Briefing Room: Warning Shots

Recently my attention was brought to a paper published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) titled National Consensus Policy on Use of Force. One section of the paper dealt with warning shots, and read as follows: “Warning shots are inherently dangerous. Therefore, a warning shot must have a defined target and shall

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Briefing Room: Non-Peaceful Protests

Starting the day after Inauguration Day, we have seen what the popular media terms “peaceful protests.” And while many have in fact been peaceful, some would be better characterized as riots.

Briefing Room: National Concealed Carry: a Good Idea?

To begin with, I agree with most of President Trump’s stated positions on the Second Amendment. I say “most,” because one—which on the surface may look like the light at the end of the tunnel—may actually be an oncoming train. What I’m talking about is national reciprocity for concealed carry permits, and I’m totally against

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Briefing Room: 2A: Stay in the Fight

When Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, he became the first candidate to win that office with no prior experience in government since Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1953. But that was not the only historic event that occurred. Other firsts were that following the election, people demonstrated in the

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Briefing Room: Concealed Carry: Reasons or Excuses?

A while back I conducted a short, informal survey with 100 of my former concealed-carry class students. The questions included: Do you carry your handgun every day? If not every day, how often do you carry? What handgun do you carry? How do you carry (OWB, IWB, appendix, etc)? How often do you practice? Sixty-two

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Briefing Room: Terror in America

If you’re one of those who say, “Get ready, terrorism is coming to America,” you may be behind the power curve. It’s already here. Fort Hood, Texas; Garland, Texas; Chattanooga, Tennessee; San Bernardino, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Orlando, Florida; Dallas, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana … hopefully by the time you read this, the list has not

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Briefing Room: Terrorist Attacks: Are You Prepared?

As this is written, just a few days have passed since the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. Predictably, Internet sites and my newsfeed on Facebook filled up with comments—some giving sound advice, others amounting to mere chest thumping. Two recurring themes were that France’s restrictive gun laws contributed to the slaughter, and the terrorists would

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Briefing Room: Then And Now

I’ve been involved with firearms and training since 1974. A lot has changed over the years, and I’ve had the chance to make some interesting (at least to me) observations. The only authorized load when I started in law enforcement was the .38 Special 158-grain round-nose lead bullet. Hollow-point bullets were later issued and, for

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Briefing Room: Open Vs. Concealed Carry

This month I’m going to weigh in on a topic that’s hotly contested by both proponents and opponents, open versus concealed carry. Full disclosure: I am a resident of Arizona, where open carry is allowed. Additionally, although available for those who want one, a concealed weapon permit is available, but not required, for concealed carry.

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