A very important reminder

Your right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed by the government. A privately owned store can tell you to leave your heater out of their shopping centers all they want.

This message brought to you out of necessity since some dipshit is going to get his third chin in a knot and tote his Mosin into Target to show them who doesn’t understand the concept of rights!

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posted by Robb Allen @ 7/2/2014 6:03:16 PM | Feedback (36)
And you thought blogging was light already
TMI

As of now, there’s a realtor’s lock-box on our front door. An offer for another house is being made tonight, and if the stars align, we’ll be in a new home and have this one sold at the same time.

Wish me luck. The “Freak Out at the Spouse” game has already started and we’ve not even passed “Offer Accepted!”

posted by Robb Allen @ 7/1/2014 10:19:29 PM | Feedback (4)
I’ve always wanted a Boberg

Now there’s a .45ACP offering to boot! Which I’d love to take for a spin, but I’d still probably go for the 9mm. 7+1 vs. 6+1 capacity.

Still, $1100 for a pocket pistol is pricey. I have no doubt the firearm is well made and worth the money and there’s a lot to be said for the longer barrel in such a small space. I’m just budget conscious (aka my wife would suddenly learn how to shoot it the minute I brought it home, using my noggin for target practice).

posted by Robb Allen @ 6/30/2014 4:00:00 AM | Feedback (7)
Rust

Haven’t shot in ages.

A lot of it comes from the fact that my music hobby consumes a lot of my free time as well as my budgets, but being that I have a reloading bench and enough components for now, that’s not much of an excuse.

I need to schedule range time. Budget for it. Make it at least a monthly thing that I can plan for so that it’s not a mad scramble to find time or money to do. In a way, it’s shameful to not hit the range as you lose your ability to get on target accurately if you don’t shoot enough thus disregarding your duty as a gun owner at staying well regulated.

The last time I went was the same thing – hadn’t been in ages. I was able to hit in the black at 25 yards, slow fire, which is farther than I will ever probably need to engage in real life, but it was slow. <15 yards was all on target even with rapid fire, however I can’t rely on semi-annual range outings to be enough.

Time to stop with the excuses and start with the range time.

posted by Robb Allen @ 6/27/2014 10:33:30 AM | Feedback (3)
I have had entirely way too much coffee this morning
TMI

Made a cup of coffee for my morning drive.

Then I had a double espresso.

Then another.

Then another.

Currently, I appear to be running at Planck time and am enjoying watching the Quantum Foam bubble up around the elves on my desk.

posted by Robb Allen @ 6/26/2014 9:36:52 AM | Feedback (8)
It’s nothing personal, it’s just business

Interesting thing at the new job. We need a particular service that we do not have in house. Hiring people for this position is difficult because we do not know what to look for in a person to do the job, have little experience setting up the environment for them to do it, and don’t really know if there’s enough work to be done so that the person would still have a job in 5 years.

I suggested they look at consulting as a way to get everything set up. It’s a short term way of rapidly getting up to speed and at the end of the contract, you would have better know-how of what to look for, or even if you needed someone to do the job.

So I suggested my previous company. Because they’re a great company even if they let me go.

We are in the midst of scheduling a lunch meeting with them to go over our needs and see if they can help. Awkward? Sure, but in this case, it truly is nothing personal, it’s just business.

posted by Robb Allen @ 6/24/2014 10:14:07 AM | Feedback (3)
Justifiable Defensive Threat of Force Signed in to Law

House Bill 89 by Representatives Combee (R) and Edwards (D) in the Florida House, and Senator Evers (R) in the Florida Senate, was signed in to law today by Governor Scott. The new law clarifies that a person may threaten the use of defensive force in order to prevent or terminate an imminent or actual unlawful physical attack or commission of a forcible felony by an aggressor. 

You can read the new law HERE

The new law is designed to stop prosecutors from charging people who defend themselves and their families from criminal attackers with a crime, provide for having the criminal records of people who are wrongfully accused of aggravated assault for an act if self-defense expunged, and prevent the use of 10-20-Life against people who act in self-defense.

In over 90% of defensive gun uses no rounds are ever fired. The defensive display of a firearm, combined with a readiness to immediately use it, is often (but not always) effective in stopping a criminal attack.

Florida Carry is proud to have been a driving force behind the passage of this law which we proposed initially in 2012. The bill passed with bipartisan support in the legislature gained by the hard work of the Legislative Sponsors, Florida Carry, The National Rifle Association, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and The Florida Public Defender Associations.

The new law recognises that:

"[P]ersons have been criminally prosecuted and have been sentenced to mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment ... for threatening to use force in a manner and under circumstances that would have been justifiable ... had force actually been used."

The Legislature intends to:

(a) Provide criminal and civil immunity to those who threaten to use force if the threat was made in a manner and under circumstances that would have been immune under chapter 776, Florida Statutes, had force actually been used.

(b) Clarify that those who threaten to use force may claim self-defense if the threat was made in a manner and under circumstances that would have been justifiable under chapter 776, Florida Statutes, had force actually been used.

(c) Ensure that those who threaten to use force in a manner and under circumstances that are justifiable under chapter 776, Florida Statutes, are not sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment pursuant to s. 775.087, Florida Statutes.

(d) Encourage those who have been sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment pursuant to s. 775.087, Florida Statutes, for threatening to use force in a manner and under circumstances that are justifiable under chapter 776, Florida Statutes, to apply for executive clemency.

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Florida Carry, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental rights of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self-defense as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Sections 2 and 8 of the Florida Constitution. Florida Carry stands to represent our supporters, members, and Florida's millions of defensive arms owners. We are not beholden to any national organization's agenda that may compromise that mission.

Florida Carry works tirelessly toward striking down ill-conceived gun and weapons control laws that have been proven to provide safe havens to criminals and be deadly to law-abiding citizens.

posted by Robb Allen @ 6/20/2014 2:50:49 PM | Feedback (4)
Stop what you’re doing

And read this. Michael Z. Williamson absolutely nails it. I will be using this as a reference to those who believe encouraging self-defense is ‘blaming the victim’ or some such twaddle.

It’s got stats. Links. Charts. Reality. None so blind and all, but it’s a nice, succinct way of putting it all in perspective.

Now, here's the part that all these "experts" who don’t actually know how to fight want to pretend doesn't exist:  The cites above prove single most effective means of fighting an attacker is a firearm.  Thousands of tabulated crime reports through the Department of Justice bear this out.  There's no "interpretation."  Attacks committed, attacks successfully defended against, guns are the most effective means.  End.  The cites above are based on years of tabulating actual events.  Violence works, and guns are a device that doesn’t rely on the physical strength of the user.

posted by Robb Allen @ 6/20/2014 2:24:15 PM | Feedback (2)
Yes, that is a knife in my pocket but I’m also happy to see you

Got my Kershaw Blur last night. Couldn’t be more impressed. The spring assist is nice and the size is perfect for what I’m wanting.

It’s also nice to have a folder in my pocket again. I do this little Macarena dance any time I leave the area where I check for keys, knife, wallet, phone & pistol. Missing the one spot where the knife should have been was annoying. Not anymore.

And I really like the coyote brown. Nice to have something that’s not all black.

Haven’t cut anything yet, including myself, but it’s razor sharp. I need to invest in some sharpening gear and learn how to do it even though Kershaw has free, lifetime sharpening.

posted by Robb Allen @ 6/20/2014 9:57:47 AM | Feedback (3)