Category Archives: Concealed Carry

Lawmakers Impatient To Change Illinois’ CCW Law

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While Second Amendment enthusiasts continue to celebrate Illinois’ forced adoption of a CCW law, communists Democrats in the Land-O-Lincoln (LOL) have redoubled their efforts to make a permit as difficult as possible to obtain, and to severely limit the rights of those holding a CCW permit:

… the same day [Sen. Kwame] Raoul, [D-Chicago] made those comments, he filed SB3559, which stated that licensees would be allowed only to carry one concealed weapon and one magazine with a capacity of 10 or fewer rounds …

Other efforts to add more restrictions to the law include:

•SB2669, from Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, would prohibit licensees from carrying a concealed weapon on private property other than their own without permission from the property owner. Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch, D-Westchester, sponsored an identical bill in the House.

•SB3229, also from Harmon, would create the Handgun Dealer Licensing Act, which would require anyone selling a concealable firearm to be registered by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. An identical bill is sponsored in the House by Chicago Democratic Rep. Elgie Sims.

•HB4517, from Kenneth Dunkin, D-Chicago, would prohibit anyone from carrying a concealed firearm into any building or area that is defined as a restaurant, including cafeterias, cafes, coffee shops and sandwich stands.

•HB4715, from Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, would create the Firearms Registration Act, which would require Illinois gun owners to register every firearm they own. The bill further states that anyone buying ammunition in Illinois can do so only if they’ve registered a firearm with which the ammunition can be used. An identical bill in the Senate is sponsored by Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago.

So, yeah, if you’re willing to fight all the bureaucratic red tape and spend a load of cash, you can get a concealed carry permit in Illinois. Unfortunately, if Illinois communists Democrats have their way, you’ll be limited to ten rounds of ammo, and there will be few places you will actually be allowed to carry your pistol.

What communists Democrats fail to achieve by legislation, they’ll try to achieve with regulation. Especially in the LOL.

Review: FNH P90 “Hide In Plain Sight” Concealment System

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If you’re like me, you like to keep your ordinance close at hand, especially when you’re lazing around the living room watching AMC’s The Walking Dead. However, having a FNH PS90 laying on the coffee table can be a little off-putting to unenlightened friends who happen to drop by for an evening of televised, fictional zombie ass-kicking.

What’s more, you never know when those pesky feds are going to drop by for a no-knock warrant. Prone as they are to shoot dangerous-looking house pets such as wiener dogs, fluffy white kitties, gerbils and parakeets, imagine how trigger-happy the bastards would be if they saw a loaded Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) leaning against the wall.

Face it: there are plenty of times you want your PS90 close, but camouflaged.

Now, thanks to the “Hide In Plain Sight” concealment system offered by MayhemTech of Schenectady, New York, that bullpup of yours can fade into the woodwork until it’s needed.

The HIPS consists of a tasteful teakwood base that holds your PS90 vertical, and an equally tasteful lampshade that slips into the flash suppressor at the muzzle.

So, is that an expensive, art-deco lamp on the end table, or a deadly weapon? Only you will know, bwah-hah-hah …

(NOTE: This HIPS concealment system does not turn your PS90 into a functioning lamp. Under no circumstances should you allow house guests or federal agents to attempt to turn it on. Doing so will unleash a 5.7x28mm round directly into the ceiling at 2065 fps.)

April Fools.

Georgia’s “Stunning” New Gun Law

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Progressives are weeping, wailing and gnashing their teeth at a new gun law in Georgia that is expected to be signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal. HB60 will allow residents to carry a gun … virtually anywhere they go, to include churches, courthouses, schools, airports and other areas that were traditionally decreed “gun-free zones”:

Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was critically wounded in a mass shooting in 2011, calls it “the most extreme gun bill in America” and the “guns everywhere” legislation. The National Rifle Association calls it “the most comprehensive pro-gun” bill in recent state history, and described the vote at the Capitol 11 days ago as “a historic victory for the Second Amendment.”

Gun control groups obviously oppose the new law. So do police, who – if they spot someone carrying a firearm – will be forbidden from asking to see a person’s CCW permit. Various church groups also oppose the bill.

Progressives are predicting a tsunami of blood in the streets, as they did when Florida became the first state to enact CCW legislation in the late 1980s. It didn’t happen then, and it is unlikely it will happen now. Rather, potential maniacs are now denied gun-free “kill zones” where they can massacre innocents without fear of being shot back at.

The hypocrisy of the Left in America, especially when it comes to states drafting laws, is amazing. When states such as Colorado pass laws legalizing cannabis, or when states such as Nevada have laws sanctioning prostitution, lefties argue those states have the right to pass laws tailored for the wants or needs of that particular state. But if a state passes pro-gun legislation, the Left throws a hissy-fit.

If Georgia liberals don’t like their neighbors being allowed to carry guns, they should move to a Blue state, rather than hanging around and stinking up the Red ones.

Court Tosses California’s Concealed Weapon Rules

Liberals in the People's Republic of Kalifornia are less than pleased with today's ruling by, of all people, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ...

Liberals in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia are less than pleased with today’s ruling by, of all people, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals …

Previously, in order to receive a concealed carry permit in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia, one had to show “good cause” for needing the permit. Saying you wanted the general ability to protect yourself was insufficient. As a result, few residents of the PROK – except Hollywood types and other “limousine liberals” – could carry.

Today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this requirement “Unconstitutional”:

By a 2-1 vote, the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said California was wrong to require applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

“The right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable firearm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense,” Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote for the majority.

I blinked and rubbed my eyes after first reading that. Was there another 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals I hadn’t heard about? A 9th different from the one infamous for outlandish, left-leaning rulings?

Nope. Same court. Golly!

Cringing leftists – notably, at the LA Times – fear that this ruling will effectively kill attempts at gun control. However, editorial writer Michael McGough quickly (and with the irrational, indefatigable Pollyannishness that characterizes liberals) adds:

So is this decision (assuming it survives an appeal) a fatal blow to gun control? Not necessarily. States and counties could satisfy the court by accepting that a generalized interest in self-defense is a “good cause” justifying a concealed-carry permit.

But that wouldn’t prevent authorities from enumerating factors that would disqualify an applicant for a permit: mental illness, a criminal record or presence at a school or other sensitive location. In Heller, Justice Antonin Scalia made it clear that “nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings.”

The 9th Circuit’s decision will displease advocates of gun control. But their real quarrel is with the Supreme Court’s belated discovery that the 2nd Amendment protects an individual right, not just the ability of states to form “well-regulated militias.” Once that principle was established, it was clear, for good or ill, that gun-control regulations would have to be carefully drawn.

Sorry, Mike but, yes, efforts at “gun control” (read: registration, bans and confiscation) are dying all across America. Too many of us lawfully own firearms and – guess what, Mike? – we vote.

To be sure, Crips and Bloods, Latin Kings and Mara Salvatruchae in Mike’s hometown of LA own all sorts of dreadful firepower – and use them daily with wild, reckless abandon. They do so regardless of – probably in spite of – Kalifornia’s enlightened laws. What today’s decision by the 9th does is level the playing field, ever-so-slightly.

Kentucky’s SB60 Would Allow CCDW In Bars, Restaurants

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Tomorrow, January 28, Senate Bill 60 is scheduled to be heard in the Kentucky State Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee.

The bill is primarily designed to address issues regarding concealed carry in bars and restaurants which serve alcohol. Currently, residents of the Commonwealth are prohibited from carrying concealed deadly weapons in such businesses. Also in the bill is a provision requiring students in CCDW classes from demonstrating they can strip, clean and reassemble their pistols.

A summary of the bill reads as follows:

AN ACT relating to deadly weapons.

Amend KRS 237.110 to allow firearms safety instructors to issue certificates of completion rather than the Department of Criminal Justice Training and to prohibit administrative regulations which would require concealed deadly weapon license applicants to clean guns in class; amend KRS 244.125 to prohibit alcohol consumption while in possession of a loaded firearm when on premises licensed to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink; amend KRS 237.128 and 237.132 to conform.

The entire bill can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word .doc here.

While only a fool would go to a rowdy tavern carrying a pistol, there are many restaurants that also serve alcohol by the drink. If I take my family to Applebee’s for dinner, I’m hardly looking for trouble. Since I’m retired law enforcement, covered by HB218, I pack a gun anytime I go to Applebee’s (or anywhere else, for that matter). Kentucky residents with CCDW permits should have the same right to enjoy a platter of Three Cheese Chicken Penne, and gawk at all the goofy stuff on the walls, while carrying a pistol.

(However, I would urge holders of CCDW permits to be responsible, and not carry when they’re drinking. I myself don’t drink at all, in no small part because I always carry.)

As to the requirement that CCDW students must demonstrate an ability to strip, clean and reassemble their weapons to earn their permit, I have mixed feelings. Knowing how to perform this simple task is an essential skill for gun owners. On the other hand, requiring this by law places gun owners on a slippery slope. Might future CCDW applicants have to prove proficiency with firearms in other ways, such as memorizing ballistic tables or shooting with IPSC-like speed and accuracy? You can bet some progressive has thought of using the “field-strip and clean” requirement as precedent for more onerous laws designed to deny Kentuckians of their Second Amendment Rights.

In the Kentucky legislature, there are communists Democrats determined to kill SB 60. Governor Steve Beshear is one of these. The New York Times yesterday praised this Common Core-supporting, Obamacare-facilitating progressive of seeking to socialize Kentucky to the point it resembles Finland. For these reasonable amendments to Kentucky CCDW law to become law, either Beshear would have to sign SB 60 into law (doubtful); or, conservative lawmakers in Kentucky would have to have sufficient votes to override a Beshear veto.

On the eve of this critical debate in the Kentucky State Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee, I’m receiving reports of tomfoolery with persons who’ve recently applied for CCDW permits. They are being told that their ID cards suffered a little “accident” in the U.S. Post Office. Envelopes containing the cards were somehow torn open, with the cards lost or possibly stolen. My sources are being told that they may have to wait another month or two for new cards to be issued and shipped.

Why only those envelopes containing Kentucky CCDW cards were “accidentally” opened is not being satisfactorily explained to those  who’ve been patiently awaiting their IDs for almost two months already.

In Oklahoma, Women Are Starting To Close The Gun Permit Gender Gap

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Another positive sign:

Two of every three handgun permits issued last year by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation went to a man, but women are catching up.

The number of permits going to women tripled over the last two years, while the number of permits going to men slightly more than doubled. Robert Jerome, owner of Invictus Personal Defense, is seeing more and more women interested in handguns.

The increased interest by women in not only owning and shooting guns, but carrying them for personal protection, is an encouraging development at many levels. Obviously, women who are able to safely operate and accurately fire guns are far safer than females who eschew firearms. I want the significant women in my life – wife, sisters, daughters, nieces, etc – to be safe from criminal aggression. Ownership and carry of a firearm provides that safety.

On a national scale, women who understand and appreciate firearms are far less likely to vote for leftist candidates – who, after all, want to take our guns. Every female who choses to own or carry a gun thus enhances our overall quality of life in America … except for progressives.

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Remington Enters Concealed Handgun Market With R51

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The growth of CCW by civilians has resulted in almost all firearms manufacturers producing compact handguns. Now, Remington has entered that market with the R51, an internal striker-fired, 9mm subcompact handgun. According to an article today at the Daily Caller:

The Model R51 is a confluence of features chosen specifically to make it extremely easy to point and shoot. Its grip angle has been optimized for rapid target acquisition. The low bore axis design boosts this effect while also aids in offering up to 25% less muzzle rise at the shot for faster, more accurate follow-ups. For comfortable carry, it features a lightweight aluminum frame with rounded edges. With very little force required to rack the slide, an ambidextrous magazine release and a simple grip safety, ease of use was addressed by from butt to bore by Remington engineers.

This sleek little gun also features smooth, beveled lines to assist in snag-free draws from beneath clothing. MSRP is $389.

Here’s a video from Remington:

… and a video showing the internals:

In Illinois, Gun Permit Applications Far Exceeds Obamacare Applications

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn must be shocked that far more Illinoisans are signing up for CCW permits than are signing up for Obamacare.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn must be shocked that far more Illinoisans are signing up for CCW permits than are signing up for Obamacare.

Here’s a story that has to make the legendary gun-grabbers in Illinois gnash their teeth: It seems that applications for concealed carry in that state is outpacing applications for Obamacare by a wide margin:

Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said that number is included in Sunday’s total of more than 11,000 people who have signed up because of an early application process that began December 18 and was open to only firearm instructors. Officials told theSun-Times they expect 350,000 to 400,000 people (about 1,000 per day) will sign up for conceal carry firearm permits this year.

By comparison, only 7,043 Illinoisans signed up for Obamacare in the two months following that program’s rollout – or about 117 per day. At that rate, applications for CCW permits in Illinois are outstripping applications for Obamacare by almost 10 to 1.

Progressives are their own worst enemies. They seem unable to see that support for their social programs and gun control agendas is actually quite low, while disdain for social programs and support for private ownership and carry of firearms is actually quite high. Yet, they continue attempting to ram their bass-ackward policies down our throats. Sooner or later – even in a Blue state like Illinois – there will be an electoral price to pay for this.

Guns Returned To Gonzaga Students

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Good news at Gonzaga University. Sort of …

Gonzaga University students Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh, who used a 10mm Glock (good choice) to defend themselves against would-be strongarm robber John Taylor, have had their guns returned (with a few caveats):

Campus security confiscated McIntosh’s pistol and Fagan’s shotgun after the students reported that a man had come to their apartment door Oct. 24 demanding money and trying to force his way inside. The homeless man left when McIntosh displayed his pistol.

The students were placed on probation for violating the university’s weapons policy. Gonzaga students are not allowed to have guns in their homes if they live on campus or in a university-owned apartment.

Fagan and McIntosh were told they could retrieve their weapons as long they didn’t store it at any property owned or operated by the university.

In an effort to make suspect John Taylor seem pitiable rather than vile, Gonzaga University officials continue to feed the phrase “homeless man” to the media. Something like, “violent career felon”, “paroled criminal” or simply “thug” would be more accurate.

It is clear that the nomenklatura at Gonzaga, and throughout academia, are going to insist on maintaining gun-free killing zones at colleges across America. Those of us on the right side of the issue need to keep up the pressure on these bastards. Our kids deserve to be safe when away at college.

A Few Random Thoughts On Concealed Carry

With my wife and son about to get their CCW permits in our new state, I thought it might be useful to offer others the same advice I’ve given my kin. Having carried concealed weapons myself (as a cop) for almost three decades, I know a little something about the subject.

The paramount rule of carrying concealed is that the defensive handgun must be concealed. I see people clumping around here in Dixie with large and suspicious bulges under their armpits, or at their waistbands. This attracts not only police attention, but criminal attention as well. You want neither. Should a crook try to victimize you, you want the sudden appearance of your pistol to be a nasty surprise: Holy shit! Where did THAT come from? If crooks can tell you are carrying, they may decide to modify their attack plan accordingly. Also, a properly concealed handgun is a great source of pride. Be professional in carrying your pistol. Don’t be a sloppy amateur.

What makes a pistol harder to hide is not so much its length and height as its thickness. I can wear my 1911 under a T-shirt with an inside-the-waistband holster. 1911s and other pistols with single-stack magazines tend to be very flat. Length only becomes an issue when wearing the gun outside the waistband. Thicker guns, like Junior’s Glock 21 – a full sized, double stacked .45 ACP – are very difficult to hide in warm weather. So, don’t worry about the length of your carry gun so much as the thickness, or width.

In a world full of one-size-fits-all nylon holsters, with chintzy little metal clips on the back, you should be choosy about getting a holster that is made for your specific pistol. Rigs made from Kydex are usually a good bet. There is a tendency to groan after buying a $700 (or more) handgun, only to shell out another hundred (or more) for a holster. But a proper holster will keep your gun secure, and to carry it comfortably. A gun is a heavy thing to lug around for hours on end; and the longer you lug it around, the heavier it gets. Spend the money, and get a proper holster for it.

A fundamental truth is that when you carry concealed, you must be prepared to adjust your wardrobe if necessary. My wife, Angie, is used to wearing snug-fitting Capri pants and tank tops in the summer. You can’t conceal a firearm of any useful size under such togs. Clearly, a loose-fitting blouse of some sort is called for. Angie will be carrying her Springfield XD-9 in an inside-the-waistband holster, so those pants need to be loosened up a trifle. Junior has opted for a Glock 30 – a compact .45 ACP – as his carry gun during warm weather. The slovenly style for his generation is raggedy-ass jeans, with no belt, and an untucked T-shirt. The untucked T-shirt is good, and the looser the better; the lack of a belt is not good. You need something to strap your holster to.

Speaking of T-shirts, slogans found on many of these utilitarian pieces of clothing are not good. If you are carefully concealing a carried pistol, why would you wear a T-shirt with the Glock logo on it? Don’t broadcast to the world you’re a gun nut, right-winger or whatever. When you carry a gun, it is important that you fade into the background. It is important to dress, if not nice, then at least average. Avoid bright colors or anything that tends to draw attention to yourself in a crowd.

Also, while you’re checking yourself, feel free to run, jump and make other vigorous moves to make sure your rig doesn’t move around.

If you don’t have a full-length mirror then buy one and, while dressed for street carry, study yourself as you walk, reach, stretch, bend over, etc. If your gun “prints” (outline visible underneath the clothing) – or even worse, actually shows – make some adjustments to your clothing.

The alternative to adjusting your wardrobe is to adjust the size of your gun, and buy some eensy-weensy little .22, .25, .32 or .380 caliber pistol; or a tiny little 5-shot, snubnosed revolver in .38 spl. I do not recommend this. Tiny little guns that you can literally stick in your pocket are not powerful or accurate enough to be of much use in a crisis. Supposedly high-performance or “trick” bullets only go so far.

In law enforcement, I knew a great many cops who would carry, say, a full-sized .40 S&W automatic on duty, then switch to a .380 popgun for off-duty. This made no sense to me because, on duty, they had a carbine, shotgun, taser, impact weapon, OC spray, radio, body armor and plenty of backup – in addition to their service pistol – if something bad happened. When they were off-duty, had something bad happened, they had none of these force multipliers; all they had was a shitty little .380. Bad things can happen to cops on or off-duty. Why settle for a substandard off-duty gun?

The same applies to civilians, who might keep a full-sized pistol, or even a shotgun or semiautomatic rifle, on hand for home defense – in addition to a dog, alarm system, etc. Thus, it is better to carry a sufficiently powerful and accurate gun on the street. Carrying something less than that is, in my opinion, stupid and dangerous.

But the most common way in which persons carrying guns identify themselves is this: Every few moments, they tend to touch or check their gun. If they are wearing a cheap holster, they may even go so far as to reach up under their loose-fitting clothes and slide it this way or that.

Recently, Angie and I went to a Chinese buffet. A few tables away from us was an older, mustachioed fellow in western attire – jeans, boots, western hat, vest, and a belt buckle the size of a salad plate. Every time he got up to mosey over to the buffet tables, he would scoot back, stand up, and use his left hand to reach up inside the vest to adjust something on his belt. I doubted it was a cellphone, because people don’t nervously mess with their cellphones every couple of minutes. As he walked around the dining room, he would nervously brush or tap something under his vest with his right fingers. I watched him for several minutes, and at one point, as he was sitting down, I saw the butt of a medium-framed automatic on his hip.

Constantly touching, tapping, brushing or otherwise checking your concealed handgun can be a hard habit to break. But break it you must. Otherwise, you not only telegraph “I HAVE A GUN” to others, but you look amateurish and incompetent as well. The root cause of this unseemly behavior is often a lack of confidence in one’s concealment strategy, attire or holster; the solutions should be obvious.

Even so, a person with the best possible rig may still subconsciously poke or finger their concealed pistol. Perhaps they feel nervous about the idea of carrying a deadly weapon around, or feel uncertain about their level of competence with their pistol should a crisis arise. In the first case, the best remedy is to tell yourself that, if you have a CCW permit and are carrying legally, there is no need to feel nervous or anxious. You. Are. Doing. Nothing. Wrong. In the second case, train with the pistol until you feel perfectly competent, perfectly at ease, carrying it on your person.

Finally, a concealed handgun isn’t quite like a cellphone, which we tend to be unmindful of until it buzzes, beeps, vibrates or plays a jarring Dead Kennedys riff to announce the boss is calling. Unlike a cellphone, a handgun is a deadly weapon, and it is important to be conscious and mindful of its presence at your hip at all times. I think a lot of people who engage in surreptitious pistol-poking are those who’ve allowed its presence to mentally slide into the background; a moment or two later, the thought, “Oh, wait, I’m wearing a gun” reasserts itself, and the wearer subconsciously or consciously pokes or fondles it. Being aware at all times that you are packing, as well as making a conscious effort not to fiddle with your concealed pistol, thwarts this process.

Carrying concealed is not just a huge responsibility, but an artform. Like a good magician who can hide all sorts of cards, canes, bouquets and rabbits up his sleeves, without the audience being the wiser, so must a CCW person be.

Get good gear. Wear the right clothing. Be confident. Know you are right to carry. Be mindful of your concealed pistol, and of your poking, prodding hands, at all times. And practice-practice-practice.