Question of the Day: Where Do You Stow Your Carry Gun?

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I often struggle with safe, yet effective storage places for my concealed carry weapon when I’m not carrying.  For example, I don’t wear it not while showering. So where to put it?  It seems a little silly for me to put it in the safe because I’m just going to be strapping it back on in a few minutes. So I usually choose to put the gun and holster it’s in on the top of the medicine cabinet in my bathroom.  I have two little kids and should one of them come in, the last thing I want is them grabbing mommy’s gun . . .

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Maine Senate Passes Constitutional Carry Bill

Civil Liberties advocates have a reason to (cautiously) cheer as the Maine Senate passed L.D. 652 by a vote of 21-14, which would bring full Vermont-style Constitutional Carry to the Pine Tree State. The Portland Press Herald reports that the vote was largely – though not entirely – along party lines: three members of the party of Jackson supported the bill; two members of the party of Lincoln voted against it . . .

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BREAKING: Judge Scullin Orders D.C. to Issue Concealed Carry Permits Immediately

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Armed American Radio’s Facebook page reports “The Second Amendment Foundation WINS again in DC. Moments ago Judge Scullin [above] denies DC request to stay and orders DC to begin issuing permits IMMEDIATELY. Judge Scullin has had enough of DC playing games and violating his orders and rulings. Another pro-rights victory!” The Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottleib issued the following statement . . .

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NY Post: “You’re 45% more likely to be murdered in de Blasio’s Manhattan”

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Talk about misleading. First of all, who is the “you” of whom they speak? Methinks the people shooting and being shot in Manhattan aren’t the kind of people who matter – in the mainstream media scheme of things. Odds are they’re part of the city’s gang/drug trade, which employs (if that’s the right word) tens of thousands of people and generates tens of millions of dollars in revenue. More than that, this seemingly staggering increase in homicides is a [headline grabbing] percentage increase of a small number. Here are the stats . . .

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171 OH Concealed Carry Permits Revoked Due To Bad Apple Instructor

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By Brandon via concealednation.org

Over 170 concealed carry permits that were issued in the state of Ohio have been revoked after it was learned that the permit holders didn’t actually receive any training. Instead, their instructor simply signed off on their certificates. “We had to notify them with a letter recently that they never had a valid license because they didn’t complete the appropriate hours of hands on training or training,” said Lake County Sheriff Daniel Dunlap. The instructor, who hasn’t yet been named, is facing numerous felony charges . . .

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Mobile, AL GOP Pols Give Thumbs Down to Expanded Gun Rights

Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran, at a Tea Party meeting in 2013. Photo credit: Mike Brantley/mbrantley@al.com

Alabama’s history of respecting the civil rights of its residents has been spotty, to say the least. The Alabama Democratic Party, exemplified by members such as Sherrif “Bull” Connor and George Wallace, has a long and odious history of oppressing their own constituents to gain political power. That history is one that Alabama’s — indeed, all of America’s — politicians and citizenry need to consider whenever proposed legislation affects the civil rights of its inhabitants . . .

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Latest Updates on Concealed Carry Laws Around the US

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Gary Slider of handgunlaw.us 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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NYC Denies Carry Permits for Citizens While NYPD Demands More Cops to Fight ISIS

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Just when you thought New York’s firearms law couldn’t get more imbecilic, a Manhattan Judge recently affirmed the denial of a concealed carry license application by a salesperson who lives in the Big Apple and sells security equipment, reports the New York Law Journal. The salesman, Cavalier Knight, is a resident of New York City and holds a Federal Firearms License, as well as being employed as a salesperson by Armored Mobility, a company that sells ballistic armor and related equipment. Knight “requested a license to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense and to protect his wares from theft.” . . .

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UT Chancellor McRaven: Campus Carry Would Hurt Teacher Recruiting

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“Campus carry could hurt Texas universities’ ability to recruit and retain quality faculty, and could drive up tuition, University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven said in a letter sent to state representatives a day before the legislation hits the House floor for debate,” chron.com reports. Could. How many times have we heard gun rights opponents Chicken Little legislation seeking to restore Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms? Every time. This time, the UT jefe wants lawmakers to believe that “allowing” campus carry would discourage qualified teaching candidates from applying for employment within the system. In fact . . .

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Responsibility and Concealed Carry: Is the Burden Too Great?

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By James England via concealednation.org

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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It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Robber Slits Throat of Woman in Supermarket Parking Lot

Whole Foods Texas has transformed itself into a “gun-free zone.” No wonder, then, that some of our Lone Star State readers have vowed never to darken the store’s doors again. But c’mon. Whole Foods is home to some of the world’s best cheeses, including our man JWT’s epic, prize-winning goat cheese. In Austin, the yoga pants parade alone is worth the price of admission. Which is, it must be said, disarmament. One of the reasons I don’t mind [so much]: the parking lot is close-in, small, well-organized and well-lit. In contrast, my local HEB supermarket is a sprawling affair in front of a relatively large and chaotic parking lot with plenty of hidden sight lines. It’s an open invitation for robbers. Which helps explain this news item [via kxan.com]. . .

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Sara Tipton, Disarmed

A no weapons allowed sign is posted Aug. 13 at The Children's Hospital, Colorado. Aurora and many other municipalities have almost no restrictions on openly carrying firearms in public, whether the person with the gun is a child or whether the gun is loaded. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

I recently spent some low-quality time in a “gun-free zone”: three trips to my local hospital in two days. Even though I was incapacitated, with IV tubes hanging out of my body, I had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that I had left my preferred mode of self-defense behind. As I lay in the hospital bed listening to the beeps of the machines pumping antibiotics into my veins, I thought about why I’d willingly disarmed. The giant sign on the door proclaiming “NO WEAPONS ALLOWED”  wasn’t what stopped me . . .

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