Right to Carry winning out


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It can be easy to get down as a gun owner.

There is no shortage of outlets decrying the Second Amendment and those who hold civil rights dear. And in a couple corners of the map, some distasteful state-level legislation has been passed. But these should not be enough to bring the Eyeore out in firearms enthusiasts.

In fact, overall, gun owners should be heartened with recent times. On a number of fronts gun owers are winning, legally and culturally. The above GIF documents one such battle gun owners have been wildly victorious.

What it documents is the steady march of the right to carry — literally the “right to bear arms” — in America. As recently as 25 years ago, concealed and open carry were civil rights only a few citizens could fully exercise. But now it is a liberty that has and is being affirmed and reaffirmed coast to coast.

Dave Kopel perhaps detailed it best in a recent post at the Volk Conspiracy. The law professor at the University of Denver and Second Amendment advocate points out that in 1986 only 10 percent of Americans lived in states where “there were objective and fair procedures for the issuance of concealed handgun carry permits.” That trend has been completely reversed, now with 2/3rds of Americans living in “Shall Issue” states.

And, as Kopel reported in another post, the right to carry continues to move forward:

The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Peruta v. San Diego, released minutes ago [February 13, 2014], affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public.

California law has a process for applying for a permit to carry a handgun for protection in public, with requirements for safety training, a background check, and so on. These requirements were not challenged. The statute also requires that the applicant have “good cause,” which was interpreted by San Diego County to mean that the applicant is faced with current specific threats. (Not all California counties have this narrow interpretation.) The Ninth Circuit, in a 2-1 opinion written by Judge O’Scannlain, ruled that Peruta was entitled to Summary Judgement, because the “good cause” provision violates the Second Amendment.

The Court ruled that a government may specify what mode of carrying to allow (open or concealed), but a government may not make it impossible for the vast majority of Californians to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.


Subjective and arbitrary statutes that stand in the way of bearing arms are quickly and rightfully going the way of poll taxes and literacy tests. But it’s not just in the realm of law gun ownership and carry rights have enjoyed success. There has been a shift on a societal level, as well.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig advocates an armed citizenry as a crime deterrent for his city — a metropolis that is among the nation’s most dangerous. Gunownership is at its highest level in more than 20 years and has seen across-the-board increases in every demographic. And even those who were dubious about what full-realized Second Amendment rights would mean to the country have changed their tunes.

Columnist Michael Barone admits, he believed liberalized carry laws would lead to blood in the streets when they began being passed in 1987. But far from shootouts erupting from every minor traffic altercation — a favorite scenario conjectured by those who opposed carry laws — something quite different occurred.

In a recent column, Barone points out citizens fully exercising their Second Amendment rights have not elicited blood lust. In fact, expanded ownership and recognition of civil rights have correlated with of a precipitous drop in the nation’s violent crime rate. He believes a couple things can be gleaned from this:

One lesson, I think, is that responsible citizens tend to behave like responsible citizens, even if — or perhaps especially if — they’re armed. Another lesson is that the national political dialogue can be totally irrelevant to what really happens in American life.

Certainly, there are worrisome fights for the Second Amendment rights (such as this and this). But there are also skirmishes in the fight of which gun owners should be pleased. We have made important and lasting changes to our country with carry rights and will continue to do so on other fronts.

Do you carry in restaurants?

Do you carry in restaurants?

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My wife immediately knows when we walk into a restaurant which seat I want at the table. After hanging out with me for decades, I’ve become a creature of habit in preferring to have the seat that offers the best view of the room while keeping my own back to the wall as much as possible. Call me crazy, but yes, if I’m out to eat, I am carrying. 

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(While normally I am a strict advocate of concealed carry over open carry, due to its tactical advantages and ability to mitigate people ‘freaking out,’ in jurisdictions that it is legal, open carry in restaurants is a viable option) 


In perhaps one of the worst mass murder incidents in US history, 35-year-old George Pierre “Jo Jo” Hennard crashed his Ford Ranger through the front of a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas and shot 43 people that he had never met before, then proceeded to take his own life. One survivor of this incident, Dr. Suzanna Hupp, regretted that she did not have her gun with her that day for the rest of her life due to restrictive gun laws that prevented it. 

Luby’s Cafeteria Massacre survivor Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp testifying to Congress on why good Americans obeying bad gun laws leads to death and suffering.

Not isolated

Besides Lubys, there are other instances that occur regularly across the country in restaurant. 

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In 2011, without cause a local man shot 12 at an IHOP in Carson City, NV, opening fire on a group of National Guardsmen as they ate their meal. 

In Chicago recently, a ski-mask clad attacker opened fire on three men in a local eatery. 

In another recent case an off-duty police officer was forced to shoot a man following a disturbance in a restaurant after the suspect went to his car, got a gun, and aimed it at the cop. 

Expanded laws

In the Luby’s incident in 1991, concealed carry was at its infancy in the United States with few who did so. Today there are more than 8-million ccw holders nationwide and this number is rising every day. 

This had led many states to allow legal concealed carry in restaurants (and in bars) with certain caveats. 

Kentucky’s state senate just last week ok’d a bill that would allow concealed carry in bars. This follows a recent law implemented in South Carolina that allows CCW holders to carry in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol as long as they do not partake themselves. 

According to most accounts, some 40+ states current allow legal concealed carry in one form or another. 

And in my state, when I’m out to eat I have a passenger along for the ride quietly inside the waistband of my 4 o’clock position. You can recognize me. 
I’m the guy with my back against the wall.

How often should you empty your magazines?

How often should you empty your magazines?

Posted by Brandon on 09/13/2013

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These questions seems to pop up a lot; How often should I empty my magazine? Should I alternate magazines? What happens to my springs?

The truth is this; If you are running a modern firearm, keeping your magazines full will not hurt them in the long run. A well-manufactured spring in your magazine is designed to hold the load of rounds for long periods of time and should not weaken the spring to the point of being useless. Some manufacturers will say to alternate magazines x-amount of months, but it is our understanding that most do not even mention it in their literature.

There are benefits to unloading your magazines, such as cleaning. If you carry the same magazine with the same rounds on a daily basis, dirt and debris will naturally start to build up. Every once in a while, it is recommended to unload and give everything a nice cleaning. This includes the rounds that are in the magazine. A quick wipe with a towel (make sure not to leave debris from the towel on any rounds) should do the trick.

Another thing to keep in mind if you live in a warmer climate; Remember that your body sweats, and sweat can make its way into a magazine. While most modern manufactured ammo is extremely well put together, you always run the risk of moisture making its way into a round. We personally cycle through carry ammo every few months, especially during the summer, but that is completely up to you. It’s more of a ‘better safe than sorry’ mentality for us.

So there you have it. After much research and personal experience, that is our two cents on the subject.

Carry On.

Should you Carry with a Round in the Chamber?

Should you carry with a round in the chamber?

Posted by Brandon on 03/01/2014

The most common question that we receive from people who are new to concealed carry is this: Should I carry with a round in the chamber?

We know that this question is asked mainly due to the uncertainty people have with the safety aspects of this. We’re going to try and clear that up today.

Why carry with a round chambered?


Simple; preparedness. We’ll use this analogy: Carrying with an empty chamber is often given a response such as “you might as well carry a brick around” or “you might as well leave it at home”. While this can be true in certain circumstances, we feel that it’s a counterproductive response to the question. Remember, the question is usually asked by people who are new to concealed carry and may be new to firearms in general. Knocking them down with a response like that doesn’t help anyone and certainly doesn’t remove any uncertainties they may have.

Under stress, your body reacts in a much different way than normal. A simple action such as racking the slide is made much more difficult than under normal circumstances. The chances of a failure increase dramatically. You may not pull the slide all the way back to allow it to strip the round from the magazine, or if you do manage to strip the round, you may find that it’s not seated fully in the chamber. Both of these are setting the firearm up for immediate failure. Having your round ready to go is the best case scenario for being prepared at a moments notice.

But how safe is it really?

The best test you can do is this: Let’s say you carry for a month straight. At the end of each day when you unholster your firearm, check to see how many times the trigger has been depressed. If you’re carrying in a proper holster and keep your finger away from the trigger, your answer should be zero. With any modern firearm, the trigger has to be pulled for the firearm to go bang. No trigger pull = no bang.

The keys to completely negating a negligent discharge are as follows:

  • Always use a proper holster for your firearm. One that has a trigger guard and is molded for your firearm is your best option.
  • Know how your firearm operates.
  • Follow the 4 Rules of Gun Safety at all times.
  • Always keep your finger away from the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Practice drawing your firearm (unloaded) from your holster until you don’t have to look down at all while drawing, and then practice some more.
  • When you’re confident, practice drawing and firing at the range, and reholstering.
We can’t stress using a proper holster enough. We absolutely stand by using a molded holster that is made for your firearm. Using a generic flimsy holster can get into your trigger guard when holstering and cause your firearm to fire.

The images below show exactly that happening. This is a very dangerous situation that can be completely avoided when a proper holster is used.


If you’re looking for a great holster, check out the following companies that we have had great success with:

Crossbreed Holsters
Cleveland Holsters
Osborn Holsters

Image Source: http://www.itstactical.com/warcom/firearms/safety-warning-worn-leather-holsters-can-cause-accidental-discharges/

Give me the bottom line

The bottom line is this: if you are carrying a modern firearm, it is engineered to never discharge unless your finger pulls the trigger. Many have internal safeties as well as external safeties, and those safeties are in place for one reason; to ensure it doesn’t fire when it isn’t supposed to.

Current estimates claim that upwards of 10 Million Americans carry concealed every day. If negligent discharges were a common occurrence, we’d hear about them in the news every evening while we’re eating dinner. We don’t hear about this because it rarely happens. And when it does happen, it’s almost certainly related to operator error rather than firearm malfunction. The vast majority of firearm malfunctions happen because of bad reloads.

Rest assured (and walk around with your chambered firearm assured) that if you’re safe and know how your firearm operates, there is absolutely no reason that you should fear carrying with a round in the chamber. If after reading this article you are still unsure, you should consider holding off on carrying a firearm until you are confident in both that firearm and yourself as the owner.

About Brandon

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in a Crossbreed SuperTuck IWB holster.