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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.

Separate Mental Illness Solutions from Firearms Politics and We Might Get Somewhere

Screen Shot 2013-06-09 at 11.48.54 PMI read an opinion piece on a Salt Lake News site. If it was biased in one direction or the other, the author was subtle enough to allow an open minded discussion. It caught my interest, because I can see this really is the only answer. There are so many acts of violence, and too often inexplicable shooting rampages like the one in Santa Monica. While I have been waiting for them to identify the shooter, I had no doubt that when they did, some history of mental illness would be found. In every single mass shooting, the shooter has had serious mental problems, and most have been on SSRI medication as well. We will see if that is true of this Santa Monica shooter in the days to come.

The politicians decide the answer to this is to impose serious regulation upon all of society. If they would spend as much time, energy, and funding trying to fix the mental care health system – ensuring that those who need help have access to help, they might actually impact the violence.

This opinion piece said basically said, as long as the two issues, mental illness and gun violence are entwined, there will never be a solution for either.  They must be dealt with independently – only then is there a chance for change. What do you think?

Read more here:  In our opinion: Keep the issues of gun violence and untreated mental illness separate.

Ten Round .223 AI Magazine Haiku

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 10.31.48 PMAt the very beginning of the firearm-related supply hoarding frenzy, I ordered five 10 round Accuracy International Magazines for my Remington 5R with an AICS Stock. I placed my order on the 10th of January, 2013 from the Brownell’s Website.  You may recall, that one reason I replaced the stock of my Remington 5R with the AICS was to allow for a detachable magazine, but the stock only came with one mag, which is not enough to allow for quick changes during a match, or in case of future failures. When I placed my order, Brownell’s said they were in stock, but immediately after I placed by order, I received an e-mail telling me that they were backordered and would be filled in sequential order.

There have been days I have wondered if I really ever even placed that order.

Days I have thought that I would surely never see the order filled.

Dreams where I imagined trying to keep my single magazine operational for the next 40 years.

Today – I opened my e-mail, and had a happy surprise, Brownell’s has filled my order, on the 30th day of May.  Nearly five months since I clicked “buy” on their website.

I offer the following Haiku in celebration:

Fleeting ten round mags.

Did I really order them?

Joy! They shipped today.

Armed Police Officers Refused Service at Buffalo Wild Wings

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 7.43.10 PMIt has happened again, a few months ago, a group of police officers were asked to leave a Denny’s by an employee who was uneducated on the company’s policy regarding Armed Law Enforcement. Last week it was the same thing.  Eight police officers were refused service at Buffalo Wild Wings in Manassas, Virginia, apparently because they had their weapons displayed.  From what I have read, this is the same as Denny’s, their corporate policy allows Police to carry their weapons. I have contacted the corporate offices and asked them to send me their official policy for firearms in their restaurants, in general. If they respond, I will share it with you.

The Prince William County Police officers were on duty, but were in plain clothes, said Daryl LaClair, a Prince William County resident who wrote a letter to the restaurant chain’s headquarters and started a public awareness campaign regarding the incident.

The group walked into the Buffalo Wild Wings located near Wellington Road and Market Street, but were refused service by an employee who said they had to secure the guns before they would be served.

The officers had their badges displayed but still weren’t served.

Scott Lupton, the general manager of the Manassas Buffalo Wild Wings location, sent an email to LaClair, apologizing for any confusion caused by the incident, which he calls a “huge misunderstanding.”

Lupton said he wasn’t there on Wednesday, but should have been notified immediately. He learned of the incident on Thursday after returning to work.

“… There is no reason why those officers should have been asked to leave … police officers are always welcome in my establishment and even though we do have a no gun policy, as a company that excludes off duty police officer,” Lupton wrote.  “As a company we are community oriented.  We appreciate everything that police officers do for us.”

Last week he tried to reach out to the officers to apologize, but had not been successful. Lupton said he would reach out to the police department and personally apologize.

“For this to have happened at all is just absurd,” LaClair wrote Friday in an email to the Manassas Patch.

Lupton said he went down to the Prince William County Police Department with an apology letter, but wasn’t able to personally contact the police officers who visited his store. Read more here.

New Law in Kentucky Law Allows Openly Carried Guns in City Buildings

Screen Shot 2013-01-24 at 11.20.14 PMPeople can now openly carry a firearm in any city-owned facility in Kentucky — including libraries, parks, the zoo, city council chambers and city hall — thanks to a revision made to state law last year.

The law, which applies to any legal firearm, also states that in some places, like suburban firehouses run by special districts, people with the appropriate permit may carry concealed weapons.

The revision, which became subject to enforcement this month, clarifies that firearms may only be regulated by the state, voiding all local ordinances and restrictions.

“Local governments can’t regulate firearms,” said Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, who sponsored the bill, which was passed in 2012.

State law prohibits firearms in schools, jails and prisons. Colleges and universities are allowed to prohibit guns under state law, and restrictions in court buildings are set by the judicial branch. Private businesses may still prohibit guns, and a separate state statute allows cities to ban people from carrying concealed firearms into their facilities.

But with few state regulations specifically addressing guns on property owned by local governments and special districts, signs prohibiting people from openly carrying firearms have started coming down. Read more here.

You can see who voted for it and download the Bill here.


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Groupon chose to be part of the problem rather than a solution

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Idea: Print out the Groupon Logo and use it at the range for target practice. If anyone asks why, tell them what Groupon has done and encourage them to spread the word.

Thank you Groupon, you have just become part of the problem. They announced that due to pressure from gun-control advocates, they have canceled all gun-related deals in North America. Read more here. What is the goal of gun control if it is not to “force” gun owners to be responsible? All the politicians and people on the side of increased gun control say they are not interested in taking away the 2nd Amendment rights, they just want to take away what they call assault rifles.

I do not want to talk about AR-15s right now, I want to talk about firearm training and time spent at the range. I do occasionally use a Groupon deal to go to a winery, a pedicure, a new dinner experience – you get the picture. My Groupon has never offered me firearms training, or a day at the range, but if it had – I am likely to have taken the deal. I am sure that ranges and firearms instructors used Groupons to drum up business.  They may have gotten someone who ALREADY has a gun to the range to practice, so they are less likely to make a mistake. They may have taken a class where they learned numerous safety lessons they would not have learned anywhere else.  Groupons occasionally have great deals and people who could not afford a firearms class might have been able to attend one, if only Groupon had not gone spineless.  Well done Groupon, with an already failing business model, It does not seem prudent to turn away a customer.  Well done.

Heels and Handguns Blog – In the news!

Screen Shot 2013-01-20 at 12.23.58 PMWe often discuss the need for the media to become more educated about firearms before they so vehemently stand opposed to them. I woke up this morning to a note from Andrea Bulfinch, she is a journalist, writing for Foster’s Daily Democrat.  She kindly let me know that she had mentioned my Blog in an article she wrote called “It’s a gender revolution, and gun ownership is no longer just a man’s world.

Forget diamonds … is gun now a girl’s best friend?

While a nationwide conversation about guns, gun violence and gun control is taking place bringing Second Amendment rights into the spotlight, a “gender revolution” has taken place with an increased number of women choosing to lock and load.

Numerous websites, blogs, and forums such as Heels and Handguns, Women Against Gun Control, Second Amendment Sisters and hundreds of other virtual groups have brought women from across the country together, sharing their knowledge and support of what some are calling a woman’s “real right to choose.

Her article had a very positive spin, and was refreshing compared to most of the news I have been reading lately related to guns.

I noticed Andrea also wrote an article called “I’m a woman. I carry a gun. I’m glad I have it.” At the end of that article, she added one of my favorite quotes attributed to Annie Oakley: “I ain’t afraid to love a man. I ain’t afraid to shoot him, either.”  The rest of the article is great, and I would encourage you to click over and read it.

I just wanted to take a moment and thank Andrea Bulfinch, she is a journalist, she is a woman with a gun – and I am glad to have her on our side.  

Help Me Pick the Color of My McMillan Stock

To follow the entire series on my custom rifle build, click here.  (The most recent will at the top of the page.)

I need your opinion!  I am having a disagreement with my rifle mentor about something I actually know about – coordinating colors.  I have decided to get a McMillan Stock, likely the A3, but before I can order it, I need to choose the finish and colors for the stock.  Even if you do not know ANYTHING about a rifle, you can help me with this one.  McMillan uses a process where they take three colors of resin (in percentages specified by the customer) and swirl it.  The effect looks somewhat like a marble pattern, and is pretty.  They have 27 colors to choose from – so this is one area where you really get to make it “personal”.

The photo above is from the McMillan website with some examples of their most popular color combinations so you can get an idea of what the finished product looks like.  They make it very clear, no stock will look the same when it is finished, even if a customer orders two stocks, with the same percentages of the same colors, and the same person at McMillan makes them at the same time — they will look different (due to the swirling).

“Performance and accuracy of a high powered tactical rifle are the most important things, but a lady needs a stock that is beautiful as well as accurate!”

In the top picture you will see four color combinations.  One is the combination I want, and one is the combination my mentor thinks I should get.  The other two are just ideas.  I am not going to tell you which is which.  Please comment below and tell me which of the four combination colors is your favorite (and if you feel like it, tell me why – I would love to know!)

Performance and accuracy of a high powered tactical rifle are the most important things, but a lady needs a stock that is beautiful as well as accurate!

Tables Turned on Gun Buy Back in Chicago

I read about a pro-gun organization, Guns Save Life, today that had access to a lot of old rusty junk guns. They turned about 60 of them into the city of Chicago, during a gun buy back event and received $100 Mastercard gift cards in return for them. What is Guns Save Life going to do with their $6000.00 they collected from the city for these junk guns?  “Most of the money will go toward buying ammunition for an NRA youth camp in Bloomington. The rest will pay for four bolt-action rifles that will be given away to campers,” the article stated.

This made my day!  A pro-gun group working within the system to provide good resources to a youth shooting camp.  Way to go Guns Save Life!

Bill Cosby Says Guns – Not Race Issue with Trayvon Shooting

Bill Cosby was on CNN’s State of the Union tonight, in an interview with Candy Crowley. He brought the same common sense, calming talk regarding the race angle of this case. He clearly said he believes that race was not an issue in this case. “It doesn’t make any difference if he’s racist or not racist,” Cosby said, “If he’s scared to death and not a racist, it’s still a confrontational provoking of something” when a person has a gun on them.

Ok, so it was not a perfect interview. Mr. Cosby was softer in his words than he had been earlier in the week, but he still believes that before a person is allowed to purchase a gun they have very intense back ground checks.

You can see the torment on his face as he talks about this, you know he is thinking about his own son’s murder. Still, I am never going to believe that more and more background checks and gun control will keep the guns out of the hands of those who truly intend to do harm.

He did say one profound thing, “Once the bullet leaves the gun, you cannot take it back.” He quoted a police officer who gave him a gun that Mr. Cosby used to carry for self defense.

Mr. Cosby did say he does understand why a person would have a gun in their home, and does not mind if people have guns for protection within their homes. His issue is the guns out on the streets, concealed carry and the stand your ground law. He thinks that if someone has a gun on them they will use it to “win” an argument. I still say that those types of cases are likely caused by people who are not legally carrying a gun in the first place. As it has been stated on this site, the percentages of persons with legal conceal carry permits who commit crimes with their guns are extremely small.

Watch the interview here and let me know what you think:

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