Category: Amendment 2

The Well Armed Woman

I ran across this site a couple of weeks ago and wanted to pass it along because I have had many conversations with women who are interested in exploring the “firearm” lifestyle but don’t know where to start. Well if you are such a women reading this blog this may be a good place to start.

Why Did I Create The Well Armed Woman As A Resource For Women Gun Owners?

When I began thinking about purchasing and carrying a gun several years ago, there was no single resource for a woman gun owner and shooter. I was frustrated and disappointed to discover that there were so few resources out there that provided straight forward and complete information and products geared specifically toward me as a woman gun owner in this male-driven industry. The information I did find was often condescending and sometimes downright insulting. They simply weren’t talking to me or meeting my needs as a woman interested in gun ownership. Now, The Well Armed Woman is the complete resource for the woman gun owner.

The greater my interest and passion for guns grew, the more I found that the women I knew and worked with responded with excited curiosity to my new enthusiasm. Women wanted to know more and couldn’t wait to try firing a gun! I began to realize that there was a great divide between women’s interest in guns and the male dominated “camo and ammo” firearm industry.

I’ll introduce you to the ins and outs of armed self-defense, gun ownership, gun safety, shooting skills and products for women shooters. We’ll discuss everything from permits to holsters and we’ll do it in a candid and concise manner. I created The Well Armed Woman, LLC to be a complete resource without fluff or frills for women gun owners of all ages.

Check out the site and let me know what you think in the comments.

By the way my wife and daughter are among the Well Armed Women – And I love the fact that my wife is planning a girls night out that includes a couple of hours at a gun range. How awesome is that?

Update Added 4/8/2013: The Well Armed Women West Michigan Chapter is the newest in a nationwide movement to educate, equip and empower women to protect themselves with firearms. Read More here Well Armed Women West Michigan group forms.

Michigan law makers introducing legislation to expand gun rights

While several other states and President Barack Obama are trying to tighten gun controls, Michigan is going in a different direction, introducing legislation that would either expand gun rights or work toward making the state immune from any new federal regulations on weapons ownership.

The first of more than a dozen bills — a technical fix to the definition of a federal firearms dealer — got final approval in the state Senate on Tuesday and will go to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. But many more far-reaching bills expanding gun rights — such as a bill that would allow those licensed to carry concealed weapons to be able to do so in previously forbidden areas, such as schools — have been introduced or reintroduced in the Legislature this year.

Among the legislation introduced in Michigan, some would:

  • Exempt the state from federal gun regulations for weapons made in Michigan. Another bill would exempt Michigan entirely from “unconstitutional” federal firearms legislation.
  • Allow anyone to carry a gun in a school. Another bill would allow school employees to carry weapons into schools.
  • Exempt firearms registration and license information from the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Eliminate firearms licensing databases in certain circumstances and prohibit firearms dealers from taking pictures of people who are buying and getting licensed for guns.
  • Shift the responsibility for issuing concealed weapons permits from counties to the Michigan State Police.
  • Include libraries in the facilities that can choose to be a gun-free zone, where people could not carry concealed weapons into the building.

Read the rest at GOP USA

Michigan Firearm Legislative Update 02/26/2013

Senate Bill 213 is the bill number for the newly re-introduced version of last year’s vetoed SB 59. Along with a number of other positive changes, it would:

  1.  Eliminate County Gun Boards and move their responsibility to the Michigan State Police.  The task of accepting the application and printing the CPL would remain with your county clerk.
  2. Reduce the price to get a CPL from $105 to $90.  For first time issuance, finger printing is still required and a police agency may charge you an additional fee (on top of the $90) of up to $15 in order to finger print you.  Renewal CPL applications would not require a fingerprinting, thus saving you $15 compared to the status quo.
  3. Repeal Several of the Pistol Free Zones found in MCL 28.425o outright (No compromising open Carry, no additional training).  Zones being repealed include: (b) public/private daycare or public/private child placement agency, (c) sports arena or stadium, (d) a bar or tavern, (f) an “entertainment facility” where the seating capacity is over 2,500 people, (h) a dorm or classroom of a community college, college, or university. No additional training would be required to carry there.  Remaining pistol free zones (schools, churches, hospitals) would have an “opt-in” ability similar to what churches have right now — this would allow the people in charge of these facilities to allow conceal carry on their premises.  Currently schools and hospitals cannot even grant permission to someone to carry concealed on their premises.

Source: Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners

Michigan’s Second Amendment March

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Michigan’s Second Amendment March will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at Michigan’s Capitol. The march will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a sidewalk procession from the corner of Michigan and Pennsylvania to the Capitol. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. people will meet with their state representatives. Musical entertainment and pro-gun speakers will take the stage from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. From 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. people will meet with their state senators. The Michigan Legislature is in session that day. We’ll be showing them the political strength of Michigan’s legal gun owners. The march is being organized by Skip Coryell’s Second Amendment March and jointly promoted and funded by the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, Michigan Open Carry, Michigan Gun Owners and Michigan Students for Concealed Carry.

For more information go to the Michigan Second Amendment March site here.

Michigan Firearm Legislation Update

The Michigan Legislature began the 2013-2014 session at noon on Wednesday, January 9. To date, three firearms related bills have been introduced. MCRGO has asked for immediate consideration of all three bills. The three will be taken up by the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday, January 23. MCRGO will testify in support of all three bills. They are:

Senate Bill 49 (Casperson): Prohibits the disclosure of Michigan firearms registration information and exempts such information from the Freedom of Information Act.

Senate Bill 60 (Green): Corrects a flaw in HB 5225 of 2012 which eliminated the need to obtain a pistol purchase permit for a purchase from a Class 1 FFL but neglected to include Class 7 FFLs as well.

Senate Bill 63 (Pavlov): Creates the “Firearms Freedom Act” which asserts that a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Michigan and that remains within the borders of Michigan is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration under the authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.

Gun Control Tipping Point?

Mashable has this article Gun Control Petition is Most Popular Ever Posted to White House Site

A petition asking the White House to immediately press Congress for tighter restrictions on gun ownership became the most popular ever posted to the White House “We the People” website after less than 48 hours online Sunday.

The petition was filed in the hours following an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday that left 27 people dead, including 20 children. More than 120,000 people had signed the petition as of 1 p.m. Sunday.

Have we reached the tipping point on Gun Control? What do you think?

3D-Printable Guns Face Federal Ban

Mashable has this story on how there is a federal ban in the works for 3D printable guns

No fully plastic guns existed when Congress first passed the Undetectable Firearms Act in 1988. But grassroots efforts to create a 3D-printable plastic gun have alarmed one congressman enough to call for renewing the law before it expires in December 2013.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y) made his plea for renewing the federal ban on plastic guns just days after members of the “Wiki Weapon” project tested a 3D-printed gun part in a live-fire test. The “Wiki Weapon” members — organized under the name Defense Distributed — aim to begin testing fully 3D-printed guns by year’s end.

“Congress passed a law banning plastic guns for two decades, when they were just a movie fantasy,” Israel said. “With the advent of 3D printers these guns are suddenly a real possibility, but the law Congress passed is set to expire next year.”

Gun enthusiasts have already begun experimenting with 3D printing’s ability to turn countless digital designs into real objects. The futuristic technology could allow anyone with a 3D printer to make replacement gun parts or eventually entire guns on demand.

As a side note this story was put out prior to the Connecticut shooting. I don’t see anyway this ban doesn’t happen now. Read the whole thing here.

More Women Are Packing Heat

Violence against women is on the rise and across West Michigan and gun range owners say the number of women applying for their Concealed Pistol Licenses or Concealed Carry Permit (CCW) is going up right along with it.

Fox 17 out of Grand Rapids, MI has this video and news article about how more women are packing heat these days. The article that goes along with this video can be found here.

Fears of gun control

Johnny get your gun but you better hurry, because supplies are becoming limited. Not by the government, but by the laws of supply and demand.

Since President Obama was re-elected, gun sales have risen. This actually started before the election.

In October alone, the FBI reported an 18% increase in back ground checks done before hand gun purchases. The official numbers for November aren’t out yet but, gun shops across the country are claiming big jumps in sales.

Read more: Fears of Gun Control Fox News Memphis

And there is that.

Justified to kill: An MLive Special

MLive has a couple of special reports on self defense homicides in Michigan.

Although I am still digesting the content of these two articles and am not sure what to think about the series, so far, as a whole I can say with absolute certainty that this was not what I expected to read from MLive.