Tag Archive: Concealed Carry


Dismantling The Stigma Of Guns

 

Participants in Vernon's two-day conceal-and-carry course spend a full day in the classroom before heading to the firing range. - JOHN STURDY

 

” Interest in gun ownership has been growing across the country. The FBI conducted more than 21 million background checks of potential gun buyers in 2013, the most since the system was put into place in 1998. In Illinois 1.7 million people currently have firearm owner identification cards issued by the state police, including more than 150,000 in Chicago, up 30 percent since 2011.

  Illinois, and Chicago in particular, has historically had some of the most restrictive gun regulations in the country—from 1982 until 2010 it was illegal to possess a handgun in the city—but the laws are changing. Last July, under orders from a federal court, the General Assembly passed a law making Illinois the 50th state to allow residents to carry firearms in public. The state police began accepting conceal-and-carry permit applications in late December, and by late January nearly 33,000 had been approved pending background checks. Residents from rural areas downstate have signed up at the highest rates, but nearly a fourth of the applications came from Cook County.

  Vernon has been a firearm owner and activist for decades, but he doesn’t fit the stereotype of a gun nut. He’s a middle-class African-American who lives on Chicago’s south side. A former university administrator, he’s studied civil rights history for decades. A framed photo of Malcolm X hangs in the living room of his modest home. He voted against Mitt Romney in the last presidential election—though he can’t quite bring himself to admit that he cast a ballot for President Obama.”

 

The Reader offers a lengthy profile on Mr Jordan and the state of gun ownership in Chicago .

HT/Katie Pavlich

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beretta’s Blog Offers These Words Of Advice From A Woman

On Buying A Carry Gun For A Woman

 

 

 

 

” It seems men are more interested than ever in getting the ladies in their lives involved in shooting sports and self-defense. In their eagerness, they don’t always consider the fit, size, and function of guns, much less the tastes of their significant others. Here is what some women may have to say to their husbands regarding their expert choice of side-arms.

Dear husband,

  I’ve tried and tried to explain to you that I need to go choose and purchase a concealed carry gun. For some reason, you aren’t hearing my plea. I’m certain you understand the need to defend myself and our family. I’m not sure you recognize other facets that go along with my need to choose my own gun.

  I am a better shot than you, even with that over-sized, heavy gun you chose for me. Thanks to it, I now have huge shoulders and my spine is curved from attempting to lug it around in my purse. I have no fear of an assailant stealing said purse: it weighs too much.  It’s sure to bring him to the ground in an instant.”

The rest of the letter may be read here .

Tips When Stopped By Police And Carrying A Firearm

 

 

 

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” Lethal Force Institute’s Massad Ayoob gives Guns & Ammo Host Tom Gresham some essential tips for safely interacting with police when carrying a firearm while driving your vehicle.”

 

HT/The Federalist Papers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking In Precision 1911S

 

 

 

 

 

” After deciding to obtain a concealed-carry permit for my self-defense handgun, I began researching handguns styles, calibers and features. I knew I wanted something compact and easy to conceal, but powerful enough to authoritatively stop a perpetrator.

  I looked at both pistols and revolvers, and seriously considered a snubnose .357 Mag., but in the end decided on a semi-auto. Since I already owned a 9 mm, I decided to go with a larger caliber—a .40 S&W or .45 ACP.  An acquaintance had a SIG P226 for sale with both .40 and .357 Sig barrels. The gun was a little bigger than I wanted, but I was interested in the dual calibers and would have bought it if we could have agreed on price.

  Eventually, I wandered into a little hunting/gun shop in Tupelo, Miss. It was running a pretty good sale and I picked up a Kimber Ultra Carry in .45 ACP for $660, plus tax. This was one of the early models featuring a skeletonized trigger and hammer, along with diamond-checkered rubber grips and black, low-profile combat sights. At the same time, I bought some Winchester white box ammunition—because that gun was just begging to be fired—and headed to the hill in my parents’ pasture that served as my home-range backstop.”

 

Story continues at American Rifleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Concealed Carry Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

 

 

 

 

” In this video Michael Martin, author of Concealed Carry and Home Defense, and Tim Schmidt, aka Tactical Tim and president and founder of the USCCA, speak to users about the top ten concealed carry mistakes, don’ts and blunders which many responsibly armed Americans can often find themselves falling into.”

 

Read more at The Federalist Papers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DoubleTap Review

 

 

” We’ve given spilled a lot of virtual ink waxing poetic about DoubleTap.  We loved this gun from the start.  And at last, close to a year after I first held one at the SHOT Show, we have one in for review.  It has been a long wait.  After all of the hype, I almost expected it to be anticlimactic.  But then I pulled the trigger.

   Everything you may have read about the brutal recoil from the DoubleTap is true.  It hurts.  I put 50 rounds of .45 ACP through this gun and I’m in pain.  The web of muscle between my thumb and pointer finger on my right hand is sore.  The metacarpal in my thumb feels bruised.  I’m not going to try to sugar coat it.  The pain is sharp and intense.  If you’ve shot a .44 magnum (especially one with wooden grips) you understand recoil.  The DoubleTap is more painful.”

 

 

” DoubleTap Firearms has developed  the world’s smallest and lightest .45 ACP concealed carry pistol on the market today. Also available in 9mm. “

 

Titanium or Aluminium Frames with a MIL-STD finish that resists corrosion
Stainless Steel Barrels
Two rounds in the chamber and integral grips house an additional two spare rounds
Optional Ported barrels reduces muzzle flip and recoil
Small, slim, no-snag hammerless design for easy pocket carry
Ambidextrous thumb latch to eject spent rounds
U.S. Patent No. D686685 and other Patents Pending
Double Action Trigger

 

 

   The above information and specs comes directly from the manufacturer’s page , while the video and review comes from Guns.com. Both links can provide you with much more info on this neat little hide-away gun .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARA USA LTC TACTICAL

 

 

 

 

” The M1911 has been, and always will be, one of the world’s most celebrated firearms–so it’s really no surprise that countless individuals have tinkered with the iconic design since it first rolled off of the production line over a century ago. That said, it was a little over 20 years ago that the young Canadian Para-Ordnance company dared to release a double-stack 1911, significantly increasing the historic design’s capacity. The revolutionary move helped put Para on the map, and became something of a signature for its 1911s.

A few years ago the company set up a U.S. subsidiary in North Carolina—Para USA—and in early 2012 it became part of the Freedom Group. The firearm chosen as Gun of the Week, however, strays from both Para’s past and present. It’s a single-stack 1911 produced prior to the company’s purchase: the Para LTC Tactical.”

 

 

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The Armed Citizen: Fight Crime By Fighting Back

 

 

Fighting Back

 

 

  This video is a collection of citizens who stood up and said “enough” . This video demonstrates only too well the need for citizens to be prepared to defend themselves ,their loved ones and their property against the predatory element that exists in today’s society . Good for them … good for us .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois House Votes to Override Governor’s Veto of Concealed Carry Bill

 

 

” The House voted 77-31 to override the veto and further paving the way for implementing a method of concealed carry in Illinois.

The measure will now go to the Senate for a final vote, expected later today, where it is expected to pass as well.

Governor Quinn tried to lobby for the passage of his significantly more restrictive version of the bill citing a weekend of extreme gun violence in the city of Chicago where over 70 people where shot over the holiday weekend.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Smart

 

 

 

” Summer vacation time is coming, and many of us will be traveling. So it’s a good time to remind ourselves that whenever we venture outside of our home states with our firearms, we expose ourselves to a multitude of laws, regulations, and even local city ordinances.

Whether we intend to carry a handgun or merely transport it in our vehicle, caution is the watchword. Remember the old legal axiom, “Ignorance of the law is never a defense.” This is doubly important when we are the “foreigners” in transit.”

 

    United States Concealed Carry Association offers tips on how to travel armed without falling prey to some of the very unfriendly gun laws present in some of the less enlightened states .

 

” Finally, be very wary of travel to or through states like Illinois, New York, and California that are extremely hostile to guns and gun owners. Horror stories abound of visitors imprisoned for violating some obscure rule. A particularly frightening New Jersey case is working its way to the Supreme Court as we speak.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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” This US Map is hot-linked to the state Information for each of the states in the United States and its possessions. Simply click on the states abbreviation on the map to view that state’s information page in a new browser window. To view the All U.S. Page, click on U.S.A. at the bottom of the map to the left. Where we have made every possible effort to insure these maps and information are accurate as of the last update found in the top left corner of this page, it is your responsibility to verify the data offered. By using any of these links or information provided here, you agree to hold harmless and without liability, PC Solutions, Inc., Steve Aikens, Gary Slider, or any provider of such information. You are responsible for validating your own information.

 

This site is owned by Steve Aikens and Gary Slider. We firmly believe in the Second Amendment, Concealed Carry and the fact that we have both a right and responsibility to take a pro-active position in our personal defense. Unfortunately, we recognize there are so many variances in our state to state laws, the average individual may have difficulty keeping up with those laws well enough to prevent them from breaking the law, especially as they travel. Since we have the ability to research those laws and create an informative Concealed Carry specific site, we have done so.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maine Senate Endorses Bill To Seal Handgun Permit Data

 

 

 

 

” State senators on Wednesday agreed with their counterparts in the House of Representatives and passed a bill that will shut down a set of public records that have been open for more than 30 years.

In a 27-8 vote, the Senate approved LD 345, which makes confidential most of the information on concealed-handgun permits in Maine.

The Maine House on Tuesday approved the measure 106-40. Both bodies have achieved the two-thirds majority the measure needs to take effect as soon as Gov. Paul LePage signs the bill.”

 

 

 

 

 

Marine With Concealed Carry Permit Stops Man From Beating Woman

 

 

 

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”  A Marine Corps veteran was able to stop a man early Tuesday, March 12th from nearly kicking a woman to death. It happened near 102nd and Lincoln, and Wisconsin’s concealed carry law made his efforts possible.

Charlie Blackmore was driving home from work at 4:00 a.m. along Lincoln Avenue when he saw something on the sidewalk. Blackmore didn’t realize it was a woman on the ground being kicked in the head and stomach until he got closer.

That’s when he jumped out of his car and sprung into action.

“I said ‘stop’ and he starts coming towards me and that`s when I drew on him. He started getting closer and I said ‘get down on the ground,’” Blackmore said.

Blackmore held his gun on the suspect and called West Allis police. He says several times while waiting for police to arrive, the attacker moved toward him.”

 

 

 

Civilian Shoots Would-Be Robber During Attempted Bank Hold-Up

 

 

”  Police chased a car at high speeds down 169 Highway, after police suspected the person inside attempted to rob the First Security Bank of Trimble, 202 Highway 169, in Trimble, Mo.

The FBI said a man walked into the bank, showed a weapon and demanded cash. He was shot in the face by a civilian in the bank during the attempted robbery and then left, the FBI said.”

 

 

 

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Court of Appeals: Illinois MUST Do Away With Concealed Carry Ban

 

 

 

” According to the WesternJournal.com, The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has told Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for the last time that she MUST honor the Constitution of the United States by doing away with her state’s ban on the concealed carry of firearms.”

Great Grandmother Shoots Would Be Robber On Bus With 9mm Handgun

 

 

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” When a young man tried to rob a woman, a great-grandmother, on a bus in Detroit, the woman fought back.

There were other people on the bus when the man tried to assault the woman and steal her backpack and purse, but no one made a move to help the woman.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ‘I Know The Urge To Arm Yourself Because That’s What I Did’

 

 

 

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“I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me.”

 

 

And Harry Reid 

 

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” We hear a lot about guns and self-defense and that’s good, I understand that. I was a police officer where I carried a gun and as some of you know during my time being Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, I had a lot of bad people after me and I carried a gun every place I went. So I know what a gun and self-defense is.”

 

 

Do Civilians Armed With Guns Ever Capture, Kill, or Otherwise Stop Mass Shooters?

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” If that’s so, what examples can one give of civilians armed with guns stopping such shootings? Sometimes, I hear people asking if even one such example can be found, or saying that they haven’t heard even one such example. Naturally, such examples will be rare, partly because mass shootings are rare, partly because many mass shootings happen in supposedly “gun-free” zones (such as schools, universities, or private property posted with a no-guns sign) in which gun carrying isn’t allowed, and partly for other reasons.”

  For a progressive stronghold Michigan is sure leading the way in the fight for liberty . God bless them and here’s hoping that Governor Snyder doesn’t let the emotions of the day deter him from signing Senate Bill 59 into law immediately .

Bill Allowing Concealed Guns In Michigan Schools, Churches Heads To Governor

” Lawmakers in both the House and Senate approved Senate Bill 59 to allow concealed weapons in several gun-free zones Thursday, as well as doing away with county boards currently overseeing concealed pistol licensing.

“If you have pistol free zones they are actually mass murderer empowerment zones,” said Steve Dulan, attorney for the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, who represents sportsman clubs throughout Michigan backing the bill. “If you actually look at the history, even over the past 10 years in the U.S., you find that maybe all but one mass shooting has occurred in a so-called gun free zone.”

Michigan law currently prohibits concealed weapons in schools, churches, day cares, hospitals, dorms, casinos and any public entertainment venue able to hold more than 2,500 people. Violators can be charged a civil infraction with a $500 fine and six-month concealed pistol license suspension. Repeat offenses can lead to a four-year felony, $5,000 fine and concealed pistol license being revoked. “

 Concealed Carrier Walks into Robbery Trap, Shoots His Way Out

 ” Police investigated and puzzled out the source of this mysterious double shooting. According to their report, it all started when a woman invited a man back to her room at the Economy Inn, implying that it was his lucky night.

But everything wasn’t as it seemed. The woman, 18-year-old Brittany Sue Carter, was actually part of a scheme intended to rob the unsuspecting man, 28-year-old Jose Cruz. Carter had multiple armed men waiting for the pair in the motel room. As soon as the pair walked in at least one of the suspects drew a gun and demanded money from the unsuspecting mark.

Oh, but wait! Carter wasn’t the only person that night who was hiding something. Cruz was a licensed concealed carrier, and he drew his firearm and opened fire. Police revealed that two of the men had been shot in their “lower extremities.” “

Why the .22 can be a good choice for self defense

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” Heresy! No gun writer is allowed to advocate for the .22 LR as a self defense caliber, right?Well, I suppose I didn’t get that memo. Maybe it is in the spam filter of my e-mail account. Don’t worry – It is not my intention to start a holy war over which caliber is better than another. I think we can all agree that given a center mass shot, any of the major calibers, such as the .357 Magnum and .45 ACP, are superior to the .22 LR in terms of stopping bad people from doing bad things. But that is not to say the little rimfire cannot be an adequate self-defense caliber. I hope to illustrate that the .22 might be a viable option for self defense in certain situations. “

Ruger’s Game-Changing Line of LCR Pocket Revolvers

 ” There was a time when most who carried a pocket gun chose a revolver over a semi-auto. Today, the semi-auto has gained in popularity, due to their light weight, improved reliability, small size, and lower cost. Still, the revolver is an excellent choice for concealed carry, whether in the pocket or in a holster. A lightweight, compact revolver such as the LCR carries very well. The hammer is concealed, offering a snag-proof draw, and the enclosed action also keeps debris from entering the innards of the weapon. A revolver also has the unique advantage of being capable of being fired from within a jacket pocket, if necessary. Doing so with a semi-auto will result in a malfunction, but the LCR and other enclosed-hammer revolvers can do so without a problem. Another great advantage of a revolver is that the manual of arms is much simpler and easy to understand, even for a beginner. Many gun trainers and professionals forget that most folks who carry a firearm for protection are not really “gun people”. They do not eat, sleep, and breathe guns as some of us do. To these folks, the gun is merely a tool. They want one around to protect themselves and their families, they want it to work when needed, but they do not obsess with its design nor its function. They simply want the weapon to fire when needed, without a lot of complication. For those who desire these attributes in a firearm, the revolver is as simple as it gets, from a user’s perspective. The revolver is easy to load, easy to unload, and easy to determine whether or not it is loaded, after only minimal instruction. “

Some students say they feel demonized for having firearms for protection

 

 

 ” “As a permit holder, I don’t feel that the university has a unified message. I almost feel like there’s a harsh reaction towards me,” said Steve Ojala, an MBA student. “I’m here to protect. I’m not a criminal. I don’t have a background record. But I feel like I’m a criminal.” “

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