Tom Givens: “Where is the gun in your car?”
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Tom Givens: “Where is the gun in your car?”

I don’t know why I haven’t written more about my experience attending the Rangemaster Tactical Conference back in 2014 because it was quite an experience, indeed. I learned alot, especially from Tom Givens’ presentation on “Defining the Threat, Designing Training Programs for Reality.” Although it was not one of his major points, I remember Givens … Continue reading

The Future of Concealed Carry in the United States, Part 2 – Permitless Carry?
Concealed Carry / Firearms

The Future of Concealed Carry in the United States, Part 2 – Permitless Carry?

Several months ago I wrote about the future of concealed carry in the US, prompted by Kansas becoming the 6th state to allow (as of July 15, 2015) permitless carry. I wondered whether we were entering into a 4th stage in the development of concealed weapons laws centered on the expansion of permitless carry. And … Continue reading

The National Rifle Association, Gun Politics, and Gun Culture in 1929
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Media

The National Rifle Association, Gun Politics, and Gun Culture in 1929

I love looking at old gun magazines, catalogs, and other publications. They give us a direct window onto the past in a way that written histories do not. Of course we need to understand that magazines are published by particular people for particular purposes and so are not simply mirrors of reality. But looking at … Continue reading

Neighborhood Racial Composition and Applications for Concealed Weapon Permits (Seattle, 1972)
Concealed Carry / Fear / Personal Defense

Neighborhood Racial Composition and Applications for Concealed Weapon Permits (Seattle, 1972)

In my last post, I discussed some of the findings in a scholarly article called “Law-Abiding One-Man Armies,” based on a study of concealed weapon permit applications in Seattle, Washington in 1972. Because that post was getting a bit long, I held my description of the findings concerning neighborhood racial composition and applications for permits … Continue reading