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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Proposed bill filed in TX legislature to reduce CHL classes from 10 hours to 4 hours.

Proposed bill filed in TX legislature to reduce CHL classes from 10 hours to 4 hours.

Texas: Pro-Gun Measure Introduced for the 2013 Legislative Session

November 12 was the first day that bills could be pre-filed for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature. State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) has pre-filed House Bill 47, an NRA-backed measure that reduces the number of classroom instruction hours required for issuance of an original Concealed Handgun License (“CHL”) to four hours. Currently, students taking a Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) approved course for their first CHL must receive at least ten but not more than fifteen hours of classroom training from a qualified handgun instructor. Under this proposed legislation, the existing core elements of classroom instruction (firearms laws and deadly force statutes, handgun use and safety, nonviolent dispute resolution, and proper handgun storage methods) would still be fully covered during the course, and students would still be required to pass a written exam and demonstrate handgun proficiency at a shooting range. HB 47 would instill a more efficient and effective learning experience for those looking to obtain their CHL. 

Please contact your state Representative* and urge them to co-author and support HB 47 by Rep. Flynn. * Note: There will be more than forty new members of the Texas House when the state legislature convenes on January 8, 2013. NRA-ILA will provide you an updated list of lawmakers and their contact information when it becomes available. In the meantime, email addresses and telephone numbers for returning House members can be found by clicking here.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Obama to bypass congress to ban semiautomatic firearms


An anti-gun owner initiative considered in Washington could lead to massive civil disobedience and a severe domestic crisis, gun law expert John M. Snyder warned on Friday.

“According to confidential information,” he said, “forces linked with the administration suggest the government classify semiautomatic firearms and multiple capacity ammunition feeding devices as Title 2 National Firearms Act items under the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Americans familiar with federal gun laws understand that under this scenario, semiautomatics and high capacity magazines could be acquired only with great difficulty and at great expense by America’s estimated 100 million law-abiding firearms owners, notes Snyder.

According to Snyder and other gun ownership advocates, the Obama administration long ago realized it would have insurmountable difficulty getting a semiautomatic gun ban, such as that considered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and others, passed Congress, especially when the House is controlled by defenders of the Second Amendment.

Congressional Second Amendment supporters already are preparing for such a battle. During the Clinton years, Congress enacted a partial, temporary semiautomatic ban but allowed it to sunset after 10 years because of its lack of significant negative impact on crime, according to surveys conducted by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Obama administration, now safely reelected, may order the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to take the classification step. Some gun-grabbers view the designation of Street Sweeper shotguns as Title 2 firearms during the Clinton administration as precedent for such a move.

For several years, various groups and individuals have discussed the anti-gun owner proclivities of the current administration. Obama anti-gun owner activities have involved the promulgation of anti-gun federal regulations, the appointment of anti-gun judges to the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, and the appointment of anti-gun personnel to other high federal positions, including the appointment of an attorney general of the United States who is suspected by many observers of playing politics with the nation’s law enforcement community.

“It’s been under this attorney generalship that the infamous Fast and Furious federal gun running scandal involving ATF has occurred,” Snyder stated. “The administration may feel that a replacement in that office could facilitate a ratcheting-up of its anti-gun activities with announcement and inauguration of the proposed semiautomatic classification/ban.”

“Such a move surely would galvanize the law-abiding grass roots gun-owning American public into opposition as it never has before. At the very least, it would lead to an action in the U.S. House of Representatives to defund if not eliminate entirely the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. To what it would lead at the very most is anyone’s guess,” warns Snyder.

A former NRA editor and director of national gun rights organizations, Snyder has been defending the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms for over 46 years. He’s been called the senior rights activist in Washington by Shotgun News. He also serves on the advisory board of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lawmaker's sights set on making Texas an open-carry state for handguns

The lunchtime rush had subsided, and three idle sandwich shop employees were speculating about what they would do if a guy dressed in T-shirt and jeans walked through the door with a holstered Colt .45 strapped to his hip.

“I would think it’s a plainclothes police officer,” said Eric Bejarano.

f a Texas lawmaker has his way, strangers wearing six-shooters may become a common sight across the state.

The Legislature passed a law in 1995 allowing Texans to carry handguns concealed under coats, in purses, or in glove compartments. But it’s still against the law to carry pistols where people can see them.

Rep. George Lavender, a Texarkana Republican, wants to change that. When the Legislature convenes in January, he says, he will push for an “open carry” law. His plan is to give the more than 500,000 Texans who hold concealed-weapon licenses the option of carrying holstered pistols out in the open.

Lavender said he finds it ironic that freedom-loving Texas is one of just six states not to allow some form of open carry. The others are Illinois, New York, Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida. An open-carry law went into effect in Oklahoma on Nov. 1.

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Black Friday meets 'concealed-carry' gun law in Texas

Police in San Antonio told the Express News that an argument over line-cutting on Black Friday at a Sears store ended in punches thrown and guns drawn.

a man was cutting his way to the front of the line without so much as a “by your leave” to his fellow shoppers. Name-calling and cursing quickly turned into shouts and arguments. At that point, our line-cutter allegedly punched another line-holder and would-be shopper full-on in the face.

The San Antonio News reports that the punched man (the "punchee") then pulled out his fully loaded, legally registered, and no longer concealed handgun and brandished it at the line-cutting puncher. San Antonio’s finest, however, dispute that allegation, indicating that our gunman, the punchee, pointed his weapon not at the puncher but at the ground.

Of course, the maddened crowd scattered in pandemonium in all directions at first sight of the weapon -- no doubt with visions of mass shootings at theaters, schools and shopping malls flashing through their heads.
Our intrepid line-cutter quickly got the message as well. He had an abrupt change of heart about being first in line after all, and sought cover in the large appliances department. He was seen cowering behind a refrigerator.
And no, our gunman was not detained, arrested, charged, nor even questioned very closely. Why not? Well, after he produced his concealed-carry handgun license, San Antonio's finest practically escorted him back to his spot in line. Shortly thereafter, all of the shoppers returned and re-claimed their selfsame places as well.

Monday, November 19, 2012

News story from NRA "The Armed Citizen " 10/9/2012

NRA "The Armed Citizen "  10/9/2012

When a homeowner heard noises coming from the first floor of his home, he called out. One of two intruders reportedly identified himself as a police officer so the resident descended the stairs to investigate.

One man hurled a hatchet at the homeowner, but missed. The resident fought back and fired a shotgun striking one of the intruders. Both men fled upon hearing the gunshot. The wounded suspect was later arrested when he sought medical treatment.

(Kitsap Sun, Tacoma, WA, 6/28/12)


Top 5 Bad Training Habits

By Mike Seeklander
Photos by Mike Seeklander and Rob Pincus

I painfully watched my student get shot. The rounds impacted his upper chest area in perfect placement, even though the bad guy was shooting from a grounded position with only one hand. The bad guys have all the luck. Fortunately, this was not a real fight, only a simulated one during a class I was teaching. Why had the bad guy even gotten his shots off—after all, this was a well-trained student with great firearm skills? The answer was because of a training error that had not been fixed until that moment.

After the fact, the student finally learned the key lesson that he had been told so many times on the range and would certainly never do again. This was the reason we were doing those scenarios, utilizing a bit of stress and NLTA (non-lethal training ammunition). Nothing teaches like getting shot! This article will cover why my student got shot that day, as well as other errors I have observed while training hundreds of students in both combative and competitive type classes.

Bad Habit #1: Shooting without a Purpose.
This is a big one, and unfortunately pretty common. Each and every repetition you do in training continues to build up the efficiency of that nerve transmission. But if the repetitions you do are incorrect, you will train this into your subconscious memory. When you need the skill in a future situation where you are under stress, your brain will draw from what it knows or has ingrained, and if you trained improperly, you will perform improperly. Your training drills should be planned based on the results you want.

Simply shooting your gun and hoping you are learning the right skills is a waste of your time. To fix this, take some time and list the skills you will likely need, and then prioritize them. Develop some training drills that will work on each of those skills, and use them during your training sessions. If you don’t know what skills you might need, or don’t have a good understanding of how to perform those critical techniques correctly, then find a good instructor before you waste your time and ammunition training the wrong way.

Bad Habit #2: Not training realistically.
(Photo: Beware of doing too much static range training. Keep it real!) I watch people practice all the time, and rarely do I see someone who is dedicated to making their training sessions as realistic as possible. For example, if you are training with your handgun to prepare yourself for a critical incident, you should do some of your training with your heart rate very high, to simulate what you may experience during a fight. Getting your heart rate up can be as simple as performing some sort of exercise (link sprints or squats) for a minute or two before you draw and shoot.

A similar failure that I observe regularly is training statically—in one comfortable standing position. During a fight where the use of a firearm is justified, it’s highly likely that you will be moving or in a non-standard position. You might be shooting from the ground. If you spend 90% of your workday driving in a vehicle, it’s conceivable that you might be attacked while seated in that vehicle. If you have never trained for that possibility, you are simply not training for reality. To fix this, take some time to figure out where you are most likely to have a problem that requires the use of your firearm, and then train in that environment or condition.

Bad Habit #3: Performing ritualistic movements during static range training, leading to improper actions under stress.

This is the habit that got my student shot in the scenario described above. He’d spent a good portion of the class going through a visual after-action scan process that I’d taught, but he failed to pay attention to the details behind the action. Instead of actually looking and assessing, this student would shoot, immediately whip his finger off the trigger when the last round had been fired, and then quickly begin shifting his head back and forth, probably seeing nothing. This is what I call a “range scan,” one that is often done to appease the instructor instead of serving the purpose of finding another threat.

When training alone and without a purpose, a student may think he is training the right moves, but not connecting with the reasons behind the moves can build bad habits. The first step in the scan process that I teach is to scan the threat, which means that we take the time to stay in the fight and follow through after we have made the decision to stop shooting. Think about how this will go down in real time: you decide to shoot someone based on justification, then shoot them until they no longer pose a threat, and only when you have deemed that threat neutralized do you begin your scan process. This normally means that the threat has fallen down or ceased their actions.

The important part of this process is looking for and receiving information that allows us to make the decision to continue to shoot or stop shooting. Paper targets don’t shoot back, so shooting three to five times and then immediately taking your finger off the trigger and beginning to scan has no penalty. Doing that with a real person does, and in the case described above, had dire consequences for the student in the scenario.
In the scenario, the student engaged until the threat fell down, but unfortunately, the bad guy had not been neutralized. He was still fully armed and able to shoot the student several times before the student recognized this and returned fire. Had he simply followed through and stayed in the fight for a few more seconds, my student would have recognized this and continued shooting, truly neutralizing the threat.

Bad Habit #4: Short cutting – not the same gear, not snapped in, not concealed.
(Photo: This shooter carries concealed only, and is training with an exposed firearm. Fouling the garment sweep is often the cause of bad draws.) This one absolutely drives me insane. I have trained hundreds of students in different firearms courses, and this always amazes me. Failure to train with what you are going to fight in can and will lead to your demise in a critical incident. When I teach a combative handgun course, I always start with a gear lecture that covers the pros and cons of different carry methods, gear set ups, etc. It is during this first lecture that I ask the group how many of them will be carrying their firearm concealed and how many will be carrying openly.

Most civilians in all but a few states must conceal their firearm in order to carry it on their person, so normally most of my civilian students raise their hand. When I later observe them on the range during the class training, oftentimes they are not attempting to conceal their gun. When asked why not, they have no good excuse. I know that it’s more work to draw from concealment and a carry holster than from a slick kydex holster on a competition belt, but what are you training for? My answer: I train to develop as much skill as I can, accompanied by consistent performance on demand with the gun and gear worn exactly how I will carry it.

(Photo: Training the draw process while failing to use the locking devices on the holster could have grave consequences in a critical incident.) Law enforcement and military students who use duty-type systems often fail to snap their holsters during each repetition of the draw process, just because getting through those retention devices is more difficult. What are they training for? Failure? Failing to train as close as possible to how you plan to fight is a critical error that can cost you your life. I have personally witnessed the same students fouling up their draw fighting with a concealment garment or a snap-on holster. If only they had put in the work, they would have perfected their draw and been able to execute it on demand!

Bad Habit #5: Ignoring the reality check and context.
By this, I mean using tactical gear and items that would not be used in a real-life situation, not training for what is most likely, and/or not having a complete understanding of what might occur. I taught a rifle class some time ago, and I surprised the students when I did not wear a tactical vest, dump pouch, drop holster, or really any cool-looking tactical gear at all. Instead, I simply slipped my handgun magazine forward a bit on my belt, clipped a rifle magazine pouch to my belt, slung my rifle, and kept my normal carry holster on. I explained to them that I prefer to train as I will likely fight. Slinging my rifle and clipping a preloaded rifle magazine pouch on would probably be the only things I had time to do, if I even got a chance to grab my rifle in the first place.

(Photo: This minimally kitted-out shooter is doing it right—training with what he’s likely to have on him in a critical incident.) A SWAT or military operator might have completely different reasons to have their full kit on since they deploy with that gear, but civilians who train with full ninja gear might be creating unrealistic expectations. Take the time to do a reality check on the gear you’re training with. A specific example from my personal experience is that if and when I deployed a rifle for self-defense, I would not have time to put on a special holster (drop type). This requires me to transition to my handgun from an appendix carry position, which is certainly more difficult than transitioning to a hip or leg position. Had I not done a reality check, I might have spent my training time using a leg or hip holster, which is a waste of my training time because I will not likely deploy my rifle while wearing a thigh holster.

Another reality check is to think about what is most likely to occur during a fight for your life, and then train for those situations. I am amazed at how many students I have had who never realized that they might be involved in a physical fight that prevents them from accessing their firearm. They are amazed to find that they might have to deal with the fight first, before they can get to their gun. When talking about fitness and combatives, I often hear the answer “I’ll just shoot them” from students who have no skill with their personal striking weapons (hands, feet, etc) or are unfit. The problem is that getting to the gun in most of those situations is harder than they ever thought possible with an aggressive attacker striking their head. Have you ever tried to draw and shoot someone while they were punching you in the face?

A bit of research quickly shows what situations are most likely to happen, and how they will probably go. Simply do your research and train to the most likely situations. Prepare for what will likely happen versus what you would like to happen! Shooters often make the grave mistake of thinking they can apply a shooting solution to all self-defense related problems, which is incorrect.

In closing, let’s review what you can do to avoid developing these bad habits:
  • Pre-plan your training sessions and perform valid, skill-producing drills. Have a plan for each session, and a goal you would like to reach. Work on the areas you are weak in.
  • Train as realistically as possible. Get creative. Consider combining your fitness and firearm training sessions to get maximized results for your time.
  • Take the time to understand and apply the reasons behind what you’re doing in training. If you’re performing a post-engagement scan, know why you’re doing it and mimic the correct actions you want yourself to learn. Use visualization to make this training as realistic as possible.
  • Don’t shortcut your training by using gear improperly, failing to conceal your firearm if you carry it that way, or training with gear you won’t be using when you are faced with a critical incident. Snap your holster each time you practice your draw!
  • Take the time to do a reality check on the gear you’re using and the situations you’re training for. Prioritize your training appropriately.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Why Gun Control Supporters Are Wrong

Why Gun Control Supporters Are Wrong

In this section, we respond to the claims that gun control supporters most commonly make about "assault weapons" and "large" ammunition magazines.

Claim: "Expiration of the [federal 'assault weapon'] ban was a serious blow to public safety." To the contrary, since the ban expired, as the number of "assault weapons" that Americans own has risen by more than 2 million to an all-time high, the nation's total violent crime and murder rates have fallen to 37-year and 47-year lows, respectively.

Claim: The federal "assault weapon" ban "was effective" in reducing crime. "Assault weapons" have never been used in more than a small percentage of crime. Furthermore, firearm-related and non-firearm related crime were decreasing before the ban was imposed and have continued to decrease since the ban expired, all for reasons unrelated to gun control.

Claim: Reinstating the ban would disarm Mexican drug cartels. Not likely, for numerous reasons. Many of the cartels' guns don't come from the United States. The cartels have machine guns and other heavy weapons not sold in the United States. And, reinstating the federal "assault weapon" ban would only prohibit various firearms from being made in the U.S. with external attachments that don't affect how a gun operates.

Claim: "Assault weapons" are "the weapons of choice of criminals." That's what gun control supporters used to say about handguns. However, "assault weapons" have never been used in more than a small percentage of crime, according to federal, state and local government studies.

Claim: "Assault weapons" are "traced to crime." Contrary to what gun control supporters say, traces do not "trace to crime." Moreover, the BATFE and the Congressional Research Service say that trace results cannot be used to determine the degree to which any type of firearm is used to commit crime.

Claim: "Assault weapons" are "weapons of war made for military assaults on the battlefield." Contrary to what gun control supporters say, no semi-automatic firearm labeled as an "assault weapon" by the federal ban of 1994-2004 was designed for, or has been used by, military forces. Some "assault weapons" may look like military firearms, but they don't fire in the same way.

Claim: "Assault weapons" are "designed to be spray-fired from the hip." The only firearms that "spray-fire" are fully-automatic machine guns used by the military. By comparison, "assault weapons" fire only one shot when the trigger is pulled. The vast majority are rifles and shotguns, which, as federal law recognizes, are designed to be fired from the shoulder, not "the hip."

Claim: Semi-automatic "assault weapons" are "more lethal" than fully-automatic machine guns. Now we have heard everything. Do gun control supporters really believe they can convince the American people that civilian firearms are "more lethal" than machine guns used by our military personnel?

Claim: "Assault weapons" are "high-powered." Gun control supporters claim that "assault weapons" are "high-powered weapons" that "should frighten the public." However, the guns use the same ammunition as many other firearms, ranging from the least-powerful rifle and pistol ammunition, to medium-powered pistol, medium-powered rifle, and shotgun ammunition -- all much less powerful than many rifles used for hunting.

Claim: "Assault weapons" are "designed to be easily concealed." That's what gun control supporters used to say about handguns. However, federal law requires a rifle or shotgun to be at least 26 inches long, with a barrel of at least 16 or 18 inches long for rifles and shotguns, respectively -- hardly "concealable."

Claim: "Assault weapons" have "no self-defense purpose." That's something else that gun control supporters used to say about handguns. The claim is not only false, it contradicts their claim that "assault weapons" are "military" and "designed for killing people."

Claim: "Assault weapons" have "no sporting purpose." That's yet another thing that gun control supporters used to say about handguns. However, the AR-15, M1 and M1A are the rifles most commonly used for marksmanship competitions, and semi-automatic shotguns are ubiquitous in skeet, trap, sporting clays, and practical shooting competitions.

Claim: "Assault weapons" are of "no use for hunters." That's one more thing that gun control supporters used to say about handguns. However, the AR-15 is the fastest-growing rifle in terms of popularity among hunters, and semi-automatic and pump-action rifles and shotguns have been among the most widely used hunting firearms in the country for the last century.

and, finally. . .

"Who needs an 'assault weapon'"? Gun control supporters' favorite question is illegitimate. The burden of proof in a free society is not upon people who want to exercise rights, it's on people who want to restrict rights.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Pink Pistols Need Pink Holsters!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

O.C. is OK in OK

Oklahomans Prepare for New Law That Will Make Guns a Common Sight

A new law takes effect on Thursday in Oklahoma - anyone licensed to carry a concealed firearm can choose to carry a weapon out in the open, in a belt or shoulder holster, loaded or unloaded.

Advocates for gun rights said the ability to “open carry” would deter crime and eliminate the risks of a wardrobe mishap, such as when someone carrying a concealed weapon breaks the law by accidentally exposing the firearm. But the new law is a symbolic as well as practical victory. Supporters said there was no better advertisement for the Second Amendment than to have thousands of responsible adults openly carrying their weapons in a highly visible fashion. 

When the law takes effect, Oklahoma will become the 15th state to allow people to openly carry firearms with a license. Those 15 states include Utah, Iowa, New Jersey and Connecticut. Several other states, including Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada, have even more permissive laws that allow the carrying of unconcealed firearms without a license. All but six states and the District of Columbia allow some form of open carry, said John Pierce, founder of OpenCarry.org