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  • Another Reason to Avoid California

    Another reason to avoid California

    As we all know, California is a state that is populated with crazy people. What most Americans don’t realize is that when you’re declared mentally incompetent in another state, they just ship you off to California to fit in.

    Recently, while looking at guns online, I stumbled across an article that shows even some of the gun owners in California are crazy… blasphemy, I know.   The fact is, the gun laws in California are terrible and not only is concealed carry not allowed, but open carry isn’t allowed either.

    However, open carry is legal as long as you have an unloaded gun. And the article I was reading mentioned several “open carry advocates” in California who walk around in public with an unloaded gun to try and advance their 2nd Amendment rights.

    Let me say that again… they frequently walk around open carrying an unloaded gun.

    Now, I’m all for supporting the 2nd Amendment and there are few things I regard as more important than my right to bear arms. However, I am also not an idiot. If you are carrying a gun on you it needs to be loaded. And please understand that the word “loaded” means having a round in the chamber.

    Every time someone tells me that they don’t carry a round in the chamber because they feel it’s unsafe, I cringe. There’s a pretty good chance if you ever have to use your gun to defend your life that you’re going to need it fast. And that extra time it takes to chamber the round may be the difference between seeing your family again or not.

    Also, the dirt bag criminal attacking you will probably have a loaded gun…

    So why in the world would you put an unloaded gun against a loaded gun? (If you still think you shouldn’t have a round in the chamber, the bus to California will pick you up soon.)

    In all seriousness, most of us have guns because we want to protect ourselves. And we should give ourselves every advantage we can. After all, we’re already going to be a step behind because we’ll likely be responding to an attack, so we shouldn’t do anything to slow ourselves down even further.

    In addition to not slowing ourselves down, we should also not make ourselves a target in the first place. In other words, it is not a good idea to walk around the streets with an unloaded gun…  and now I feel crazy for having to make this obvious point.

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    Jason R. Hanson is a former CIA officer. He’s also an NRA Certified Instructor and the author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry: Confessions of a Former CIA Officer. Jason believes there are few things in life as important as being able to protect yourself and your loved ones. That’s why he’s giving away a free report titled, “Insider Secrets of Buying Your First Concealed Carry Firearm” at www.ConcealedCarryAcademy.com.

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  • Why You Can Protect Anyone With Your Gun

    Why You Can Protect Anyone With Your Gun

    The other day a fellow mentioned to me that he’d just taken a firearms training class and his instructor told him that he’s only allowed to use deadly force to protect himself and his immediate family members. He’s not allowed to protect anybody else.

    This didn’t make much sense to the guy, so he asked me my thoughts and here’s what I told him. First off, remember that I am not a lawyer and I do not like lawyers, although I have a wife in law school. How’s that for irony?

    Anyway, what my lawyer has told me is that I am allowed to use deadly force (if it’s justified) to protect another human being, no matter who it is. For instance, let’s say I go shopping at Wal-Mart tomorrow. As I’m walking to my car after I finish shopping I see a man walk up to a woman and start beating her.

    The man continues to pummel her and then starts to strangle her and it appears he is going to kill her. Sure, I could stand by and do nothing, but I could also draw my gun and use it if he didn’t let go of the woman and if he continued to try and kill her.

    For many folks, I think his is common sense.

    After all, let’s say you’re out one night with your buddies at a restaurant. If a man with a knife starts stabbing one of your buddies would it really make sense for you to stand there and say, “Well, this isn’t my immediate family member and it isn’t me, so I guess I can’t save my friends life.”

    Hopefully, those would be the last thoughts in your mind and you would be doing whatever you can to save your friend and stop the attacker. Another important thing that my lawyer has mentioned to me is that many people forget you can only use deadly force to protect a life and not a piece of property.

    In other words…

    If you walk out of your house and see someone in your driveway trying to kill your spouse, you can obviously do what you need to in order to stop that person. Perhaps you would draw a gun and the person would run off, but if they didn’t and continued to attack your spouse you would likely be forced to use the gun to save them.

    However, if you walk out of your house and you see someone taking a baseball bat to your brand new car, you can’t draw your gun and starting shooting the person. The reason being is because your life (or another person’s life) is not in immediate fear for their life or serious bodily injury.

    Of course, if you’re still confused about when you’re justified in using deadly force I would definitely go talk to a lawyer. Obviously, you don’t want to make any mistakes when it comes to when you’re allowed and not allowed to use a gun. Also, if you don’t have a lawyer contact the NRA and they’ll be able to recommend a person in your area.

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    Jason R. Hanson is a former CIA officer. He’s also an NRA Certified Instructor and the author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry: Confessions of a Former CIA Officer. Jason believes there are few things in life as important as being able to protect yourself and your loved ones. That’s why he’s giving away a free report titled, “Insider Secrets of Buying Your First Concealed Carry Firearm” at www.ConcealedCarryAcademy.com.

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  • Open-Carry Citizen Harassed in Philadelphia (w/ Audio)

    About 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, PA, there is a suburb called Lansdale, PA, where a law-abiding citizen by the name of Mark Fiorino resides. Mark legally owns a firearm and also possesses a concealed carry permit granted to him by his local sheriff’s office. Unfortunately, when Mark traveled into Philadelphia city limits, he was not treated like a law-abiding citizen who was exercising his rights under the 2nd amendment…instead he was treated like a criminal.

    I have learned to always keep my recorder on me and recording when I am in public in Philadelphia, due to the over-zealous nature of the police, and today, I am glad I followed that rule.

    As I walked down the street towards the store, I caught a glimpse of a Philadelphia Police cruiser out of the corner of my eye, traveling in the same direction I was.

    A few moments later, I hear a vehicle’s transmission roughly slam into “P” very close by.

    “Hey, Junior!” comes a voice from the other side of the squad car.

    “Junior?!” I replied, as I turned around. I thought to myself, that’s kind of a condescending way to greet someone, isn’t it? As I turned, I prepared to ask the police officer what I could help him with.

    It was then that I noticed the officer had his gun trained on my chest.

    At least seven officers, 5 squad cars, and a threat of a taser later, I found out what it was like to sit in the back of a paddywagon.”

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