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District Court of Appeals Says D.Cs. “Good Reason” Law Unconstitutional

Last month the SCOTUS declined to hear the Peruta v. San Diego case that we here in California have been patiently waiting to have it heard, adjudicated, and won. Afterall, we won that case once, only to see the unscrupulous Liberal gun grabbers do what they do best – lie, cheat and steal. They stole our victory by lieing about the facts and cheated by obtaining an illegal ‘en banc’ re-hearing the case that we won. It was illegal because it was requested by the State of California and they were not even a party in the suit.  They were successful at getting our win overturned.

But lo, what happened today may be a saving grace for us. A similar case coming out of Washington, D.C. was won by the Second Amendment Foundation. This case is actually stronger than the Peruta becuase it directly goes after the concept of the law. It is called Wrenn v. District of Columbia.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, actually issued a Permanent Injunction against the enforcement of the law as it is in Washington, D.C. That makes the law moot that requires applicants for a CCW in the District, to provide a “Good Reason” why the King should grant them access to their God given right to carry a gun outside of their home. Their law is Unconstitutional, plain and simple.

Good Reason is essentially the same as our Good Cause requirement. Judge Griffith wrote in his ruling that “The good-reason law is necessarily a total ban on most D.C. residents’ right to carry a gun in the face of ordinary self-defense needs…”

Striking it down will affect us, in time. The problem now is that the District could decide to appeal it to the Supreme Court which will take time. They could also request an ‘en banc’ hearing, similar that unscrupulous Kamala Harris did to our victory. She was Attorney General for the State of California at the time. In any event, it will take a ruling by the SCOTUS to finally have an effect on us. That will be what makes California’s law Unconstitutional. It will take some time for the legal wrangling to take its course. But we’re getting there.

Gun Enthusiast

ref.  Second Amendment Foundation

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Rules for a Gunfight

GunfightOver the years I have heard these from gun training instructors and others so I did not write them. But they are good and deserve recognition here. If you own a gun you will probably appreciate these. Of course, if you don’t own a gun, get one, learn how to use it responsibly, perhaps by going to Front Sight, then remember these rules.

GUNFIGHT RULES:

In a gunfight, the most important rule is     Continue reading

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Open Carry in Arizona

Guns and RestaurantsSomeone stopped by looking for information on “Open Carry in Arizona”.   I often get people curious about this from other States as well.  So I am posting a list of States that currently allow “Open Carry”.

Currently most states do allow “Open Carry” in some form. Arizona does allow Open Carry without a permit.  Some states require a permit to Open Carry, while others do not.  Some States allow the open carry of Long Guns whereas many do not.  And best of all, some States are what the call      Continue reading

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Should We Just Give Up Our Rights? Surrender Our Guns?

Today, a week after the horrific slaughter in Orlando, the battle lines have clearly been drawn. Problem is, the Liberal Democrats seem to be better at staying focused on their agenda and hype. They seem to keep the drum beat for Gun Control banging in every direction you look.

The Liberals want to take the guns out of our hands and the Republicans believe we need to fight the war to defeat terrorism – “Militant Islamic Terrorism”.

Obama at PodiumThe idea of people walking around with concealed carry weapons is abhorrent to our President.  Obama actually said “the notion that the answer to this tragedy would be to make sure that more people in a nightclub are similarly armed to take out the killer defies common sense.”, – his words.  More correctly, his statement defies common sense.  People with their own weapons in the club could have     Continue reading

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Gun Free Zone Kills Again – This Time It’s The Worst In History

Here we go again. 50 people killed this time and 53 more were injured in a “Gun Free Zone” in Orlando, Florida.  The people never had a chance.  The gay bar, Pulse Nightclub, where all of this went down was posted with “No Guns Allowed” signs.  In addition, Florida law prohibits guns in an establishment that serves alcohol.

gun free killing zoneThis is to some degree, preventable.  Our lawmakers and politicians continue to believe that our society needs what they call “gun free zones”, ostensibly to keep guns out of the building, arena, or gathering place. But are criminals or terrorists going to care about that?  Well not so far as not taking a weapon into the place goes. In fact, they know that it makes for an easy target.  Terrorists will continue to target Gun Free Zones as long as they exist. Let’s face it, Gun Free Zones are     Continue reading

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What is the Best Gun Training Facility?

Recently a fellow gun enthusiast stopped by here asking where he can go to get quality gun education for safety reasons and another asked for the best way to improve his own proficiency.  Across the nation, more and more people are making the decision to accept their responsibility to be the defender and protector of their families. Mom Defending Family 2They realize that it is their duty to accept that responsibility to protect themselves, their family and friends because the police are just not going to be there to perform that duty.  When the unthinkable happens, it is going to happen and be over with long before the police ever arrive.  As the old saying goes, when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.  In essence, they will arrive only to investigate and take down the names of the victims.  Therefore, the question of gun ownership is becoming the conclusion for thousands of people across the nation.

These people who are making this decision are responsible, law abiding citizens and in addition to recognizing their duty to provide for their own self defense, they realize that as the protector and defender of their family, they also need to learn how to use this tool they have chosen to be competent in that role.  They understand that this tool of self defense is a deadly weapon that can have immediate consequences if used, so they need to become familiar with its use and learn how to use it safely.

So how then do they get that training?  Where do they go?     Continue reading

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An Armed Society is a Polite Society

The Liberal, gun grabbing society that we live in today shudders at the idea of guns in our communities. The idea of having even more guns among the peasants is absolutely abhorrent to the average big city dweller/liberal. But there is a saying that “An armed society, is a polite society”. On it’s face that seems to be fairly logical. When one ponders the concept, within seconds they can rationalize in their brain just how that might be true. One can easily see how “Manners are good when one may have to backup his acts with his life”. But it would require a majority of the people to carry guns.

After their initial realization in their head of how this concept might be true, today’s modern liberal would then realize that this idea flies in the face of their beliefs, and they can’t have that. They won’t stand for it. So next comes an argument such as, “Well, I suppose we should go back to the ways of the wild west with gun fights, blood in the street and near everyone carries a gun”. They think this is the ultimate bad idea that might come out of it.

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Competition Shooting – My First IDPA Match

Going to the local gun range is good but very limited.  Everyone should indeed visit their local gun shooting range periodically to maintain their skills and familiarity with their tools.  You don’t want to grab your gun in an emergency and have to spend time trying to remember how to make it go bang.  But as I said, a simple gun range is limited in that you may not use a holster at most ranges, you can’t move from your lane position with a loaded weapon, and it’s all very calm and relaxed while you fire at a static paper target with maximum accuracy.  As such, range shooting does not come anywhere close to a real life situation where you might have to defend your life or your family.

Enter IDPA which stands for International Defensive Pistol Association.  It was founded in the mid 90s to provide more realistic scenarios for competition and training. It simulates self defense scenarios and real life encounters to give participants active concealed cover training that goes beyond simply standing at a range bench and killing paper.  Now, no simulation is ever going to actually provide the anxiety of a real life gun battle but it at least gets you moving and using more of your brain to complete the scenarios.

I knew that I needed to be there by 8:00 AM to be able to attend a newcomer briefing, which I did.  However, there were a lot of people who showed up to participate which took a long time to get them all signed in.  Sixty six participants showed up which is the most they’ve had in several months.  In addition, there were 16 new shooters all wanting to try an IDPA match for themselves.  So as registration went long, so did the newcomer briefing.

At the briefing we were schooled on safety rules, protocol, safety rules, scoring, safety rules, garments (you are supposed to be dressed for concealed cover), safety rules, advice on how to approach the match as a new never been tested first time shooter, and more safety rules.

Did I mention that they discussed “safety rules”?  Safety is paramount at an IDPA match.  It is the first consideration in anything you do with your gun.  Here are just a few of the safety rules:

  • Your gun never leaves its holster except and unless directed by a “Safety Officer” (SO) to do so, or at the safe handling zone.
  • Your finger must never be on the trigger except when aimed and ready to fire at a threat (target), especially when moving to the next firing position.
  • Your gun must be unloaded at completion of each stage in the presence of the SO who must see the magazine ejected, see an empty chamber and witness the trigger pulled at which time he will declare the range ‘safe’ and instruct you to return the gun to your holster.
  • Never drop your gun.  It will result in a disqualification.
  • Never shoot at the ground, accidently or otherwise, within 6 feet of yourself or anyone else (disqualification).
  • The gun muzzle must not break the 180 degree rule.
  • And many more.

Needless to say, they take safety very seriously, as they should.  They want everyone to be able to walk out of there.  You are all playing with a potentially dangerous and lethal tool.  But after all of that, they want everyone to have fun with it – which I think is impossible not to do.  I mean, you’re going to have fun.  I don’t know how you can help it.

So, off we went to our respective groups for the match which had already begun.  There are 8 stages grouped in 4 locations with 2 each.  Each group of about 15-20 people went to one of the four bays where there are 2 stages.  As each group of two stages is completed, you move as a group to the next bay of two stages until everyone has completed all eight stages.  On this day, that took us over 6 hours.  They tell me that normally they are about 4-5 hours.

Now, normally I am a very good shot at a regular range or out at one of our fun shoots with the Big Thunder Gun Club in the desert, but this is a new dynamic.  You have a lot of things to think about and you have to move too.  Most of the stages required you to move either from one firing location to another or to move while shooting.  On my first stage, I think I completely missed two of the targets or at least scored a “failed to neutralize” (FTN).  Hey, it was my first time.  My second and third stages were a little better but not much.  However, by the time I got to my fourth stage, I had calmed down and was scoring much better as I took my time to aim, and some of the basics started to set in and become more natural.

The stages are set up with simulated walls as “hard cover”, sometimes with windows or doors, sometimes barrels as “hard cover” and cardboard targets, which are in a rough human silhouette, that represent a threat that must be taken out.  However, some of the cardboard silhouettes represent an innocent bystander or hostage, and of course, you’re not supposed to shoot those.  I’ve got to say though, some of the hostages had a bad day, although not by me.   I think I only shot one in the head on my first stage.

Scoring is fairly simple.  You are timed on each stage.  The SO asks for you to acknowledge when you are ready, says “stand by” and a buzzer goes off giving you the signal to go.  You draw you gun from concealment and proceed to attack the course and the threats.  After two shooters have gone and the range is declared “safe” by the SO, we all move up to the target area where the scores are read and the holes taped up for the next shooter.  The scoring is minus zero (-0) for a center of mass shot or head shot, minus one (-1) for the next ring, and minus three (-3) for the outer most ring.  If all shots land in the minus three zone you receive a “failure to neutralize” (FTN) which is a minus five (-5) added to your minus threes.  Any “procedural” violations such as not remaining behind cover will give you a minus five (-5).  Each of these numbers represents a half second that is added to your time.  They add them all up, multiply them by 0.5, and add that many seconds to your score.  Simple, right?  Well don’t worry.  They do all of the scoring.  All you have to do is shoot and help tape the holes in the targets.

Most of the stages require about 15 – 18 shots to complete and one took a minimum of 22 which required three magazines.  We live in a land of ten round magazines so that is the most you can have in any magazine whether it holds more or not.  Most of the threat targets are static but there are some moving targets thrown in as well.

They tell you how many shots you are to put in each of the threats.  It could two or three, or even two to the body and one to the head.  You may have to shoot each threat with two or three consecutive shots or in “tactical sequence” which would mean that you would give each of say, three targets one shot, and then follow with a second shot to each.

I found it comforting in that the Safety Officers and seasoned veterans are all very friendly and helpful in that they want you to have a good time and learn from the experience.  Several times the SO we had in our group coached me on some things I might want to work on or pointers on how to better do something.  They of course, knew that I was a first timer since they give all the newbies a name tag which tells everyone that it is indeed your first time.  There was never any condemnation, only encouragement, guidance and a sharing of wisdom that has come from experience.

In as much as this was my first time, I don’t expect I had a very good score, as I was walking through most of the stages just to get the hang of it, (in fact they advise that for newbies).  Although, I did pick up the pace a little near the end as I got more familiar with the concept.  I did notice some of the other newbies having a much more difficult time with it than I, so I doubt I will be in last place.  But more than anything, I was competing against myself – trying to see how I would do with something new.  I’m sure I’ll get better the more I do it.  So I think I would give myself a passing grade.  What’s more, I had a lot of fun doing it.  Can’t wait until next time.

My impressions were all positive.  If you are interested in developing your tactical skills I believe you really should try this.  It is an excellent way to provide you with some practical training that goes beyond simply standing and shooting.  The course scenarios at IDPA matches are designed to simulate potentially life threatening encounters and test the skills that would be required to survive such encounters.  In addition, you end up meeting some great people all the while you’re having a great time.

If you think you might be interested in trying an IDPA match, I invite you to visit their website by clicking here.  Once there, click on “Club Info”  and “Club Listings” in the left sidebar and find the range closest to you.  Then go have a blast.

Gun Enthusiast

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Sheriff Encourages Women to Carry Concealed Weapons

In a press conference Monday, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright suggested that women should obtain concealed carry weapons permits (CCW) and be prepared to defend themselves, because “our form of justice is not making it.”  He made this statement as he described and an attack on a South Carolina woman by a man who had repeatedly been arrested more than twenty times for numerous crimes and subsequently released back onto the street.  Said Sheriff Chuck Wright to “liberals”, “your form of justice isn’t workin’.  This ‘animal’ should not be allowed to walk among us,” speaking of the perpetrator of the attempted rape.

After describing the “horrific act” upon the victim, he went on to say that “it’s too bad that someone with a concealed weapons permit didn’t walk by and hear the cries.  That would have fixed this,” he said.

The Sheriff further went on to say, “Ladies, walk in groups.  Get a concealed weapons permit.  I want you to get a concealed weapons permit. I don’t want you to go for the mace.  I want you to go for the concealed weapons permit.”  “I am tired,” he said, “of looking at victims and saying were sorry, we’ve done the best we can to get them in jail.”  He later urged women to carry a .45 caliber handgun in a fanny pack while jogging.

Naturally, the sheriff is an opponent of gun control laws.  And, apparently he is also tired of the restrictions that liberal legislators have placed on citizens to provide for their own self defense.  “Gun control to me is being able to get your (gun) barrel back on target quick.  That’s gun control.  Gun Control for government purposes has never worked,” Wright said.  And he’s right.  Not one gun control law has ever reduced crime, or stopped a criminal from committing a gun crime.

Frankly, Sheriff Wright makes a lot of sense.  His words make sense for all citizens – not just women.  He is the type of sheriff we need more of, especially in California where the liberals are running amuck, unchecked and unopposed.  We need a national reciprocal concealed carry law and we need to make it less difficult for law abiding citizens to be able to obtain a carry concealed weapons permit.  We should follow the lead of Wyoming earlier this year that lifted most restrictions to obtaining a CCW becoming what is called a “Constitutional Carry” state.

GE

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