Latest Updates on Concealed Carry Laws Around the US


Gary Slider of sends these updates to state laws:

South Dakota – Effective July 1, 2015  HB1215  expands South Dakota’s CCW Law with an enhanced carry permit. This permit is just the same as the regular permit South Dakota issues but will require fingerprints, training and a NICS Check. Cost is the same as the regular permit, but the applicant must pay for the additional costs of fingerprints etc. South Dakota is doing this . . .

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Quote of the Day: Say Cheeeeeeese Edition

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“The Kansas City, KS Police Department became aware of the photos depicting officers posing with patrol rifles in front of a stop sign thru social media late yesterday. The photos are disappointing and inappropriate. The Police Department has spent a great deal of time building relationships with the community in order to strengthen the confidence and trust they have our officers. We hope the actions of these two officers will be viewed as poor judgement and will not take away from the good work being done every day by members of the Kansas City, KS Police.” – Statement from the Kansas City (KS) police department in Police under fire after posing with guns for pics near “cops stop murdering” graffiti [at]


Quote of the Day: Risk Averse Edition


“(I)n terms of the (Boy Scouts’) squirt gun rules: Why can’t kids shoot each other with a stream of water? Because it’s harmless? Because it’s good clean fun? Because it’s a time-honored thing for kids to do? Or is it because of a sort of blind belief that if we outlaw every activity that involves boys being boys—even an activity with the word ‘Boy’ in its name—somehow we will have triumphed over original sin and avoided all possible lawsuits?” – Lenore Skenazy in Boy Scouts Can’t Squirt Squirt Guns at Each Other and Must Use Goggles [at]


Moms Demand Action False Narrative of the Day: Leslie Ervin’s Texas Senate Testimony

Yes, Moms Demand Action member Leslie Ervin’s son is a paranoid schizophrenic. Yes, he legally bought firearms when he turned 18. Yes, she tried to stop him, but was told by the Austin police that they had no cause to do so. And yes, he later killed his father, believing he was a CIA-planted impostor. But contrary to the convenient A+B+C=D impression that she presented for a Texas Senate committee, guns had nothing whatsoever to do with the crime. Her son killed his father with a pipe wrench and a knife. It must be liberating to live without any perceptible sense of shame.   [h/t JD]


‘Smart Gun’ Maker Armatix Crashes and Burns


Oh no. Dontcha just hate getting bad news on a holiday weekend? “The manufacturer of the only so-called ‘smart’ pistol available on the market today has entered chapter 11-style restructuring proceedings in Germany, the company confirmed to Fortune yesterday. ‘This is a corporate restructuring, not an insolvency proceeding,’ a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. ‘Armatix will continue operations and does not anticipate any changes to its majority shareholders.'” Uh huh. Maybe that’s why, despite our best efforts, TTAG’s been unable to buy one of their whiz-bang .22 caliber pistols from the only US retailer willing to sell them . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Concealed Carrier Holds Carjacker for Police (NSFW)

By Brandon via

An Atlanta man held another man at gunpoint after he tried to rob him by getting into his passenger seat as soon as his doors unlocked after he parked. The armed citizen, Hashim Fannin, says that the incident happened as soon as he pulled into the parking lot of a Family Dollar store. The suspect, 61-year-old Edgar Horn, opened the passenger side door and sat down. “He told me, ‘You know what this,’” Fannin said.  Not waiting to see what happens next, that’s when Fannin says he pulled his gun out . . .

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Responsibility and Concealed Carry: Is the Burden Too Great?


By James England via

Even while a record number of states have submitted reciprocity bills and constitutional carry amendments – there’s still quite a bit of political tension rattling the debate about whether or not people are ready to take responsibility for their firearms. As members of the concealed carry community, it’s a topic that comes up quite often.  For those unfamiliar, arguments persist about whether or not to grant reciprocity to concealed carriers from out-of-state. What’s at stake – truly – is whether or not we’re willing to be allowed to take responsibility for being a concealed carrier . . .

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Quote of the Day: Prohibited Speech Edition


“Blinn College administrators sacrificed the First Amendment in order to stop Nicole (Sanders) from talking about the Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments. But public colleges like Blinn are bound by the First Amendment, which gives all citizens—including college students—the right to speak out on the issues they are passionate about, whether gun rights or gay rights.” – Catherine Sevcenko, Associate Director of Litigation at Foundation for Individual Rights, quoted in Student Sues College After Gun Rights Sign Needed ‘Special Permission’ [via]


Texas Open Carry Bill: The Saga Continues


Reader Dan H. writes:

The Senate held the floor vote on the Senate committee substitute for Rep Phillips’ HB910. It started as expected, with the Dems using delaying tactics…basically throwing anything and everything against the wall to get something to stick. Attempted amendments this time revolved around reciprocity and attempts to tie it to the Waco biker incident, as well as rehashing the local opt-in/out nonsense, retention training, visible display of license, signage, and annual background checks. Fortunately, Sen. Estes, the Senate sponsor stuck to his guns and fended off attempts to add the eight Dem amendments intended to delay or derail the process . . .

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