‘Armed And Educated’ Book Series

 

Texas and U.S. Law Shield’s series of Armed And Educated books are state-specific legal references — written in plain and understandable English — that contain critical information every gun owner should know:

  • Where You Can And Cannot Possess A Firearm
  • When You Can Legally Use A Firearm
  • Numerous Examples Of How Gun Laws Impact Real Lives
  • Clear Explanations That Separate Myth From Reality
  • Practical Information Regarding How To Stay Out Of Trouble
  • Plus Much, Much More…

Members may want to help a friend or relative living in another state know the gun laws and separate myth from reality by buying a book for them or sending them the link to this page. These authoritative references can help someone you care about become Armed And Educated about the use of force and the use of deadly force in various jurisdictions.

Of course, Members who travel to various states can use the information as well.

For your convenience, our Armed And Educated books are also available in electronic formats you can store on your phone or other portable device — so you always have the most current self-defense information at your fingertips.

Below are links to our current titles for more information and to order from our online store. If you prefer electronic versions, direct links to order pages on Amazon.com also appear below.

Want to get educated about your rights and responsibilities as a person who’s armed, so you can defend yourself, your family, and your property? Then it’s time to get a copy of an Armed And Educated book today!

 

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Colorado Gun Law: Armed and Educated
Paperback: 394 pages
ISBN-10: 069264072X
ISBN-13: 978-0692640722
Colorado Gun Law: Armed and Educated Digital Download

 

 

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Florida Gun Law: Armed and Educated
Paperback: 329 pages
ISBN-10: 0692680217
ISBN-13: 978-0692680216
Florida Gun Law: Armed and Educated Digital Download

 

 

Georgia Gun Law: Armed And Educated
Paperback: 283 pages
ISBN-10: 0692807020
ISBN-13: 978-0692807026
Georgia Gun Law: Armed And Educated Digital Download

 

 

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Paperback: 415 pages
ISBN-10: 0692758046
ISBN-13: 978-0692758045
Oklahoma Gun Law: Armed and Educated Digital Download

 

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Paperback: 378 pages
ISBN-10: 069268011X
ISBN-13: 978-0692680117
Pennsylvania Gun Law: Armed and Educated Digital Download

 

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Paperback: 382 pages
ISBN-10: 0692506500
ISBN-13: 978-0692506509
Texas Gun Law: Armed and Educated Digital Download

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.

The Truth About a Court Decision ‘Banning’ AR-15s

You might have read some articles or seen headlines about a court upholding a ban on “assault rifles,” including the AR-15. Independent Program Attorneys at the law firm of Walker & Byington, PLLC have received many questions from Members concerned that this ruling has made the AR-15 (and similar semi-automatic firearms) illegal “assault weapons” everywhere in the country. Is this the truth of the matter, or a case of media misinformation?

It is true that a federal appellate court did uphold an “assault weapon” ban; the Maryland federal appeals court, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, upheld a Maryland law as being constitutional that banned certain semi-automatic weapons, including AR-15s. While the decision is disappointing to gun owners everywhere, the good news is that the only people affected by the ruling will be individuals living in the Fourth Circuit. To give North Carolina and Virginia Members peace of mind, this decision upheld a Maryland law that was on the books; it does not apply the law to North Carolina or Virginia.

The bad news, though, is that Marylanders just lost a little more of their Second Amendment rights. Chances are that the case will go to the U.S. Supreme Court in the next few years, so that the Court can decide whether these types of bans are unconstitutional. Until then, the people living in Maryland will not be able to own, protect themselves, or protect their families with so-called “assault rifles.”

Thankfully, Members in most other states can continue to exercise their 2nd Amendment right and own AR-15s and other semi-auto firearms. And as always, this ban is just a reminder that you visit certain states at your own risk! — by Walker & Byington, PLLC

N.H. Gets Constitutional Carry; Do You Want It for Your State?

On Feb. 22, 2017, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signs into law Senate Bill 12, legislation that lifts all licensing requirements for concealed carry of a firearm in the Granite State. Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Governor’s Office.

 

The New Hampshire state motto “Live Free or Die” got a boost last week when Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law a bill that lifts licensing requirements to carry a concealed firearm in the Granite State.

Senate Bill 12, considered a “Constitutional Carry” law by its backers, made New Hampshire the 12th state not to have licensing requirements.

Similar measures died in 2011 and 2012. Other bills cleared the Legislature in 2015, and 2016, but then-Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, killed them with a veto pen.

Sununu, a Republican, replaced Hassan, who now represents New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate after narrowly beating incumbent Kelly Ayotte in the 2016 election.

Sununu promised voters he’d support the Constitutional Carry bill.

“This is about safety,” the governor said at the bill’s signing. “This is about making sure that the laws on our books are keeping people safe while remaining true to the Live Free or Die spirit that makes New Hampshire the great state that it is.”

Gordon Cooper, an attorney at Walker & Byington and an Independent Program Attorney for Texas & U.S. Law Shield, said, “Previously, state law allowed open carry for New Hampshire citizens who were not prohibited from firearm possession under state or federal law, such as convicted felons. That only applied to open carry; if someone wanted to conceal a firearm beneath a coat or in a purse, they had to get a concealed carry license.

“While SB12 abandons that requirement, citizens may still obtain licenses if they wish; the license is now valid for five years before a person needs to renew, another benefit from SB12.”

Cooper said, “So why should a New Hampshire resident get a license if they don’t need one to carry? If a New Hampshire resident ever wants to travel outside of the boundaries of their state, they’ll quickly realize that other states may require a permit to concealed carry. If their New Hampshire license is recognized by the state they’re traveling to as a valid license, they would be able to carry as if they had a license from that state. This may also be why SB12 directs officials to seek reciprocity agreements that extend the validity of a New Hampshire concealed carry permit in other jurisdictions.”

Backers of SB12 frequently noted that neighboring states Vermont and Maine have no license requirements for concealed carry.

“As I’ve stressed repeatedly, Vermont is the safest state in the nation, and it’s never had a permit for concealed carry,” said an SB12 sponsor, State Sen. Jeb. Bradley.

Speaking to NH1 News Network at the signing, he added, “I think New Hampshire now will become even safer. Our ranking is good, but it will be better after this.”

Bradley, a Republican from Wolfeboro, represented New Hampshire as a congressman and currently is the State Senate Majority Leader.

He had previously told the Concord Monitor that the new bill reinforces the intent of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by “eliminating the licensing requirement to carry a concealed firearm by individuals legally able to do so.”

The bill passed the state Senate, dominated by Republicans, with a 13-10 vote. The state House, also GOP-dominated, approved it by a 2-1 margin of 200 to 97.

A new question emerges nationwide: Will more states join the dozen already allowing Constitutional Carry? Those states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming. — Bill Miller, Contributor, Texas & U.S. Law Shield blog

Last to Call — First to Jail

When a Colorado member was confronted by two angry men in a grocery store parking lot, he tried to defuse the situation by showing his firearm. Watch Member Ambassador Sherry Hale explain why our Member got arrested — and learn the simple step you can take to avoid a similar fate.

Member Ambassador Sherry Hale: Hey, members. Thank you again for joining us today. I have spent a lot of time talking to several of our independent program attorneys who have all given me the same great practical advice on what to do if you ever have to display or use your firearm to stop a threat.

Always make sure you call 911 to report that you were almost a victim of a crime. Why? Because if you don’t, there is a very high likelihood that the bad guy will call 911 and report you as the criminal. This exact scenario is illustrated by the story of Scott, one of our members from Colorado. This is what happened.

Scott was exiting the supermarket when he was verbally assaulted by two individuals who were looking for an altercation. The verbal assault became so heated that our member was afraid for his life.

Scott was forced to defuse this potential deadly threat by displaying his firearm and demanding to be left alone. Being the cowards that they were, the bad guys backed away. Our member, however, made a critical mistake thinking the situation was over and drove off.

It was only a few blocks away Scott was pulled over, handcuffed and taken into custody. How in the world did this happen? Well, the answer is simple: The bad guys called 911 first and reported Scott as the aggressor. The lesson here is: Criminals lie. Scott was the victim of the crime and was charged with disorderly conduct. And only after a lengthy legal process, all charges were dismissed.

Since Scott is a member of U.S. Law Shield, he ended up paying zero attorneys’ fees. Unfortunately, this ordeal still disrupted his life. Members, please do not let this happen to you. Thank you, Scott, for sharing your story with us.

Members, if you have a great story relating to owning a firearm or how your U.S. Law Shield membership has benefited you, we want to hear about it.

Share your story at memberstories@uslawshield.com, and maybe we will include it in our next newsletter.

 

Trump Kills Social Security Gun-Reporting Rule

 

Last week, President Trump signed a resolution that kills an Obama-era rule preventing some Social Security recipients from buying guns.

House Joint Resolution 40 stopped the Obama directive to the Social Security Administration to disclose information about certain people with mental illnesses to the national gun background check system. The order was made last December in Obama’s final weeks in office. See our previous reporting on it here, here, here, and here.

“By signing this resolution into law, President Trump took another important step toward reversing years of harmful executive overreach under the Obama Administration,” House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said in a statement. “[Social Security] should not be the arbiters of constitutional rights; it should be fulfilling its mission to serve all beneficiaries.”

The Obama order was directed toward Social Security recipients on full disability who needed help managing their benefits because of their mental conditions.

“As I’ve said before, just because someone has a disability does not mean they’re a threat to society, and needing help to manage your benefits does not make you dangerous,” Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) said in the joint statement with Brady.

The American Civil Liberties Union sided with national gun-owners groups to denounce the rule, along with the National Council on Disability (NCD), Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Rights Task Force, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), and the Bazelon Center. While the gun groups were concerned about 2nd Amendment rights, the ACLU complained that the rule reinforced stereotypes that people with mental illnesses are violent, CNN reported.

“Social Security needs to focus on its job—making sure Americans receive the benefits they’ve earned—and the action by President Trump lets them do just that,” Rep. Johnson said. — Bill Miller, Contributor, Texas & U.S. Law Shield blog