Word is, Glock is teasing us…Again.

Guns.com says Glock may be teasing about a new single-stack pistol. We at GOTR mentioned more than a year ago, that Glock specifically told us there was a 9mm single-stack coming but, wouldn’t say when they might release it. We all expected it might be released in time for SHOT Show but, that didn’t happen.

Instead, we learned the much anticipated Glock “40” would be a “long-slide” like the Glock 17L and 24 models that came before. The Glock 40 is also the first of the new Modular Optic System (MOS), optics ready models that will compete with Smith & Wesson’s, Pro Series C.O.R.E. pistols. Not an unwelcome addition to the Glock line-up but, the concealed carry market is ripe for Glock to present their own answer for Smith & Wesson’s highly successful M&P Shield if Glock’s own 42 is any indicator.

-GM

Texas HB 308

As much as we support HB195, and would like to see it pass, HB 308, seems like it may have an even better chance this session. Either would be a step toward restoration of 2nd Amendment rights but, HB 308 is a much more modest step in some ways and yet bolder in others.  As with any legislation, you can’t make everyone happy.  Given all the negative attention being brought to the open carry efforts by the antics of a vocal minority, HB 308 may have a better chance of passing than not.

For those who don’t know, HB195 was one of the first new pro gun bills introduced for the new legislative session. This bill seeks to abolish section 46.02 of the Texas Penal Code and allow open or concealed carry of a handgun in Texas without a license. It leaves in place, and applicable to both open and concealed carry, restrictions on carry in hospitals, churches, sporting events, and the “51% rule” with respect to bars/restaurants. Some argue it actually creates legal traps and unnecessary felonies.

In contrast, HB 308 does not do away with current CHL provisions in that a license to carry concealed would still be required. It does not address open carry at all. That’s the “bad news.” However, the bill does remove many of the offenses and penalties imposed by 30.06 and 46.035 that are not addressed by HB 195. No longer would you have to remove your before entering a school to pickup your child. Carry at a Six Flags amusement park, for anyone who still goes to such places, would be legal under HB 308 as well carry into .  The CHL program itself rovides an easily referenced statical record to support removing the restrictions on where CHL holders can and cannot carry.

It’s doubtful both bills will make it to the governor’s desk. HB 195 is indeed a bold step toward Constitutional Carry but, it can be argued it doesn’t go far enough. HB 308 doesn’t make that leap but, eliminates many of the restrictions CHL holders find most irritating. We’ll see which one makes it but, it sounds as if support for open carry in the Legislature is consistently being undermined by a small minority who claim to be on our side.

-GM

Well that didn’t take long…Constitutional Carry |HB195

Texas Legislature Online – 84(R) History for HB 195.

This bill seeks to not only allow open carry but, seeks to remove the Concealed Handgun License requirement for carrying a handgun all together. Contact your state representative if you want this bill to survive and pass the Texas Legislature.

-GM

5 Self-Defense Cases Where The Attacker’s Past Meant Zero

Lawfully armed citizens have much of their identity invested in being the good guy, and tend to assume that society and the courts will recognize their assailants as the bad guys. But it doesn’t always work out that way.

via 5 Self-Defense Cases Where The Attacker's Past Meant Zero.

Say what you will about Ayoob, there’s some hard truth to the cases mentioned here. And if you talk to the folks at Texas Law Shield, these cases happen more often than many people realize. I don’t share this to scare anyone so much as it is an attempt to avoid romanticizing what we each potentially face when we decide to go armed.

Even when you do everything “right,” the law is NOT always perfect or clear cut. Cases like those mentioned here are part of the reason we remind folks that what they post online, even on our page, is discoverable and may be used against you. Even if that never happens, the facts of the incident itself may still be used against you and evidence that might help you could be excluded by a judge/prosecutor who has decided they don’t like you, the fact you shot someone, let alone, the fact you own a gun. But all of that beats the alternative of being unarmed and at the mercy of those who might do you or your family harm.

Well that didn’t take long…Chicago has it’s first concealed carry permit arrest.

The state police have revoked O’Connell’s permit based on a provision of the concealed carry law that says permit holders can’t be the subject of a “proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm,” said Monique Bond, a spokeswoman for the agency.

via NW Side man is first concealed carry permit holder arrested in Chicago – Chicago Sun-Times.

 

As much as I hated Chicago’s gun laws, this does us no favors and as expected, the mainstream media is all over it.  It would be interesting to know why Mr. O’Connell felt the need to pull a gun in a dispute over rent money. There may be more to it. I hope there’s more to it. There really needs to be more to it. Otherwise, Mr. O’Connell is living proof that for every stupid rule/law, there was some idiot who made it necessary.

-GM