Reboot

As you probably already know, the Black Man With A Gun website recently experienced what you might call a “catastrophic event.” Kenn has successfully recovered some of the content, but much was lost for good, including over five years of my writing. As you might expect, my first, knee-jerk reaction was…well, unprintable here. But I have learned over the years that the old adage about crying over spilled milk is true…and that time spent lamenting what cannot be undone is also time wasted.

So I am embracing this “reboot” as an opportunity for a fresh start. And in the spirit of that fresh start, I have a confession to make. For those of you who are unaware, you should know that I…Dave Cole…am not black. In fact, I am as white as they come. Most of my ancestors came here from Scotland, England, and Germany shortly after the Mayflower landed, and we’ve been here ever since. I spent almost the first half of my life in East Tennessee, before serving in Texas, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Korea with the United States Army for nine years as an Air Defense Artillery officer. Then I got out and moved to Northern Kentucky near Cincinnati, where I have worked in both private industry and as a police officer.

Not black.

Then early in 2012, I was listening to Kenn’s Black Man With A Gun podcast when he asked if there were any writers out there who might like to contribute to his website. I’ve always liked to use the written word as my own personal outlet, and I had some stuff I’d already written handy…so I sent it to Kenn. He emailed me back inside of an hour asking, “Can I go ahead and start posting this material?” I said “Sure,” and the rest is history.

But today…Martin Luther King Day…what is even more important to note is what Kenn Blanchard did not ask me. Before accepting my writing to post on the Black Man With A Gun website, he did not ask me what color my skin was. He simply read my writing, and judged whether it was good or not, regardless of the color of the person that it came from.

Isn’t that what Martin Luther King was talking about? Isn’t that exactly the way he would have wanted us to treat each other? Rather than focusing on our differences, Black Man With A Gun is a place where we focus on our commonalities…a love of guns, shooting, and liberty. I’m personally quite proud to be a part of this team, and excited to reboot into 2018 with all of you.

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551 – Christmas Blues and Building an AR

Tis the season of feeling blue, and contemplating futures at the same time of celebrating the birth of Jesus and commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. (Hanukkah)  Going to whet your whistle in building your own AR platform rifle.

Michael J. Woodland and I have a great conversation that you are welcome to join.

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550 – Gun Buy Backs at Christmas Time

Gun Back Backs, tips for the new gun owners,

“Purity Test” from David B Cole from blackmanwithagun.com

Shoot Don’t Shoot

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1993-09-21/news/1993264006_1_intruder-slaughter-shotgun

Interview with conservative political tv mogul Tucker Carlson taken from an episode 353

And a whole lot of old Christmas era commercials that I grew up with to put you in the holiday mood.

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549 – What Does A Reasonable Man Sounds Like

As I listen and watch what others have been putting out in the media I realize that I am not trying to compete with that.  I am here to remind you that communication of our way of life, the American way, truth, justice, freedom is in your hands.  Communication is a powerful tool.  It helps online and in your home life.

 

This episode I take some bits from episode 134 and put a new spin on communication for us pro-rights folks. Michael J. Woodland defines MOA for us.

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Gun Laws: Illinois

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Gun Law weekly. Before we jump into this week’s State, Illinois, we’d like to quickly address that there were a few errors in last weeks’ article about gun laws in Texas. Thank you readers’ for pointing out those errors and this week we are working harder to provide direct links to the relevant legislature and are reading the legislature directly so that we can avoid these mistakes in the future.

 

With that being said the show must go on so without further ado: Illinois.

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Possession

 

To purchase a firearm of any kind in Illinois you need a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card (430 ILCS 65/2). After you obtain an FOID though you do not need to register any firearms you purchase. In purchasing a handgun however there is a 72 hour mandatory waiting period before picking up your new handgun and there is a 24 hour holding period on any rifle or shotgun before you can take possession (720 ILCS 5/24-3). If you are purchasing multiple firearms or need a gun case to transport your new firearm securely then this would be a good time to look at gun lockers and other gun storage solutions.

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The requirements to obtain a FOID card are as follows:

 

  • At least 21 years old, or at least 18 with parental consent (and a parent who is eligible for a FOID card).
  • A U.S. citizen or legal resident, and
  • Eligible to obtain and possess a firearm under federal law.

 

Additionally you must not be:

 

  • A convicted felon.
  • A minor convicted of certain misdemeanors, crimes that would be felonies if committed by an adult, or who has been adjudicated delinquent,
  • Addicted to certain controlled substances, or
  • “mentally impaired” or “intellectually disabled”

 

Transportation and Carrying

 

Moving onto transporting and carrying your gun, residents of Illinois can conceal carry their handgun if they obtain a concealed carry license from the Illinois State Police. For a full list of the eligibility requirements you can visit their site here. Otherwise you are still allowed to transport your firearm as long as you meet one of the following conditions:

 

  • Are broken down in a non-functioning state.
  • Are not immediately accessible.
  • Are unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person who has been issued a currently valid FOID Card.

 

This is not a full list, I highlighted the first three because these are the easiest to achieve. There are also additional exceptions made for hunting and target shooting in regards to transportation and open carry. To see all of conditions you can transport your firearm in see the link at the bottom of the article for 720 ILCS 5/24-1 (4). There are also location restrictions where concealed carry permit owners aren’t allowed to have their handgun. This extensive list can be found here.

 

Non-Residents

 

Non-residents are allowed to have a firearm without an FOID if it is unloaded and in a case or if they are:

 

– Hunting and has a non-resident hunting license, while in an area where hunting is permitted.

– On a target range recognized by the Department of State Police.

– At a gun show recognized by the Department of State Police.

– Currently licensed or registered to possess a firearm in his state of residence. (NRA-ILA)

 

The section of the law that deals with non-resident firearm possession referenced here is 430 ILCS 65/2, which deals with FOID Card exceptions, as is the case with most non-residents. Non-residents are allowed to obtain a Concealed Carry License so if you are frequently in Illinois this may be a good solution for you.

 

These are the basic firearm laws in Illinois. The majority of this information was found in the FOID Act, Concealed Carry Act and the Unlawful Use of Weapons Act. With interpretation help from the NRA, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Illinois State Police website.

 

Like all laws these are subject to change. There may also be county and city laws not covered in this article that change your ability to carry, transport and otherwise possess your firearm.

 

430 ILCS 65: FOID Act

 

430 ILCS 66: Firearms Concealed Carry Act

 

720 ILCS 5/24-1: Unlawful Use of Weapons Act

 

NRA-ILA Illinois

 

Illinois State Police Firearm Services Bureau

 

 

 

 

 

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Option for Spare Magazine Carry – A Vital Aspect of the Concealed-Carry System (The Gideon)

The process of selecting the concealed carry firearm that is best suited for you is a daunting task to say the least. An even more monumental task might be the selection of a method of carry. Not only do discussions of such things spark heated debate among your friends and personal insults from our childish brothers and sisters, but these decisions force you to be more aware, than you ever wanted to be, of how your body shape dictates comfort. You also have to consider your wardrobe, the nature of your career, and pay close attention to the time you spend sitting and standing as you progress through your day. I apologize if this dialogue has caused you to recall the painful memory of working the kinks out of your concealed carry system, but I am happy to say that I have some good news about a vital component of your system.

 

If you have made the decision to carry a firearm, one of the things that is agreed upon, by most competent instructors, is the necessity to carry a spare magazine. The most obvious advantage to carrying a spare magazine is that it is an additional source of ammunition. Further, of all the potential complications that could occur with a firearm, the quickest and easiest to fix is a magazine problem (throw it away and grab another). With that said, there are several options available for carrying a spare magazine; IWB, OWB, and ankle just to name a few, but my favorite method is to carry it in the off-side pants pocket.

 

My pursuit to find a well-made holster for this application led me on a survey of the websites maintained by many reputable holster manufacturers. In the last few months I have used the Galco PMC Pocket Magazine Carrier and the Milt Sparks PCH-M, both of which are well made and very nice, but my personal preference between the two is the Milt Sparks holster. I can’t overstate the quality of the holster! Having said that, the problem is that at a price point of $65.50 and a wait time of up to 18 weeks, it is difficult for me to justify purchasing multiple variations of the holster to suit different firearms. My affinity to the Milt Sparks holster initiated a search for a similar product at a lower price point, which was concluded at www.crossbreedholsters.com with the discovery of The “Gideon” Pocket Mag Carrier.

 

This holster is made to fit magazines for 166 different firearms (according to my personal quick count), is available in 5 different colors, and has an approximate two-week order fulfillment time, all at a price point of $24.95! What more could I ask for?! As a fan of Crossbreed products, I had no reason to doubt the quality of the product, and therefore, ordered three different carriers. I have been carrying them in my pocket for the last 30 days, and so far, it has not disappointed. The leather and stitching are of the highest quality, and the design of the product leaves plenty of room in my pocket for additional every day necessities.

 

If you’re looking for a solid product in which to carry a spare magazine in a pocket, I can highly recommend that you consider The “Gideon” Pocket Mag Carrier as you advance in your pursuit of your ideal concealed carry system.

 

crossbreedholsters.com
crossbreedholsters.com

 

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Gun Laws: Texas Hold’em

People not in the gun community often think that Texas would be the Wild West when it comes to gun laws but it’s not.  It is not the most relaxed State when it comes to possession, open carry and laws requiring secure weapon storage. While there is good reason and clout to back up these rumors, Texas still does have gun laws that you have to follow and should be aware of.

 

To start, there are no rifle, shotgun or handgun registration laws in Texas. That means that there is no waiting period to buy a gun if you woke up in the morning wanting one. This includes weapons deemed “assault” weapons by Federal laws and other State laws. Additionally, this extends to ammunition capacity where there is no limit on how much ammunition you can have in a magazine or on your person. In short, the only limit to how many bullets you have is your capacity to store them. Or money.

 

The only time you will need to get a permit in relation to firearms is when you want to carry a handgun concealed or open. As of January 1st 2016 you are allowed to open carry a handgun, in a safe non-threatening manner, if you have a concealed carry permit. You are allowed to open carry a shotgun or rifle without a concealed carry permit unless it is in a manner “calculated to cause harm”. So be careful because the wording can be slippery and is up to the police to interpret.

 

City dwellers should pay extra special attention to the exceptions to these rules, which are; even with the open and concealed carry permit you are not allowed to have firearm in:

 

  • texas-weapon-storage-225x300Amusement Parks.
  • Churches and other places of religious worship.
  • Hospitals.
  • Correctional facilities.
  • Courts.
  • Polling places on Election Day.
  • High schools.
  • In an establishment where 51% or more of the revenue comes from alcohol.
  • Inside an airport.

 

In regards to transportation you may carry a loaded handgun within reach in a vehicle as long as it is out of sight. Long guns, as in shotguns or other rifles, may be loaded, within reach and in plain view in the vehicle.

 

If you are not from Texas it may be hard to purchase a firearm while in Texas because you must show ID to buy a firearm and in many stores they will not sell them to you because of the potential conflicts with other States laws. Also, if you have a concealed carry permit from another State, Texas will allow you to open carry in their state as well.

A note on safety in these troubling times, in light of the recent shooting in Houston. If you live in one of the big cities (Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas or Fort Worth) the only city that is high on the FBI’s list of most dangerous cities in Texas is Houston. Austin particularly is noted to be very safe, so just because you live in a state that has relaxed gun laws and you live in a big city does not mean you have to feel unsafe. Crime rates in the five biggest cities in Texas have actually dropped by an average of 6.5% in the last year.

 

If you are still worried about violent crime or if you are a business owner worried about protecting his/her wares there are plenty of versatile storage options available.

 

 

https://www.texastribune.org/2016/04/22/crime-rates-fall-texas-cities/

https://www.texaslawshield.com/portal/texas-gun-law/

http://www.texasgunlaws.org

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_Texas

 

 

 

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Guns Laws Weekly: New York

For our first foray into firearm laws we are tackling the big city and state: New York. New York. A state with some of the strictest gun possession and gun storage laws in all of the United States, New York also has special laws that must be adhered to in New York City that do not apply to the rest of the state. It is a state that requires secure weapon storage in certain circumstances, which we will go over later. Generally you will need a license that includes a background check if you want to have a firearm in New York.

Before we go into specific laws dictating firearm possession and storage let’s look at laws concerning weapons in New York City because maybe you happened upon this page looking for ways to defend yourself but do not want to own a gun. Unfortunately, Tasers, electric stun guns or electronic dart guns are all illegal to own in New York. If you live in one of the 45 other states where Taser possession is legal, you can look at secure taser storage to make yourself feel safer in possessing one. To find out if you are allowed a Taser in your state look here.

 

 

Handgun Laws

New York requires anyone who wants to purchase a handgun or pistol to apply for a license in the city or county in which they reside. A handgun license from New York State is not valid for possession of a handgun if you live or move to New York City. If you live in New York City you will need a special license from New York City’s police commissioner. Additionally, you will have to register all handguns you purchase with the New York City Police department.

 

Rifle and Shotgun Laws

If you live in New York City you will need a permit from the police department to own a rifle or shotgun (or handgun). If you live anywhere in the rest of New York State you do not need a license to purchase a rifle or shotgun and furthermore you do not need to register it either.

 

Assault Weapon Laws

Even though you can own a rifle in New York there are certain types of rifles, pistols and shotguns that are prohibited even if you have a license. These firearms are classified as assault weapons and there are very specific definitions to them. For a full overview of how to determine if the firearm you are looking to purchase is considered a so-called assault weapon or not see definition below.

Editors note:

An assault rifle is a selective fire rifle or carbine firing ammunition
with muzzle energies intermediate between those typical of pistol and battle
rifle
 ammunition. Assault rifles are categorized between light machine guns,
intended more for sustained automatic fire in a support role, and submachine guns, which fire a handgun cartridge rather than a rifle cartridge. Assault rifles are the
standard small arms in most modern armies, having largely replaced or supplemented larger, more powerful battle rifles, such as the World
War II
-era M1 Garand and Tokarev SVT. Examples of assault rifles include the AK-47 and the M16 rifle. Semi-automatic rifles, including commercial versions of the AR-15, and “automatic” rifles limited to firing single shots are not assault rifles as they are not selective fire. Belt-fed weapons or rifles with very limited capacity fixed magazines are also generally not considered assault rifles.

For a comprehensive look at what a assault weapon is check out this site from GunCite.com

Transporting Firearms

For carrying your firearm, transporting it through New York or going to your range a good rule of thumb is to transport it unloaded. If it is a handgun you want to carry on your person you will also need a carry license.

If you are an individual from out of New York State wanting to travel through or to anywhere in New York with your firearm you may, but with strict rules. First, while you are in New York your firearm must be unloaded. Second, your ammunition and firearm must be in two separate areas of the vehicle so that both are not easily accessible to people in the vehicle. It is considered a separate area if it is stored in a secure weapon case.

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In Summary

New York has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States and New York City proper has different laws. It never hurts to give the local government a call to inquire about fiream laws in their area, they are the best resource and weapon safety is important to everyone.

 

References

https://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-gun-laws/new-york/

 

 

 

 

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Online Ammunition

Lucky Gunner.com

 

There are politicians and anti-rights people trying to stop the sale of ammunition online.

Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg introduced a bill to ban the online sale of ammunition. He and people like Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York, support the stupid “Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act” that wants ammunition to only be sold by licensed dealers; and buyers who are not licensed dealers will be required to present photo identification; and licensed dealers must maintain records of ammunition sales and report to officials the sale of more than 1,000 rounds to an unlicensed person.

I said “stupid” because laws only apply to the law abiding. What they propose is unfair to the community, and retailers, bureaucratic, and totally unnecessary. Whenever politicians and victims of crimes support this stuff it only affects good people. Terrorist, criminals and the mentally disturbed– don’t follow the rules. You can’t legislate crazy.

This type of action comes after a tragedy when prohibitionist uses our grief against us. Some cities already prohibit the sale of magazines that carry more than ten rounds for example as if that will work. NOT.

I know a online company that I like called LuckyGunner.com that sells inexpensive ammunition and has great customer service. Please support my friends at Lucky Gunner. I’ve had the privileges of meeting them, and enjoying their Tennessee hospitality. They are good peeps.

I have an affiliate link that tells them you made a purchase from my site. I appreciate the support if you do.

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