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CCW Reciprocity Soon?

October 14, 2011
The House Judiciary Committee will soon be voting on legislation that will guarantee the right of citizens to carry firearms out-of-state.  And the vote could come as early as today or tomorrow!
GOA has alerted you to H.R. 822 — introduced by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) — and explained the weaknesses in his bill.  Many of you have taken action on our alerts and informed your Representative that there is a better approach.
That approach has been championed by Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia, the author of H.R. 2900 — or the Secure Access to Firearms Enhancement (SAFE) Act.  The Broun bill has several advantages:
  1. It would allow residents of California, New Jersey and other “may issue” states to get out-of-state carry permits (say, from Florida or Utah) and carry in their home states — an benefit they would not enjoy under the Stearns’ bill;
  1. Broun also protects the right of gun owners in non-permit states like Vermont and allows them to carry out-of-state without a permit; and
  1. Finally, the Broun bill does not rely on an expansive, erroneous interpretation of the Commerce Clause.  Passing gun legislation that uses the Commerce Clause for authority could undercut efforts at promoting Firearms Freedom Act legislation throughout the country which specifically declares the Commerce Clause has no authority over the production of intrastate guns.
We need to continue putting heat on Congress, now that this reciprocity legislation is beginning to move. You’ve already sent your emails, but now it’s time to change things up and send postcards.  If the House committee passes the Stearns bill, then it will probably come to the floor of the House some time next month.
So there is plenty of time to inundate Representatives’ offices with postcards and mail — urging them to support H.R. 2900 — or to amend the Stearns bill so that it contains the gun owners’ protections in the Broun bill.
So, GOA members, please be looking for the latest mailing from GOA headquarters which should begin arriving this week.  And please take the enclosed postcard and send it to your Representative.  Then, take the extra two postcards and have pro-gun family members and friends send them, as well.  That will multiply your efforts by 200%.

Constitutional Carry Passes out of Committee in Wyoming!

February 18, 2010

On Tuesday, February 16, the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 113, which would allow constitutional carry.  HB 113 will now head to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.

HB 113 would allow those who meet the requirements currently set forth in the concealed carry permit system to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense without a permit.  This legislation addresses the current problem of a burdensome and restrictive permit system by removing the training requirement and other prohibitive barriers in Wyoming.

If signed into law, this legislation would also keep the current permit system intact for the residents concerned about carrying in other states with reciprocal agreements.  Those who are currently prevented from legally carrying, be it open or concealed, will still face the same penalties should they decide to break the law.

On Wednesday, February 17, the State Senate amended and passed Senate File 26.  SF 26 will now head to the House.  NRA will continue to work to amend the additional language to SF 26 to further strengthen this important carry reform legislation.
SF 26 as amended, would limit the Attorney General’s ability to determine permit reciprocity by taking away his or her power to determine if a state has similar laws authorizing permits.  If amended to include the additional NRA language, SF 26 would also remove local law enforcement’s ability to reject a permit application if the applicant meets all criteria.

There is still time to add additional amendments as SF 26 moves through the House, so please contact your State Representative and respectfully urge him or her to vote to add the NRA’s amendment.
Contact information can me found here.


New anti-gun strategy: Demonize CCW holders

August 12, 2009

The Examiners are turning out to be a very decent group. Even the ones that I don’t agree with. Now, if they would just let me have a general outdoors column… In any case, this reminds me a lot of a blogger that used to hang out at The Liberty News Forum. He is well stated, and backs up what he says.


Bigotry assumes many forms, hides behind many facades, but always it is the same; the social demonization of entire groups, classes or races of people in an effort to make them appear inferior and detrimental by their very existence.

In the wake of a nasty multiple shooting at a Pittsburgh, PA-area fitness club by a not-so-clearly psychotic man identified as George Sodini, America’s gun prohibitionists – led by the Violence Policy Center and Freedom States Alliance – are clamoring for restrictions or repeal of concealed carry statutes.
In the case against legally-armed citizens, the VPC has even manufactured an innuendo-riddled “study” to support their prejudices. My colleague, Cleveland Gun Rights Examiner Daniel White, writes about the shooting here.
Their hardly subliminal argument appears to be that citizens licensed to carry concealed handguns for personal protection are a threat to the community. This contention is based on six shooting incidents over the past couple of years in which the gunman had, or apparently had, a carry permit.

A 39-year-old Ypsilanti man used his concealed weapon and his experience in the Lebanese army to stop an alleged bank robber.

Meanwhile, proponents of public disarmament haven’t said a thing about the estimated five million other citizens who are licensed to carry, and haven’t harmed anybody. There hasn’t been a peep from the gun prohibition lobby about the armed citizen who shot a convenience store robber in Virginia recently, heading off a bloodbath.
Nor have the gun grabbers mentioned the incident a week ago in Topeka, KS in which a legally-armed store clerk fended off two robbers at closing time. Self-defense Examiner Eric Puryear wrote about that incident here.
And you never heard applause from the hoplophobes – about whom I wrote the other day – after an Ypsilanti, MI man named Nabil Fawzi last year intervened in a bank robbery, did you?
An employee with a concealed carry license used his handgun to defend himself and stop a pair of criminals who tried to rob his shop.
Instead, what we get from the gun prohibitionists is a steady diet of fear mongering with but one purpose: The stripping of a fundamental civil right to keep and bear arms so that we lose our ability to exercise that most basic of human rights, that of self-preservation.
Nowadays, about the only form of acceptable overt social bigotry is against gun owners. The gun bigots argue that when one person with a gun does something heinous, all gun owners are expected to bear responsibility, and surrender their rights as though it would undo the crime.
Before the armed citizen, it was the owners of .50-caliber rifles who were likened to terrorists and cop-killers. Next week or next month, who will the prohibitionists smear in their effort to promote public hatred of fellow citizens whose only “crime” is that they exercise a constitutionally-protected civil right?
The VPC and Freedom States crowd would have us all believe that every armed citizen is just like George Sodini, and that he is like all of us; a killer waiting to strike.
While they are loathe to admit it, there is really no difference between gun bigots and racial or religious bigots. One form of class hatred is no less divisive than another.
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USCCA Newsletter

July 25, 2009

USCCA sends out newsletters like many organizations do. They also provide some pretty good training ideas. Here is one from the recent newsletter. Things like this will not replace first class training such as at Front Sight, but it will help. Enjoy!

Practice to Prevail: A Practice Regimen to Hit Where You Aim

“…Remember that perfect practice makes permanent…”

by Gary HoffThose of us who have a license to carry a concealed handgun should understand that it is our responsibility to be proficient with the handgun and have the ability to deploy the handgun when it is required. Merriam – Webster’s online dictionary defines proficient as “(implying) a thorough competence derived from training and practice“. That means that we are competent in employing the handgun and hitting the target.

Training is acquired from reliable organizations employing experienced instructors, usually with a background in law enforcement, military or extensive civilian experience. You are encouraged to seek this professional training. Practice is what you do to maintain the skills that you acquired from the professional trainers. Of all these skills the ability to efficiently draw the handgun and to hit what you aim at are paramount. Without these two skills everything else that you learned in professional training is worthless. Who cares if you can “slice the pie” around a corner or shoot from a car if you can’t hit what you aim at.

What follows is a practice regimen that has helped me. It is not expensive, laborious, nor boring and it helps me maintain my “trigger time”. Hopefully you can use this regimen as well.

Where to Practice?

There are three answers to this question: at home, at an outdoor range, or at an indoor range. Many ranges today now employ “safe range rules” which limits what you can do in the way of practice. For example, drawing from the holster is pretty much out of the question at many ranges. Practice at home usually involves only dry fire practice where no live ammo is involved (holes in that new plasma TV set are frowned upon).

So what’s best? It depends on where you live and the facilities available to you. Routine dry fire practice at home is strongly encouraged and helps maintain grip/sight/trigger control. As far as the live fire range is concerned, I prefer the indoor range. It’s convenient, targets can be changed at will, range can be varied, warmer in the winter, etc. When I go to practice, I go to concentrate on that practice, not stand around during the practice time and wait for the “line safe” command so that I can change targets.

Hit What You Aim At

Two important components of a handgun that determine whether or not you will hit what you aim at are the sights and the trigger.

As the distance to the target increases, sights become more important. However, at less than seven yards, the common self defense distances, sights have less importance and may not be possible to bring into action or they may have magically disappeared. In one training class that I attended, the front sight on my Glock 30 was knocked off and lost. You won’t have time to fix the problem in a real gun fight so I didn’t take the time in the course. After a few minutes of shooting, I learned how to shoot my G30 without a front sight and get hits. I finished the day without the sight.

The trigger is another matter altogether. Any trainer will tell you that trigger control is central to getting hits at all ranges. If you are shooting at less than seven yards and you are missing the target, it is your trigger control that is at fault. Special ammo, special sights, “sticky grips” won’t help you. You are jerking the trigger, pushing the trigger sideways, slapping the trigger or over gripping the gun with the strong hand rather than simply pressing the trigger straight back along the axis of the bore. Spend your money on practice ammo and professional training.

Two basic trigger finger positions. The one that works depends on your hand size and the size / shape of the gun. Gun is a Glock 30.

Pressing the trigger straight back requires the proper finger position on the trigger and moving only the trigger finger. This in turn depends on the size of the gun, the size of your hand and fingers, and the design of the grip. Picture 1 shows the “pad” and the “first joint” of the finger on the trigger (thumb is down to show the trigger finger). Generally you will be instructed to use the pad of the finger for most semi-automatic handguns and the first joint for most revolvers. Good info as far as it goes but it doesn’t take into account the relative size of the hand and the gun.

In my case, I shoot my carry guns, the Glock 26 and the Glock 30, exclusively. These are small guns and I have large hands with long fingers. I found that when I use the pad of the finger, I will invariably throw the shot low and left (shooting right handed). When I move the first joint to the trigger my shots hit point of aim. Thus, I shoot with the first joint of the finger on the trigger.

The point is to find out where you have to place your finger to manipulate the trigger straight back along the axis of the bore. To do this, start with dry fire practice ( NO AMMO and the gun double checked to be sure that it is empty, including the chamber, every time you pick it up). With the gun pointed in a safe direction and an aiming point established, slowly press the trigger until the firing pin is released. The sights should stay on the aiming point (make the aiming point very small so that it is easier to see the muzzle moving off the point of aim). If the trigger press doesn’t feel comfortable and relaxed adjust your finger position until you achieve success. Make sure the last three fingers of the strong hand do not over grip the gun.

Make your practice slow, deliberate and concentrated. When you begin to speed up, or your concentration wanders, quit for the day. Remember that perfect practice makes permanent. Once you achieve repeatability in dry fire practice, move to the live fire range.

Range Practice Routine

Firing live ammo at the range adds the dimension of recoil to your practice. Recoil will move the gun off the aiming point on each shot. This will require you to reset the aim of the gun each time. A common reaction to this is to grip the gun tighter. This will cause the gun to waver more as you try to line up the shot, causing more problems in hitting your target. Keep your hand/grip uniform from shot to shot. I like to use the full size silhouette paper targets. Shots off the aiming point are more likely to be on paper and you will then know where they are going. I add a 3″ orange sticker to the target as an aiming point. This ensures that each shot fired is at the same aim point. If you can’t see where your shots are going, the practice is nothing more than throwing lead down range.

Typical indoor range set up. Note computer control on the left for this new range. Range picture courtesy of Vandalia Range & Armory ( Target is the “Crazy Bones” from Thompson Target.

My practice regimen is simple: 200 rounds over a one hour period shot in the following manner. Start at 25 yards, fire 100 rounds in 10 round strings, 50 rounds per target. Then move to 15 yards, fire 50 rounds in 10 round strings. Finally, move to 7 yards and fire 50 rounds in 10 round strings. Evaluate the shots after every 10 round string.

All shots should be centered on the aiming point. If the shots are strung out low and left [right-handed shooter] you are probably jerking or slapping the trigger. If the shots are high or low, the problem may be your sight alignment. Remember that to get center hits the trigger must come straight back along the axis of the bore. Mark the shots with a marker, reset the target at distance, and shoot another string of 10 and evaluate.

Why start at 25 yards? Because at this range you will quickly know how well you are operating the trigger. Trigger error can be harder to see at seven yards. If your shots are on point of aim, great. If not, slow down, concentrate and get your skills tuned in.

What accuracy should you strive for? All shots in one hole at 25 yards, of course! Well that’s not going to happen so let’s be practical. The distance between the nipples on a human’s chest is about 9″. That is my goal at 25 yards; all 50 shots per target within a 9″ circle. Simple mathematics will show that 9″ at 25 yards is about 5.5″ at 15 yards and about 2.5 – 3″ at seven yards. So now each target can be evaluated against accuracy goals. Certainly shot spreads smaller than this are desired and easily achievable. Live fire practice will reduce this spread but under no circumstances should the spread be larger.

What can the targets tell you? At longer ranges, if the shots are centered around your aiming point, you need to work on both sights and trigger to improve accuracy. If the shots are scattered, for example, low and left (for a right handed shooter), then you need to work more on the trigger. Being critical of your results here will help you progress.

I should point out that my range practice is usually done with a two hand hold and an isosceles stance (natural for me, not preaching). Periodically I will practice with the strong hand or weak hand only. For one handed shooting I reduce the distance to 15 yards maximum, burn 100 rounds and then move to seven yards for another 100 rounds.

Two targets, shot at 25 yards (top) and 7 yards (bottom). The 25 yard target has a 9″ circle drawn around the bulk of the shots. Note shots low and left in both target

Drawing Practice

Now that you can hit what you aim at, you must learn to efficiently draw the gun from the holster. I will not cover clearing a concealment garment so that you can get to the holster. That is a topic for a whole other article. I want to concentrate on practice to make the draw smooth and efficient. The draw stroke that I use is a four step process (adapted from the noted firearms instructor Dave Spaulding). It has been covered in many magazine articles and book chapters. The four step process is to bring the hand to the gun and get a firing grip on the gun. Pull straight up to clear the holster (this will raise the elbow). Drop the elbow orienting the gun to the target. Push the gun straight to the target, acquiring sights and a support hand grip as you go. If you are going to shoot, then the “shot” should break just as you reach full extension and are on target.

But how do you know if you are “fast and efficient”? You will achieve this if you are “consistent and smooth”. You can achieve this with a shot timer that has a “par” time setting and dry fire practice. Par time is simply a fixed amount of time to get a task done. Like golf, par is hitting only the required number of shots to get from the tee to the hole. The timer should also have a delay built in so that the start “beep” is random. This is dry fire practice; NO AMMO anywhere; GUN IS UNLOADED!

Start slow; set the par time for five seconds At the start beep, draw the gun, bring it on target and align the sights before the second, or stop beep. Pick a target out about seven yards in front of you. Stay on target for a few seconds (looking for other bad guys). Then reverse your drawstroke and reholster the gun.

Repeat this practice until you can get “sights on” within the five second par time with a smooth, uniform draw. Then move the par time to 4.5 seconds. When consistency is achieved here, reduce the par time to four seconds, then to three seconds and so forth. You should be able to get the draw and shot off within about 1.5 seconds. If you start hurrying the draw (and you will know when this happens) stop the practice and come back later when you can concentrate. Sloppy practice results in sloppy, period. Remember, “consistent and smooth” results in “fast and efficient”.

You might ask why not just bring the gun up on target and pull the trigger, hearing the click of the firing pin before the second stop beep of the par time? This is not recommended since this will train you to fire the gun every time that you bring the gun on target. To recognize why this is a bad idea, consider what would happen if police were trained to fire every time they brought their gun up on target. So, do not train to fire every time you bring the gun up on target.

A Couple of Other Comments

During drawing practice, you must develop the ability to draw the gun, get on target and reholster without looking at the gun and holster. That is, do the practice without taking your eye off the target. Remember, you have to pay attention to the bad guys and you can’t do that watching yourself draw or reholster the gun. Another point: if you can’t reholster the gun without holding the holster open with your support hand get another holster! Saving money by buying a cheap holster is a waste of money. Never, ever muzzle yourself; not even your fingers! You may have ten fingers but there is no reason to sacrifice them.

This same draw practice should also be used to practice magazine changes. Pull the slide back to slide lock. At the start beep, drop the magazine, get a fresh one from your magazine pouch and insert it into the gun. Use the slide stop lever to release the slide. Get on target and “sights on” before the stop beep. Start with a par time of three seconds and work your way down. Again a 1 – 1.5 second time is admirable.

In Conclusion….

Whether or not you seek professional training (and I strongly encourage you to do so), you still need to practice hitting what you aim at and deploying the gun when necessary. Carrying a concealed handgun for your defense is a grave responsibility. You must be proficient with that gun. The practice regimen that I have presented isn’t very expensive nor is it very time consuming. Feel free to use it as is or modify it to suit your own needs. But remember, sloppy practice results in sloppy, period. Stay safe, and check 360.

Author Bio
Gary Hoff has recently retired after 41 years in the steel industry as an engineer/metallurgist. He began taking professional handgun, shotgun, knife, and open hands self defense courses in 1998. Most of these classes have been taken at the Tactical Defense Institute (TDI – He has also completed Handgun Level Three course at Storm Mountain Training Center in Elk Garden, WV ( He has currently accumulated a total of 430 training hours, including 330 hours of handgun training. Gary is also a member of IDPA and regularly shoots monthly and regional matches. He is an NRA Certified pistol and home defense instructor.

Good News and Bad News: GOA Alert

July 25, 2009
Concealed Carry for Out-of-State Travel Fails
-- Senate falls two votes short this week

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

"Gun Owners of America, another leading gun rights Second Amendment
group, is a strong supporter of this amendment that's specifically
pushing for passage and scoring member's votes." -- Louisiana Senator
David Vitter, July 22, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Well, there was good news and bad news this week.

The good news is that a majority of the U.S. Senate (58 members) voted
for an amendment to allow citizens who are already authorized to carry
firearms concealed to do so when they travel out of state.

The bad news is that the Senate still fell two votes short of the 60
votes needed to enact the amendment, which was sponsored by Republican
Senators John Thune (SD) and David Vitter (LA).  A prior Unanimous
Consent agreement allowed the amendment to be offered in the first
place, but as such, required that the legislation garner 60 votes
(rather than a simple majority) in order to pass.

The Thune-Vitter amendment was hotly debated on the Senate floor
Wednesday.  Senator Thune pointed out that, while 48 states have some
form of concealed carry law, his measure would simply "extend that
constitutional right across State lines," recognizing that the right to
bear arms and defend oneself "does not end at State borders or State

One of the more comical arguments made by some Democrat Senators --
Chuck Schumer (NY), Frank Lautenberg (NJ) and Dianne Feinstein (CA) --
is that this provision would compromise "states rights."

Of course, these Senators have shown they care little about "states
rights," as evidenced by federal gun control laws that bear their names:
the ban on semi-automatic firearms (the so-called Feinstein assault
weapons ban) and the lifetime gun ban on people who engage in
pushing-and-shoving incidents in the home (the Lautenberg misdemeanor
gun ban).

And where was their adherence to states rights when they voted for the
Brady bill, the Gun Free School Zones Ban and the Veterans Disarmament

Republican Senator Tom Coburn (OK) pointed out their hypocrisy when he

"We had a vote in terms of honoring States rights in terms of the
national park bill on guns. Twenty-nine of my colleagues, thirteen of
whom now are 'defending States rights,' stepped all over States rights
with their vote against the Coburn amendment when it came to allowing
people to have supreme their State law in terms of national parks."

Senator Thune noted that his provision would protect the rights of
states by not applying any national standards.  Rather, the text simply
requires states to acknowledge the concealed carry permits from other

In fact, the language of the text specifically states that nothing in
the amendment "shall be construed to affect the permitting process for
an individual... or preempt any provision of State law with respect to
the issuance of licenses or permits to carry concealed firearms."

Article IV of the U.S. Constitution allows for reciprocity-style
legislation by the Congress.  The Article allows Congress to enforce
"full faith and credit" across the country, so that each
state respects
the "public acts, records, and judicial proceedings" of every other

Please go to the GOA website to see how your Senators voted:

Gun owners should take special notice of Republican Senator Richard
Lugar (R-IN) and former-Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter (PA) --
both of whom voted against concealed carry.  Had they voted pro-gun, the
Thune-Vitter amendment would have passed.


Internet Gun Rumor

Recently, there have been a lot of emails and phone calls about SB 2099
-- a "new" bill that purportedly requires Americans to claim
guns on
their 1040 federal tax forms, provide fingerprints, and pay a $50 tax on
each individual handgun they own.

This is simply not true.  There is no S. 2099 in the Congress right now.
This is simply a case of taking a little bit of truth from an old bill
that was shot down, and creating a hoax.  For more information, please
visit the Snopes website, which is an excellent resource for debunking
internet rumors.  The specific URL regarding SB 2099 is:


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