Category Archives: Training & Education

Gun Safety is for EVERYONE…Even Actors!

As you have probably read many times on my blog, gun safety is one of the key topics I talk about to try and help everyone be safe around guns and knowing the law. So anytime I can see someone helping either of these causes I want to share it with you. This time it is a group that is trying to bring gun safety to the forefront for people…in a very big way…using Actors from Hollywood!

The group, known as Evolve, is no newcomer to the space of getting the word out and trying to create some movements around different activities. The one most are familiar with is their campaign, “Friends don’t let Friends drive drunk.” This has been out a while and been very successful at raising awareness to drunk driving. Now they are focused on gun safety.

There was a great article on this in Adage called, “Gun Safety Group Pushes ‘Stop, Drop, Roll’-Like Rally Cry.” What makes this such a great campaign and message is that it doesn’t “take sides” in the infamous gun control debate. It isn’t supporting one side or the other…it simply wants to get the message out about gun safety. My hat goes off to them for taking this type of non-partisan stance on such a volatile and hotly debated issue as gun control.

In the article they show a video with an actor talking about their new campaign. It is simply an awareness video to make talking about gun safety entertaining and something you will watch for 1 minute. It’s worth watching. While it is meant to be a bit humorous and light, its message is very real and something everyone, gun owner or not, should pay attention to. I applaud their approach to not making this a political issue but one that every citizen should be aware of and take steps to being more educated about gun safety.

While I spend most of my time talking about gun law and how to stay out of jail with the proper knowledge of the law, this is just as critical to everyone. Even if we set up the best Gun Trust and design the best way for you to own and transfer your firearms within the law, not being safe handling a firearm is a bigger issue. But when you combine these two, safety and proper handling of the possession and transfer issues, you have a recipe for success as a gun owner or anyone else concerned about gun ownership.

We know we can’t take the guns out of the hands of criminals who want to possess one for a crime, but we can certainly make the ownership and safety of them in the hands of everyone else a non-issue. Groups like Evolve can help everyone be more aware…which is the first step towards change.

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

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

Health Issues Can Create a Stalemate

When we talk about “Possession and Transfer” issues there are many special circumstances that come into play based on individual situations. While many can be worked through with some careful planning, there are still those that are perplexing and require some very special attention. Medical issues are one of those that can really create some… Continue Reading

Sometimes the “Facts” Aren’t Really the “Facts”

Many people believe that just because someone has some “facts” or statistics or some other form of “infallible” information, we should believe them and move forward. With today’s abilities to “manipulate data” to say just about whatever they want or support whatever the cause, it requires us, as citizens, to do more investigation into what… 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

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