Sep 152017
 

Concealed Carry Restrictions

The License is for Concealed Carry

There are some confusing signs in the Pueblo area that restrict your right to carry a concealed weapon. Some of the signs are on public or county properties and they are very visible. The first one that we have all seen says The Open Carrying of Firearms Or Deadly Weapons Within This Building Is Prohibited”   this sign is straightforward. You can not carry a gun that is exposed (open carry) like the cowboys did in the old days in this building. Concealed Carry is fine but it has to be concealed. The Confusing part of this sign is when it shows up somewhere that you can’t carry at all, like the 10th judicial court building where they have metal detectors and sheriff officers guarding the entrance.

Concealed Carry is allowed not open carryConcealed Carry Sign Pueblo West Library

The next one is a little tricky and people have told me that is says something different than it actually does. “Bringing in concealed weapons that are not legally licensed and permitted, or openly displaying a weapon except by law enforcement officials is prohibited”  this sign has two parts separated by a comma. The first part says you can’t bring a concealed weapon in unless it is licensed or permitted. The second part says no open carry except by law enforcement. These type of  Concealed Carry restrictions or notices are common. The problem ensues when a person doesn’t read the entire sign and really dissect what the meaning or intent is from the sign.

Remember it is your responsibility as a licensed concealed carry individual to know and understand all the restricted areas that you encounter in your normal travels around town,  restrictions apply but are not limited to, the Jail, Post Office, Court, Schools, Airports,Public Transportation(Bus),Colorado State Fair Grounds, and any place that has a metal detector or a sign posted with some restrictions.

Pueblo City Ordinance 11-1-601

 

The Pueblo City Ordinance  11-1-601 is very clear on the subject. It defines all the things you should not do and then tells you what you can do. Things like knife blade lengths and stun guns are discussed. If you live in the Pueblo area you should read this ordinance so that you are informed.

Restricted Concealed Carry Pueblo Colorado

Pueblo City Ord 11-1-601

 

 

Bank signs vary from location to location. One of the things that always comes up is the fact that no gun signs in Colorado have no force of law. What that means is that Colorado, unlike some other states, has some very weak language in their sign law.  So it has been said that in these locations all that can happen to you if caught with a firearm is to be asked to leave. If you refused you may be able to be charged with trespassing.  Timothy J. Priebe, Esq. an attorney in Colorado has written a paper called Should I Stay Or Should I Go where he discusses this issue. You should read and understand this document.

Bank Sign TexasThis sign is on one of the local banks in downtown Pueblo, Colorado it is totally bogus. This sign is the Texas Law 30-06 and these laws do not exist in Colorado. This bank just thinks most people will follow whatever sign they post or that gun owners are sheep.

 

As always none of this is legal advice. I advocate being informed and follow the law. To follow the law you must understand the difference between coffee table chat and knowledge. My class has new information in it all the time. If you are a concealed carry permit holder and you are up for renewal you would be wise to get some updated information so that you can make good decisions for you and your family.

 

 

 

This is a great reference book that everyone should have in their library.

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Nov 302013
 

Choosing a defensive firearmChoosing a Defensive Firearm for a Carry Gun
By: Jeff Belanger, Instructor,Gunsmith
Doubletapweapons.com

Choosing a Defensive Firearm

As an instructor I’m not a big fan of the snub nosed .38 special revolver as a defensive firearm for new shooters. A few people have written back asking what I do think a good choice would be. Since it’s never as simple as saying “Gun X” is the must have carry gun. I’ll explain my criteria when shopping for a new defensive firearm and hopefully something I write will help you when you’re making your next selection. The first question I ask myself is “What is the firearm’s primary purpose?”. If I’m shopping for a gun to always have with me at all times (the gun I carry when I don’t want to carry a gun), size and concealability will be more important to me than caliber. Once I know what I’m looking for, I’ll do some research and figure out who is making something which meets my criteria. Honestly, I do a lot of my weeding out right here. Just like lots of people who wouldn’t ever drive a certain make of car, there are firearms manufacturers out there whose products have always seemed substandard to me or caused me nothing but grief. As a gunsmith, if a certain gun is something I see in the shop quite a bit I guarantee you I wouldn’t bet my life on  I’ll read internet reviews and see what people have to say about something, and then I’ll head off to the gun stores so I can actually hold the firearms I’m considering.

No More Than 5 Defensive Firearm Choices

Typically, my list of prospective choices is no more than 5 guns at this point. Keeping with my pocket pistol example, maybe I’ll find one that’s single action only. Since I know I’m not comfortable carrying a cocked gun in my pants pocket- I’ll take that off the list right now. Maybe the next one I look at is too small (or too large) for my needs- that’ll come off my list too. After familiarizing myself with the remaining defensive firearms and their controls, I’ll evaluate my two most important criteria next. “Does it point naturally?” and “Can I work it?” Holding the gun in my shooting grasp I’ll look at something (remember your safety rules here!) and bring the gun up as if to shoot. I then check to see if the sights have naturally aligned on the target or if I need to make an adjustment. I’II do this a few times to see if the gun is pointing where my brain thinks it should be. My goal here is not to find a gun that I can aim, but to find the gun that aims itself for the ones that do stay very high on my diminishing list of choices. “Can I work it?” is probably the most important aspect to consider- especially for women. You need to make sure you can manipulate the defensive firearm in every way possible. Ask yourself- Am I strong enough to rack the slide, lock the slide back? Can I release the magazine easily? If a revolver- am I strong enough to pull the trigger? etc. The answers will be different for each individual, and only the actual shooter can answer them. You’ll need to do all these things to load/unload your firearm, clear malfunctions, and operate it competently. If you’re lucky enough to have more than one choice left at this point, I would next consider accessories and caliber. It does you no good to have a carry pistol nobody makes a holster for or a semi-auto with magazines that are impossible to find. As to caliber, remember that smaller/lighter guns will always recoil more than a larger heavier gun in the same caliber. Generally, I always want the largest caliber I can comfortably handle when shooting, but this is never a deal breaker for me. The .380 I actually have with me when I need it will always be more effective than the .45 I left at home. Lastly, I try not to let price become a determining factor in choosing a defensive firearm.

Defensive Firearm at a Discount

If you wouldn’t buy a discount parachute at a garage sale, you shouldn’t treat your defensive firearm purchase any differently. I don’t know anyone who would consent to being maimed or killed for a couple hundred dollars, but people constantly take that risk when they stand at the gun counter and choose the discount budget brand gun which may not work when they need it most. This is something you are literally going to bet your life on if the time ever comes, treat your purchase with the seriousness it warrants. Be safe shoot straight and have fun out there!!

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Apr 142013
 

Concealed Carry USCCA Affiliate Instructor

USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals

Rick has become an affiliate instructor with the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). The new program was offered to 100 instructors around the country and Rick took advantage of this great program for concealed carry training.  The program focus is on developing a personal and home protection plan, self-defense firearm basics, shooting fundamentals, the legal use of force, violent encounters and their aftermath, gear and gadgets,and basic and advanced skills. The program textbook is written by Michael Martin whose credits include Firefighter/EMT, NRA Instructor, graduate of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Master Instructors Course, and VP of Delta Media the parent company of the United States Concealed Carry Association.

Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals-

is a great course for concealed carry training.  Rob Pincus, Owner and Director of I.C.E. Training Company said ” Michael Martin is one of the most creative communicators in the firearms industry.  This book is a must read for anyone with a defensive firearm”. The book is available through Rick at a reduced price of $22.00. One of the new features of the program is the offering of the Concealed Carry Magazine without being a member. This is one of the greatest publications for concealed carry and is not available on any newsstand for sale. You can now purchase a subscription to the magazine without being a member.

Rick is taking reservations for people who would like to attend this class.  Class will be $125. for the 6 hour class and will include the book and a complimentary copy of Concealed Carry Magazine.

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Feb 142013
 

Concealed Carry Permit

Colorado Concealed Carry Permit Training

Right now is a great time for everyone who is interested in getting a concealed carry permit to get the training done necessary to apply for the permit. The Colorado Concealed Carry Permit Training is very straight forward and can be accomplished by everyone.  Training can be done in four hours and the concealed carry permit class  is fun and educational. Many of the business people who have taken the class come away with a good understanding of the use of deadly force.

Concealed Carry Permit Training

Class is structured so that you can make good decisions about getting a concealed carry permit and the use of firearms in deadly force situations. Gun safety, Colorado Laws,Pistol and Revolver Actions, Holsters, and Ammunition are all discussed so that you have a good base of information to move ahead with. Concealed Carry Class can be fun for you and your friends or family.

Book your class soon so that you can have the safety and security of a concealed carry permit. Classes are available at many times and dates. Contact us for your preferred times and dates for your training.

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Jan 132013
 

Concealed Carry Pueblo ColoradoRecently I have been asked to do concealed carry classes at business locations and other venues for larger groups of people. Concealed Carry training has become a popular thing to do with all the talk of new gun regulations and possible restrictions to your second amendment rights. I recently did one of these events on a Friday night, the location was perfect and it was a great event. When you have a larger group of people you can have some tremendous discussions on many of the concealed carry topics. Both male and female participants are welcome in these concealed carry classes as well as many age groups.

Concealed Carry Requirements

21 years of age
not been convicted of a felony;
not been convicted of any crime of violence;
not been convicted of any offense involving the use of alcohol;
not been convicted of any offenses involving the unlawful use of narcotics or other controlled substances;
not been convicted of any offense involving domestic violence;
not been adjudicated by a court of a state or of the United States as mentally incompetent

Concealed Carry Class

This is a fun fact filled class that everyone enjoys and needs.  Many people take the class who never intend to get a concealed carry permit.  Schedule your training on an individual or group basis today.

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Dec 082012
 

colored circle gun training target

Don’t Put Off That Gun Training

You may have thought about getting some gun training this year because you feel that you need to have some education in the do’s and don’ts of concealed carry. Maybe you thought about getting some gun training about firearm safety because you feel uneasy about your gun and your ability to handle it safely. Sometimes what you need is just to take a local advanced gun training skills class and  get some new gun training ideas so that you have some new ideas about how to train.

Gun Training Can Be Serious Fun

Changing the way you train with new gun training ideas is one way you keep interested in your training routine. Be creative, take someone with you so you can have a training partner. One easy routine you and your partner can do is the “colored circle target”. Any version of this target works.  Load 5 rounds, start at the ready position, and have your partner call out the colors in random order. One shot at each color or letter. You can mix it up any way you want. You can also use different shapes i.e. (triangle,box,circle,numbers) and different size circles. Try running a shot timer.  Remember to keep your target low enough so that you are not shooting at the ceiling ( your RANGE SAFETY OFFICER will appreciate that). You can have a lot of serious gun training fun with these ideas.

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