Responsible Women Trust LawShield

Member Ambassador Sherry Hale interviews responsible women members of Texas LawShield to get their opinions about gun rights and other issues important to the legal-defense-of-self-defense lifestyle.



Sherry: Hi everyone! Sherry Hale here, Member Ambassador for U.S. & Texas LawShield. Today I’m at the Redneck Country Club and I thought it would be interesting to interview responsible women about their opinions on firearms.

What advice would you give a woman who’s on the fence about whether or not she should carry a gun?

Woman 1: Our world is so crazy these days, and self-protection, more than anything else, it’s just self-protection. You need to get your license, find the right gun for you, and then practice with it, and be confident and sure, and know that when you aim … somebody’s going down.

Sherry: Did you grow up with guns? Or do you own a firearm?

Woman 2: I do own a few and I grew up in a family where my father was a gun collector, and he learned at a very young age out in the country. And he taught all of us about gun safety and hunting and all that good stuff. Plus he also went to a military institute, and was a world-war veteran.

Sherry: Do you think it’s important for responsible women to teach their children about guns and gun safety?

Woman 3: Absolutely. Without question. It’s just part of your education that they need to know. We took our sons out, made sure they knew how to use their gun. Take it apart, clean it, and preserve it. The more you know, the safer you’ll be, and that was our focus for our sons.

Sherry: Do you have your LTC?

Woman 4: Yes I’ve had it about…I’m in my fifth year. I’m all about being Armed and Educated, independent, taking care of yourself, not depending on someone else to be there, because they may not be. If you are out alone, or if you’re at home, even with your children there, and someone comes in, you don’t have time to dial 9-1-1 a lot of times and it might depend, your life or their life, might depend on your quick actions and I think that responsible women should take the responsibility of taking care of themselves and their families. I hope never to to need you guys, other than to maybe ask a question about that I’m on the fence as to what the answer is, what’s legal or not, but you know when I’m traveling or when I’m carrying. But responsible women always want that protection.

Sherry: And honestly, that’s what we’re here for. To protect you, and give you peace of mind. As responsible women, we want our loved ones to be safe, so please empower and educate the women you love. Whether it’s your best friend, your sister or mother. here at LawShield, we want everyone to be Armed and Educated and protected by U.S. & Texas LawShield.responsible women armed and educated

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5.11 Tactical – Always Be Ready

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Back-to-School season is officially upon us. We know you’re out and about, picking up all the supplies your children need to head back to school. But while you’re out, we encourage you to stop by one of our partnering 2A friendly stores and put your member perks to work. Through our 2A Member Perks Program, all of our members have access to some smoking hot deals. One store we’re excited to be partners with is 5.11 Tactical.

With your U.S. & Texas LawShield® membership, any in-store purchase at the 5.11 Tactical – San Antonio or Houston location is 10% off with your LawShield member card.

Don’t see your city listed for 5.11? Don’t worry! We’re working on adding more stores nationwide to our list. But if you’re a member traveling to the state of Texas and want to visit either San Antonio or Houston; the discount applies to you too!

Purpose-Built Gear at 5.11 Tactical

5.11 is known for creating “purpose-built gear for the most demanding missions” ensuring that, like their motto says, you will Always Be Ready.

Robert Soruco, 5.11 Tactical – San Antonio store manager, shared that 5.11 stands for what used to be known as “the hardest and most difficult climb you could do.”  Meaning, they create gear that’s built to last you through even the most demanding missions.

One of their original and most popular products, the tactical pant, was introduced to the FBI in 2003. They are also the Official Tactical Apparel & Gear Supplier of NASCAR, among many other racing and motorsport organizations.

Innovation is what drives their commitment to creating products that are durable and that last, which is why tactical professionals and enthusiasts worldwide trust their brand.

What to Look For

If you’ve never been to 5.11 Tactical, then you’re in for a treat! The store carries an array of goods from menswear and womenswear all the way to backpacks, concealed carry handbags, and even gear for our Law Enforcement, Military, Fire and EMS professionals.

For our female members, we think you’ll be particularly excited about the selection of clothing and handbags 5.11 offers. It’s the same great 5.11 quality, with a feminine twist.

  • • Durable quality items built for even the most demanding missions.
  • • 5.11 offers large selection of items for our CHL holders.
  • • Concealed Carry backpacks, perfect for back-to-school.
  • • Variety of sizes and styles in women’s clothing and accessories.
  • • 10% discount in-store at the San Antonio and Houston locations.


It’s important to invest in a bag that’s durable and built specifically for CHL holders. 5.11 Tactical offers a large selection of backpacks.

Senior Sales Associate Nick Wright mentioned that these backpacks are preferred among parents as they want to purchase something that will last. So, you can rest assured that your purchase will go the extra mile, and when your child leaves for college, they can handle the Campus Carry Law with ease.

Get Behind the Shield!

With 5.11 Tactical, you can be sure that you will Always Be Ready.

At U.S. & Texas LawShield, it’s always been our mission as the nation’s original legal defense for self-defense program to provide our members with the best in coverage and customer service. Take advantage of your member perks with 5.11 Tactical. It’s our way of saying thanks for being a member.

And remember to stay connected, stay informed, and stay protected with U.S. & Texas LawShield.



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Open-Carry Legal Advice in the Wake of Charlottesville

Independent Program Attorney Emily Taylor addresses the legal issue of whether you can legally open carry your firearm at a demonstration in Texas—and why such an action can get you unwanted police attention.


Sam: Welcome to U.S. LawShield and Texas LawShield’s Live Report on Facebook Live. From the news desk in Houston, I am Sam Malone.

Let me get to Independent Program Attorney Emily Taylor, a woman who can break the internet as a lawyer. How are you Emily? What’s going on?

Emily: I’m great, how are you?

Sam: Fan-tastic. After the violence that took place in Virginia, where you had members of various hate groups, and had leftist groups in there fighting, in a car and a person died. What kind of advice do you have? Let’s say something like that had — there was a rally, going to be a protest in Texas. What advice do you have on concealed carry and open carry? Obviously you want to bring your gun, because there’s a lot of thugs who have been looting and burning, and doing all kinds of bad behavior when Trump was elected, when Trump was inaugurated. We saw it happen at Berkeley, Chicago. Anyway what advice do you have for going into a crowd where there’s a lot of anger and there could be violence with an open carry or concealed carry?

Emily: Well here’s what I’ll say first. There are many states that actually have laws against carrying a firearm into a permitted protest or rally. Texas is not one of those states. So in Texas, so long as you have that license to carry, you may have your weapon with you at one of these protests or rallies.

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Independent Program Attorney Emily Taylor

Just because the law says its okay doesn’t mean that it is without restriction or limitation and I would just issue some words of caution which is that in these situations, which I think can get very tense, if you have a visible weapon, you’re kind of opening the door to the guys on the other side of this protest. Because they see your weapon, and you get mad, and it gets heated, and you exchange words. It is really easy for them to call the cops up and say “Hey that guy with the 1911 on his belt, pulled it, and he pointed at me.” You’re sort of giving them a head start on making up these tales, which you might think that I sound really paranoid and crazy saying that, but we say it in road rage all the time where people will just, you know, get in a road rage, look at that pickup truck, and say “I bet there’s a gun in there” and calling the police and say “oh yeah, that red pickup, the crazy guy waved a gun at me” and it’s totally illegitimate but it requires a police response.

Sam: Emily Taylor, independent program attorney, U.S. LawShield. This is why you need U.S. LawShield folks. There are so many questions and so many answers, and they’re on call, and the entire lawyer staff, Emily included, are there to help you.


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Upgrades for Self-Defense Coming Sept. 1

On Sept. 1, Texas Members will be able to open a big ol’ goodie bag of upgraded self-defense freedoms, courtesy of Gov. Abbott and the Texas Legislature. Click the video below to see Independent Program Attorney Emily Taylor alert you to some of the changes. Transcript appears below the video.

2017 Texas Legislative Session has come to an end and the Lone Star State has several new firearms and self-defense related bills that have been signed into law by Governor Abbott and will go into effect on September 1, 2017.


House Bill 1935 amends Texas Penal Code Section 46.016 to remove the term “illegal knife” and create the term “location-restricted knife.” Knives will no longer be specifically classified as daggers, dirks, stilettos, swords, so on and so forth. Instead, all knives that have a blade over five and half inches from guard to tip, are simply location-restricted.

Any knife that has a blade shorter than five-and-a-half inches is legal and unregulated. As of September 1st, so long as you’re over the age of 18, it’ll be legal for you to carry your location-restricted knife on your person anywhere that isn’t set out by law as being restricted.

What are these restricted areas? 51% establishments, high school, collegiate, or professional sporting events, correctional facilities, hospitals, mental hospitals, nursing facilities, amusement parks, and places of religious worship. Also the premises of a school are off-limits. Anywhere else you’re free to carry your location-restricted knife unless you’re under the age of 18, in which case you can only have that knife on your own property, in your own motor vehicle or watercraft, or under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian.self-defense

NFA Items for Self-Defense

We’ve got another bill this session that should delight those of you out there interested in purchasing and possessing NFA items. House Bill 1819 will remove suppressors from the list of prohibited weapons, if and only if, the Federal Hearing Protection Act of 2017 becomes law.

This bill also clarifies the murky issues surrounding the Mossberg 590 Shockwave. It amends Texas Penal Code 4605 to state that those weapons not subject to ATF registration, are not prohibited weapons under Texas law. This means that since the ATF has chosen not to regulate the Mossberg Shockwave, despite its 14-inch shotgun barrel, Texas will follow suit, and not consider this item a short-barreled shotgun.

Improvised Explosive Devices

For you amateur bomb-makers, the news isn’t so happy.

House Bill 913 has added improvised explosive devices to the list of prohibited weapons. This law defines IED as the completed and operational bomb, which means that the unassembled, non-military components, or explosive components used for target practice, for example, tannerite, still legal to possess.

Security Officers

If you’re a school employee, volunteer emergency service personnel, or volunteer church security, and you’ve got an LTC, your carry rights have been expanded and clarified through bills SB1566, HB435, and SB2065. Texas Peace Officers who are off duty have also had

their carry rights expanded through HB873. For more information on these lesser-known bills, call the Texas LawShield business line and ask to speak to an independent program attorney.

License Renewal Fees

Finally, if you’re looking to get your license to carry, or it’s time for your renewal, you’re in luck. SB16 reduces the application fee from $140 to $40, and the renewal fee from $75 to $40. SB263 also does away with the minimum caliber requirements for your firearm used to qualify during the range portion of your license-to-carry class.

If you’d like more information about any of these bills, contact Texas LawShield.


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Arizona: Advice for Concealed Carriers if Stopped In Car by Police

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An Arizona State Rep seeks changes to the state’s driver’s manual to include information on what armed citizens should do when stopped by the police.

July 7, 2016, was a frightening day for many concealed-carry permit holders. That was the day Minnesota police officers pulled over Philando Castile, allegedly for a broken taillight—and ended up fatally shooting the 32-year-old man. Castile had a concealed-carry permit, was carrying at the time, and was shot as he reached for the ID an officer had ordered him to show.

Arizona allows citizens 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. In an effort to prevent tragedies such as the one in Minnesota from happening in the Grand Canyon State, Arizona State Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding Jr. sought changes to the state’s driver’s manual to include information on what armed citizens should do when stopped by the police.

According to an AP report in U.S. News & World Report, Bolding claims, “The goal was to create a set of standards” and that the changes to the driver manual were possible without the need for passing another law.

The Arizona Driver License Manual now advises “drivers with firearms in the vehicle should keep your hands on the steering wheel in a visible location and when the officer approaches let them [sic] know that you have a firearm in the vehicle and where the firearm is located. If requested, the officer may take possession of the weapon, for safety reasons, until the contact is complete.” —By Warren Berg, Contributor, U.S. & Texas LawShield® Blog


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Arkansas: Confusion Abounds Over New ‘Enhanced’ Concealed Carry Law

 (Left to right) Sen. Trent Garner, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Rep. Charlie Collins at the governor’s announcement that he had signed the new “enhanced” concealed carry legislation. Credit Governor's Office / YouTube
(Left to right) Sen. Trent Garner, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and Rep. Charlie Collins at the governor’s announcement that he had signed the new “enhanced” concealed carry legislation. photo from: Governor’s Office / YouTube


Earlier this year, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison (R) signed House Bill 1249 into law, allowing concealed-carry permit holders to apply for and receive an “enhanced” concealed carry permit.

The enhanced permit requires an additional eight hours of firearms training and allows the holder to legally carry a concealed firearm at airports, polling places, public colleges, sporting events, some state offices, and the state capitol—places where residents with a regular concealed-carry permit are prohibited from doing so.

There’s one small problem, however. While the enhanced program is slated to start on Sept. 1, 2017, the law also directed the Arkansas State patrol to devise the required eight-hour training program—but they were given a deadline of January, 2018 to do so. 

According to an article recently posted on ArkansasMatters.comthe Arkansas State patrol recently sent out a memo to all concealed carry trainers in the state, “outlining the rules of the state’s new gun laws passed this legislative session.” 

But trainer Nathan House, the owner of Arkansas Armory in Sherwood, Arkansas, apparently spoke for many trainers when he told

“It’s still confusing to a lot of people. We don’t have any clue what the [training] standards are going to be yet for the enhanced carry.”

The article then states, “House said many of his customers have been trying to sign up for the new training program, only to be told it doesn’t exist yet. He’s added about 100 of them to a waiting list for it, while he evaluates if his indoor shooting range will be able to accommodate the potential requirements, like moving and shooting, moving down range and holster draw.”

Currently, nearly 200,000 Arkansas citizens hold a concealed carry permit. Among the various requirements, applicants must take an approved concealed-carry course, which lasts approximately five hours. A live-fire proficiency test is also mandated.

Although the previously mentioned memo from the State Patrol promised more information would be posted to its website this year, trainers like House have no real idea what they must teach in the enhanced course and if the various requirements must be taught in specific ways.

Also, no one apparently knows what the enhanced permit will cost or how much trainers will be charging for the added education. So, despite the new law being slated to apply starting Sept. 1, It doesn’t look like enhanced carry is actually coming to Arkansas any time soon. —By Brian McCombie, Contributor, U.S. & Texas LawShield® Blog

Are Your Children Protected?

Members who have made the decision to protect themselves and their families likewise want to instruct and train their children to make the right decisions regarding firearms safety and use. minor children

As the nation’s original legal defense for self defense program, it is our goal to create a responsible, well-educated, and law-abiding Member family. If you are a licensed LTC holder, it is important to continue to educate yourself on all laws, and more important, if you keep weapons at home or in your car, make sure those firearms are kept safe and locked away. If you have children, it is also extremely important that you educate them on responsible gun use.

Kids need firearms education not only to keep them from having accidents, but also because children come under attack, too, as despicable as that may be. It’s not hard to find instances in which kids have defended themselves and others against animals, sex offenders, burglars, and other threats.

As a U.S. & Texas LawShield® Member, you have automatic access to our many educational resources. This includes our book series, Armed and Educated, which provides state-specific legal references written in plain, easy-to-understand English.

We also encourage you to visit our YouTube channel, the U.S. & Texas LawShield Gun Law Center, where we upload fresh legal content weekly. Or, sign-up for one of our dozens of events, seminars, or workshops—conveniently located in a city near you. For more information, please visit Gun Law Seminar.

Customize Your Coverage

If you have a family, we cannot stress enough how important it is to educate younger family members on responsible firearm use. At U.S. & Texas LawShield, you can customize your coverage to suit your family’s needs, and our Minor Children add-on coverage is a great way to ensure that your children are educated and protected. No matter how many children you have, they will all be covered under this add-on.

  • • Coverage for children 17 and under.
  • • One flat rate per month—whether you have one child or five, ensuring coverage for your entire family.
  • • Our coverage includes the use of a firearm in self-defense situations as well as general self-defense situations, such as bullying.

Protect What Matters Most

U.S. & Texas LawShield gives you and your family the peace-of-mind coverage needed to protect yourselves no matter what.

Fearing the unknown when it comes to using a firearm for self-defense is inevitable. Educate yourself and learn how to use your firearm safely.

And as for your children, you’ve taught them everything they need to know, so let us take it from here. When your children leave home, send them off prepared with their very own U.S. & Texas LawShield memberships.

Get Behind the Shield

As the nation’s leading legal defense for self defense program, our goal is to provide our Members with the best in coverage, ensuring that your family is protected in any self-defense situation.

With our Minor Children add-on coverage, you can be certain that your entire family will always be protected. Make sure your and your loved ones are covered, and contact us about our Minor Children add-on coverage. And remember to stay connected, informed, and protected. Trust U.S. & Texas LawShield.


Nevada: Gun Ownership Appeal for Medical Marijuana User Goes Up in Smoke

In a 3-0 ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana cardholders.

According to an AP report, the lawsuit was filed by S. Rowan Wilson of Nevada. Wilson tried to buy a firearm for self defense in 2011, but was denied the purchase by the gun store, citing the line on Form 4473 preventing the sale of firearms to illegal drug users. 

While marijuana use is legalized in some states, its use remains illegal under federal law.

Wilson claims she doesn’t actually use medical marijuana, but obtained a prescription to show support for its legalization. In an open letter from Athur Herbert, BATFE Assistant Director of Enforcement Programs and Services, he issued guidelines to FFL holders stating that “any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.”

Wilson’s attorney, Chaz Rainey, plans to appeal the decision. Appeal options include the same panel of judges, a larger panel of the circuit court, or the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 9th Circuit Court is a large court, hearing approximately 12,000 appeals a year. Efforts to break up the court include the Judicial Administration and Improvement Act of 2017, which would create a new 12th Circuit Court of Appeals covering Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Washington state. The states remaining in the new 9th Circuit would include California, Oregon, Hawaii, and the territories of both Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Do you have questions about whether your gun ownership rights are affected by a medical condition that is being treated with marijuana, and you’d like to find out what steps, if any, you can take to restore your gun rights? If so, call the Non-Emergency number on the front of your Membership card and talk to an attorney about your specific situation. Or join us at a Gun Law Seminar and ask one of our Independent Program Attorneys for guidance. Click here to see a listing of seminars available across the country.

Louisiana: More Women Than Ever Focused on Self-Defense and Concealed Carry

In Louisiana, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s department, “which has an overwhelming number of applications from women wanting to take the self-defense courses being offered without charge, announced there will be other classes in the fall,” The Advocate reported

These new fall offerings were in addition to the four courses the St. Tammany parish department held in July in Covington, and another four in Slidell.

Demand for female self-defense instruction in Louisiana is not limited to St. Tammany Parish, which lies just northeast of New Orleans. The Baton Rouge Police Department offers the “Equalizer Women’s Self-Defense” class, specifically designed for women.

“The course covers facts about violence against women, reducing the risk of becoming a victim, defenses striking, common grab defenses, head-lock defenses, bear hug defenses, along with striking and knife defenses,” reported earlier this year.


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This move toward female self-defense in Louisiana also includes concealed carry. John Lott, of the Crime Prevention Research Center, published new data recently that revealed a “general upward trend in the percentage of people with permits to carry a concealed firearm are women in seven states— including Arizona, Florida, Indiana and Louisiana,” Fox News reported

Lott’s findings were presented in a report, “The changing gender and Race of Permit Holders.”  It says that in 14 states that have issued approximately 4 million concealed carry permits among them, Lott found that women now represent about 36 percent of all those with carry permits, indicating a clear upward trend. In Louisiana specifically, women held 18.3-percent of the carry permits in 2008. By 2016, that had risen to an impressive 24.1 percent.

Lott also reported that eight states saw a 326 percent faster increase in permits among women permit holders than among men from 2012 to 2016.

And, contrary to what the mainstream media often tries to portray, “Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at one-sixth of the rate at which police officers are convicted,” according to the report.

Obviously, women in Louisiana and many other states are not going to allow themselves to be victimized by violence, and are taking the appropriate steps to make themselves as prepared as possible for worst-case scenarios. And that’s a great thing!

—By Brian McCombie, U.S. LawShield Contributor

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Air Travel: Carry-On Bags and Firearms Don’t Mix!

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 31: Singer Scotty McCreery performs at the ‘FOX & Friends’ All American Concert Series outside of FOX Studios on July 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)


Country singer and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery was stopped at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport when TSA agents discovered a loaded handgun in the singer’s carry-on bag.

USA Today reported that “McCreery had tried to carry the gun through a passenger checkpoint before boarding a flight July 13. While McCreery has a permit to carry, his attempt to bring the 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun through the checkpoint resulted in a misdemeanor violation. The singer told police that he’d forgotten to remove the handgun from his bag after visiting a firing range.”

McCreery is not alone—and the number of gun owners who find themselves in similar legal straits is rather staggering, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding U.S. airports: “In 2015, 2,653 firearms were discovered at [TSA] checkpoints nationwide. Last year, the number reached 3,391, an almost 28 percent increase…. From July 3-9, for example, the TSA found 78 firearms in carry-on baggage; 62 of those guns were loaded, and 32 had a round chambered.”

“So far this year, we’re over 1,800,” said TSA Regional Spokesman Mark Howell. “TSA doesn’t want to infringe on anybody’s right to take a gun with them when they travel. We just want to make sure that it’s done in the safest way possible, and that it’s inaccessible during the flight.”

While McCreery was charged with a misdemeanor, the Post-Dispatch noted that a person found with a firearm at a TSA checkpoint could face a civil penalty of up to $12,000. 

Best advice for gun owners traveling by plane, especially those with carry permits who regularly go out armed: Check your bags and pockets before you enter an airport for firearms, knives, and ammunition. They can all land you in hot water if TSA finds them in your carry-on bags.

Remember, too, that your carry permit does not apply past TSA checkpoints or on planes operated by the airlines. For more information about the do’s and don’ts concerning firearms and air travel, contact your airline and visit

Brian McCombie, U.S. LawShield Contributor