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postheadericon What To Do If You Get Called Out By Another Gun Owner

What you don’t know can hurt you. It’s a simple truth that we gun owners can become hardened to. The toughest pill to swallow is when someone calls you out for something and they’re right.

In the interest of saying I’m not immune, I’ll relay a little story.

One time I was taking an AR-15 rifle course with a bunch of other guys with a mix of different backgrounds. During this particular portion of the course, we were firing from the 15 yard line and then walking down to our targets to figure out our zero.

Two things happened to me during this course:

#1: I never used a scope on an AR-15 platform.

By this point, I had only ever used iron sights or, on a few occasions, red dot optics.

The scope I mounted wasn’t mounted correctly. But I couldn’t know what I didn’t know. And being stubborn, I didn’t ask for help. Unsurprisingly, my shot groups were all over the place as my scope bounced around between shots.

One of the other students in the class noticed I hadn’t affixed the scope correctly and called me out about it. He was polite but he noticed I hadn’t done something correctly and it was affecting my performance. So he volunteered to help and show me how to identify the problem and correct it.

#2: I’m a lefty.

The range safety officer instructed us to lock the bolt to the rear and sling our rifles behind us when we walked down to our targets.

The way my rifle hung behind me, the slide lock kept pressing against my back, causing the bolt to go home.

This understandably made the other participants nervous. No one likes to be walking up to the target while on the line with complete strangers and hear a bolt carrier group slam home.

And, after it happened, I’d obviously want to rack and lock the slide to the rear.

This didn’t help the situation at all. The range safety officer called me out on the bolt slamming home and told me if I couldn’t keep it locked, I’d need to leave it back at the firing line with the bolt locked to the rear, ejection port facing up.

And that’s what I ended up having to do.

I didn’t like being called out but the range safety officer was right. And I needed to respect my other fellow students as well as the range safety personnel.

Is it embarrassing getting called out on the range or in the real-world? Yeah. It sucks.

However, when the person calling you out has a point, it’s time to put the ego aside and do what needs to be done. A simple acknowledgement of, “I see what you mean” or “thank you for letting me know. I’ll get that fixed” can help allay any hard feelings and show that you intend to follow through.

Of course, it helps when the person calling you out is polite and direct.

That’s a bonus — not a requirement.

And depending upon the severity of the mess-up — like a bad habit that could jeopardize the safety of others and yourself — you may not always have the luxury of polite instruction.

Take advice with a grain of salt but definitely consider the merit of it. Not all advice is helpful. Not all advice is practical. And not all advice is correct.

If someone is very adamant you need to be doing something different but you honestly don’t see what that other person is talking about, ask him or her to explain. If after he or she explains it still doesn’t make sense, tell him you’ll look into it and move along.

A sign of a responsible person is the one willing to accept advice when something he’s doing is unsafe. Responsible concealed carry can sometimes fall into this category. If someone out in the real world or at the range spots some behavior of yours that could get you or someone else into trouble, take the lesson at face value, be thankful someone stopped to point it out, and correct the behavior if possible.

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postheadericon WATCH: Store Owner Shoots At Armed Robbers, Sends One To The Ground

WHITEHAVEN, TN — When a pair of thugs entered a phone store looking to make some cash, they were soundly beaten by the store’s owner.

They were already brandishing their guns, and that was all the warning the owner needed to counter the attack.

As FOX 13 reports:

A Whitehaven store owner fought back when two armed robbers came into his store. It happened just Friday evening just before 6:00 p.m. on Millbranch near Shelby Drive.

The store owner fired his gun and started shooting at the two men. He hit one of the suspects who immediately dropped to the ground. The man was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. The other suspect is at large.

By the time the would-be robbers made it a few feet inside the door, they were being fired on.

As the surveillance video below shows, the fight was decidedly one-sided.

One of the suspects was reportedly hit, and found at the hospital later.

Take a look at the surveillance video below:

These thugs didn’t know what hit them.

This is another example of the importance of carrying firearms at work. These robbers were clearly ready to shoot the workers at the store.

Everyone in the area was threatened because someone thought it was a good idea to attack a local businessman, and if no one was armed except for the robbers, there’s a better than average chance an innocent person would end up seriously injured, or worse.

Stay safe out there, folks.

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postheadericon [FIREARM REVIEW] Sig Sauer P250 – ‘Gone With The Wind’ Edition

In another review, I discussed a recent purchase and test of the Sig Sauer SP2022. The SP2022 marked Sig Sauer’s first move towards a polymer-style pistol. The P250 marked its first true step towards complete pistol modularity.

If you’re like any concealed carrier I’ve ever met that gets a funny look on his face after getting hit with a pop-marketing word like modularity, you’d naturally ask:

What the heck does modularity and why is the P250 so important?

If you’ve ever had a pistol you really, really like but unfortunately it’s only chambered in one caliber and only available in one size, you know the pain of having to switch to another pistol.

A modular design allows you to change any part of the pistol to whatever you need it to be. For the P250, initially released in 2007, that meant being able to swap out slides, pistol grip modules, and magazines. This was all due to the receiver being a “drop in” piece you can take out of the pistol grip module.

Sig Sauer P250 CompactThe same receiver could be used on different calibers, different slides, and different grip modules.

The P250 came in three basic flavors: full-size, compact, and sub-compact. It really doesn’t matter which one you get because, as I mentioned before, it’s modular.

I’ve tested the sub-compact of the P250. It was the first handgun I purchased after coming back to New Hampshire in 2013. I bought my P250 sub-compact used for $ 350. The P320 was widely available through 2014 and this caused P250 prices to crash even further down. Unfortunately, the P250 was a pearl before swine… Because I didn’t understand nearly as much about it as I do now. That’s why I’m making this article.

Dimensions At A Glance

  • Trigger: Double Action Only
  • Barrel Length: 3.6 in (91 mm)
  • Overall Length: 6.7 in (170 mm)
  • Overall Width: 1.1 in (28 mm)
  • Height: 4.7 in (119 mm)
  • Weight: 24.9 oz (706 g)
  • MSRP: It’s no longer in mainline production so you pretty much can only purchase them used. The going rate appears to be somewhere between $ 350 to $ 499.

The sub-compact model is very easy to conceal and is covered by most holster manufacturers — and it fits the same basic holster dimensions as the P320.

Caliber Exchange Kits Are The Way To Go

Caliber Exchange Kits are what Sig Sauer calls their slide assemblies, barrel, recoil spring and pin for the P250. The different caliber exchange kits allow you to switch between calibers and sizes pretty easily. When I picked up my sub-compact P250, I didn’t realize how modular its design was. I thought I was stuck just using it as a sub-compact and that was it.

I had never heard of modularity and had no inkling what the P250 could do.

I thought I was also stuck with just 9mm.

My P250 literally sat in a safe for a year while I dinked around with the Walther PPS, CZ-75D PCR, Glock 19, and a number of other pistols… All because I didn’t realize just how I could use it.

At a width of just over an inch, it meets the specs of what most concealed carriers prefer – about an inch. The reason why the inch spec seems so important, I think, is because after an inch and a half, I’ve noticed I print heavily unless I’m wearing thicker or loose clothing.

I carried the P250 on a number of occasions as a concealed carry pistol. With a standard capacity of 12 rounds, when chambered in 9mm, I felt confident that I had enough rounds to handle a situation.

The biggest complaint I have is the double action only firing mechanism. I’ve never been a fan. There is an incredibly long trigger pull. And because it’s DAO, there’s no real trigger reset. The hammer has to go all the way back and hit again in order to keep shooting.

The trigger pull was smooth. If it can’t be short and sweet, at least it was smooth. The slide assembly ran extremely well and recoil wasn’t an issue. The P250 was a heavier sub-compact than, for instance, my Walther PPS, but for my carry style, it really didn’t become a factor.

With The P320 Out, P250 Is Forgotten Treasure

Now that the P320 is widely available, the P250 has been nearly forgotten to the annuls of pistol history. That’s a shame. It’s not a bad little gun. But their lose can be your gain. Now that you know a bit more about its modularity, go pick up a full-size grip module and slide assembly and try out the full-size or compact version. Those use the same magazines as the P320 so I see no reason why not slide an extended 21-round magazine up in there and go to town on some targets at the range.

Added bonus: this is one of the few sub-compacts I’ve encountered that handles .40 S&W exceptionally well. I previously owned an M&P Shield chambered in .40 S&W and I was not a huge fan. Sadly, even though I hate DAO, this is one of the few pistols that handles larger caliber ammunition well.

Fair warning: If you don’t typically fire a DAO and then decide to go from your normal DA/SA or striker fire to this, give yourself a bit of adjustment time for the trigger travel.

If you find a P250 of any size — full-size, compact, or sub-compact — pick it up for cheap and use it as a beater gun at the range or an occasional concealed carry pistol. It’ll do the job.

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postheadericon A Terrorist Set Off A Bomb In A NYC Subway This Morning, And He’s The One With The Worst Injuries

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK — In a attempt at what appears to have been a failed suicide bombing, a 27-year-old terrorist suspect is in custody in a Manhattan hospital after sustaining injuries from his homemade bomb that partially detonated inside a subway terminal this morning.

The suspect, Akayed Ullah, set off his device in a subway passage around 7:30am during rush hour. Three people are reported to have received minor injuries, but the brunt of the force was taken by the terrorist himself. After police subdued him, he was taken to the hospital with some minor burns and lacerations.

His homemade device was said to be strapped to his body via zip ties and Velcro.

NBCNews.com reports;

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the explosion an “attempted terror attack” and said there were no additional known incidents.

“Thank God the perpetrator did not achieve his ultimate goals. Thank God our first responders were there so quickly to address the situation,” de Blasio said. He called the situation “incredibly unsettling” for New Yorkers, 6 million of whom rely on the subway for their commutes every day.

Law enforcement officials said the device either went off prematurely or only partially detonated,

Former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton said preliminary information indicated that the explosion was carried out in the name of the Islamic State.

Luckily, this terrorist failed in his attempt to create death and destruction, as this incident could have been much worse than it was. Having an attack inside the subway system is a scary thought, and seeing the police acting so quickly and with such bravery in the face of this terrorist incident is something that lets us know that New York City is always ready to rush in when it is required.

The above photo was taken of the suspect after being in police custody. If we could see his face, we would see the face of defeat and embarrassment.

A video of the incident can be seen below. After the explosion, the person seen lying on the ground is the terrorist suspect, probably very upset that he’s still alive.

Being a target for terrorists, New York City is one of the most –if not the most– resilient places on the planet. New Yorkers will not cower in the face of these individuals who look to destroy and disrupt their way of life.

We hope that the three injured people are able to make quick recoveries.

And, we hope that this surviving suspect is charged and convicted, and sentenced to the maximum penalty available under the law.

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postheadericon Man, Who Was Attacking Deputy, Is Shot By Armed Citizen

DAWSON COUNTY, GA — Our police do so much to keep us safe. Every day they put their lives on the line to make their communities peaceful.

It’s an awesome thing to get to see armed, responsible citizens get to return the favor every once in a while.

That’s exactly what happened with Deputy Randy Harkness, 52, and a bystander, when  thug decided to try to take advantage of the deputy’s generosity.

According to WSB-TV, officials stated that Harkness had just finished giving his soon-to-be attacker a ride to the gas station at which he was about to be attacked.

As he was getting ready to give the suspect money out of his own pocket, the man started beating the deputy about the head and face.

The gas station owner, Aseem Khan, was outraged.

“I’ve never heard anything like this and it should have never happened,” he said according to WSB-TV.

“(The deputy is) one of the nicest guys we all know here. He’s a jolly personality.”

“I was very worried he was going for the gun and thank God the police officer had his hand on the gun all the time,” he said later on.

A woman nearby saw the commotion, and wasn’t about to let the attacker subdue the poor deputy.

She shot at the attacker, forcing him to flee.

He ran across the street to a McDonald’s, where he assaulted another person and was then arrested.

The deputy, the suspect, and the woman he assaulted were all taken to the hospital.

“I truly believe that (the bystander is) a hero. I believe that she potentially saved this officer’s life. I don’t know how far this suspect would have went with the assault,” said Sheriff Jeff Johnson.

Concealed carry saves lives, people.

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postheadericon What You Need To Know About The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Of 2017

This is a post from firearms legal expert Phil Nelsen of MyLegalHeat.com and is republished here with permission.

Have you heard there is new federal legislation that will allow someone with a concealed carry permit from one state to carry in all 50 states? It actually might not be as awesome as you have heard. The purpose of this article is to dispel some of the myths associated with this proposed legislation and give an update on its status.

What is the Law & What is the Status?

H.R. 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is a new iteration of a law that has been proposed several times over the past 6 years. In its most recent form it was introduced on January 03,

 

2017 by U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08). The NRA and other gun rights organizations have been outspoken in their support of this legislation. This week (December 6th) it was voted on by the US House of Representatives and passed by a 231/198 margin. Although it has cleared the House it still has many steps to clear before it becomes law. A brief summary of the remaining procedural process is below:

  1. It will go to a Senate subcommittee to approve their version of the legislation; then
  2. It will be scheduled for a floor vote in the Senate, with the potential for a filibuster; then
  3. It would go to a joint conference committee and the two bills (House & Senate) would be “reconciled” by the committee; then
  4. The reconciled bill will need to be voted on again by both the House and Senate.  Many bills die at this stage as the two separate pieces of legislation from the two houses are often so different that they cannot be reconciled; then
  5. For the final step it goes to President Trump’s desk, who has indicated he would sign similar laws in the past.
The house version has combined two separate bills, one on national reciprocity and the FIX NICS bill.  The FIX NICS bill has widespread support among Democrats, whereas the  Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has significantly less.

Largely due to the social media buzz surrounding it, many people in our training classes are misinformed on many aspects of this potential law (many people we speak with believe it is already a law, which is dangerous). We have received hundreds of emails and phone calls from past students asking about the “new law” and the amount of misinformation we’ve heard is alarming to us. There are some legitimate misunderstandings out there about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and we want to help clarify a few important points.

What Will the Law Do? 

Many people we speak with believe this legislation would make it so one permit would be valid in all 50 states, like a driver’s license. In fact Congressman Hudson’s own website says the following regarding the law:

“Your driver’s license works in every state, so why doesn’t your concealed carry permit?” (source)

That is absolutely not what this law will do, however, and it is important to understand what the law actually says.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is intended to “amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a means by which non- residents of a State whose residents may carry concealed firearms may also do so in the State.”

Subsection (a) states that

a person who is not prohibited by Federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm, who is carrying a valid identification document containing a photograph of the person, and who is carrying a valid license or permit which is issued pursuant to the law of a State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm or is entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides, may possess or carry a concealed handgun (other than a machinegun or destructive device) … in any State

AWESOME RIGHT?!? As long as I have a photo ID & concealed permit (or am from a constitutional carry state) then I’ll be able to carry in any state, what’s wrong with that???

The problem is the text of the proposed law doesn’t stop at that point. If it did, I would agree it would be a great law. Instead it goes on to create two very distinct problems.

What Are The Problems With The Law?

Problem #1: A permit holder would only be able to carry in a state that, “has a statute that allows residents of the State to obtain licenses or permits to carry concealed firearms” OR “does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms by residents of the State for lawful purposes.”

  • The problem with the above text is that  it provides a strong incentive for restrictive states (like Maryland, New Jersey, Hawaii, New York & California) to prohibit concealed carry altogether. Think about it, when faced with the following two choices, do you think that New Jersey and California (who are historically very restrictive in issuing concealed permits) are going to (1) open the floodgates to every freedom loving American to carry a gun, OR  (2) simply prohibit concealed carry altogether, thus exempting themselves from the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. If this law passes, reasonable minds could agree we would see at least the following states take steps to completely prohibit concealed carry: California, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Hawaii, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. In sum, we would see a regression in the amount of states that allow concealed carry. Naturally residents of those states could then take their case to the courts and hopefully we would see the state and federal courts rule favorably in some of those jurisdictions, but sadly as we’ve seen over the past few years, that is far from a sure bet.

Problem #2: “This [law] shall not be construed to supersede or limit the laws of any State that—(1) permit private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property; or (2) prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms on any State or local government property, installation, building, base, or park.”

  • What this means is that those middle-of-the-road states (like Oregon, Washington, Illinois and South Carolina) which likely won’t decide to eliminate concealed carry altogether, but also don’t necessarily want millions of visitors carrying guns in their state, will likely make it SUBSTANTIALLY more difficult to carry a gun in their state. States like Oregon and Illinois (among others) have historically been very opposed to granting non-resident carry rights within their state. Instead of suddenly opening the doors for everyone to carry, we will likely see state legislatures tightening the areas within the state where you are allowed to carry through increased prohibited areas. Advancements that took years to accomplish could potentially vanish overnight due to an overly paranoid media frenzy.

Would Any State Permit Work, or Would I Need My Home State Permit? 

There has been a fair amount of debate about this question. When discussing what permits would allows someone to carry in all states, the law say that a person must have a, “permit which is issued pursuant to the law of a State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm or is entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides.”

This wording is more complicated than it first appears. What this means is that your home state permit will always satisfy this requirement, as it entitles you to “carry a concealed firearm in the state in which [you] reside.” Many people who live in restrictive states, like Maryland or New Jersey, have been asking if they can get an easier to obtain out of state permit (such as Utah or Virginia) and still be able to carry in all states. The answer, under the currently worded law, is maybe. Unless the permit you have allows you to carry in your home state, or your state has constitutional carry, the wording of the current law is somewhat awkward regarding non-resident permits. It appears their intent was to allow you to obtain a permit from any state, but if that is the case the language of the law should be updated to unambiguously state that.

In Summary:

There are some positives to this law. I like that concealed carry is being discussed on a national stage and I am glad it is making people more cognizant of the very complicated patchwork of gun laws we have in America. I also like that the law does away with the crazy patchwork of laws regulating magazine capacity (it allows “any magazine for use in a handgun and any ammunition loaded into the handgun or its magazine”), and it explicitly allows for carry on certain federal land (such as National Parks and Army Corp of Engineers property).

However, I think this legislation is badly in need of refinement if it is to accomplish what we all want it to accomplish. To me, a much better option would be to pursue a judicial remedy for the right to bear arms much like the NRA and the SAF achieved for the right to keep arms (click here for a summary of the difference). However, if we are going to attack this issue through legislation it needs to be done properly. As most are aware, Legal Heat is the largest provider of concealed carry training in America, having certified over 150,000 people to obtain concealed carry permits. We are also the publishers of a 50 state gun law book app that is used by hundreds of thousands of gun owners to navigate gun laws in all 50 states. The attorneys at Legal Heat have also worked on several pieces of concealed carry legislation and would be more than happy to act in an advisory role for Congressman Hudson or anyone else involved in this legislation. We want this law to pass, we just want it to be amended slightly before passing.

For the first time in our history the question before us now is not IF we can pass nationwide reciprocity legislation, but instead HOW such a law should be strategically handled. We are in an exciting time for American gun rights. Legal Heat is very excited about the potential to see quick and decisive progress in the fight for the individual right to keep and bear arms. We will continue to stand on the front lines of this issue by training tens of thousands of Americans each year. If you are interested in attending a training class click here to find a course in your area. 

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Phil Nelsen is a nationally recognized firearms law attorney, expert witness, college professor, author and co-founder of Legal Heat, the nation’s largest firearms training firm and exclusive national CCW training provider to Cabela’s.

Legal Heat offers CCW classes nationwide, and also publishes the industry leading Legal Heat 50 State Guide to Firearm Laws and Regulations which can be downloaded on iTunes, GooglePlay and Kindle App stores. You can purchase the paperback version of the Legal Heat 50 State Guide or sign up for a class at https://mylegalheat.com

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postheadericon Thug Shot In Both Legs By Homeowner During Burglary

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — When a homeowner encountered two thugs breaking into his own garage, he took the fight to them, and he did it quickly.

It resulted in two bullets, one in each leg, for one of the bad guys — pretty much putting an end to his budding cross-country career for the time being, at least.

As KOB 4 reports:

According to a criminal complaint, a burglary didn’t go as planned for Rodolfo Serrano-Urias. Things turned when he and friend broke into Warren Wild’s garage on Los Tomases Drive early Tuesday morning.

Police said Wild heard something and checked the garage. He had a .40 caliber Glock handgun. When he saw the men he fired one round to scare them away. That’s when the two took off.

But Serrano-Urias didn’t get far. According to the report, Wild shot Serrano-Urias in the back of the leg as he jumped over the fence in the backyard, but that still didn’t stop him. The suspect then took off down Sunset Avenue when the homeowner shot him in the other leg.

At least that’s what the suspect told police. According to the homeowner, he only fired at Serrano-Urias while he was in the backyard. He said he pulled the trigger to protect himself and his wife, who was also outside.

Police found Serrano-Urias in the middle of the street in front of the home with two gunshot wounds, one in each leg.

Once again, we see one of the worst practices in the firearms community: the warning shot.

Folks, if your firearm is out and you choose to fire, you need to be firing to neutralize a threat, not to make a point.

And, as this story bears out, this homeowner had to fire on at least one of the burglars anyway — it’s not worth it.

Firing a shot as a warning is rarely an aimed shot, and it’s often not a shot about which a shooter has thought that much. The odds of hitting something you really don’t want to go much higher.

Stay safe out there, folks.

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postheadericon Medical Marijuana User In Honolulu? Give Us Your Guns, No Permit For You.

By Robert Farago via The Truth About Guns

“The Honolulu Police Department is reviewing a policy requiring medical marijuana users to turn over their firearms,” usnews.com reports. “The department sent letters to at least 30 gun owners last month, saying they had 30 days to surrender or transfer ownership of their guns.” That caused something of an uproar in the Aloha State…and beyond! ‘Cause if Hawaii actually sent cops ’round to gun owners holding a medical marijuana card . . .

A dangerous precedent would be set. Lest we forget, Hawaii isn’t the only state to maintain a database of both medical marijuana users and gun owners. The great state of New York also keeps track of legal tokers and gat holders. And yes, federal law makes it illegal to be a weed smoker and a gun owner.

From westhawaiitoday.com:

Hawaii Police Chief Paul Ferreira

The state’s largest law-enforcement organization said it will continue to deny future gun permit applications for medical marijuana patients.

Hawaii Police Chief Paul Ferreira [above] said his department’s form letter is sent only in response to admitted medical marijuana patients who apply for a permit to acquire a firearm. Ferreira said he signs them himself.

“When someone applies for a permit to acquire a firearm and they indicate they’re a medical marijuana patient, pursuant to a 2011 opinion from the (U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), they’re no longer qualified to possess a firearm. At that point, we send out the letter telling them their permit to acquire has been denied . . .

If you’re in possession of any firearms or ammunition, you need to turn them in,” Ferreira said Wednesday. “Over the course of this past year, I don’t recall signing more than one or two of those letters.

“We do not go out and look for medical marijuana patients. We don’t go out and ask anybody for information on medical marijuana patients, or send them letters arbitrarily. It’s only in conjunction with when they apply for a permit to acquire.”

Let’s ignore for a moment the outrageous idea that Hawaii residents need a state permit to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. And the fact that the last state to join the union hasn’t issued a single concealed carry permit in eighteen years. Or the fact that marijuana is safer than alcohol, on every level (save criminal involvement in its cultivation and distribution).

Honolulu SWAT Team (courtesy hawaiidefensefoundation.org)

Let’s focus on the Honolulu PD’s decision to scan the state’s gun and marijuana registries for overlap, and then threaten to send gun confiscation goons (Honolulu SWAT team above) to enforce the federal ban on pot smoking gun owners.

What kind of law enforcement official would even think it’s a good idea to poke that bear? Never mind send his — make that her — officers into harm’s way to git ‘er done?

That would be Virginia-born, North Carolina-raised Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard (above). The officer chosen to replace Chief Kealoha after he was arrested for 20 counts of abuse of power and public corruption.

Anyway, it seems clear that Uncle Sam needs to legalize marijuana, stat. Before someone gets hurt. I mean, someone else . . .

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postheadericon Another Sale Arranged Over The Internet, Another Self-Defense Shooting

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — A teenager looking to score a cell phone for free, was met with resistance when he tried to rob a person he met up with for an in-person meet from an online sale.

Here’s how it went down;

A 19-year-old man who police said was shot trying to rob someone Saturday evening died over the weekend.

Tyler Kitchen of Youngstown is the city’s 22nd homicide victim of the year.

Reports said Kitchen was shot about 6:10 p.m. at Belmont Avenue and Wirt Street.

Chief of Detectives Capt. Brad Blackburn said two men agreed to meet Kitchen to buy a phone from him over the internet but Kitchen tried to rob them.

The person who shot Kitchen, a 54-year-old man, is a concealed carry permit holder. He was with his son at the time of the meet-up.

The armed citizen told police that he carries his firearm often, and it’s a good thing that he decided to have it with him on this day.

The suspect is thought to have been responsible for numerous other armed robberies recently, although the cases have not yet been closed. If it were Kitchen who was responsible for the other robberies as well, I guess it was only a matter of time before he met up with someone who wasn’t willing to be victimized.

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postheadericon Woman Defended By Step-Father After Man Goes After Her With Hammer

DENTON, TX — In a day-long dispute that began at three in the morning, a man was nearly shot after trying to attack his female roommate with a hammer, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.

31-year-old Chad Knapp was rooming with a 23-year-old victim who had a prescription for Adderall, a medication often used to treat ailments related to ADHD. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most abused prescription drugs around.

Knapp stole the victim’s Adderrall, and tried to leave the apartment with it. The victim followed him.

When she tried to forcefully take back what he had stolen from her, Knapp shoved the victim, hard. He “pushed her so hard that she was thrown backward into a brick wall,” said Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where police noticed that she had bruising consistent with someone forcefully grabbing her.

She clearly was not in a good situation.

At about 8 p.m., the victim returned to her apartment, this time with her stepfather, who has a concealed carry permit.

Bringing him along would soon prove to be a wise choice.

The victim forgot her apartment key, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle, and was trying to get back into the apartment when Knapp appeared, wielding a hammer, and “yelling and cussing” according to Kizer.

The victim’s stepfather produced his firearm, and that was the ball game for Knapp. He was arrested on charges of assault causing bodily injury and deadly conduct, and put in jail.

According to police, upon being arrested Knapp claimed that there was no altercation hat morning, and that a man had just broken into the apartment and put a gun into his face.

I think he’ll have a hard time convincing a jury of that.

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