Lots of busy. Lots of other bloggers covering stuff that’s already been covered 7 times over, so haven’t had a lot to post.
I just got an email from a fellow in Kalifornia in search of a concealed firearm permit from my wonderful state of Utah. Thanks! For those that are interested, I live in the Salt Lake City area and I am a Concealed Firearm Permit Instructor for the state of Utah. Our permit is recognized in 32 other states because every single day our entire database of permit holders is ran against the FBI’s NICs check system for wants/warrants.
I charge $50 for the class if you are near to Utah or if it is taught in my home.
I charge $75 if you are more than 30 minutes away and I come to you.
I charge $80 if it’s “I have 4 hours TONIGHT RIGHT NOW and I want you to teach me, so be here ASAP.” and if you live within close proximity to myself or if it is taught in my home.
I charge $100 if you are outside of that radius and want it immediately.
If you schedule it ahead of time and are within an hour, I will gladly drive to your home for the class or teach the class in my home. The charge is $50 or $75 depending on proximity to me (see above).
Please email me if you have any questions.
If you will be attending Boomershoot, email me and we can set something up there.
While most states, and our nation itself, are restricting carry in ever larger numbers because of the Newtown tragedy, Utah bucks the trend and thumbs its nose. It looks like the United States is climbing to 5 for the number of states that do not require a permit for concealing a firearm in public. Utah appears to have passed HB0076 by a significant margin. So significant that it’s veto proof! In the House, 50 Yeas are required to avoid a veto by the governor. We got 51 yeas. In the Senate, 20 yeas are required and we got 22.
I’m still hesitant to call it Constitutional Carry because the law still prevents you from carrying loaded until you have your permit or are not on a public street, but this does qualify under the criteria on permitless concealment.
We do still offer a Concealed Firearm Permit, of which I’m an instructor, but it now gets you loaded carry and avoidance of school zones.
The governor still has to sign the bill, but if he refuses to sign it, it merely goes back for a final reading.
Interesting. The Brady Scorecards were released last year on Feb 16. It’s now the 24th and we still have nothing. Sure, it’s only a week, but I want to know how we’re doing! I wonder if this is because they know that we also use their scorecards to know how well WE rank. 0 being the max, Utah was the first state to hit 0 and we’re proud of it!
Come on, Brady Bunch! We want our scorecards!
I had the below post submitted to a friend’s FB post where he’s very much in favor of limiting our 2A rights “for the children”. I just thought it was worth reiterating here, after the break:
In this world, you have but one purpose. Your sole job is to protect your progeny. What happened today in Connecticut was a disgusting, vile act. Lives were WINKED out of existence by a monster.
Obviously, the world wants to prevent this. I think that’s a wonderful idea.
Let’s look at what happened. Someone who appears to have had no criminal background went nuts. I haven’t seen tales of mental history, yet so I’m going with the assumption that he had a clean bill of health upstairs. It should be illegal to take a gun onto school grounds. Oh, it is in most cases. It should be illegal to kill people. Check.
So, it’s illegal to do what he did, but it didn’t stop him. Already the cries for more gun control are deafening. The idea is that if you make it more illegaler, it can’t possibly happen. I think that’s wonderful. Let’s make meth illegal, then nobody can smoke it.
No. You protect your children. It’s what you do. Step up to the damned plate and take some responsibility for your charge(s). You will not prevent a tragedy by telling him he’s not allowed to use a specific implement. You prevent a tragedy of this magnitude by TRUSTING your teachers.
Teachers already go through background checks. In fact, it’s the same FBI background check that firearms purchasers go through. Train them. Teach them viable tactics. If they so desire, ARM THEM! Teach them to be teachers and not just people that repeat a text book. Give them the freedom to raise your child. Your child already spends over 6 hours a day with this person. You are trusting your child’s life with them. That’s a HUGE responsibility! If you are going to trust them, TRUST THEM.
It may not have stopped this tragedy, but it sure as hell would not have hurt to put the odds against the gun man.
Brief rundown about my life…
Graduated HS, never tangled with the law.
Became a United States Marine where I served 7 years in Topographic Intelligence (I made fancy maps).
Held Top Secret/SCI clearance.
Worked retail jobs and went to Ohio State.
Boy Scout Leader
Cub Scout Leader (Webelos)
CPR Qualified on Adults
CPR Qualified on Infants
NRA Range Safety Officer Certified
NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Instructor Certified
I make it my duty to practice with my guns whenever I possibly can.
This is just the start. In two weeks, I am getting NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Instructor qualified. Yet… no matter how much experience I have, no matter how many guns I shoot and work to better myself with… I should absolutely not be able to carry my own personal handgun in public according to the Progressive Left. Nobody has the training to have that right and those that DO get the training are obviously far too paranoid to be trusted with guns.
Ogden, UT – A man with a gun was seen roaming an Ogden, UT Smith’s Grocery store this past Saturday. It is currently unknown what the man’s intentions were. The man was spotted in the meat section, appearing to contemplate over different packages of chicken. The man’s intentions are not currently known, nor is it clear if his gun was registered or who his intended victim is.
Update: News stories are reporting that at least 5 chickens were mercilessly slaughtered as 5 sets of chicken legs were found in the man’s garbage later that evening.
I think Linoge would approve!
The study, which just appeared in Volume 30, Number 2 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (pp. 649-694), set out to answer the question in its title: “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence.” Contrary to conventional wisdom, and the sniffs of our more sophisticated and generally anti-gun counterparts across the pond, the answer is “no.” And not just no, as in there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, but an emphatic no, showing a negative correlation: as gun ownership increases, murder and suicide decreases.
The PDF is linked below. Most excellent read!
http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf (PDF warning)
A second misconception about the relationship between firearms and violence attributes Europe’s generally low homicide rates to stringent gun control. That attribution cannot be accurate since murder in Europe was at an all‐time low before the gun controls were introduced.13 For instance, virtually the only English gun control during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was the practice that police patrolled without guns. During this period gun control prevailed far less in England or Europe than in certain American states which nevertheless had—and continue to have—murder rates that were and are comparatively very high.
Oh, this is juicy.
H/T to Joe Huffman for pointing out that this is *NOT* a recent article, but was published on May 5, 2007.
The other day, I was leaving the parking garage going into work and the rent-a-cops for the complex stopped me and chatted it up. He’s former military and was in the Army. He picked me out because I have USMC vet plates on the Blazer. Nice enough fellow who obviously gets very bored on the job since all he does is sits in a Geo Metro driving around between 2 parking garages.
The odd thing about these rent-a-cops is that their employers actually ask that they carry guns. I believe they’re Glock 17s, but they could be some other model. I only remember that they’re 9mm. I say this is odd because the complex used to be a mall and now it’s an entertainment center type of place. There are a handful of buildings that house things like a pizza joint, 5 Guys Burgers, a few sit-down restaurants, a coffee place, movie theatre, arcade, bowling alley, indoor skydiving, Gold’s Gym, etc etc… My office just happens to sit in the same complex.
So this morning, he was walking in the same direction I am so tell him that I think it’s odd that they carry since most security companies DO NOT ask their rent-a-cops to carry and in fact prohibit it, especially with them pretty much being mall cops. He said it’s because of McVeigh that they all do. Interesting… I can see how someone carrying a gun would have stopped McVeigh. I like that they carry, but it’s still trying to use a screwdriver to serve up ice cream. It’s good to have the screwdriver, but you’re not going to stop any bombers with it.
I said that I think it’s awesome that they carry! There’s been more than one assault in the parking garages over the years (but it’s much better than it was). I told him that I carry as well. “Oh, I trust all ex-military with guns.” I just said “Why ex-military? I trust everybody with guns until they can prove otherwise.”
I got a very disapproving look from the guy. You can go screw yourself, buddy.
I’ve noticed that the problem with open carry… are the anti-open carry crowd.
What’s interesting, and rather quite telling, is that the only reason that open carry is in the media and being argued about… is that the anti-open carry crowd are the ones bringing it up or trying to teach lessons to the OCers.
I think the latest boutstarted with a loudmouthed jackass bashing everybody who OCs with one huge blanket statement. His beef was over the folks in Cali who OC’ed shotguns and then claimed that the only reason that Cali banned OC was because of them. No, they just reminded Cali that it was legal. Can’t have that. If not them, then someone else. You can’t fight the laws until you fall victim to them.
The ONLY public backlash that might arguably not have happened was the Michigan library incident with the fellow OCing a shotgun. I say arguably because the guy OCing had no choice. If he was going to carry an implement with which to defend himself, it was going to be a shotgun due to the guy’s age. It was not legally permissible for him to carry a handgun to begin with.
I’ve only seen 1 story that told of a guy having his open carry gun stolen by a criminal. The other stories were of pro-gun people teaching a lesson.
If you want to OC, then OC. If you don’t, then don’t, but shut your suck instead of bashing those that do. The benefits that the Open Carry movement have provided have been 100 fold over the few negative instances about Open Carry.
(Edited fer bad grammers)