Goodbye “Vermont Carry,” Hello “Alaska Carry”
Concealed Carry

Goodbye “Vermont Carry,” Hello “Alaska Carry”

In a comment on my recent post on the dawn of the era of permitless carry, reader Matthew Carberry makes the astute observation that calling permitless carry in states which issue carry permits “Vermont Carry” is a misnomer. The modern system of ‚Äúpermitless carry with permit for reciprocity,” therefore, is more properly called “Alaska Carry.” … Continue reading

The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 4: The Dawn of the Era of Permitless Carry
Concealed Carry / Firearms

The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 4: The Dawn of the Era of Permitless Carry

When I began this blog nearly 5 years ago, I had no idea that I would be talking about the dawn of a new era of concealed carry in the United States. But developments in the past couple of years have forced my hand. Before highlighting those developments, I will review the broad pattern of … Continue reading

Why Do People Own Firearms in the United States Today?
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Why Do People Own Firearms in the United States Today?

Following my last post about how many guns there are in America today, here I address the third of James Wright’s “Ten Essential Observations on Gun in America: Most of those (now 285 million or more) guns are owned for “socially innocuous sport and recreational purposes.” On this point, Wright’s observation in 1995 is not … Continue reading

Concealed Carry Factors: Quantifying the Choice of a Concealed Carry Handgun
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Concealed Carry Factors: Quantifying the Choice of a Concealed Carry Handgun

I am working hard these days on a paper I will be presenting at a symposium on “The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns” at Amherst College this March. The title of the paper is: “‘The First Rule of Gunfighting is Have a Gun‘: Technologies of Concealed Carry in Gun Culture 2.0.” The first part … Continue reading

The Pocket Pistol
Books / Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

The Pocket Pistol

Mark Keefe, Editor in Chief of The American Rifleman, has an excellent article in the December 2016 issue on “The Pocket Pistol’s Progression,” in conjunction with a review by Joseph Kurtenbach of the second version of the landmark Ruger LCP pocket pistol. Keefe provides some interesting quotes from the English gun writer Hugh B.C. Pollard … Continue reading