Starting our volunteer season of teaching kiddos. It is always a fun time with all their exuberance and yet7 knowing if we can just help one, it will be well worth the time. So glad that there are so many groups doing the same thing. If you have young ones that need training for gun respect and safety, let us know and we will do our best to find someone in your area.
James Tarr, an ex cop, covers some interesting thought processes in an article this past January on his experiences interacting with officers while armed and in street clothes, usually as a private investigator. First, second, third and most importantly, know the law in your state and any state that you’re traveling through while armed.
He suggests not using the word “gun,”. Say you’re armed, carrying a firearm or have a pistol. Cops are people, some great, some jerks. Some are pro-gun, some not. Mr. Tarr says it is extremely important to stay calm and polite no matter what happens. Keep the conversation polite and try to help the officer be comfortable with the situation.
If the police office wants to secure your gun until they’re done with the traffic stop, be cautious in handing a loaded handgun to the officer. If at all possible, have them remove the gun and take it, and/or unload the handgun. In open carry states, the cops are either pro-gun or used to seeing guns and you’ll rarely have an issue in those parts of the country.
If you are ever involved in an altercation—even if a shot isn’t fired—you need to be both calm and unthreatening. Unless you’re holding someone at gunpoint, your pistol should be holstered and out of sight, or plainly visible a good distance away from yourself. If you ever have to draw your weapon—even if you don’t point it at someone—contact the local police department and advise them what happened, even if the other guy ran away.
He says plainclothes DEA agents frequently work undercover and are taught not to raise their voices when confronted by uniformed officers. They are told to move slowly, keep their hands in plain view, and in very calm, measured tones inform the officers that they are federal agents. Why? If you come upon a situation and someone starts yelling at you, no matter what he’s yelling, it’s going to escalate the situation. Staying calm and polite keeps the officers calm and polite.
Finally, if you do find yourself involved in a shooting, say only the bare minimum to the officers responding. It may seem rude, but that is definitely preferable to the alternative. Remember, even though the police may seem sympathetic and on your side, everything you say can and will be used to build a case against you.
There have been several cases in Travis and surrounding counties recently -
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“open carrying on their own property” was outside their home on their own property with the gun in a holster.”
“having your gun unconcealed – in your lap- in a road rage incident”. It must always be concealed.
“defense of property and person at night”. Outside of the home with the handgun and 911 was called.
“an accident where a motorist charged the CHL holder with his vehicle and onlookers told police that the CHL holder had pulled a gun”
one “ a homeowner carried his shotgun outside his home and met up with a cop following a suspect and was filed on for carrying his gun outside his home.”
All were acquitted with good legal representation but at great cost in money and personal time. Remember revealing your gun will cost you, but then if necessary not using your gun may cost you worse. Some more of those hard decisions that freemen must make.
Below is the Department of Public Safety’s notice of bills from the 83rd Legislature which may relate to concealed carriers in Texas.
House Bill 48 Effective: Sept. 1, 2013
Caption: Relating to the procedure under which a person may renew a license to carry a concealed handgun.
- - Eliminates the requirements for CHL holders to complete a renewal course, or demonstrate proficiency, in order to renew the license.
- - CHL holders will continue to have an option to submit the renewal application online.
House Bill 333 Effective: Sept. 1, 2013
Caption Text: Relating to requiring notice of a hotel’s firearms policy.
Requires hotels to clearly state their firearms policy on their website and in written guest policies.
House Bill 485 Effective: Sept. 1, 2013 Attention Veterans: Lower prices for original application and renewals. Just check Veteran and then send in a copy of your DD214 showing Honorable Discharge. Caption: Relating to the amount of the fee paid by certain peace officers and veterans of the United States Armed Forces for a license to carry a concealed handgun.
Reduces the fee to $25 for certain peace officers. Full time peace officer’s already pay a reduced fee. This bill expands the criteria by removing the requirement for the officer to be full time. Peace officers who wish to pay the reduced fee must be employed by a law enforcement agency.
Reduces the fee for both an original and renewal for veterans from $70 and $35 respectively, to $25.
Authorizes a reduced fee of $25 for Correctional Officers employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). This new law authorizes a fee reduction only. The TDCJ officers may apply online under the special condition of “active peace officer”; but will be required to complete the required four (4) to six (6) hour CHL course. Additionally, these applicants must provide proof of current employment with TDCJ.
A new fee schedule is located on the Department’s website.
House Bill 698 Effective: Sept. 1, 2013
Caption Text: Relating to the use of digital or electronic fingerprinting for an application for a license to carry a concealed handgun.
Directs the Department to establish a procedure for submission of fingerprints for Concealed Handgun License applicants who reside in a county with a population of 46,000 or less and does not reside within a 25- mile radius of a facility capable of processing the electronic fingerprints.
House Bill 1349 Effective: Jan. 1, 2014
Caption Text: Relating to the information that may be requested by DPS from a person applying for or renewing a concealed handgun license.
Concealed Handgun License applicants will no longer be required to provide a Social Security Number as part of the application process.
House Bill 3142 Effective: Immediately
Caption: Relating to handguns used to demonstrate proficiency in handgun use for purposes of obtaining a concealed handgun license.
The category of the handgun used for proficiency demonstration is no longer required, regardless of whether a semi-auto handgun or a revolver was used for proficiency demonstration.
At this time, all Concealed Handgun Licenses will reflect “SA” as the category. Changes to the laminated license are being developed and will be implemented at a later date.
House Bill 3370 Effective: Sept. 1, 2013
Caption Text: Relating to the authority of certain retired peace officers to carry certain firearms.
This bill expands the criteria for certain retired peace officers to obtain a Concealed Handgun License including a discounted fee.
Applicants will need to provide a sworn statement from the head of the law enforcement agency where the applicant last served. The statement must meet the requirements set forth in Government Code 411.1992(b).
Senate Bill 164 Effective: Sept. 1, 2013
Caption: Relating to the issuance of veterans of specially marked licenses to carry a concealed handgun and specially marked personal identification certificates.
Authorizes the Department to print “Veteran” on the laminated Concealed Handgun License.
Senate Bill 299 Effective: Sept. 1, 2013
Caption Text: Relating to the unintentional display of a weapon by a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun.
This bill amends the Penal code by changing language from “fail to conceal” to “intentional display”.
Senate Bill 864 Effective: Sept. 1, 2013
Caption: Relating to handgun proficiency course that is taken to obtain or renew a concealed handgun license. Reduces the amount of time for the classroom training for the CHL course to a minimum of four (4)
hours and a maximum of six (6) hours. The amount of time spent for proficiency demonstration will no longer be included in classroom training.
Students must still attend the classroom instruction in person. The course material must still cover the same four topics.
Senate Bill 1907 Effective: Sept. 1, 2013
Caption Text: Relating to the transportation and storage of concealed handguns and ammunition by license holders in vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education.
Prohibits a place of higher education (such as a college) from prohibiting a student from storing a handgun and/or ammunition in a (locked) vehicle on campus.
I know I sound like a broken record to some, but as of September 1, 2013, Renewal Licensees do not have to take a renewal class or qualify on the range. Just go online, do your application, affidavits and all online, pay with your credit card, and then due to the problem they are having with the Bar Code Check List still showing that you need a CHL-100, mail in the Bar Code Check list to the address on it so that DPS will trigger your license renewal process and issue your new license. I am sure they will get this fixed soon.
DPS has notified instructors of the new requirements on classes for new students. We are now doing a 5 hour class plus your range time. Our scheduled classes start at 12:30. The Qualification on the range and the travel time to and from the range does not count towards the class time. It is a hard 5 hours but think both students and instructors can probably handle the classes better.
We have Learn to Shoot classes scheduled every month now and are making arrangements for the student to actually shoot the DPS Range Qualification at the end of class if they bring a box of 50 rounds of ammo. Our nest Learn to Shoot class is Saturday, September 21 at the Lone Star Gun Range.
Our next Sharpening Shooting Abilities class is Saturday September 28 and we have new targets to play with.
Take time to thank a serviceman or vet for his service and to remember those who gave their all for this wonderful land we live in.
As hunting seasons and cooler weather come, have fun but always ‐
Ross and Dottie