05/30/2012 1:32:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 28 May, 2012 | David Hill
    A federal judge is considering whether to block enforcement of a recent court ruling that would relax Maryland’s handgun-permit law. The state is currently appealing a March ruling by U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg that struck down as unconstitutional Maryland’s law requiring people seeking concealed-carry permits to provide a “good and substantial reason” for needing a gun. Judge Legg issued a temporary stay against the ruling shortly after the state filed its appeal, allowing the state to continue enforcing the “good and substantial” restriction. He is now weighing whether to end the stay or extend it until after the...
  • Patrons carrying guns in Ohio bars: Whatever happened to ...?

    05/29/2012 3:19:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 27 May, 2012 | Joe Guillen
    "Whatever happened to . . .?" is a weekly series updating some of the most newsworthy and interesting local stories covered in The Plain Dealer. Have a suggestion on a story we should update? Send it to John C. Kuehner. Today, we answer this question: Whatever happened to concerns about patrons carrying guns in bars after Ohio legislators adopted a new law last year? "It hasn't been long enough to come to any conclusions on it for sure," said Toby Hoover, executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence. Police have not noticed a change either. "I haven't heard...
  • College to offer concealed firearm-permit class(IL)

    05/29/2012 4:36:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 28 May, 2012 | Joe Sanders
    GALESBURG — The Carl Sandburg College Community Education program is offering a training class in June for those interested in obtaining a non-resident Utah concealed firearm permit that is recognized in 31 states. Valid for five years, the Utah concealed firearm permit is useful for gun owners who want to avoid state-by-state restrictions when traveling. The four-hour course is offered in two separate sessions: 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. June 16 at the college's main campus, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. The cost is $100, and those getting a Utah permit will have to pay a $51 registration...
  • Concealed-weapons permits catch on in Colo. county

    05/28/2012 6:48:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 27 May, 2012 | Jeff Glor
    (CBS News) The U.S. Senate has yet to act on a so-called "concealed carry reciprocity" bill, which would let people with permits to carry a concealed weapon in their home state carry that weapon into virtually any other state. A similar bill has passed the House. Almost every state now allows the carrying of concealed weapons under certain conditions. Colorado, for example, has issued nearly 130,000 concealed handgun permits since 2003. Robert Paulson is getting his permit to carry a concealed gun and says other seniors should do the same. "Yeah, why not?" he asked. Aimee Galvin is thinking about...
  • Maryland files final brief in Woollard v. Sheridan(shall issue)

    05/25/2012 4:59:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 23 May, 2012 | John Pierce
    Please indulge me for just a moment as I give a quick recap for those just joining us. The case is Woollard v. Sheridan and the primary issue is whether or not Maryland’s discretionary may-issue handgun permitting scheme is constitutional. Underlying that issue is the broader question of whether or not the Second Amendment right articulated in District of Columbia v. Heller extends to “bearing arms” outside the home and, if so, to what extent. So where are we in answering these questions? Well … we join this legal battle already in progress. The first half of this legal football...
  • GunSpec

    05/24/2012 9:05:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gunway ^ | 23 May, 2012 | NA
    I will try to post the cartoon below. If I am not successful, I urge someone with better skills to do so. Thank you.
  • Suspects wielding hammers and batons attack diners at Tinley Park restaurant [Chicago]

    05/20/2012 8:31:45 AM PDT · by No One Special · 42 replies
    Sun Times ^ | May 19, 2012 | Mike Nolan
    It was the middle of the lunch rush Saturday, and Mike Winston was working in the kitchen of his Tinley Park restaurant, the Ashford House, when a waitress screamed a fight had broken out in the dining room. Police call the melee at the restaurant a targeted assault by a mob that Winston said wielded metal batons and hammers. Ten diners were hurt in the attack, and three of those were hospitalized. Tinley Park police had five suspected assailants in custody, and Winston said 18 young men, all wearing hooded jackets and obscuring their faces with scarves and other coverings,...
  • Gun-toting Michiganders promote 'constitutional carry' at rally

    05/20/2012 8:38:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 19 May, 2012 | Melissa Anders
    LANSING, MI — Gun rights activists from throughout Michigan gathered at the Capitol on Saturday to promote easing restrictions on carrying firearms. The group wants Michigan to become a “constitutional carry” state, where concealed weapon licenses are not required and there generally aren’t restrictions on how or where guns are carried. Vermont, Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming have similar laws. “What we are trying to accomplish by this rally and future and ongoing efforts, is having our Second Amendment rights restored back to their original intent as laid out in our Constitution by our Founding Fathers,” said John Roshek, president of...
  • Rowes say right to carry vote likely to pass soon(IL)

    05/17/2012 4:46:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Mike and Valinda Rowe, local Second Amendment activists, report that a vote may be imminent on HB148, the family and personal protection bill which recognizes the right to carry a firearm for personal protection. Having just returned from a five day blitz of right to carry town hall meetings in the Chicago/Cook County area, and keeping in close communication with the bill sponsors, the Rowes expect a vote in the House of Representatives within the next two weeks. "We don't need everyone to vote for the bill," said Valinda Rowe. "Rep. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg, and chief sponsor of the...
  • 11 Things to Consider When Choosing a Concealed Carry Holster

    05/17/2012 2:21:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies ^ | 15 May, 2012 | Matt Schueleter
    When choosing a concealed carry holster for your pistol, selecting the best holster you can find will add to your overall total self-defense abilities. A holster/pistol combination is part of your concealed carry defensive system. While looking at a quality holster the one factor you should consider last is the cost. Experience has taught me you get what you pay for. There should be no delays to your reactions caused by inappropriate or inadequately fitting equipment. With your life depending on it, you may never get the chance to tell others you should have picked the higher quality model. Criteria...
  • One GOP delegate upset over concealed carry ban at Green Bay convention(WI)

    05/15/2012 3:54:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    WTAQ ^ | 14 May, 2012 | NA
    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The annual Republican state convention in Green Bay was held at a place that did not allow concealed weapons – and at least one delegate tried to change that. Annette Olson of St. Croix County tells the Madison Capital Times the party is betraying its principles by banning concealed carry at its annual signature event. Olson said the GOP should practice what it preaches, and let licensed gun-holders carry their hidden weapons in the convention hall. Olson sponsored a non-binding resolution to have future conventions held in places that respect the Second Amendment rights of...
  • How the Media Missed a Self-Defense Gun Story

    05/13/2012 6:11:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 11 May, 2012 | Wayne LaPierre
    With all of the ink that's been spilled in the last few months about Stand Your Ground, self-defense, Right to Carry, and legal gun owners across the United States, it's hard to believe the national media simply missed an incredible armed citizen story from Utah. Yet none of the three broadcast networks, none of the country's biggest papers, none of the biggest syndicated columnists bothered to cover the mass stabbing that was thwarted by an armed citizen in Salt Lake City last month. I doubt the networks were unaware of the story. After all, the network affiliates in Salt Lake...
  • Gun carriers from other states welcome in Okla.

    05/12/2012 6:13:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 8 May, 2012 | AP
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gun-toting residents of other states will be allowed to carry concealed weapons in Oklahoma under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.
  • New Hampshire Time Running Out for Action on Permitless Carry Legislation

    05/12/2012 4:27:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 11 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( Important pro-gun legislation needs your IMMEDIATE help. There is only ONE week left for the state Senate to act on House Bill 536. If the Senate does not take action on HB 536 by Thursday, May 17, law-abiding residents of New Hampshire will lose an opportunity to expand their gun rights. Introduced by state Representative J.R. Hoell (R-13), this Right-to-Carry reform legislation would repeal the existing law that requires a person to have a concealed firearm license in order to carry concealed. However, HB 536 would not eliminate the current carry permitting system, which will still be...
  • Slain teen Ja'Quares Walker's mom in shock at shooting

    05/03/2012 7:30:57 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 249 replies
    The Birmingham (AL) News via ^ | May 2, 2012 | Carol Robinson
    The mother of a 13-year-old boy fatally shot when police say he tried to rob a couple said she is in shock that her son is dead -- and even more so at the circumstances surrounding his death. "I don't want it put out like he was a bad person or a mean person, because he wasn't," Latonya Walker, 38, said Tuesday. "This is not him, not who he was. Anybody that knew Ja'Quares knows that." Birmingham police said Ja'Quares Cortez Walker was in a car that pulled into the parking lot of the gated Skyview Condominiums at 407 Skyview...
  • Funeral One Day After Investigators Say The Killing Is Justifiable [Ja'Quares Walker]

    05/06/2012 2:20:52 PM PDT · by kevcol · 43 replies [AL] ^ | May 5, 2012 | Cory McGinnis
    BIRMINGHAM - AL - Family and friends are in mourning, the funeral service was held at Living Stone Temple church, community members tell me they're not too happy that no arrests have been made. During the service, Walkers family was overcome with emotion during the ceremony and had to step outside. Many mourners wore red, black and white t-shirts with walker's picture saying "In loving memory of Tez". Dr. Al B. Sutton Jr. led a sermon preaching out the book of mark and had a direct message to young adults as well as the parents in the building. "Our son's,...