All Politics Is Local – Gun Rights

The gun issue changed my life. It taught me the value of freedom. It showed me how my government works or doesn’t. It introduced me to politics.

As a gun owner you are responsible for the safety of yourself and everyone in your home. You enjoy the freedom of gun ownership. You enjoy the fun of owning, collecting, competing, hunting, and recreationally shooting. You may even own your firearm(s) for self-defense. Whatever your reason, sooner or later, you will be find out that part of that responsibility is to contribute to the national debate on gun rights. You are in the fight regardless of your political views, knowledge of the system, ability to articulate, education or financial, gender, ethnicity,  or marital status. You are a part of the political landscape because you believe in the right to keep and bear arms.

So what do you do? What organization do you join? Where should you send your money?

First of all, you know everyone is begging for your dollars. All organizations, clubs and committees are not equal. Beware of the ones with the best marketing, fancy logos, celeb endorsements.

Caveat Emptor.

Some groups do nothing. Some do a little. Some do as much as is they are able. Do your research.

Support the gun rights organizations that are working the local levels. I’m talking, your state organizations. They are underfunded, understaffed, under appreciated. I know there are the National blah, blah; and the blah, blah of America. You want to start being a soldier in the organization that is in your state. You know the one that has been begging you, annoying you to show up and be counted. Give them a second look.

The Tenth Amendment (Amendment X) to the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights. It expresses the principle of federalism and states’ rights, which supports the entire plan of the original Constitution for the United States of America, by stating that the federal government possesses only those powers delegated to it by the United States Constitution. All remaining powers are reserved for the states or the people.

Your local politics matter.

Every day, states take care of amenities and infrastructure, such as transportation and public schooling; the people who are elected in local elections have more impact and influence over citizens’ everyday lives than one may think. These people are accountable for almost everything the state is responsible for; the state controls taxes, welfare and the judiciary. Gun rights are a part of these. Once a state law does not contradict the federal constitution and is not an enumerated right of the federal government, the state can pass it. The state mandates most of the laws that people are afraid to break.

Locally elected officials are supposed to act on citizen’s behalf and convey their issues to the federal branch of the government. You know they don’t when it comes to guns. Therefore, participating in local elections is supposed to be the most democratic aspect of American politics; these elected officials are supposed to represent citizens.

If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking with one of them in real life. If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Stay at it. Step up and make a difference.

A political activist is someone who is involved in the political process for the sake of promoting, impeding or raising awareness of a certain issue or set of issues. It doesn’t pay but is needed now. Political activism typically involves engagement beyond just voting, whether it be through protest, demonstration or lecture.

I have to warn you, it is an investment of your time, and resources. You will often look around and wonder WTF am I doing here? These clowns don’t care. These clowns have their own agendas. You will see the professional organizations, lobbyist and lawyers in those halls, but they all started somewhere and you are in the fight now, not a spectator. You being there on the ground, is important. Look, learn, and connect with someone, in the State house because the assistant, the intern, the low level person they send out to talk to you, (because they are too busy), will be someone important in the future. Don’t belittle, push off, blow off anyone you meet.

Now is the time for you to give back to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Don’t let people you would not want to share a beverage with speak for you. Your silence gives them consent to do whatever. And they have been.

Our country tis of thee, baby…

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Super belt Review

When is the last time you paid attention to your belt or the belt used to hold up your pants and your gun?

One of the reasons you might hate your job is that you’re miserable physically all day. Not only is it that your feet hurt and your ballistic vest gets heavy but you’re having trouble keeping your pants in the right place.

One fix, might just be a good belt.

A good belt is more than fashion. It’s just smart. A good belt keeps your gun in the same place. A good belt gives you a good platform to perform a good draw. If you wear uniform it holds up your Sam Brown (police)belt better. What is better? Better is comfortable. better is better on your back and lower spine. If you spent all day pulling your waist up that’s not good.

I’ve been wearing this belt for about a year  now and I love it.

It’s worth it. Buy it now and never have to buy again. Your pants stay put and you look better. And one importantly you feel better.

The folks at DaltechForce.com gave me a really cool product to review. it was a belt. When is the last time you thought about belts or belt loops? I know, right? This one is different.

Well this is a great belt. Not sure what it is made out of but it feels good and strong. Its comfortable and holds my pants and holsters up without binding, pinching, wilting or any of the other things that happen to leather. This thing is supposed to be water, dirt, chemical and weather resistant. I believe it. I give it a five out of five. Its my new favorite belt. If you order one you can save 10% if you use the code iBelt35 at http://daltechforce.com

 

It’s here.  Don’t forget the coupon code.  code iBelt35

 

 

 

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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.

Michael J. Woodland Live

A few years ago, I met this US Army guy named Michael. Like Nightwing to the Batman, he is working on becoming MORE awesome as he partners with me. Michael J. Woodland is pushing me into the 22nd century with video. Here we are live this week. Look for us to travel, shoot and meet you in 2018.

https://youtu.be/K4ldaI3dcnM


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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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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