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The Proliferation of CCW Reduces Crime

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation published an article which shows the positive effect on crime rates when and where law-abiding people carry sidearms. The NSSF liberally quoted from a paper written by John Lott on the subject of permit holders.

Here are a couple of key paragraphs from the NSSF article:

Today, there are more than 16.3 million concealed carry permit holders nationwide. A record 1.83 million permits have been issued in the last year alone. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center reports that 6.5 percent of adults have a concealed carry permit. But because 14 states do not require a permit, having recognized a constitutional right to carry in all or part of their states that figure under-counts the number of Americans choosing to carry a firearm for self-defense.

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The data show that individuals who hold concealed carry permits are more law-abiding than the general population. In fact, Lott cites data from Texas and Florida that show permit holders commit crimes at even lower percentages than police officers. This makes sense because citizens must go through an often demanding process to qualify for a permit to carry concealed. Criminals who misuse guns are not going to put themselves through that process.

In the second paragraph above, it is interesting to note that, as a group, CCW holders are MORE law-abiding than law enforcement as a group. One of my daily stops is to read posts at The War on Guns where David regularly takes the “only ones” to task for their misdeeds.

Just a note about issuing ‘permits’ to carry guns - when the Founders wrote the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the language is quite clear that they were not allowing citizens to be armed, but rather that the God-given and natural right to defense was to be hands-off guns on the part of government. It is sad to see so many who view 2A as a permit to carry when it is actually a statement relative to the security of a free country by virtue of its citizens to be armed. Requiring a permit to carry (or to disallow it altogether) is an infringement.

Enjoying the Spa in the Summertime

Being Prepared

During the Summer Months, The Better Half and I keep the spa at temperatures in the mid-eighties to ninety degrees F. That is plenty cool enough to contrast with our normal daytime temperatures of 100 degrees plus. Once in the spa, the water cools us right down.

Prior to getting in, we go through our Spa Checklist:

  • Towels for drying when getting out - check
  • Drinking water - check
  • Water temperature/level OK - check
  • Spa jets activated - check
  • Personal defense accounted for - check

We aren’t terribly remote from civilization, but our lot size is the better part of an acre isolated on three sides by hilly, natural desert. If some danger were to present itself in the two-legged form, it would likely have to enter via the driveway which encircles the house. If something like that sort of threat were to occur while we’re in the spa, we want to ensure our personal protection by providing for that ourselves, thus the loaded Glock 30 (Fat Man) next to the spa.

The day I took this photo, the temperature on the patio was 105° in the shade and the water temperature was 87° in the spa. TBH and I had an enjoyable fifteen or twenty minute dip in the spa. Clickable image.

AZCDL and H.R. 38 (National Reciprocity)

acdllogo.jpgOver the weekend, The Arizona Citizen’s Defense League issued the following regarding H.R. 38, the House’s Bill, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017:

A major pro-rights federal firearms bill filed this session is H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. It was introduced on January 3 by Republican Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina. H.R. 38 has 205 co-sponsors, including Arizona Representatives Trent Franks (R-AZ-8), Paul Gosar (R-AZ-4), Martha McSally (R-AZ-2), Andy Biggs (R-AZ-5) and David Schweikert (R-AZ-6). It has been assigned to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

As written, if H.R. 38 becomes law it would require any state that allows people to carry concealed firearms to recognize permits issued by other states or allow a person to carry without a permit if they are “entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides…” (i.e., Constitutional Carry). Where you would be able to carry when visiting other states is still subject to their laws.

If H.R. 38 becomes law it appears that, as a resident of Arizona, you would be able to carry in any state that allows concealed carry, with or without a CCW permit, since Arizona issues permits and is also a Constitutional Carry state.

H.R. 38 contains provisions that place the burden of proof on each state to show that a person discreetly carrying a firearm did not comply with their laws. It also provides for the award of attorney’s fees and damages to victorious plaintiffs. However, the proposed federal law does not prevent you from being arrested in states that refuse to recognize your right to carry. It only means that, if you can get your case to federal court, the law is more apt to be on your side.

A final caveat about H.R. 38, or any similar bill, is that once national reciprocity is covered by federal law, future congresses could potentially amend it with virtually insurmountable permit issuance requirements in order for a state to qualify for reciprocity under federal law.

As written, and without modifications, AzCDL supports H.R. 38.

In case you haven’t signed the White House Petition urging President Trump to follow through with his promise to push this legislation, you may do so at the following link:

 

New Gun Shop in Town

Gun Shop

Last month a new gun shop opened for business up on the main drag, just across the dam from our place. They have been open since April 1st and The Better Half and I stopped in the shop yesterday to say hello and to have a look around.

The shop is in a converted tavern and the bar and bar stools are still in there. The proprietor, Bill, regaled us with an anecdote about how the ATF guys approving the facility had to make sure that no sales of booze were taking place.

Their website is here. We plan on doing business with them henceforth.

Double Picatinny Rail

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During my daily reading of the RSS feeds, I ran across this from Say Uncle in his Gun Pr0n item: a double picatinny rail suitable for mounting firearms on firearms. This link to The Firearms Blog has the linked article.

I liked the way this picture looked. I have no reason to get something like this, but the whole picture invoked a NEED in me. The drum magazine, the Glock pistol, the rifle and all the other gadgetry appealed to me very much. Unfortunately, Santa can’t afford one of these rigs as shown, let alone two, since The Better Half would want in on the deal too.

Lifer

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Earlier this year, The Better Half and I opted to send a 501(c)(3) contribution to the Second Amendment Foundation as we have done in years past to support gun rights and for the tax write-off. This time, however, 2AF sent the membership card seen above and a Life Membership Certificate signed by Alan Gottlieb himself (2AF founder and vice-president).

I assume that the membership paraphernalia will not affect our tax deduction. Our intent was, and will always be, to support gun rights whenever we can afford it. Having a tax deduction while doing so adds to our satisfaction when supporting organizations that defend our Constitutional rights.

Welcome to America

Freedom!

This afternoon at approximately 1:15 PM Arizona time, we passed from the Crepole’s Republic of Kalifonistan back into Free America: Arizona, land of Constitutional Carry, Shall Issue CCW and a variety of freedoms that we (as travelers) have been deprived of for over a week while visiting relatives and friends in K-Stan. We were fortunate that we were spared any of the notorious gangstas and BLM misdeeds.

Glad to be back home now, getting ready to crash hard in our home beds. We have numerous chores and other things that need attending to as we settle back in our regular routine. There are some legal matters and health issues that we need to focus our attentions on, now that we’re back home.

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