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NH – SELF-PROTECTION – NH sees dramatic increase 1st-time gun buyers

Across the region, gun store owners say they are seeing an increase in sales, particularly from first-time buyers. “They are concerned about the way things seem to be shaping up,” said Brian Barry, owner of Next Level Firearms in Salem. State and local police say they have also noticed an uptick in background checks and permits. At the federal level, background checks are taking longer, seemingly because more guns are…

INT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Hungarians queue for guns for fear of disorder as coronavirus spreads

Peter Rostas doesn’t want to have any reason to use the gun he was buying, but the young Hungarian father of one was taking no chances with a coronavirus epidemic he fears may bring out the worst in some people. “It’s a precautionary measure,” Rostas, 33, said as he queued outside a small Budapest shop selling non-military grade weapons that require no license. “I’d rather be laughing later than…

CA – SELF-PROTECTION – Man pulls out fake-gun during dispute in South Bakersfield, gets shot by another man with a real gun

The Bakersfield Police Department is trying to determine whether a man is a victim or suspect after being shot in South Bakersfield Saturday afternoon. According to BPD, two men were in the midst of a dispute, when one of them pulled out a fake gun at about 2:48 p.m. The other man pulled out a real gun and opened fire on the man. Officers who responded to the scene…

IA – SELF-PROTECTION – Research on firearms contradicts senator; guns used in defense are a deterrent (VIDEO)

State Sen. Claire Celsi’s anti-gun column, published in the Register’s community editions on March 17, is filled with distortion.

Her biggest whopper is that “the rate of suicides in the United States is 10 times higher than any other country on Earth.” In fact, the United States annual suicide rate typically ranks in the 30s.

She claims that the proposition that good guys with guns stop crime is a fantasy. In fact, successful defensive use…

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Coronavirus: Changing Minds On Gun Ownership

Coronavirus is already changing people’s habits. Could it also change the way Americans think about guns? This week, President Trump warned that a 20 percent unemployment rate could happen (he later backed off that 20 percent figure but rising unemployment will likely happen). This makes sense considering the closures of restaurants, bars, gyms, event venues, and the cutting of hours at many retail shops. Essential products are also becoming scarce and…

NY – SELF-PROTECTION – New Yorkers flock to gun stores amid coronavirus outbreak

NEW YORKERS SPOOKED BY THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK — AND THE GOVERNMENT’S REACTION TO IT — ARE PACKING LONG ISLAND GUN STORES TO STOCK UP ON FIREARMS AND AMMO AMID THE CHAOTIC SITUATION ACROSS THE STATE. THE DEMAND FOR FIREARMS AT COLISEUM GUN TRADERS LTD IN NASSAU COUNTY WAS SO HIGH TUESDAY THAT MANAGER KEVIN ROMANO SAID THEY’RE ONLY LETTING SMALL GROUPS OF PEOPLE INTO THE STORE AT A TIME.

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Open Carrier Robbed of His Gun at Gunpoint

I will start off by saying that I do think that open carry should be legal and in my opinion it has its place. Personally, the only time I open carry is when I am hunting. Other than that, I carrying concealed 100% of the time. There are plenty of heated debates between people that open carry and ones that carry concealed with plenty of different reasons given on…

GA – SELF-PROTECTION – Bill would legalize brandishing a gun in Georgia

SOME GEORGIA LAWMAKERS ARE WORKING HARD TO MAKE IT LEGAL FOR PEOPLE TO BRANDISH A GUN. SEN. TYLER HARPER, R-OCILLA, INTRODUCED THE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD MAKE IT LEGAL FOR GUN OWNERS TO SHOW THEIR FIREARMS DURING AN ARGUMENT AS LONG AS THEY DON’T “AIM IT OFFENSIVELY” AT ANOTHER PERSON. THE BILL PASSED THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN A 5-3 PARTY-LINE VOTE IN A COMMITTEE MEETING THAT WENT LATE INTO THE EVENING.

CA – Self-Protection – Asian-Americans Terrified of Coronavirus Backlash Stock Up on Guns

As the number of confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus cases continues to multiply, many Americans are emptying store shelves of hand sanitizer, bleach, and canned goods. But there’s an acute fear among Asian Americans that the virus’ origins in China will spark a violent xenophobic backlash. Along the West Coast, where the worst outbreaks of the coronavirus in the U.S. have occurred, those fears seem to be spurring a surge in gun sales. “People are panicking because they…

ND – SELF-PROTECTION – What gun owners need to know about self-defense laws in ND (VIDEO)

Nearly half of all people living in North Dakota are registered gun owners, but our state is not a stand-your-ground state. That means gun owners cannot use deadly force in self-defense in a public place unless there is no alternative. What would you do if you were carrying your firearm and had to make the split-second decision between using it or not using it to defend yourself from an…

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Don’t Get Trapped By Myths

I suppose it is just human nature that we imagine episodes and events that make us look good. Further, we often see and hear things that sound really cool and repeating them makes us sound like we are really experienced in this business of personal defense. One of my favorite myths is, “I use my handgun to fight my way to my rifle.” Now I am sure that that…

ID – SELF-PROTECTION – Last year’s outlandish idea is today’s new gun law

It’s easy to forget, but Idaho wasn’t always so free and easy with concealed firearms. Only a generation ago, you needed a compelling reason to walk around with a hidden gun. Maybe you carried a large amount of cash as part of your job. Or likewise you worked with expensive jewelry. Maybe you were a private investigator. In any event, you had to submit to fingerprinting and a criminal…

FL – SELF-PROTECTION – Bill Would Make it Legal to Bring Guns to Houses of Worship Attached to Schools

UNDER FLORIDA LAW, IT’S ILLEGAL TO BRING A WEAPON INTO A HOUSE OF WORSHIP THAT’S ON THE SAME GROUNDS AS A SCHOOL. BUT A BILL GOING BEFORE THE FLORIDA HOUSE FOR A FINAL VOTE WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE WITH A CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT TO BRING GUNS INTO CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES, AND OTHER RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS. IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, THE BILL IS DIVIDING LAWMAKERS AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS.

NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – A Modest Proposal: A Truck Gun Might Be Unrealistic

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF CONCEPTS WHEN IT COMES TO PERSONAL DEFENSE THAT MAKE SENSE ON PAPER BUT FALTER IN THE REAL WORLD, AND THE “TRUCK GUN” IS ONE OF THEM. THE IDEA HERE IS THAT YOU WANT TO COME UP WITH A PLAN FOR PERSONAL DEFENSE THAT’S PRACTICAL AND WORKS IN THE REAL WORLD. THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF CONTINGENCIES THAT A PERSON CAN PLAN FOR, BUT YOUR BEST BET IS TO PLAN FOR CONTINGENCIES THAT ARE MOST LIKELY TO ACTUALLY HAPPEN, AND TRUCK GUNS/CAR GUNS/TRUNK GUNS…DEPENDS ON CIRCUMSTANCES THAT AREN’T NECESSARILY LIKELY TO UNFOLD.

TN – SELF-PROTECTION – Local gun safety instructors voice concern about TN governor’s Constitutional Carry proposal (VIDEO)

TENNESSEE GOVERNOR BILL LEE’S NEW PERMIT LESS CARRY LAW HAS GUN EXPERTS ON EDGE. HIS PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW CITIZENS TO CARRY A HANDGUN WITHOUT A PERMIT. THE BILL WOULD ONLY APPLY TO THOSE WHO ARE 21 YEARS OR OLDER AND WOULD NOT APPLY IN RESTRICTED AREAS.

OH – SELF-PROTECTION – Fewer Ohioans seek conceal-carry licenses in 2019

Ohio sheriffs last year issued the fewest number of new licenses to carry concealed handguns since 2011 as the number fell by 22% to 54,426. Also, 77,959 concealed-carry permits were renewed last year, a drop of 21% from the record 98,927 renewed in 2018. But the 2019 number still was the second-highest ever. In Summit County, new licenses fell 22.8% to 976 and renewals dropped 21.1% to 2,169, according…

TN – SELF-PROTECTION – Will Bill Lee’s proposed gun law pass? Williamson County legislators are certain of it

The governor’s bill also updates the penalties for those who use guns illegally. Sen. Jack Johnson, Senate Majority Leader, wholeheartedly supports the governor’s plan, which was announced Thursday, that would allow legal gun owners to freely carry weapons, either concealed or in the open, without a special permit. He assured the audience at Williamson Inc.’s monthly talk at Columbia State Community College that “it will pass.” Johnson said he believes there are enough votes among legislators in support of the governor’s proposed plan…

As a man shined a flashlight into cars on his block, a FOID card holder called 911, loaded his gun and waited. Now he’s charged with second-degree murder.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE.COM   February 27, 2020 –   Dione Weaver, a legal gun owner, shot and killed an unarmed man who shined a flashlight into his orange Dodge Charger as Weaver sat parked in front of his South Shore home. That much is undisputed. Weaver told police he was afraid, but prosecutors don’t believe that was reason enough to open fire…

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