Archive for Concealed Carry

SHOT SHOW 2015: Fashion Firearm Handbags!

DSCN0855I stopped by JaCee Apple’s booth at SHOT Show 2015 and she walked me through her conceal carry handbags.  She is the owner and designer for Fashion Firearm Handbags, based out of Grand Junction, CO.  She also has about 150 distributors across the country.  Her purses are not only beautiful, but they were the first handbags I personally found that met all my safety criteria for concealing a handgun. You can watch the full interview below for all the details. I can tell you from the time I got to spend touching and exploring these handbags, they are very high quality, hand stitched, with very strong hardware to include a cable through the strap. They are also about half the price of some bags I have reviewed that do not have many of the safety enhancements JaCee ensures are part of her design. Her products include matching wallets, holsters, and even pistol cases! Please go check out her website and keep Fashion Firearm Handbags in mind when you are in the market for a new handbag!

NRA Women New Energy: Lisa Looper

NRAWomen_NewEnergyBrought to you by Smith & Wesson, NRA Women’s New Energy series will introduce you to Lisa Looper. She doesn’t believe that carrying a gun has to hinder a woman’s sense of style. Her original design, the Flashbang Bra Holster, allows Lisa to dress how she wants when she carries a gun, and gives her the peace of mind that she can protect her children.

I have three favorite parts of this video.  First, the ingenuity Lisa had to find a solution that allowed her to be a woman and still conceal a gun, not to mention designing one of the most popular holsters for women. Second, the feeling in her voice when she discusses her desire to protect her children, that is perhaps my number one reason I initially bought my first gun.  Like Lisa, I cannot imagine someone attempting to hurt my babies and not being able to stop them – it would be my worst nightmare. And lastly, how she is out there teaching other women to shoot and love this sport.

Watch more New Energy profiles on more inspiring women like Lisa at

You can browse and purchase her designs at this link.

It only makes sense: Permits for Concealed Guns Soar

Conceal CarryI read this in the Wall Street Journal today: A growing number of Americans are getting permission to carry firearms in public—and under their clothes—a development that has sparked concern among some law-enforcement authorities.

Applications for “concealed-carry” permits are soaring in many states, some of which recently eased permit requirements. The numbers are driven in part by concern that renewed gun-control efforts soon could constrain access to weapons, along with heightened interest in self-defense in the wake of mass killings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.  Read more via Permits for Concealed Guns Soar.

Unlike the news media who have been pushing an anti-gun agenda, it seems that many Americans are taking their security into their own hands. This is a win for the 2nd Amendment, for every person who owns, trains, and adopts firearm education as a part of a self-sufficient lifestyle – the stronger our hold on liberty will be.

You’ll Know Guns Made it Safer When They’re Gone

I read tonight, in a Minnesota news paper, that 1 of every 40 adults in Minnesota has a concealed carry permit.  That does not seem like a very large number.  If you were in a movie theater, that would mean that maybe only 4-5 people were carrying a pistol at a given time.  The article framed it as an astronomical number.  The very next line said, “and there’s no consensus on whether we’re safer…” What??

Why does a news paper have to skew a discussion regarding guns in that direction?  The rest of the article went on to discuss why people own guns, the percentage of men to women, gun businesses that have opened, etc.  Considering the beginning statement on safety, the article did not discuss ratios or statistics of crime before the increase in CCW permits and now. Therefore, the reason there is no consensus is because Larry Oakes didn’t do his homework to make such a statement.  If there was no data to say what direction crime was headed in compared to conceal carry permits, then this sentence should have been left off.

He did go on to state statistics regarding the number of permit holders that have broken laws and then quoted an anti-gun activist, Heather Martens (Executive Director for Protect Minnesota), who said, “State data shows that since the law took effect, permit holders were convicted of 882 non-traffic crimes, including 66 assaults, two robberies and two killings. Many were committed with guns.” Ms. Martens further stated, “this debunks the notion that all permit holders are law-abiding.”

These statistics were for the period from “when the law took affect” to the present.  (As far as I could tell reading the article.)  They were talking about the Personal Protection Act of 2003.  So, from 2003-2012, out of 100,000 permit holders in the state, less than 1,000 crimes of any type were committed.  Only two of those were killings.  There was no data to say if any of these crimes were committed by the same people – just that they happened.  That is less than 1% of people with a carry permit committing any kind of crime, and all they said were that “many were committed with a gun.”

This article really got me fired up, it could have easily been skewed in a more positive light, or even better, Mr. Oakes could have kept a neutral stance.  I think it would have been neutral with out that consensus statement at the beginning and leaving out any comments without data to back it up otherwise.  The only purpose to skew it in a negative fashion was to support an anti-gun agenda, even though the statistics in the article did prove that permit holders were likely MORE law abiding, as a group, than adults as a whole in the state.

Imagine if the anti-gun torch bearers got their way, and we work up tomorrow with no legal guns.  (Notice I did not say “no guns” I said no “legal guns”.)  I would like to see the articles the newspapers would print on that day.  Well, if that did happen, it is likely the media would be 100% controlled by the government, so there would be no point in consuming their propaganda.

Hold on to your gun-rights, hold on to them tight.  There will not be any discussion of “no consensus” once the legal guns are gone.


Pistol Packing Grandma Shoots as Well as She Sews!

According to My Fox Tampa Bay, Debbie Torrence is one of more than 70,000 women between the ages of 51 and 65 that got their concealed weapons permits in the Sunshine State in May 2012 alone. the seamstress-turned-gun-owner, who has now started her own company called the Concealed Purse Store in Tampa. She focuses on making purses for women gun owners.  We support these ladies and all others who love their pistols this much!

Welcome to Bass Pro Shop – Check Your Guns at the Door!

I just read an article on stating that some Bass Pro Shop’s will not allow a person to carry in their stores.  David Lapell, who wrote the the article, e-mailed Bass Pro Shops directly and got the following response from their corporate offices:

Thank you for contacting Your business is truly appreciated. Most of our stores do ask that you check and have your weapons secured upon entering a store. If you are wishing to know the guidelines for carrying a firearm into one of our stores you will need to contact the store directly. You can find the contact information for our stores from the link below. Please contact us again if you require further assistance.

The last Bass Pro Shop I visited was in Indiana, and it was a VERY gun friendly store (as they all are, after all they cater heavily to gun lovers and hunters.) I do not recall any “gun free zone” or anything like that.  The corporate offices said the policy depends on the store.  What experiences have you had with this?  Do you know if your Bass Pro Shop is actually gun friendly?  What do you think about this?  If you were asked to check your carry weapon at the door, what would you do?

Ladies of the NRA: Having A Pistol Party!

“Ladies started out doing Tupperware parties, but all that did was keep us stuck in the kitchen. Now you get a CHL (concealed handgun licensed) instructor and have a pistol party,” said Amy Graves of Bond Arms.  The gun industry is having a banner year – due very much to women.  Read more about some of the fantastic women doing more than their part to empower women and welcome them to the world of gun ownership in this article.

Keep Your Head on a Swivel

The first day I stepped foot in US Navy Boot Camp, and in so many situations after that, I have heard the phrase “Situational Awareness”.  We are told, “Keep your head on a swivel,” meaning to keep an eye all around you.  In the military, this is beat into us constantly – and for good reason.  Life is actually inherently dangerous, but in the military this increases exponentially.  There are Sailors on the decks of Aircraft Carriers, manning weapon systems, working on electrical circuits, and driving billion dollar warships.  We have Marines, Soldiers, and people from every armed service engaged in combat in Afghanistan.

Does situational awareness apply as a civilian?  You bet it does! You can sit in your cloud of bliss, blocking out the world, and in complete denial that anything bad will ever happen to you – until it happens to YOU.  The better alternative is to always think about what is going on around you, what “could” potentially happen around you, and then how would you react in any given situation.

Sarah Palin Bobblehead

I have a great friend I met in the military, and have known for nearly 20 years.   When we walk into a restaurant, he has to sit with his back to a wall and so he can see the whole room including the entrance.  He has always been aware of his surroundings and constantly thinks about his next move “if” something should happen.  If he is in the car with me, and I am driving, I used to pull to close to the car in front of me when stopped at a stop light.  He would tell me, “Why did you pull that close?  Now if something happens, you will have no means of escaping.”  When I was in my early 20’s I thought, wow – he is paranoid.  Now I realize this is the kind of thinking that will help you survive in a life or death moment.

If you do not live your life day to day with this kind of thinking and planning constantly ticking in your mind, the best thing to do is to start practicing.  Play the “what if” game with yourself.  If you are in the grocery store, ask yourself, “What if XXX happened, what would I do?”  Fill in the blanks with all kinds of scenarios and do this in various locations in your life.  It will really make you think and act differently.

Colonel Jeff Cooper, USMC (Ret.)

Colonel Jeff Cooper, USMC (Ret.) adapted the awareness color code for the US Marine to a personal awareness code.  The color code applies to one’s state of mind and relates to the degree of peril you are willing to do something about and which allows you to move from one level of mindset to another to enable you to properly handle a given situation. Cooper did not claim to have invented anything in particular with the color code, but he was the first to use it as an indication of mental state.  You can see it below:

How many of you already live your life with constant scenario planning in the background of your thoughts?  How does it cause you to behave in various situations?  What suggestions would you give to those who are just starting to become so aware?  Do you know people who stay in the “white” state 100% of the time?


Bill Cosby Thinks if You Carry, You Want to Kill

I have loved Bill Cosby since I was a young child – his humor, and common sense approach to life has made him an endearing celebrity.  This weekend Mr. Cosby weighed in on the Trayvon Martin case and I would like to discuss his stance and your thoughts here.  He was quoted as saying, “The Gun” empowered George Zimmerman and further explained, “Without a gun, I don’t see Mr. Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself.”  This last sentence is not really something to discuss, as it does have some merit.

The line in the article that fueled me to fire up the laptop and burn up the keys was the next statement Mr. Cosby said:


When you carry a gun, you mean to harm somebody, kill somebody.

What?  Did he really need to take his comments to that level?  This actually offended me, and shocked me.  It is such a blanket statement to make, very surprising coming from one of the biggest advocates of personal responsibility.  So tell me, readers of this blog, and proponents of CCW:  When you carry a gun, do you mean to kill or harm another person?

I Shall Carry – Mother, May I?

Many of my readers have a CCW Permit of some type, I do not.  This is not because I do not want one or because I don’t believe in this practice.  The one and only reason is because I live in California.  It is more complicated (maybe even impossible) for me to get a concealed carry permit here.  This is because California is a “May Issue” state.  What does this mean?

Concealed carry is legal in most areas of the United States. A handful of states and jurisdictions restrict or ban CCW, but all states except Illinois for legal concealed carry via a permit or license, or via constitutional carry.  Most states have “shall-issue” laws.  This means if a person meets the requirements to obtain a permit, the state must issue one. Some states have “may-issue” laws.  These states may (or may not) issue permits to carry if a person meets the requirements to obtain one. States with may-issue laws usually  do not issue permits unless the applicant provides a documented need for a concealed weapon, such as for retired police officers, judges, and federal agents.

There is one more thing to consider regarding your state laws and concealed carry rights, this is recognition of other states’ permits under the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the of the US Constitution. There are several popular combinations of resident and non-resident permits that allow carry in more states than the original issuing state; for example, a Utah non-resident permit allows carry in 25 states. Many states, however, do not recognize non-resident permits, especially for their own residents. Read more

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