BREAKING: Texas Senate Passes Open Carry Bill

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Open carry is one step closer to reality for those in the Lone Star State. Late this evening the Senate passed SB17, a bill which would allow people to openly carry a loaded firearm either in a shoulder or belt holster. Opponents of the bill tried to make the legislation into a veritable Christmas tree by trying to hang amendments on it wherever they could, from an amendment delaying its implementation until 2016 to one that would drastically alter the size and shape of the 30.06 / 30.07 “No Guns” signs. However, it looks like only two amendments passed, one of which includes retention training in the required training course for handgun licenses in Texas.

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Joe Manchin: The 2nd Amendment is Not My Concealed Carry Permit

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has made no secret of the fact that he’s frustrated with his time in Congress. A recent article at RealClearPolitics reports that the Mountaineer solon and former two-term governor considers the time he’s spent in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body “the most unproductive years of my working life.” Between his failure leading the left’s Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble style charge for gun control in 2013, and now the president of his own party vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline bill (which Manchin strongly supported — how’s that for thanks?) Joe’s had a tough row to hoe . . .

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West Virginia Constitutional Carry Bill Goes to Governor

 

The West Virginia senate made short work of passing SB 347, also known as the constitutional carry bill. The bill was amended in the house to change the minimum age for carrying concealed without a permit from 18 to 21 and passed in that chamber by a 71 to 29 margin, with 51 Republicans and 20 Democrats voting for the bill. Earlier this week, the Senate confirmed the amended house vote. Observers at opencarry.org predict . . .

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Guns for Beginners: When You Can Shoot Someone

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Your legal right to use deadly force (i.e. shoot someone) varies from state to state. This article gives you some basic guidelines on the legal use of deadly force. What you are about to read is not legal advice. I am not a lawyer. After you finish here, Google “deadly force YOUR STATE HERE” and read your state’s law. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your local NRA chapter. Take a Use of Deadly Force class. Do not call the police. Just as they have no legal obligation to protect you (true story) they have no legal obligation to give you accurate legal advice. OK, so, we begin with another disclaimer . . .

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Guns for Beginners: Three Must-Have Gunfighting Techniques

As I pointed out in Three Things Every Concealed Carrier Should Carrya gun, a comfortable holster and a phone are the basic tools you need for daily concealed carry. Sort those out and you’re good to stow. As for “gun fighting skills,” once again, this article is aimed at newbies. People who need to be gently led into the world of armed self-defense. If you’ve already mastered these skills, please share the following advice with beginners. Here are three must-have gunfighting techniques . . .

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Iowa House Passes Mixed Bag Omnibus Firearms Bill

On Tuesday, the Iowa House overwhelmingly, and without debate passed House File (yes, file) 527, a sweeping omnibus bill on firearms. Residents of the Hawkeye state should be aware that the bill, among other things:

(1) mandates the creation of a database for all permit holders that can be accessed by:

- law enforcement, for purposes of investigation of a crime,
– verification of professional permits for employment purposes,
– public access to anonymized statistical/demographic information

(2) requires that the data relating to permit holders be kept confidential,

(3) legalizes possession of suppressors . . .

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Guns for Beginnners: Three Things Every Concealed Carrier Should Carry

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Disclaimer: this post is aimed at people who have not yet committed to daily concealed carry. If you already carry a gun on a daily basis, please share this article with your newbie and daily carry-reluctant amigos. The more people who carry concealed, the safer we all will be, both in terms of active defense and “passive” deterrence. Not to mention the safety of our natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. OK, so, the first thing you need for concealed carry is . . .

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Gear Review: K Rounds OWB Holster

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A few days back, Dan asked how many holsters we have. Our man DZ reckons he’s got about 30 or so, and looking through my drawers, I’m certain I’m gaining ground on him. Most of that can be chalked up to my position at TTAG as the de facto holster tester. I’ve got buckets o’ holsters from all over, but occasionally, I need one for a specific gun, and for a specific purpose. After much heartbreak, frustration, and anger, I’ve realized that when I need an OWB holster, no matter the gun, I turn to K Rounds . . .

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Contractor Loses His Pistol Because…Off-Body Carry

A building contractor who was renovating rooms at an extended-stay hotel in Columbia, Tennessee had his pistol taken from an unsecured toolbox while he was working, reports Kara Coleman in The Daily Herald, and so far, it doesn’t sound like he’s gotten it back. “The contractor, Donnie Rosenbaum, said an unloaded Keltic (sic) .380-caliber pistol (hey, at least she got the caliber right) was in his unsecured toolbox in his room at the motel on Nashville Highway, according to a Columbia Police Department report. Rosenbaum’s son said he saw one of Rosenbaum’s employees take the handgun because Rosenbaum’s 13-year-old nephew was present and he did not want the teen having access to it.” . . .

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Kansas Senate Votes to Eliminate Concealed Carry Licensing Requirement

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“Today we must vote, and when in doubt, I believe that if we err, we ought to do so on the side of freedom and the continued protection of our most basic constitutional rights,” said no gun grabbing civilian disarmament advocate in the history of the world ever. Rather, those were the words of Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle on the passage — on a largely party line 31-7 vote — of a bill repealing the licensing requirement for concealed carry in The Sunflower State. Kansans will still have the option to get a state-issued permit if they want to take advantage of other states’ reciprocity laws. The bill now moves onto the House where it’s expected to get a similar level of support.   [h/t Mike H.]

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Emily Miller Gets Her DC Carry License; Infernal Regions Endure Cold Spell

No, I am not making this up: Fox 5’s chief investigative reporter Emily Miller was provisionally approved for a license to carry a concealed firearm within the District of Columbia. Miller is apparently the fifteenth such person to apply for and receive a license after following the byzantine process to become licensed to pack heat in our nation’s capital. She will now need to complete a District-approved training course . . .

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