A few weeks ago, we discussed the real, honest truth about silencers. If you missed that post, you can see it here. Meanwhile, it’s worth a closer look at the legal intricacies of owning items regulated by the National Firearms Act, often just called NFA items. An innocent mistake with something as simple as the storage of one of these items can result in felony charges and jail time for you and/or family members, so following a few basic guidelines is essential. Luckily, even though the ATF makes these laws complicated and illogical, there is an easy and affordable way to simplify things and protect yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to the dishonest and manipulative practices of these government agencies…through the establishment of a legal trust.
Just ask any avid shooter, and they’ll be able to fondly recount the first time they fired a gun, even if it was more than a few years ago. In many families, that first trip to the shooting range is a rite of passage. We’ve helped friends, neighbors, and customers in our neighborhood choose the perfect starter rifle for their children, and one of the questions we hear over and over again is this:
How old should my child be before I start teaching her/him to shoot?
Do you actually get to the range as often as you would like? If you’re like most people, your schedule simply doesn’t allow for daily, or even weekly, trips to your favorite shooting rang to hone your skills. Family obligations, work, and all those grownup responsibilities just keep getting in the way, right? And besides that, with the rising cost of ammunition, most sportsmen are finding that they have to cut back a little. Even reloading expenses can add up…there are other advantages to reloading your own rounds, but that’s another blog post.
On top of that, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate, or you’re exhausted from a long day at work and don’t feel like packing up your supplies and then cleaning your guns afterwards, or you have to stay home to supervise the kids, or maybe you don’t have a place to shoot locally. Even though we all know that a responsible gun owner practices with his/her firearms on a regular basis, sometimes it just feels like the world is conspiring against us to keep us from getting onto the firing line.
Do you remember the last time you were in a large crowd of people? Unless you were strolling around in an area that has an outright ban on concealed carry, there’s a good possibility that you walked by more than one person who was carrying a gun, and you didn’t even know it. In fact, for every 20 people you pass (on average) in the United States, one of them is legally carrying a gun,** and the number of carry permits being issued is on the rise.
This brings to mind a question that most permit holders have been asked at some point: Why do you even want to carry a gun?
Fear-based legislation is out of control. It’s not just a matter of trading a little freedom for a semblance of security. That’s an illusion…but you already know that gun control is about the control, not about the guns. All you have to do to prove it is look at the current laws on suppressors (silencers), laws that have no logical basis or grounding in fact. There’s so much superstition and confusion on the topic that most people think it’s outright illegal to have a silencer at all.
In actuality, it’s not illegal to own and use suppressors – and in fact they make your gun SAFER…but thanks to the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934, they are heavily regulated by people whose knowledge of the wide world of firearms is limited to Hollywood drama, skewed statistics, and shoddy late-night news reporting.
Ask the average person what an assault rifle is and you’ll get a lot of interesting answers. Is it a tactical weapon designed for military use? A hunting rifle with special attachments to make it more deadly? Does it have to be a specific caliber or made by a certain manufacturer to qualify? In all honesty, the actual definition of “assault rifle” doesn’t have anything to do with its intended use, caliber, bullet velocity, manufacture, or size…but has everything to do with fear and ignorance.
One of the manipulation tactics often employed by politicians to influence the masses is the control of language. Instead of “Anti-Privacy Act” you get “Patriot Act” because it sounds better…you’re patriotic, aren’t you? The same goes for “Affordable Healthcare Act” and “Terrorist.” The emotional connotation attached to the wording does more to sway public opinion than the actual meaning behind it. They’re banking on you NOT knowing the facts, so you’ll buy whatever they’re selling.
So what are politicians selling when they call a gun an “assault” rifle?
Proudly declare that you stand FOR individual rights and AGAINST discrimination! Here at Gadsden Guns, we believe that fear and prejudice are bad decision makers, and that’s why we’re out there every day educating people, sharing the TRUTH about firearms and shooting sports, and opposing anyone who uses fear, ignorance, and misinformation to keep the American people defenseless.
Even in 2015, discrimination still runs rampant, but it goes farther than you think. It’s not just about race – it’s about unscrupulous people in power using the public’s insecurities and lack of knowledge to assert control over the populace. Take, for example, the idea of an “assault rifle.” Did you know that there’s really no such thing? The myth of the so-called assault rifle is so widespread that most people think the AR in AR-15 stands for Assault Rifle, but in actuality, it’s an abbreviation for ArmaLite, the manufacturer. So what makes a rifle worthy of that scary title?
The answer might surprise you.
Bringing home a new firearm purchase is like Christmas! You spent weeks, maybe months, picking out just the right one…you filled out all the necessary paperwork and jumped through all the legal hoops…you shelled out hundreds of dollars to get exactly what you wanted…
And now, you get to open the box. At home. And what’s inside is YOURS. But, wait, you’ve got some responsibility in that box, too.
We keep over the counter drugs out of the reach of children, we teach our teens how to safely operate a car, and we baby-proof kitchen drawers…every precaution possible to ensure the safety of our loved ones. What if you could actually calculate the exact probability of disaster? Would you be willing to take a few simple steps to decrease those chances and keep your family safe?
Everyone likes to see small, independently owned businesses succeed, especially ones in your neighborhood. It’s not easy for little mom and pop shops like Gadsden Guns to compete with big names and big advertising budgets, so we rely on a very special type of person to help us pay the bills every month. Fortunately for us, our customers and neighbors are exactly that kind of person, and we hope you are, too.
The thing is, there are a lot of people out there who are “all talk.” They say they want to see small businesses do well, but instead of eating at the local, family-owned restaurant, they dine at Applebees or Waffle House. These are the people that complain that a new Wal-Mart is going to put the local places out of business, but can be found standing in line at that same Wal-Mart on opening day. Most of these types of people couldn’t even tell you the names of the local pizza joint, the Ma and Pop gas station, the cute boutique that their neighbor just opened down the street.
Maybe you’ve heard about AGrip. Maybe you’ve been told to get a grip. I mean, AGrip…
Either way, Brooks Tactical’s high-tech grip enhancing material is on our radar, and it should be on yours, too. We’ve been putting AGrip through its paces, and so far, we’re pretty impressed with the results. Stay tuned in the near future for more on how AGrip can give you a tactical advantage when speed and accuracy count, but for now, let’s talk basics.