Category Archives: Criminal Issues

Is “Gun Insurance” on the Horizon?

This isn’t a new topic…but it might be for some of you. The talk about “Gun Insurance” has come up before but never really landed anywhere permanent. But now there is some more resurgence about it…is it political or real?

There has always been talk about having firearm insurance to protect someone against the loss of a firearm and the use of the firearm in a crime. This is different than the insurance you might have if your gun is stolen from you and you want the insurance company to reimburse you for it. This is adding insurance into the mix of gun control and more responsibility for gun owners.

Take the recent article in MyStateline.com (an Illinois publication) where they talk about this in their article, “New IL Gun Law proposed in Wake of Charleston Mass Shooting.” In the article they talk about reintroducing the concept around requiring gun owners to have insurance…not for loss but for liability.

“Carry your guns, but have your insurance,” says Representative Mary Flowers (D), who is pushing the bill. She’s taking it a step further than just insurance at gun ranges.  She believes a gun owner should be liable “if he … loses his gun in a situation where someone else can get it and causes someone else harm.”

This is basically aimed at offering a payout to the victims of a shooting by the person who’s gun was used in the crime. Is this the right path or is it just another way to discourage gun ownership and improve the position supporting gun control? You can be the judge of it as you read through what it entails and what it would mean to you as a gun owner.

Why do we care about this in our state? Simple…because legislators love the lemming effect and what they see happen in one state gets picked up by another state and before you know it we have the same thing on our ballots or being put into law. It is more apparent when it comes to gun law as you have seen from many of my past posts from laws being passed by other states. It’s important to watch others to see what the future holds for all of us.

While most changes are less significant, requiring every gun owner to carry liability insurance would not be inexpensive and could be one of those where people don’t realize they have to comply…and that usually means someone is getting arrested when it comes to gun laws. I will keep you updated as changes like these happen so you can keep them on your radar for future discussions. That’s the beauty of having a gun law blog and being able to share (and discuss) trending issues for gun owners.

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… Continue Reading

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

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

Another State (Texas) on the Verge of Passing Open Carry

Now it looks like another state, Texas, is most likely going to pass a law that open carry of handguns is permitted. They currently have a law about concealed carry and where you can openly carry rifles and shotguns but not rifles. But what does that really mean to the average gun owner? I like… 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