Deconstructing a Warrantless Traffic Stop, Or What Illinois’ Finest Think of Your Fourth Amendment Rights


Reader Mike Kane writes:

I sell packaging equipment for other companies and recently designed my own machine. One customer wanted details about how it works, and being reluctant to send pictures or video over the Internet before the final design is complete, I packed up the slide-in camper and headed to the Wolverine State. The presentation went well. I overnighted at a rest stop in Indiana, then headed to Minnesota to meet with another client. That meant transit through the Land of Lincoln. After paying the last toll westbound on I-94, I passed a state trooper straddling the medium and settled down for some extended windshield time. Three minutes later, in the outside lane, the same State Trooper, rolling five over, slowed and ran my plates . . .

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IN Mom (And Veteran) Demands Action Against National Reciprocity


A letter to the editor from

As with virtually every other state, Indiana requires a permit to carry a hidden, loaded handgun in public. That’s just common sense: to carry a concealed handgun should require a clean criminal record and basic safety training. But there is a bill pending in Congress that would override Indiana’s basic permit requirements and force our state to let anyone with a driver’s license from states like Arkansas, Wyoming and Vermont to carry concealed, loaded guns in public with no permit, no training, and no criminal history check — no questions asked. If Congress passed this law . . .

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Gear Review: Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 Holster


First contact with Alien Gear holsters was made almost exactly two years ago, when they invaded the market with a new species of hybrid holster. Now on version 2.0, the Cloak Tuck was hatched to be the most comfortable holster possible, while landing at a price that’s out-of-this-world low. My close encounter of the 2.0 kind started last November. . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Concealed Carrier Stops Barber Shop Shooter


Every time one of the anti-gun organizations talks about concealed carry, they try to make it seem like the whole exercise of packing a gun is pointless. “No one has ever stopped a mass shooting with a concealed handgun” they claim, completely ignoring the fact that you can’t quantify mass shootings that didn’t happen. Well, according to the Philadelphia Police Department, a properly licensed person who was carrying a concealed handgun stopped a man who had begun firing wildly in a downtown barber shop late Sunday afternoon. According to a report . . .

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TTAG Podcast: Nick and Tyler Talking Texas, Guns, and the GLOCK 43

I just flew into Atlanta to meet Tyler and another one of our buddies for a weekend of fun with guns. As we had some time to kill before heading out to the farm we decided to go get some chicken and waffles at Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles in Hotlanta. On the way we started talking about our favorite topic: guns. Since we haven’t done one of these podcasts in a while, we decided to record the entire thing and put it up for your listening enjoyment.

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Quote of the Day: A Right Delayed is a Right Denied Edition


“During the years in which the Legislature has failed to pass campus carry legislation, high-profile shootings have occurred at the University of Texas at Austin and several blocks from the Texas A&M campus in College Station, and a stabbing incident in which more than a dozen people were wounded took place at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus. These locations are currently classified as ‘gun-free zones,’ but in reality, they are simply places where [concealed handgun license holders] are rendered defenseless against criminals under current law.” – NRA-ILA statement in Texas college students may soon be able to carry their guns to class [at]


West Virginia Governor Vetoes Constitutional Carry Bill

Despite speculation that he’d allow constitutional carry to become law without his signature, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin wasted no time in vetoing Senate Bill 347 when it hit his desk. As reports, in true Manchinesque style, Tomblin wanted everyone in the state to know that’s he’s all for gun rights. Just ask the NRA! “Throughout my career, I have strongly supported the Second Amendment, as demonstrated by my repeated endorsements and high grades from the National Rifle Association.” . . .

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I Hate GLOCKs. But I’m Buying a GLOCK 43.


I’ve never been a fan of the GLOCK aesthetic. Or their trigger. Or the grip. Or the takedown system. Really everything about the gun irks me in some way. Heck, if given the option between running a 3-gun course with a G19 or a large brick, I’d have to put some serious thought into the choice. But there’s no denying that their products are ubiquitous, and reliable to boot. After avoiding carrying a GLOCK for years and generally considering the gun to be the Toyota Corolla of the firearms world, I find myself prepared to plunk down my own hard-earned money for a GLOCK 43 on day one. Which, for someone who usually carries a Wilson Combat 1911 and scoffs at blended scotch, is a pretty big jump . . .

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A Fudd Fights Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Bad Numbers


By Brandon via

In case you weren’t aware, if a law is passed that allows concealed carry reciprocity across the country, we’re all going to die. The streets will run red with the blood of those too stupid to realize that citizens shouldn’t be carrying guns. And, of course, the article opens with George Zimmerman as the focus. Meet John Rosenthal, a gun owner and author for the Huffington Post. According to his bio, he’s a recreational trap shooter, founder of Stop Handgun Violence, and by my count, he is horrible with statistics. Or not doing enough research. Or lying . . .

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Florida Campus Carry Bill Moving Toward House Passage


By Sara Tipton

Should Florida’s HB 4005 become law, college students in the state of Florida will have the option to carry guns on college campuses. Sponsored by Representative Greg Steube, a republican out of Sarasota, HB 4005 gives college students over the age of 21 who have a concealed carry permit, the right to carry. Even in class. Many student groups objected to the measure, yet it passed a House panel Wednesday anyway . . .

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Texas Senate Passes Campus Carry Bill

University of Texas Austin campus at sunset-dusk - aerial view

The Texas Senate voted Wednesday overwhelmingly to allow people with concealed handgun licenses to carry guns on the state’s public college and university campuses. ‘Our CHL holders are the most law-abiding members of our society,’ said Sen. Brian Birdwell of Granbury. ‘The right to self-preservation is what the Second Amendment and Article 1, Section 23 are about.’ The bill passed to the next phase despite heavy opposition.” Prepare for burnt orange blood to flow in the streets of Austin.