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.

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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

 

 

Victim of Stabbing Heads To The Range

No one ever wants to be a victim of an attack, especially one so close to home. 

WBNS (CBS Columbus) reported that more women are seeking to arm themselves after a woman was attacked in their community in March. Rikki Whitaker was held at gun point and then stabbed after leaving an LA Fitness Gym in Hilliard, OH. She is now out of the hospital and learning self-defense. 

The article describes the courses that Whitaker has been involved in to receive her CCW permit.

It is an empowering feeling, but I know it’s a last resort. It’s not something you want to use, but at some point it’s something you could need to.”

-Rikki Whitaker

 

Though Whitaker has forgone weeks of training and course work, Ohio law offers law-abiding citizens a different option known as a Temporary Emergency License (TEL), which will allow someone to legally carry a gun before completing the 12 hours of state mandated training and waiting on a sheriff to issue a license, which can take up to 45 days. 

The TEL is only valid for 90 days and cannot be renewed for 4 years. There is a lot of confusion when it comes to what it takes to qualify for a TEL and a lot of gun-control nuts argued that this law would be abused. However, the low numbers are proving that this is just another thing they have wrong about guns. 

Obama Asks for $1.1 Billion for Gun Control

Yup, you read that right! Our ever-so-economical president wants $1.1 BILLION to protect Americans from gun violence. $182 million of Obama’s request is to support the “Now Is The Time” gun safety initiative, which includes:

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Let’s take a closer look at these so-called “gun safety initiatives”. First, background checks are already required for any legal purchase of a firearm. This isn’t how criminals are getting a hold of guns. It’s people like Leland Yee who are illegally trafficking guns into the country and placing them into the hands of very bad people. This will happen regardless of what our background check requirements are. Do you think Senator Yee and ‘Shrimp Boy’ performed background checks on any of the Muslim rebels they so willingly armed?

Passing a stronger ban on assault weapons. Look, I’ve already done an article on how Obama, Feinstein, and other anti-gun advocates are misusing terms in order to scare uniformed American citizens into supporting their agenda. He wants to pass stronger bans on guns in general and will do so by manipulating you into thinking a modern day sporting rifle is a military weapon. Which in turn makes a legal gun an ‘assault weapon’.

Banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. I also mentioned this briefly in my post about misuse of guns terms, and I will mention it again. Limiting the amount of rounds a magazine can hold WILL NOT prevent or stop gun violence. Statistics say that criminals on average only fire about 4 rounds, which is well under the 10 rounds held in a supposed ‘dangerous’ magazine. Not to mention, PoliceOne did a survey in which 96% said that a ban on standard capacity magazines would not reduce crime. And last but not least, just because you have a limit on the amount of rounds your magazine can carry, doesn’t mean a criminal won’t have another fully loaded magazine on his/her person. An experienced shooter can unload and reload like it’s second nature.

Get “armor-piercing bullets off the streets”. Oh how I love this one. What exactly is an ‘armor-piercing bullet’? Where can I buy them? If I go to a store and ask for a box of armor-piercing bullets, will the counter clerk know exactly what I’m talking about? Not really, because there is no such thing. It is yet another term that Obama uses to scare you along with his favorite phrase “police are being out-gunned on the streets”. Which I also showed to my readers is not true in previous posts. Basically what Obama is wanting to “get off the streets” are regular bullets. You know, bullets that actually have more than 100 grains of powder and not the rinky-dink ones you use to practice at a shooting range. So not only is he going after guns, he is going after ammunition.

Giving law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime. Ok, like what Mr. Obama? Another $382.1 million has been requested by the Department of Justice, $2 million of which will be for Smart Gun technology grants. Did you know that there have been recommendations for police officers to have access to Smart Guns owned by citizens? Yes that means that your little chip/bracelet/fingerprints can be overtaken by a band that any law-enforcement official can wear. They also would like to put GPS tracking devices in each Smart Gun. Now why would a gun need a tracking device? Could it be because the government wants to know exactly who owns a gun and where it is located so that they can confiscate at any given moment?

End the freeze on gun violence research. Seriously? End what freeze? You can do research any time you want to. All of the data, statistics, polls, and crime ratings are all there. It just doesn’t match up with his claims against guns, therefore he wants to make uniformed people believe that any of the research that has been released is invalid since apparently there is a freeze on the real research. Give me a break.

Make our schools safer. Ok fine. I’m all for my future children going to a safe school, but his definition of safe and mine are not the same. Being from Texas, I have heard all of the stories about Charles Whitman shooting from the clock tower at the University of Texas in 1966. Did you know that it wasn’t just police officers who fired back? Other armed citizens, both students of UT and locals around the area at the time opened fire. A couple of these citizens even went with the officers into the tower to get to Whitman. With the extra help from these armed citizens, lives of students, faculty, and even police officers were put at a lesser risk. Because of the return fire from multiple directions, Whitman was forced to hide behind a wall to avoid shots which in turn prevented him from having good aim to harm any other people.Taking guns away and providing counseling instead is not going to help make schools any safer.

Lastly, of course he has to enter ObamaCare into his anti-gun plan. Don’t even get me started on that one.

To wrap up my post, why are we going to spend money we don’t have? Our country is already trillions of dollars in debt, yet he wants to spend another billion to take away our Constitutional right? How about we use that money to REMOVE laws that infringe on Americans’ Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms instead and be done with it.

Liberal Radio Show Host Wishes to Shoot NRA Board Member

A lot of debate is taking place over the new “guns everywhere” law in Georgia. Although gun owners in the state are pleased with the expansion of Georgia’s concealed carry laws, liberal radio show host Mike Malloy is far from it. He is so angered that he said he would like to invite an NRA Board Member to his home and shoot him using the “Stand Your Ground” Law in defense.

Once the state’s Safe Carry Protection Act receives the governor’s signature, concealed carry will be permitted in schools, bars, churches, and sections of the airport that are outside of the security parameter. Malloy’s reaction was anything but friendly OR logical.

[The] organization founded by Gabrielle Giffords…the former Arizona Congresswoman…who was critically wounded in a mass shooting in 2011, she calls it “the most extreme gun bill in America.” The NRA, which they’re behind this of course, they want guns everywhere….I would like to invite one of the NRA board members, and I’ll be armed, let’s just get this over with, OK? Come on down to Georgia and I’ll be packing heat and you be packing heat or whether you want to or not, I don’t give a damn, it’s up to you. And you come, meet me someplace, and all of sudden, see, we have stand your ground here, and all of a sudden I’m going to feel real $&#^*!@ threatened by you! And I will shoot you! If I feel threatened. The law says I can. Ha ha ha ha ha, Ha ha ha ha ha!

Seems to me that Mr. Malloy lost his ability to debate intelligently so he resorted to threats. That’s pretty typical when you face a person who bases his arguments on emotion instead of facts. Once again, another example of a liberal who has no knowledge of guns or the laws the govern them. 

So tell me Mr. Malloy, why are you more concerned that law-abiding gun owners (who I assume have proper knowledge and training) will abuse the second amendment when you’re the one publicly making threats on a person’s life? But I thought you were AGAINST gun violence!?