Exploring America’s Complex Relationship with Guns (Pew Research Center), Part 3 – Gun Carrying and Defensive Use
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Exploring America’s Complex Relationship with Guns (Pew Research Center), Part 3 – Gun Carrying and Defensive Use

Continuing on with my exploration of the Pew Research Center’s new report, America’s Complex Relationship with Guns, here I get closer to the heart of Gun Culture 2.0 — the new version of America’s historic gun culture, one now centered on armed self-defense and particularly concealed carry. As I told the Pew Research Center staff … Continue reading

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 “permitless 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

Testing, Testing Myself on the Gun Range
Firearms / My Experience

Testing, Testing Myself on the Gun Range

In my recent post on “Becoming a Civilian Defender,” I highlighted Massad Ayoob’s position that “mental awareness and preparedness” and “proper use of tactics” are higher priorities in surviving violent encounters than “skill in combatives” and “optimum selection of equipment.” Which is reassuring to me because I do spend more time on the former than the … Continue reading

History of Concealed Carry in North Carolina, Part 6: Dumb Legislative Tinkering (1919-1935)
Concealed Carry

History of Concealed Carry in North Carolina, Part 6: Dumb Legislative Tinkering (1919-1935)

From the 1919 Consolidated Statutes of North Carolina to the publication of the Code of North Carolina in 1935, only minor and somewhat humorous (depending on one’s perspective on government) changes were made to the law banning the carrying of concealed weapons in the state. In 1923, two pieces of legislation was passed amending Sec. … Continue reading

History of Concealed Carry in North Carolina, Part 5: Modification and Consolidation of Ban (1883-1919)
Concealed Carry

History of Concealed Carry in North Carolina, Part 5: Modification and Consolidation of Ban (1883-1919)

I have previously reviewed the right to keep and bear arms under the North Carolina State Constitution, its amendment to permit the legislature to regulate concealed carry, the legislature’s subsequent 1879 ban on concealed carry, and two legal challenges to the ban in the early 1880s. From its 1879 passage to the 1919 Consolidation of … Continue reading