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March 13, 2013

And then there were 5…

Filed under: 2A, guns, rights — antitango @ 9:51 am

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.

February 24, 2013

No Scorecards?

Filed under: 2A — antitango @ 1:42 pm

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!

December 20, 2012

Make this their last Huzzah!

Filed under: 2A, guns, rights, self-defense — antitango @ 7:22 am

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:



December 14, 2012

Protect Your Children

Filed under: 2A, family, guns, self-defense — antitango @ 2:53 pm

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.

December 6, 2012

Fedex lost a gun

Filed under: guns — antitango @ 7:12 am

Personally, I like UPS, but not by a large margin.  Fedex is convenient in that there’s one that lives right next door to my employer.

When you need a firearm repaired, you are legally able to ship it to the manufacturer and they manufacturer can legally ship it back without involving an intermediary FFL.  One of the guys over on utilized Fedex’s services to send and receive their firearm so Taurus could repair it.

I am extremely upset at the moment. I sent my Taurus 94 revolver in for a repair. The barrel needed to be replaced, and Taurus said to send it in and they’d fix it.
I never received any contact from Taurus, but was tracking the status online. A week or so ago I checked up on it and it was marked as “shipped”. Having not had it arrive yet (or receive a tracking number) I decided to call them today…..

Turns out the gun was delivered by Fedex on Nov. 23 and LEFT ON MY DOORSTEP. The guy from Taurus said that they ship everything signature required and does not know how it got left like that. Taurus said they will file a complaint with Fedex, and try to track it down, but beyond that I’m not sure what they will do. I was too upset to ask.

The way I see it either a Fedex employee decided he wanted a new gun, or they really did leave it on my front door and one of my neighbors walked away with it.

(Emphasis mine)

Obviously he must have screwed up.  He’s just someone that probably shouldn’t be able to ship guns, being an average Joe.  Right?

Utah CFP instructor ~ NRA Pistol Instructor

So he’s a RESPONSIBLE average Joe.

So who screwed up?  I dunno…  you tell me.


So FedEx says they delivered it to the front door.  Taurus specifically demanded an adult signature be required.  According to the tracking receipt, either the FedEx driver was cutting corners to save time and changed the delivery type to not require a signature, as indicated by the top most annotation, or FedEx as a whole cut corners to save the driver some time.  It looks to me that a person named “Signature not required” signed for this and was written in by the driver.  Thoughts?

There’s one thing that seems odd with this, though.  The section that says “Hold at FedEx Location service is not available for this shipment.” seems odd.  There should be a colon in here.  Either it should say “Hold at FedEx Location: service is not available for this shipment” or “Hold at FedEx: Location service not available for this shipment.”

Now, if I had to ship some firearms, Id think very carefully which service I’d use.

October 1, 2012

Still not good enough

Filed under: 2A, rights, self-defense — antitango @ 5:52 am

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.

Gunman spotted in Ogden, UT grocery store.

Filed under: 2A — antitango @ 5:37 am

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.

September 21, 2012

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Filed under: family — antitango @ 7:09 am

I have a 3 year old son, but there are some things that as a parent you just don’t want to think about.  Sometimes, parents aren’t given a choice to think about it or not.  The below video contains 1 swear word, but I don’t think it detracts from the narrative.

August 24, 2012

New York’s finest. ‘The ONLY ONES’.

Filed under: Uncategorized — antitango @ 8:51 am

This morning, a group of people were shot at the Empire State building where a former employee had some beef with a current employee.  Some people have some serious issues ‘upstairs’.  Fortunately, they stopped him before it went too far.  Here’s something that this story can remind us of:  they cops are human.

“The police are the ONLY ONES capable of being responsible with firearms.”  Have you heard that used before? (paraphrased)
From CNN Breaking News Alerts:

New York authorities say the gunman who opened fire Friday outside the Empire State Building had been fired from his job a year ago. The person the gunman shot and killed was a former colleague.

 Police who killed the gunman may have hit several of the eight people wounded, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says. All those wounded are expected to recover.

(Emphasis mine.)

Remember…   they’re the only ones responsible enough.  Isn’t that what the antis always say?  I’m surprised Bloomberg even admitted this.  Will there be charges against the cops who shot innocent bystanders?  Never.  What would happened had a civilian shot innocent bystanders?  Come to think of it, has anybody heard of ANY instances where a civilian has shot innocent bystanders while acting in a good Samaritan capacity?

August 23, 2012

Harvard: Gun Control is counterproductive

Filed under: 2A, guns, rights, self-defense — antitango @ 12:28 pm

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! (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.

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