Sunday, April 5, 2015

New Gun Law

Here in Kansas a new gun law takes effect on July 1st. 2015. The law will allow any person who can legally own a firearm to be able to carry it on their person concealed with out a permit or license. Also there is no requirement to have any kind of safety class or training to do so. That is what a lot of people are up in arms about. Let me explain something to you. In Kansas you can strap on your 6 six gun just like John Wayne did in his westerns and walk down the street and be legal. (this is called open carry) But strap that same six gun on, then wear your jacket over it (concealed carry) and you were breaking the law. Makes sense, right? Not really. Because with open carry you did not have to go through a safety class or have any kind of training. But in concealed carry you had to pay to go to a class. Then pay for a background check and license fee (total around $300) before you were able to get a permit.

I never went and got a concealed carry permit. I thought about it, but I could not justify the expense. You see I grew up in a home that had guns. My dad taught me how to shoot, even though we did not go shoot very much. The I joined the United States Marine Corps and they taught my how to be a better shooter and how to shoot a bunch of weapons. Once out of the Marines I took a hunters safety course even though I really don't hunt. Then I got a job with a local security company and had to take a class with the local police department which required firearms training. The I took a job with a county Sheriff's Department in the state and had to go to the state's Law Enforcement Training Center where I had more firearms training. Then another security class put on at a local technical college. So I felt that why should I spend money taking a little 8 hour class on gun safety, when truth be told I could have been the one teaching it.

Do I think this new law is good? I don't know. I see people doing the open carry almost every day. No one seems to even notice. I have not seen any news stories about people in a panic because they saw some guy wearing a gun in a store. So I can only think that those same people doing the concealed carry will not be a bother either.

When this new law goes into effect will I carry concealed? Maybe. First off I try not to put myself in to a situation where I might need a gun. Second I try to stay aware of my surroundings. If I feel things are going to turn bad I can leave before they go from bad to worst. Third I'm an old fat guy and bad guys don't get much street cred for picking on old fat guys.

In closing I have one piece of advice. If you are carrying concealed and a police officer stops you for any reason. Keep you hands in plain site. If you can palms facing out towards the officer or in a car put your hands on the steering wheel at the 11 & 1 o'clock position. Then tell the officer you have a firearm or weapon on your person. Don't ever reach for it or take it out of it's holster. Don't let the officer be surprised that you are carrying a firearm.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Scam

I saw this happen right before my eyes.

A young couple I'm guessing between 22 and 25 years old with a baby about 18 months old were standing out in front of a discount store asking for money to buy diapers for the baby. A good Samaritan tells the guy to come inside with him and pick out the diapers. The man goes back to the diapers and gets the most expensive brand of diapers the store carries. He brings them to the counter and tells the good Sam that he is sorry but that's the only diapers they have. (A lie because after they left I went back and looked, there was all sorts of cheaper diapers.) The good Sam says that's OK and pays for the diapers. They walk outside, the couple says thank you and walks around the side of the building, the good Sam gets in his car and leaves. Once the good Sam is out of site the woman brings the diapers back in and tries to return them for the cash. The clerk says no, and when the woman asked why the clerk tells her the reason you can not return them is that you didn't buy them. The woman gets pissed and storms out of the store. A few seconds later the man comes in all pissed off and bows up on the clerk. The clerk calmly says "give me a second and let me call someone to help you." The clerk pulls the store phone out of a pocket and dials a number. The man asked "who are you calling?" When the clerk tells him the police the man leaves the store in a hurry telling his woman "we have to get out of here he's calling the cops on us." They walked off in a hurry.

I have always been a bit reluctant to give help to strangers asking for any type of a handout. Seeing this happen right in front of me has made it really hard for me to even consider giving anything to strangers.