Category Archives: BATF

Do We Really Need Laws for What We Know Works?

There is so much discussion and debate over gun laws and gun control these days you can’t go a day without getting deluged by the content…it’s never ending. And it appears the volume is about equal on both sides of the argument for or against more gun control. One side wants new laws passed and the other wants fewer laws passed…both sides of the spectrum for sure. But when we look at some of these laws we have in place, my question is, “Do we really need more gun laws for common sense answers?

Case in point…the recent San Francisco high court refusal to hear an appeal from the NRA to eliminate the law where handguns need to be disabled or under lock and key. NRA argues it violates the Second Amendment and those against argue it is necessary to prevent more gun accidents/deaths. Both may be right in their own arguments, but should it really matter that we have a law for such things like this? Do we really need to be told that it is unsafe to leave a gun around the house when there maybe kids or others in the house that could misuse it? I think not…

Training is a huge answer to many of these issues that most people take for granted. After all, we learned how to drive a car by “training” and we learned how to “pass tests” in school from training and even how to throw a baseball from “training.” So why should something that carries so many responsibilities not require training…but instead just locking it up or other such laws. Are we not trying to create laws around something that could be trained for the most part? And then if there are people in the house that we’re uncertain about (children, mentally challenged, depressed, etc.) then we are “trained” to know how to best secure a firearm. It would be like saying the baseball is ready to throw but we are going to lock it up and that will keep you from throwing it through the window. Training is what helps accomplish it…not a lock and key.

As attorney who has spent countless hours training, both in the past and today, it only makes sense that to really address the cause of some of our gun issues, training is far more important than laws which won’t prevent people from doing what we don’t want. Sure, we need some gun laws around some of the possession and transfer of firearms to ensure we know who has them and how they got them but why not require, as we would do with another law, the owners to have some certified training as well. I believe in finding the cause of issues and addressing those…not just the symptoms that everyone sees.

So regardless of which side of the “gun rights” you might be on, I think we can all agree that the right kind of training can go a long way to helping eliminate at least some of the issues we are trying to regulate with more laws. And in many cases, it’s the one that don’t need the laws that get caught by the laws in the end. Know the law, but know your responsibilities as a gun owner as well and get trained.

Do You Know the “Details” of Our Gun Laws?

If you stop and asked 100 gun owners to tell you what a certain law is about and what it allows/restricts them from doing, many would get the “main point” of the law right or at least be close to what it meant. However, if you asked them to give you some of the more… Continue Reading

As Gun Laws Expand So Do Responsibilities

There has been a lot of discussion and even legislation on the local levels in a variety of cities and states to allow more people to carry firearms into more places. Regardless of whether you agree with this or not isn’t the issue here…the issue is if you, the one carrying the firearm, understand the… Continue Reading

Where Are Your Guns…Location is Critical

Regardless of the State we live in, knowing and understanding the “location” of your guns at any point in time can help keep you out of jail. Most gun owners I talk to don’t fully understand the impact of many of our local laws as it relates to “location” of their firearms. Take for example… Continue Reading

Do Americans love Guns or Gun Laws More?

I saw this phrase in a great discussion in the Herald and News out of Oregon this past week and it really caught my attention. Not because it was another run of the mill rhetoric article passionately supporting one extreme or the other of gun laws but because it just made good common sense. State… Continue Reading

New Meaning for the Word “LAWS”

When you hear the word “LAW” I’m sure the majority of you are thinking of something with a legal component tied to it…correct? I know I do…until now. There is a new word…acronym actually…LAWS. It stands for Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) and is essentially arming unmanned aircraft with lethal weapons. This is a big… Continue Reading

Carrying a Gun to a Different State…Know the Laws or Go to Jail

If you haven’t heard, carrying a gun to another state isn’t quite the same as brining some famous foods from your home state…it can end you up in jail. You have probably heard about the case of Shaneen Allen from Philadelphia that landed her in jail for carrying her handgun into New Jersey. She was… Continue Reading

Laws Will Change…it’s How You Prepare For Them That Matters

While I don’t get like get into a debate on the political aspects of gun law on my blog, I do like to talk about how some of these laws can impact the law-abiding gun owner and their families. What happens in many states, including our own, is that when a gun law passes, not… Continue Reading

Having a Concealed Carry Permit is a “Privilege” not a “Right”

There has been a lot of discussion of the recent case in Florida where a man was arrested for carrying a firearm in the open…even though he had a concealed carry permit. But this isn’t about either of these issues, this is an issue every gun owner, regardless of their state, needs to be aware… Continue Reading

Gun Trusts Are Most Effective When They Have a “Buddy”

If there is one thing any (reputable) attorney will tell you, the law is so complex these days that it is a “combination” of things that make things work the way you want…not one single instrument, document, or tool. Gun Trusts are no different… Gun Trusts became really popular when they were being mass distributed… Continue Reading