10 Mistakes First Time Concealed Carriers Make

When first-time gun owners finally get their concealed carry license, there are some avoidable mistakes made along the way.

You have purchased your gun, you’ve taken your required courses, and you’re now on your way to carrying concealed. This is an exciting step for every gun owner, and a very important one.

However, first-time carriers sometimes make mistakes that are easily avoidable. Instead of learning the hard way, check out some tips to help you be even more responsible and prepared.

Want to read the 10 avoidable mistakes are? Click here!

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Texas Senate approves bill allowing open carry

On March 17, 2015, we were informed that the Texas Senate was one small step away from approving a bill that would allow people to openly carry handguns in the state. Read full article on KHOU.

Texas is one of 6 states who do not permit open carry of handguns, even though open carry of shotguns and rifles is permitted in the state.

Though some have their own sets of reservations with the passing of this law, state Senator Huffman believes that these trained citizens will act responsibly. Plus, this bill does not permit just anyone to openly carry their firearm. In order to openly carry, one must already hold a license to carry concealed and their firearm must be carried in either a shoulder holster or a belt holster. Documentation of proper training (classroom and firing range instruction) and a criminal background check are required in Texas in order to obtained a CCW.

In addition to Bill 17, the senate gave final approval to a proposal that would allow certain people with proper licenses to carry concealed on college campuses.

A House panel is set to consider both gun bills on Tuesday.

Customer at bar ignored open carry laws and shoots armed robbers

A customer at a bar in Houston ignored open carry laws. Luckily for those around him, he shot and killed 2 of 4 armed robbers.

According to KHOU:

Just after closing around 2:30 Saturday morning, four armed men barged in at EJ’s Place demanding money.

Instead, a customer inside the bar, which is located on the 16500 block of Kuykendahl Road, pulled out his gun and started exchanging fire with the robbers. He shot and killed two of them while the other two ran. Once the heated exchange ended, the patron left, too.

“We’re still trying to determine who he is, and why he left the scene,” said Harris County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Spurgeon.

At the moment it is still illegal for citizens to carry a gun into a bar, which is most likely why the patron fled the scene. Regardless of the local and state laws, most believe that this man had every right to defend himself and the people in that bar.

This is a prime example of why ‘gun free zones’ don’t make you safe. It is just a false hope that can actually put you into harms way because criminals aren’t expecting anyone to be able to defend themselves. That is precisely why the other 2 robbers ran away. They don’t want to die, which is why allowing law-abiding citizens to carry actually protects you and your loved ones.

If criminals don’t know whether or not someone is carrying a gun, it gives them fear. Fear leads to hesitation and reconsideration. When criminals are afraid to rob/steal/rape/kill, that is when there will be less crime.

Moms Demand Action now attacking Kroger

Chipotle, Target, Starbucks, Jack and the Box. One tends to wonder who will be their next victim?

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is now targeting Kroger, the largest supermarket retailer, and demands that they rethink their policy to allow open carry of firearms in their stores.

How as a mother, am I supposed to know if the person with a loaded AR-15 is a gun extremist trying to make a political statement or if I should duck and cover? Kroger shouldn’t leave that ambiguous”

-Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, told The Daily Beast.

Kroger officials have given no statements indicating that they will ban guns in their stores.

Kroger’s policy is to follow state and local laws, and we have requested that all of our customers be respectful of other customers and our associates when shopping in our stores. We recognize the sincerity of beliefs held by people on both sides of the gun issue, which we believe is a public policy best determined by lawmakers.

-Kroger spokeswoman Rachael Betzler said Thursday.

Shannon Watts believes that the store should disregard state and local laws when they aren’t protecting children and families. Honestly, she couldn’t be more wrong. Allowing open carry IS protecting children and families. When a criminal comes into a store armed most people would want a good guy with a gun. Oh wait. Shannon doesn’t think they exist. Just in case you’re in the crazy cab with her, I have provided a few links below just to save time on my rantings.

  1. Man looks for someone to kill randomly at hotel in San Antonio. Armed citizen steps in and saves the day.
  2. Good guy with a gun wins in Chicago.
  3. Armed criminal bets citizen doesn’t have a gun and guessed wrong. (This shows that criminals have NO idea. Ever consider that they’ll think twice knowing that anyone could be carrying?)
  4. Armed South Carolina resident puts a stop to a possible killing spree.
  5. What happened in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. Sorry Shannon.
  6. School shooter stopped in less than 60 seconds thanks to good guys with guns.
  7. Armed citizen stops robber and holds him at gun point in parking lot until police arrive.
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR7ivdgoGU4

Moms Demand doesn’t talk about these because well, that would make them look uninformed.

Shannon Watts also issued a statement saying that they intend to deliver petitions to other Kroger-owned stores such as Harris Teeter, Fry’s, and others. If these companies don’t enact gun bans, Moms Demand Action threatens to post open carry images on Twitter and attack via social media.

When are these stores going to stop letting some silly organization bully them on the web? I thought that liberals were against cyber bullying? Kroger is not causing any harm by allowing their customers to follow state and local laws.

Open Carry in Public Places: Thoughts and Experience

After I got off of work, I walked over to our local grocery store to pick up some items for dinner. As I was walking around I noticed a man with a shoulder holster. Once I realized what it was, I took a peak at his side and saw a gun tucked underneath his arm. I then looked up to see him giving me a weird look, smiled and walked away. I thought more about this as I was finishing up shopping for the items on my list. If I would have seen this man even 6 months ago, I probably would have FREAKED out. Honestly, I probably would have felt a pit in my stomach, left my items on a shelf and left. So I thought, why did I react differently this time? I was interested to know what type of pistol he had and was fascinated by the fact that he was openly carrying it in a grocery store (holstered obviously, not LITERALLY carrying it just in case I needed to clarify). Well, I can answer this in one word: Education. I have consistently educated myself on proper gun handling and safety. I did not see this guy as a threat to me BECAUSE his gun was properly holstered. People FEAR guns which is why they feel the need to control ownership by implementing gun carry laws. In most cases, people fear what they don’t understand, which is why my reaction was different than if this same exact situation happened to me in the recent past. I no longer fear them because I understand them. 

I have heard many arguments against open and concealed carry. Here is one I think we’ve all heard: “How am I supposed to know the difference between a law-abiding citizen carrying his/her gun and a mass shooter?” There are many different ways, one being the example I mentioned above. If you see a customer walking in with his/her gun holstered, they aren’t breaking any rules (unless otherwise stated by the business) and most likely aren’t there to hurt anyone. Now, if someone walks in, finger on the trigger and a crazy look on their face, well you may just have a problem. But can you see the difference here? Am I saying that no mass murderer EVER will have his/her gun holstered? No, BUT I am saying that it is highly unlikely. 

Next, I wonder why people are against open carry. People get REALLY freaked by seeing a gun, even if it is holstered. My question is, wouldn’t you anti-gun people rather SEE someone’s gun? I would think you would be more freaked out by not knowing if someone has one or not. But I guess ignorance is bliss.

Anyways, enough with my little rant of the day. I wish I would have gotten a picture with this guy to show people that gun owners who are practicing proper gun safety and holstering are not the people you should be concerned with, BUT I didn’t want to seem more like I creeper than I already had by eyeing his weapon. Whoops..

What are your thoughts?

Recent Article Asks Gun Owners What Happened in Vegas

A recent article posted in wake of the Las Vegas shooting asks ‘gun nuts’ what they have to say now that a good guy with a gun was killed. Well, luckily for them, I usually have loads to say.

First of all, the title of that article is COMPLETELY insensitive. Mr. Wilcox had a gun and was willing to defend himself as well as others instead of sitting around in a fettle position doing nothing. Had he known about the second shooter (Jerad’s wife Amanda), this could have ended differently. What comments would the liberals have then on concealed carry? I’m curious to know because my best guess is there wouldn’t be any comments. Heck, it’s possible that the media wouldn’t even have covered it. Instead, the media zooms in on this event in hopes to draw attention away from the deaths in Chicago, where up until recently only cops and criminals had guns.

Now, THINK for once about what we say about concealed carry. We say that it serves as a deterrent and can help PREVENT gun related crimes. Prevent being the key word here. It is irrational to think that no one will be hurt/killed ever. We have sick people in this world who don’t know or care about the value of a human life. However, more guns in the hands of the good guys will PREVENT more crimes from happening. Being armed gives an individual a better chance to stop a deadly attack. That’s what we’ve always said.

Next, all of you anti-gun advocates talk about how we should rely on police protection in situations like this. Let me ask you this- where were the police when Mr. Wilcox was shot trying to defend innocent people? Where are the police during all the gun-related crimes committed in Chicago on a daily basis? Mr. Wilcox took this into his own hands because he had a defensive weapon and there was no one else around to defend him. A second shooter can take anyone off guard, including the 2 officers that were killed. He didn’t know she was a threat because her gun was hidden, which is the only reason this situation ended the way it did.

If everyone carried concealed, there would have been multiple people who could have drawn their weapons to the killers. Heck, it probably would have ended before they even left the pizza place had there been good guys with guns.

Finally, I am tired of seeing ‘Mass Shooting’ thrown across the screen. Misuse of terms by the media is one of the main reasons America thinks the gun homicide is increasing instead of decreasing. As horrible as it is that honorable men lost their lives, this is in no means a ‘mass’ shooting. The Obama Administration and organizations like Mom’s Demand like to use public shootings and label them as mass shootings to scare the public into thinking things are way worse than they actually are. Haven’t you heard the Obama administration claim “there have been 23 mass shootings since Sandy Hook”? That isn’t true even when looking at the FBI definition of ‘mass murder’ (need I point out that they don’t actually define how many deaths to be consider ‘mass shooting’). Anyway, for arguments sake I will use the FBI definition of mass murder which is ‘a single incident in which a perpetrator kills 4 or more people not including his or herself’.

Let’s take this recent shooting for example. 3 innocent people died; 2 police officers and Joseph Wilcox. News sites are saying there are 5 fatalities because they are including the deaths of Jared and Amanda Miller. Why are they including the shooters’ fatalities? Because then they can classify this event as a ‘mass shooting’. See how terms are being misused to manipulate you? Newton- THAT is a mass shooting. Aurora- THAT is a mass shooting. Las Vegas? Not a mass shooting and I am sure you’ll find the same pattern if you look into other recent events.

Should Women Purchase Pink Guns?

I guess my constant Google searches and endless hours of looking at guns for sale has finally caught up to me. I am getting emails, tweets, phone calls, and Pinterest links sent to me with “Girly Guns”.

I have to say I have some mixed feelings about the bedazzled and painted guns that seem to only target female gun owners on the web and in stores. Because of these feelings, I have tried to think of why I like and dislike the idea of having a pink gun or something covered in rhinestones. I have also tried to look into why it is women are interested in these designs.

What about Pink? Just in case lol

I believe that a lot of women (not all) search for guns that look ‘less scary’. Picking up a small pink gun the size of your hand almost doesn’t register in your brain that you are holding a deadly weapon. Which makes me wonder- if you aren’t recognizing it as a dangerous weapon, would your attacker? This is one of the reasons that I have a bit of hesitation in purchasing a decorated gun. I don’t ever want to give my attacker any indication that I am not serious about defending myself or that my weapon is “too girly” to do any harm to a man, even if that isn’t true.

The next reason I think that women flock to these guns is because they are more ‘fashionable’ or ‘pretty’. To me, a gun is not something you sport around on your hip just to look good or feel pretty. Carrying a gun is serious business and needs to be treated like such. The other thing that I am confused about is a lot of these guns are meant for concealed carry. If you are meaning to keep it hidden from someone, then why choose a weapon designed to stick out? Now some women wear a TON of pink. In that case, I guess a pink concealed carry gun is probably a good choice. In the case that you are trying to hide in a dark corner somewhere, I have some concerns that a bright colored or bedazzled gun may give away my position if light catches it.

Another reason women lean towards this purchase is because it shows men that “this isn’t my husbands gun, it’s mine”. I have talked to a lot of women who feel empowered by having a gun that is unmistakably their’s. Heck, more power to them.

Let me dig a little deeper here. It’s not the little pink and black handguns that really bother me. It is more the “My Little Pony” and the “Hello Kitty” guns that I can’t stand.

Pink Savage Rascal Rifle .22 girl's rifle Accutrigger Unicorn

Bad Kitty for all the Bad ladies

Another issue I have with these is they look like toys. If something looks like a toy, it is pretty much assumed that it will be treated like a toy. If not by you, then possibly by a child. That being said, if not taught by their parents, any child could pick up a gun thinking it’s a toy.

Now to my biggest issue. I think that the way pink guns are being marketed towards women is a bit ridiculous, and quite frankly I think that is the main reason they bother me. It’s as if some believe women are only attracted to the style and color of the weapon and not to the fact that it’s a firearm. There has been one occasion where I was looking at a gun and was encouraged to go with the pink gun instead of a black one. To me, I felt like the man thought that I knew nothing about guns and would want that one just because it’s ‘pretty’. I then asked him “why this one over that one?” while pointing at the PX4 I had been wanting. He starred at me for a couple of seconds and then said “well because this one is popular with our female customers”. Wrong answer dude. Someone once phrased it “It’s as if I was looking at a car and the salesmen shows me the vanity mirror with pretty lights when I was about to ask a question about the engine”. That is exactly how I felt. I mean seriously now, guys do you have this problem? I don’t think so.

Finally, I feel like a lot of the negativity that goes towards pink guns is one of the main reasons that I haven’t considered purchasing one. Why do a lot of  the guys tend to laugh at the women who walk into a range with an ‘unmanly gun’? I surely don’t want to fall into this stereotype that women are weak and can’t own a ‘real’ gun. On the other hand, how would it make these guys feel having this pink gun wind up in the evidence tray for their case after getting shot? Yea.. I don’t think they’d feel too good about that one.

All in all, I have come to the conclusion that it’s just a color.  It by no means determines whether or not a woman is weak. It by no means takes away from the damage that the gun can do. Heck, it’s a ‘man’ gun with a coat of paint on top of it. Now will I ever purchase a pink gun? Probably not. Pink isn’t really my thing. But will I NEVER buy any colored gun? I wouldn’t go that far. This Tiffany Blue rifle is pretty cool 🙂

Tiffany POF and M&P