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Today is Bring your gun to Starbucks Day as put together by a firearm advocacy group which has more than 234,000 likes and setup as a public event on July 29. More than 3,000 plan to attend. Thought it was interesting as both of my sisters texted me earlier this morning to let me know so it peaked my interest enough to go out there and see what it was all about. Here is the full article in case you are interested.

Link: http://mashable.com/2013/08/09/bring-your-gun-starbucks/

NRA Legislative branch released an overview of the new Illinois CCW law that has taken effect recently. It highlights some of the FAQ’s that everyone will have. If you have any additional questions, you can go to the Illinois State Police website. They have a FAQ section setup. See below for more info:

Link to Article: http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/13/nra-ila-on-illinois-overview-of-the-new-concealed-carry-law/

Link to ISP Website FAQ Section: http://www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw/ccw-faq.cfm

Article Highlights:

Concealed Carry Licensing:

  • Five-year concealed carry permits will be issued to Illinois residents at least 21 years of age with a valid FOID card 90 days after a qualified application is submitted.
  • Illinois will not recognize carry licenses or permits from other states at this time; however, non-resident Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses will be available with an increased fee of $300 if the interested applicant’s state’s concealed carry license laws are “substantially similar” to Illinois’. Illinois State Police must first establish which elements of other state’s permits meet the “substantially similar” requirement.

To qualify for a license to conceal carry, an Illinois resident must:

  • Pay a $150 fee;
  • Be subjected to fingerprinting for an additional fee in order to avoid delayed processing of one’s application;
  • Undergo 16 hours of training (which includes a “live fire” component). Eight hours of prior training may be credited if it is “approved by the Department [of State Police] and recognized under the laws of another state or if the applicant is an active, retired, or honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces.”

An applicant will be disqualified if

Convicted or found guilty in Illinois or any other state of:

  • 2 or more violations related to driving while under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof, within the last 5 years.
  • A misdemeanor involving the use or threat of physical force or violence to any person within the last 5 years.
  • Applicant is the subject of a pending arrest warrant, prosecution, or proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification.
  • Applicant has been in a residential or court-ordered treatment for alcoholism, alcohol detoxification, or drug treatment within the last 5 years.
  • Any law enforcement agency may object to the issuance of a license to an otherwise qualified applicant on the basis of reasonable suspicion that the applicant presents a danger to self or others or is a threat to public safety. Such an objection sends the application for review by the Concealed Carry Licensing Board, which consists of a total of 7 judicial, law enforcement, and mental health professionals appointed by the Governor. The Board generally will issue a decision in 30 days as to whether it has determined, by a preponderance of the evidence, if the applicant is eligible or ineligible for a license.

Training:

  • HB 183 mandates that the Illinois State Police begin approval of certified firearms instructors and firearm training courses within 60 days of enactment. At that time, ISP will provide a registry of instructors and approved classes.

Preemption:

  • The language of HB 183 contains comprehensive preemption of handgun and handgun ammunition-related local ordinances for anyone with a valid FOID card, and preemption of “assault weapon” bans enacted by July 19th (see here for more information). Regulation of laws relating to the concealed carrying of handguns is now reserved to the state.
  • Illinois law now contains increased protection for those who are traveling with firearms, since the preemption of local firearms ordinances applies to all individuals with a valid FOID card who are transporting firearms in compliance with all state regulations. A personal vehicle is also a safe haven for transport of firearms by non-Illinois residents not otherwise prohibited from possession.

Storage:

  • In addition to the safe harbor found in one’s vehicle, licensees who wish to store their firearm in the trunk of their vehicle while visiting an otherwise prohibited location may exit their vehicle while in the parking lot in possession of the firearm for the purposes of storing it in the trunk. They may also store the firearm in the passenger compartment of their vehicle in some sort of container as long as either the vehicle or container is locked and the firearm remains out of plain view.

Prohibited Places:

Under HB 183 there is an extensive list of places where carrying firearms is prohibited, even with a concealed handgun license. Three or more violations will result in a permanent revocation of license. The list of prohibited places includes, but is not limited to:

  • Schools and child care facilities
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Courthouses
  • Libraries
  • Government buildings
  • Public playgrounds
  • Public parks (trails excluded)
  • Bars (and any restaurant deriving more than half of its profits from alcohol)
  • Public transportation
  • Permitted public gatherings, such as festivals or parades
  • Museums
  • Stadiums
  • Zoos

Recently I had a few friends out on my farm to do some shooting. I had talked about some projects that I had going on mainly the shooting scenarios and you will see that I have some of them complete. I setup a little pistol range where we could practice drawing, firing from half height cover, firing at different angles, firing from a window, and firing from a corner. I think the guys had fun. I use steel plate targets that I welded myself from old scrap metal around the farm and welded them onto old sign posts. I use standard marking paint to repaint them after every session so that you can confirm via a black mark where you hit on the target and how consistent and accurate you are when shooting.

I also setup a long range for plinking with some of the 22 rifles / pistols we had, a 100 yard target, and a small gopher for super accurate shots. There’s a couple cool videos and one that we placed a Natty Light next to the muzzle break of the 50 cal and it blew it to shreds. I think I will have to link them via youtube so stay tuned on that front. Afterwards we grilled some BBQ’d some pork chops and pork steak along with some baked beans and potato salad. One of my buddies is a cigar connoisseur so I had to partake in the festivities to round out the ATF weekend.

Here is a list of the firearms we shot:

Pistols:

  • Beretta 92 FS 9MM
  • Beretta Neos 22LR
  • CZ 75 SP01 Black Shadow 9MM
  • CZ 52 7.62×25 Tokarev
  • Ruger SR9C 9MM

Rifles:

  • Aresenal AK-74 5.45×39
  • DSG FAL .308
  • H&K MP5 SD 22LR
  • Mosin Nagant 91/30 7.62x54R
  • Savage Model 93 .17HMR
  • Serbu .50 Cal
  • Stag Model 3 5.56
  • Steyr M95 8MMx56R

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So my fellow blogging readers, I have let you down! I have been a total slacker lately even though I have been doing a ton of cool stuff that revolves around my blog. I had an avid reader an personal friend remind me of that several times in the past couple weeks and I’m going to try and get back on track and back to releasing all that quality content you so desire. Stay tuned there is some good stuff coming down the pipeline.

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Never got a chance to talk a little more about Chris Kyle but I want to say that Obama and his bunch of liberal idiots should be paying more attention to the things that matter most. What is this country coming to when Obama and his wife congratulate people for announcing they are gay but omit people that die and have gave their blood, sweat, and tears for this country so that we can sleep safely at night. Chris Kyle should be more known in this country and get some of the recognition that he didn’t ask for but definitely deserves. He was an American Hero that fought for this country. His life ended in a tragedy.

Steven Speilberg is going to direct a film based off of his book American Sniper. I am going to be vacationing soon and am looking forward to reading the book in my leisure time while on vacation. Also looking forward to the movie in the future which will store Bradley Cooper.

Most importantly my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, he will be missed. God Bless him for fighting for this country.

Read more about his book here:

http://www.amazon.com/American-Sniper-Autobiography-Military-History/dp/0062082353

Read more about the movie here:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/05/02/steven-spielberg-bradley-cooper-american-sniper-movie/2130785/

Read more about his death here:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/02/14/he_shot_160__and_died_because_he_cared_116995.html

His wife speaking at a NRA convention:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/05/widow-american-sniper-navy-seal-speaks-at-nra-convention/

When I started to get into concealed carry and personal home defense I started to wonder what would be the consequences of leaving your magazines loaded vs. unloaded so I started doing some research and thought I would share my findings.

From what I’ve seen searching multiple gun related forums, there is no evidence to suggest that leaving them loaded will wear out the spring any faster than an unloaded magazine, I think it really comes down to type of use and personal preference. I have seen multiple forums mention that loading and unloading them or doing swap outs will wear them out faster. Leaving them loaded does not cause the spring to wear out any faster as long as long as you aren’t over compressing the spring. Many mention most quality magazines will never wear out in the time that you own the firearm. An unloaded weapon in my opinion isn’t worth my life as a deterrent and is not very useful in personal defense situations. I do liked to keep the mags oiled down just as much as my firearm. I spray Rem Oil on the inside of the mag lightly and then wipe it down with some as well. Keeps them functioning properly and prevents them from rusting.

Support the people that go to bat for you when it matters most. I know that not everyone agrees with everything the NRA does, I certainly don’t but honestly they are the ones that have fought for our rights time and time again when it comes to 2nd amendment organizations there are none with more power and tout than the NRA. They don’t always have the best reputation or image but I do think that they make a positive impact and difference for us. Several places are offering $300 dollar lifetime memberships which is a steal for what they normally cost.

Here are some of the organizations I know of offering such promotions:

Cheaper than Dirt i.e. Cheaper than No One

AR15.com

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Greg Godar

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