Category Archives: Gun Control

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

Gun Law “Rumors” Can Dictate Gun Economics

The stock market and Futures markets are controlled by the same things…supply and demand…expectation of things to come. When there is low supply demand usually increases and of course prices increase. It’s a scarcity principle in economics. This is the same for perceived issues that might be occurring, such as the weather in the prediction… 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

Gun Control…an Old Topic with New Approaches

Believe it or not, Gun Control has been around since the 1930’s. And during this time there have been many attempts, primarily aimed at the Second Amendment, to try and change the way Americans can own and use firearms. The history of this progression is actually quite fascinating and I wanted to share some of… Continue Reading

Will Uniformity Prevail in Concealed Carry Reciprocity?

You may have already heard or been following the ongoing discussion (for years) about trying to create a uniform policy for carrying a concealed weapon from state to state without breaking any laws. Is it possible that now is the time for this to actually gain some momentum and acceptance within the legislature? Is it… Continue Reading

Arming Teachers…is it a New Direction For Safety?

There has been a significant amount of discussion about how to keep your schools safer for kids since the Sandy Hook and several other shootings over the past few years. This is a good thing and it hopefully will continue so more ideas can be brought forth to help curb the violence and help make… Continue Reading

Have We Gone Too Far This Time with “Pop-Tart” Gun Laws?

It seems with just about everything in life, we have a pendulum effect. One day we have the pendulum all the way to the right and before too long it swings all the way to the left. This may be what we are experiencing with the so-called “Pop-Tart Gun Laws” that have been around since… Continue Reading

Gun Laws in France Open Discussions of Gun Control

With the recent unfortunate incident at Charlie Hebdo in France there has been a lot of buzz on most networks, social media channels, and traditional news sources about their stance on gun control. It’s not only a discussion that should be public but could have some interesting implications in the U.S. If you’re not aware,… Continue Reading

Regardless of All the Laws…Criminals Will Still Have Guns

Over the past several blog posts I have been talking about a variety of gun laws in different states and around the country that are either being considered or have passed to become law. This will continue and will probably only accelerate with the upcoming years of elections…it is always a hot topic in an… Continue Reading