Confessions of an 'Active Shooter'

Hi, I’m Jeff, and I’m an active shooter. [“Hi, Jeff.”] I’ve been a shooter for most of my life, beginning when I was about 4, shooting BB guns in the back yard with my mom and older brother. When I turned 8, my brother and father presented me with my first .22 rifle, a single-shot bolt-action hand-me-down, and I actively shot that as often as I could. A year later, my father gave me a brand new...

Senate votes to repeal Obama’s ban on gun sales for certain Social Security recipients

The Washington Times is reporting that Congress has approved the first gun rights bill of the new Republican-controlled Washington, voting to erase an Obama administration regulation that would strip law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights by forcing the Social Security Administration to report some of its beneficiaries to the firearms no-buy list. The Senate took up the bill on...

After this year, there will likely be 16 or 17 Constitutional Carry states

With Missouri, West Virginia, and Idaho enacting Constitutional Carry laws last year, twelve states allow people to carry without a permit in all or virtually all their states. This includes Montana that allows people to carry without a permit in about 99.4% of the state. And 2017 is shaping up as a banner year for passing more of these laws. States that are about to pass these laws include:...

When Do School Shootings Occur?

Last [month] we had another school shooting. When I read that the West Liberty High School shooter chose to initiate his attack before classes officially began for the day, it got me thinking. It seemed that a lot of recent school attacks have been happening not during the school day, but rather before or after school. When I linked to the story about the shooting on my Facebook page, I casually...

Rep. Patmon's HB 33 (Mandatory "Safe" Storage of Firearms) is based on several anti-gun myths

Editor's Note: The following article was originally published in response to the introduction of Rep. Bill Patmon's HB 563 in the 129th General Assembly. That bill was never considered, and it died at the end of the session in 2012. Patmon reintroduced the bill as HB 31 in the 130th General Assembly. It again failed to be given serious consideration, and died at the end of 2014. Patmon...

Federal court rules carrying a gun means surrendering your 4th Amendment rights

The Fourth Circuit Court has ruled that a person carrying a firearm in West Virginia - a state where carrying firearms is legal - has effectively foregone a portion of their constitutional rights because they are carrying a firearm. OK, it's a mite more complicated than that, but the net-net of the Fourth Circuit's ruling reverses an earlier option that "reasonable suspicion that a person is...

REVIEW: Meet ReloadTactical.com, offering the best guns and gear for style and survival

Once upon a time, the experience of going from store to store to shop around before making a major purchase was as much a part of the pleasure of the buying experience as taking the item home. At my father and grandfather's (and great-grandfather's) car dealership, people would attend "car showings" each fall when the new models were introduced. Whether or not they were even really in the market...

Increase in Violent Crime: National Trend Driven by Local Politics?

The FBI released its Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report [recently] and the bad news is that violent crime increased for the second consecutive year. Looking at the January to June period, violent crime decreased from 2012-2013 and then again from 2013-2014. From 2014-2015, we experienced an increase of 1.7%. From 2015-2016? An increase of 5.3%. This includes increases in all categories...

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