Trio of Oklahoma Bills Land on the Governor’s Desk

U.S. Law Shield of Oklahoma Independent Program Attorney Robert Robles points out that three notable Senate bills involving firearms have been sent to Republican Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signature. She signed the first, SB 40, into law May 15.

Dubbed the “Point, Don’t Shoot” bill, SB 40 protects an individual who points a firearm in self-defense. Under current state law, individuals can be charged with a felony for simply pointing a firearm, even in self-defense, except in instances of deadly force.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

The new law allows individuals to draw a weapon to defuse a volatile situation and/or to prevent death, great bodily injury or the commission of a forcible felony.

Governor Fallin will likely sign the other two bills, SB 35 and SB 397, into law later this month. Attorney Robles said all three of the bills had the support of Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association.

SB 35 would allow active duty members of the military to carry a handgun using their military ID card as their license, except as otherwise prohibited by law. Individuals still need to be 21 years of age or older, and be either active military or a member of the Reserve or National Guard. A valid military identification card would be considered a valid handgun license issued pursuant to the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act.

Individuals would need to have this military ID, as well as a valid Oklahoma driver’s license or other Oklahoma State photo identification, when in possession of an authorized pistol. This ID would need to be provided on the demand of a law enforcement officer.

SB 35 has passed both the State House and Senate and was sent to Governor Fallin’s desk on May 11.

The final bill, SB 397, would remove language from the current law that makes it a felony, with a $10,000 fine, to carry a handgun onto any bus. Supporters of the bill maintain that the current law discriminates against those who choose to use public transportation to travel and prohibits them from being able to carry a firearm for self-defense.

The current wording states, “No person, other than an authorized law enforcement officer, shall board a bus with a dangerous or deadly weapon concealed upon or about his person. Upon the discovery of any such item or material, the company may obtain possession and retain custody of such item or material until it is transferred to the custody of law enforcement officers… Any person convicted of violating this subsection shall be guilty of a felony, and shall, upon conviction, be imprisoned for not more than ten (10) years, or fined not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000), or both.”

SB397 passed both the State House and Senate, was sent to Governor Fallin’s desk on May 15. — by Peter Suciu, contributor, Texas & U.S. Law Shield blog  

 

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Cellphone Gun: Is It Legal?

A product that caused a lot of stir last year when the concept was initially floated—a “cellphone gun”—is available for pre-order. The cellphone look-a-like that transforms into a firearm raises a number of questions from concealed carriers, who first want to know: “Is it legal?”

To get that and other questions answered, we picked up the phone and shot some questions to Michele Byington, an Independent Program Attorney at the law firm of Walker & Byington.

“The main concern for this firearm is essentially whether or not it is a NFA regulated item,” Michele said. She elaborated that under the NFA (National Firearms Act), there are certain weapons that are felonies to possess without properly registering it with the ATF, and receiving a tax stamp. A tax stamp is, according to Michele, “a special piece of paper the ATF gives you to prove you suffered through their registration process.”

One such type of item that must be registered is an “AOW,” or “Any Other Weapon.” “But don’t freak out,” Michele says, “‘Any other weapon’ is not what it sounds like.” She went on to explain that the phrase AOW was sort of a catch-all category; the definition states that an AOW is “any weapon or device capable of being concealed on the person from which a shot can be discharged through the energy of an explosive.” This term includes quite a few things, but the most important for this discussion includes the classification of cane guns, umbrella guns, and pen guns as AOWs. In other words, the term AOW includes items that seem like they come straight from a James Bond movie.

Michele stated that, at first glance, this gun disguised as a cellphone could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with items such as umbrella guns, pen guns, and the like. “The only problem is that, when asked for clarification, the ATF stated that they waiting until the gun was actually manufactured before determining its classification.” This means that if you bought the gun, and later the ATF ruled it was an AOW, you would be violating federal (and most likely, state) law until you registered the gun. “This isn’t a quick process either; the ATF’s turnaround time right now is between six and nine months, which is a long time to hope no one finds out you’re committing a federal felony.”

Michele closed by pointing out that it was equally possible the ATF could shock everyone and declare the cellphone gun not to be an AOW; but at the moment, no one can say with any certainty how this specific weapon will be viewed under the law, so it may be worth putting the cellphone gun on hold until we have more information.  — Texas & U.S. Law Shield Staff 

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In Georgia, Can Your Town Outlaw Your Guns?

Can municipalities in the Peach State restrict your 2nd Amendment rights? The answer is, “No.” Click the video link to watch U.S. Law Shield of Georgia Independent Program Attorney Matt Kilgo explain how cities and counties in the state have very limited ability to set up their own rules regulating gun-owning citizens.

 

Training Tip: Double Taps

 

Springfield Armory 1911 with a Shoot-n-See target

As you practice, you will notice a wider dispersal with the greater speed you attempt—keep the shots centered.

Among the most misunderstood tactics in personal defense is the double tap. More than half of those practicing defense shooting execute the double tap incorrectly. Worse yet, it is most often taught incorrectly.

Those without training will be hapless in many defensive situations. Experience must be paired with training. That being said, most of your practice will be solo no matter how well trained you are. A three-day training course is a great start—providing the instructor is capable. Remember, personal defense skills are perishable and you must keep the practice up.

The double tap drill is considered by most to be two shots delivered to the target as quickly as possible. The double tap is an excellent tactic for maximizing wound potential. But the advantage of the double tap is evident only if the double tap is properly delivered.

First, realize that the double tap isn’t a flurry of shots. Two shots are delivered as quickly as you are able to acquire the sights after recoil and fire again. This means that each shot is a deliberate shot that is controlled. A controlled pair, as an example, is a bit slower than the double tap and delivered at longer range—7 to 10 yards—and with greater care in precision.

The double tap is sometimes confused with the hammer. The hammer is delivered at absolute short, even contact, range. The handgun is drawn and thrust at the opponent, who may have a knife in your chest, and two shots are fired as quickly as possible. If attempted past intimate range, the second shot of the hammer might well miss the entire body.

By the same token, the controlled pair may be too slow for use at very close range. The carefully measured double tap is used at the most common personal defense ranges (three to seven yards). The shooter determines the speed of the double. How fast are you able to fire two shots, the second striking within four inches of the first? That is your limiting speed. A miss is inexcusable.

The double tap is versatile and should be practiced first—before the controlled pair or the hammer. The hammer can be dangerous to the shooter if they have not mastered recoil control. It should be considered a short-range tactic. I have seen shooters deliver a double tap on target with one bullet hole in the belt and another in the neck and deem it good. This isn’t good.

Neither was a controlled shot where each hit the target by chance. This isn’t acceptable morally or legally. The shooter began on the line with the hand on the pistol, shifted the pistol in the holster a few times, and then drew and fired the double tap on command of the whistle. I see this comedic pantomime often. They telegraph their intention to all concerned and then draw and render an 18-inch group on the target three to five yards away. Practice avoids such foolishness.

A fine drill to hone skills and build control is the Bill Drill, developed by famed shooter Bill Wilson. In this drill, the student draws and fires his handgun as quickly as possible at a man-sized target at seven yards. Six shots are fired as quickly as the student can control the handgun. Speed and accuracy will build with the proper application of fundamentals and this drill.

A few words on speed, calling the shot is the mark of a trained shooter. Anyone can shoot, but aiming each shot no matter how fast your fire is the development of a marksman. Of course, you can shoot faster than you can aim, but never shoot so fast you cannot aim each shot. If you fire so quickly during range work that you are not in control of each shot, you may fire too quickly for real during a defensive situation—in fact, I guarantee you will.

You will fire too fast, and you will panic when the fight is real. Getting the sight picture for every shot doesn’t mean the sight picture will be perfect as if you were addressing a 25-yard bullseye, but it means the sight picture is adequate for the range and the target. This may mean aiming using meat and paper, in which the slide of the pistol is superimposed over the target as an aiming point. It may mean that you are using the front sight placed on the opponent’s belt buckle as an aiming point. The pistol’s sights are used to afford a rough but adequate sight picture on the target at 3-5 yards. A sharper sight picture is demanded at longer range. When you have mastered these sighting styles, you will be prepared to shoot accurately and to use the double tap.

Action shot of a pistol being fired showing the shell casing as it is ejected

The double tap is executed at short range and should be practiced often.

When firing the double tap, fire once and control the handgun as it recoils. Allow the trigger to reset. As the handgun comes back on target, the trigger resets and you are ready to fire again. Fire the second shot as soon as you have the sight picture.

Control the handgun and use deliberate, but very fast, shots when executing the double tap. Moving fast means mastering the trigger action. If you jerk the trigger, you will invite tension into the muscles. A smooth press is a relaxed press. The trigger jerk incites tremors. A smooth trigger press must always be achieved, or accuracy will suffer.

The prep, as we take up slack on the trigger for longer-range fire, cannot be used at short range or when executing the double tap. We must quickly press the trigger. The trigger press is quick but smooth. Allow reset and roll on with speed. The double tap must be practiced often to master. To master the double tap, draw and get the sights on target quickly. As soon as you have the proper sight picture and sight alignment, fire, recover, and fire again.

Practice hard, use the correct technique, and the double tap will be a viable tactic. — By Bob Campbell, contributor @ CheaperThanDirt.com’s The Shooter’s Log. Used with permission.