Brownback Signs Bill That Allows Permit-Free Concealed Carry of Guns In Kansas

This is a good thing.

Kansans soon can carry concealed weapons without permits or training under a bill signed by Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday.

The new law, which kicks in July 1, makes Kansas the sixth state to allow “constitutional carry.” It will allow Kansans 21 and older to carry concealed firearms regardless of whether they have obtained a permit.

Asked why he did not think training should be required if it is valuable, Brownback said carrying a gun is a constitutional right.

Brownback gets it. I would’ve countered the stupid question with something like, “Do we require training to exercise any other right mentioned in the Bill of Rights, say, like the First Amendment?”

Changing Hearts And Minds

I have my go bag with me just about everywhere I go. My wife refers to it as The Man Purse. When I first started working at a huge multinational corporation, people used to kind of look at me askance when seeing me trudge to my desk with my go bag on my back. Having a pack on one’s back is not unusual at the huge multinational corporation for which I work, but most of them are cheap little things with the company logo on them or little Northface, or whatever brand name bags. Typically they’re filled with an iPad, phone, laptop, or something like that. Some of them carry their lunch in them. When they see mine with all of its molle webbing and decidedly more robust construction, it stuck out a little bit.

As time went on, people go so used my go bag that they stopped even noticing. Some on my team might say something like, “What the hell do you have in that thing?” To which my answer would be, “Just about anything you might need.”

I don’t think that they really believed me. One day someone blew out one of their flip-flops (yeah, where I work, flip flops are good to go) and as they stared at their silly little flip flop, they mused aloud that they wish that they had something with which to fix it temporarily to get through the day while eyeing the stapler on their desk. I looked at them and said, “Duct tape might be helpful, huh?”

“Hell, yeah. But who has any duct tape?”

I reached inside of my go bag and handed them some duct tape. Problem solved.

Sometime after that, someone was whining about how the first aid box was out of something for their hangover induced headache. I reached inside my go bag and instantly improved their day.

One day, someone was aghast that in the break room a can opener for their canned crap lunch had gone missing. Yeah, I made their day.

Soon after that, people started referring to my go bag as the “magic bag” because it seemingly has an endless supply of tricks. A few weeks ago, we were undergoing a massive restructuring of desk assignments. I can’t tell you how many people were coming to me asking if I had something in my magic bag that could be used for one thing or another. Usually it just meant that I handed them my multi-tool and that was that (please bring it back when you’re finished). Now, for many people where I work, I’m the go to guy if you need something with which to do something but you just don’t have the means to do it. Hell, last Halloween, one of the departments was trying to construct some elaborate thing for some kind of Halloween inspired project. A complete stranger came up to me at my desk and said that it had been suggested that she come talk to me about it and that I may be able to help. After explaining what she was trying to do I plundered my go bag and produced the perfect fix; two zip ties and about ten feet of paracord which I cut to length with my Cold Steel Tanto GI knife. Yeah, I could have used my pocket carry, but my GI Tanto is just so much cooler.

I’ve had people ask me very seriously just what exactly I have in my go bag and inquire about my philosophy with regards to a go bag. I happily obliged them.

Today, looking around the office I noticed something. I counted three people on my team with go bags under their desks. I’m talking full blown, covered in molle webbing, honest to God, tacticool, go bags. One of them was a 5.11 just like mine. After work, I reached under my desk, shouldered my man purse and one of my team mates caught up to walk out with me. He had his tacticool go bag on his shoulder. “I got this at Walmart a couple days ago,” he said.

“Awesome,” I said. “What do you have in it?”

“I got lots of stuff in it, but that’s what I wanted to talk with you about …”

Changing hearts and minds. Changing hearts and minds …

Self Defense Against What You Know

Self defense is hugely complex yet simple at the same time. At its most fundamental it is pretty much as Dictionary dot com describes it:

the act of defending one’s person when physically attacked, as by  countering blows or overcoming an assailant

Yes, pretty simple, but there is much more than that. Much, much more.

Krav Maga is a self defense system in which we train to defend ourselves in much the same manner as described above. All of the drills and training are basically to defend one’s person when physically attacked. A lot of any relevant self defense training will incorporate drills that will induce stress to approximate the real deal as much as possible. That includes sparring. It’s one thing to defend against a choke, bear hug, or punch when training and another thing to do it under the kind of stress induced when you really get punched or are exhausted. The stress drills matter. You have to know what it’s like to be exhausted and defending yourself against an attacker in order to, well, be exhausted and defend yourself against an attacker. You have to know what it’s like to be punched in the face to really understand what it’s like to fight back after being punched. Where I train at, Krav Maga Reborn, there is a lot of emphases on “training from a disadvantage” which means they do a lot of stress drills. Yeah, you’ve got various counters down in response to various attacks, but lets see how you do in a circle of hell, surrounded by various assailants coming at you with a punch, kick, stick, knife, or gun.

Knives are difficult to approximate in a training scenario. The rubber knives are pretty good up to a point, but you have to experience the discomfort that a knife brings to really train. What to do? Train with real knives? I’d advise against that. The next best thing is something called a Shocknife. It’s basically a stun gun in the shape of a knife. It produces an electrical charge along the “cutting edge” and it’s very helpful in demonstrating where your knife defense is lacking. It hurts. Trust me. It puts a whole new spin on training for defending against knife attacks.

Along much of the same lines as knives are guns. When running drills and practicing gun defense tactics the fake training guns work pretty well up to a point; they approximate the size and weight of a gun. You can train with disarm techniques and do stress drills, but it’s a far cry from the real deal. Again, training with a real loaded firearm would be ill advised. That’s a nice way of saying blitheringly stupid. There are training devices called ram pistols which work great, again, up to a point. These closely resemble real firearms and will let you know how effective your gun defense is. They hurt, but won’t kill you.

But that’s only part of the story regarding training gun defense and gun takeaways. There are a lot of different kinds of guns (I’m talking handguns. Long guns are a whole different realm). You can do that awesome gun defense and takeaway when defending against one kind of gun, but apply that same technique against a different kind of gun and you would be in a bigger world of hurt than you’re already in if someone is posturing with a gun. The characteristics of something like a Glock 26 are different enough from, say, a small frame Smith & Wesson revolver that if you’re not familiar with what you’re dealing with your chances of a successful takeaway go from very poor to just about hopeless. Or, worse yet, even if you’ve trained and drilled yourself half to death on some kind of gun takeaway, the effectiveness of any gun defense is going to be severely limited if you have no familiarity with firearms.

This is something that became apparent for me today as I participated in a gun familiarity seminar this morning at the place where I train Krav Maga.  For me, it was nothing new. It was geared towards those who have NO experience with guns. Going in, I was thinking it was going to be pretty cool in the sense that it would introduce a lot of novices to firearms.

kmrgun1 Going over the basics was a good thing and it was well presented. But then it occurred to me that someone like me, who is pretty experienced in firearms, would have a definite advantage over someone with zero experience with firearms. For example, one of the things that Krav Maga drills in gun takeaways is the “tap and rack” maneuver if you’re lucky enough to be successful with a takeaway. For those who have zero experience with firearms, they’ll have no clue what the hell “tap and rack” is. Okay, you’ve got the gun, now what do you do with it? If you have zero experience with firearms, you may very well be as big of a danger to yourself and others as the bad guy was.

A lot of these kinds of things were touched on this morning during this excellent presentation.

kmrgun3Look, if someone approaches you with a gun fully intent on shooting you, there’s not a whole lot you’re going to be able to do about it. But, in most instances, bad guys are going to use a gun to posture; a point of leverage to get something from you. If you’re smart, you’ll give them what they want. If someone throws a gun in my face and demands my wallet, I’m giving them my wallet. Nothing you own is worth dying for. However, if you’ve given the bad guy everything you have and you’ve begged, pleaded, and done everything you can to get the bad guy to leave and they now demand that you come with them to some other location, the chances of that gun actually being used against you has greatly increased. If the point has been reached where you’ve decided that it’s worth the risk, and you go for a gun defense/takeaway, the more familiar you are with firearms and how they work, the better position you are going to be in to be successful. Self defense will always work best against what you know.

After A Year Of Concealed Carry, Illinois Still Not Bathing In Blood

Go figure. A year has passed since Illinois removed itself from preventing the basic human right of self protection and, like everywhere else, a bloodbath didn’t ensue.

Over the coming years, Illinois can expect a noticeable drop in violent crime. It happens everywhere else in which citizens are allowed to carry a concealed firearm, there’s no reason to doubt it won’t happen here. But that doesn’t keep misguided fools from trying to stand in the way:

But Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office has not changed its overall stance against the concealed carry law and its implementation, which as the Chicago Tribune reported recently, requires applicants to be vetted by a controversial state licensing board.

Dart’s office objected to more than 2,000 applicants, about half of whom had arrests for domestic abuse or orders of protection, and 18 murder suspects arrested but not convicted, Breit said.

If I were unfortunate enough to live in Cook County, I’d be concerned with having a Sheriff who seemingly lacks the ability to display basic common sense. Sure, he may have prevented some bad guys from acquiring a concealed carry permit, but he sure as hell didn’t prevent them from carrying a gun. Without citizens able to carry a weapon, the bad guys would still be carrying yet the law abiding citizens would be in a position to less likely defend themselves from said bad guys.

Good Guy With a Gun Ignored by the Media

Here  is an account of a defensive use of a firearm that was conveniently ignored by the media:

All the other shootings at this complex during recent years, at least the ones where I was present, were pretty well covered by the local media, but the media was conspicuously absent yesterday.  Could it be because the shooting was a completely justified, self-defense shooting?  Could it be because the person who got shot (the suspect) was a crazy guy who was stoned out of his mind?  Could it be because the shooter (the victim) used an evil semi-auto rifle to defend his home and family?  Could it be because the shooter (victim) was a black man and the guy who got shot (suspect) was white?  Could it be because the shooter (victim) was a black man and all the cops were white, yet we did not arrest him?  Even in anti-gun Commiefornia?

How about all of the above? If the agenda is not forwarded, we’re better off ignoring it. Well, we aren’t, but they are.

Unreasonable Vapors Over Guns on Campus

A proposed bill in Nevada would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry their guns on university campuses. Of course, we see the usual unfounded blithering idiocy from opponents.

Hundreds of students staged a rally at the University of Nevada, Reno Wednesday over legislation that would allow guns on university campuses.

Protesters demanded that Nevada lawmakers oppose AB 148, sponsored by Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R-Las Vegas.

Lord, I wish people would get their facts straight before acting. Some of the worst behaviors emanate from fools who think they know about something but know nothing at all and simply react based on base emotion rather than reason. The state in which I live has allowed concealed carry permit holders to carry in schools, university campuses, and unsecured areas of an airport for years and I’ve yet to see any negative results because of it.

Kansas to Allow Concealed Guns Without Permit

Kansas has joined other states in giving their citizens the ability to protect themselves, thus helping to lower violent crime. Keep in mind that, as of me writing this, the governor has yet to sign the bill, but all indications are that he will. I hope he does.

The notion that one has to acquire a permit to exercise a Constitutional right is plain stupid. Can you imagine being required to go through a permitting process to exercise the right to speak freely? But I digress.

At first glance, the notion of letting people carry a concealed firearm without having to demonstrate proficiency may seem unsettling–and I’ve been on that side of the fence–but when looking at the data and employing objective reasoning based on the data at hand, it’s an unfounded concern when looking at it from top to bottom. Does this mean that I advocate people carrying a loaded firearm without proper training? No, absolutely not. But nowhere in the Second Amendment does the caveat exist, “with proper training.”

The more good people able to effectively defend themselves the better off we all are.

Nutnfancy (TNP)

Some time ago I was researching another AR-15 purchase and was intrigued with the Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport. Perusing the internet for reviews I came across many. Most every one that I read still left me with questions. Like everything that you research on the internet, you seem to have to go to several sources to get a full picture. However, even after reading scores of various reviews for the M&P15 Sport, I still felt like something was missing. Then I came across this review on a YouTube channel called Nutnfancy. My first exposure to Nutnfancy was this video which begins with some dude running around the desert in tactiwannabe garb throwing lead down range and pinging steel plates. I’m being straight up in saying that my initial impression of Mr. Nutnfancy was a bit dubious, but then the video faded into his tabletop review of the M&P15 Sport so I stuck with it.

The review not only filled in any missing information gaps I had about the gun up to that point, but it also packed in everything that mattered to me in wanting to know more about the gun. I’m a pedantic bloke myself and greatly appreciated Nutnfancy’s attention to detail and, well, pedantic, long winded nature as a reviewer. Bottom line, Nutn’s review of the M&P15 Sport is the best review for that gun out there, period. I don’t care if you love the guy or hate the guy, if you need to find out some information on a particular gun, you’ll find out most anything if he reviews it.

Speaking of hate, man there are people out there in internet land who absolutely hate this guy. Just do a Google search on him and you’ll find haters crawling out of the woodwork. Sure, when you have a YouTube channel with over half a million subscribers you’re going to get haters. One of the common themes of the hate directed towards Nutnfancy is that he comes across as a tactiwannabe with his tactical gear traipsing around the desert doing his “run and guns.” A lot of the criticism comes from self described ex military operator types who go on about how silly and amateurish Nutnfancy is. Or self described LEOs rolling their eyes; both types demanding to know Nutnfancy’s credentials to wax pedantic about weapons, tactical gear, or philosophy. Somehow, if you’re not an ex LEO or operator, you’re not even qualified to discuss tactical weapons or tactical philosophy.

That’s just bullshit.

By the way, from what I gather Nutnfancy does have a military background. To what extent, I haven’t a clue.

Keep in mind that I have absolutely zero military experience and zero law enforcement experience. Also, I’m far from being an “expert” in those subjects. I just want to make that starkly clear. With that being said, the idea that unless you’re a current or ex law enforcement officer (LEO) or military, you’re not qualified to speak authoritatively about firearms, self defense, or tactical philosophy IS bullshit. I know plenty of people who have never been part of the law enforcement community and have zero military experience but who have vastly more experience with firearms than most any soldier or police officer. I also know many civilians who are just as adept at tactical awareness and self defense as any LEO or military type; it’s just that the tactical philosophy of a civilian is vastly different than that of a soldier or police officer. The tactical challenges of personal self defense are not the same as those for preparing for war against armies or actively enforcing the law. Do aspects of both philosophies cross over? Yes. Hell, I know civilians without a military or police background who actually make a living out of training LEOs and military in matters of tactical awareness and hand to hand combat. So don’t be insisting that a LEO or military background is necessary to have meaningful input regarding use of firearms and defensive tactics. That’s blithering idiocy.

Back to Nutnfancy. In many ways, yes, he does come across as a goofy overly opinionated tactiwannabe traipsing around the desert in tactical garb. Yes, he is heavy on the acronyms which, personally, are a little grating. But, you can tell that he loves what he’s doing and that he puts in a shit load of work doing it. He definitely has his opinions, but so what? He also provides a lot of useful information with which to form your own opinion. More importantly, from what I can tell, his heart is in a good place. Taken in its entirety, my hat is off to Nutnfancy.

The Shemagh

cowboy-bandanaWhen I was growing up it wasn’t uncommon to see ranch hands donning those big, over sized bandannas. They were always loosely wrapped around their necks in a kind of billowy manner. There was a time in my youth that this kind of bandanna was almost ubiquitous to the point that I never put much thought into it.

However, when I got older, I did a stint in the Forest Service which landed me on the front lines of several forest fires. It was there that I quickly adopted what the experienced fire fighters were wearing; an over sized bandanna around the neck. It also became obvious why it was worn loosely. The primary use for it was for a way to protect the back of your neck from the sun. Being bent over for hours under a beating sun digging fire lines exposes your neck, even with your hard hat on. The loose fitting aspect quickly became apparent, too, because you wanted them loose enough that you could pull them up over your face when it got real smokey and/or dusty. In fact it only took one trip to the fire line and I soon adopted wearing two of them; one tied in the back to drape the majority of the fabric to the front, and one tied at the front to leave fabric draping over the back of my neck. The whole set up was an absolute necessity. It kept me breathing, it kept my neck from being fried, it kept me noticeably cooler, and it kept floating fire embers from finding their way under my collar. I remember thinking to myself then that I sure wished that I had adopted this bandanna set up a few years earlier when I was earning summer cash bucking hay for various ranchers around the valley.

Over the years I found myself wearing them as a kind of do-rag on my head. I wasn’t out in the sun as much, but I had long hair (back in my rock and roll band days) and when I did go camping or found myself working outside, it helped in the usual keeping me cool and keeping my hair out of my face. After my rock and roll band days and cutting my hair, I still continued to wear a bandanna on my head occasionally, mostly out of habit. Shortly after, I transitioned to wearing a ball cap most of the time. In many ways it does what the bandanna did with the added bonus of helping to keep the sun out of your eyes, but, of course, without the neck protection.


Here, I’m wearing my awesome Kiev! ball cap at No Business Lookout in Idaho.

Lack of sun protection for the back of the neck is not a big deal when you’re just kicking around. Yeah, one could wear a cowboy type hat, but just kicking around in a cowboy hat isn’t my style. In fact, it shouldn’t be anyone’s style. Really, if you’re kicking around in a cowboy hat you should reevaluate that choice. The only people that should wear cowboy hats are actual cowboys that, you know, ride a horse out in the sun, round up cattle, work the range; that kind of thing. Maybe country and western singers can be given a pass, but even that makes me cringe.

Life has a way of ever progressing, we change, adapt, move on to new eras while leaving another behind. I’ve always been a person with an outdoors bent. I grew up in the mountains of west central Idaho and spent as much time if not more outdoors than indoors. After I moved away from Idaho I lost touch with that outdoors bent for a period of time. Then, after several years, my life veered back to a direction in which I have found myself back in the outdoors mode again. But, now, I live in a part of the country far different than the mountains of the Nez Perce Indians, and the Rivers Snake and Salmon.

Target shooting in Utah's West Desert.

Target shooting in Utah’s West Desert.

Now I call the second driest state in the Union home. Sure, heading east of Salt Lake City takes me to 11,000 plus foot mountains and alpine forests, but heading west you immediately find yourself in a desert environment. It doesn’t take much time at all in the West Desert to realize that a ball cap just doesn’t cut it if you’re doing much walking around. Even a boonie hat doesn’t cut it by itself. A boonie hat alone would cut it for southern Utah, like Moab or places like that, but in the West Desert, it doesn’t because of bugs. The biting gnats out in the West Desert are relentless. We went out a couple of times last summer and the things just ate us alive.  In the photo above we went out with some friends and we quickly learned that wearing shorts and short sleeved shirts just don’t cut it. By the time we left, we had more bites than we could count. I think that I was the only one who didn’t wear shorts; I don’t do shorts. As you can see, my son didn’t do shorts either. But, that being said, all we had was our ball caps. Well, except my wife. She did have a good sun blocking hat, but all of us were nothing more than a feast for the biting gnats; mostly around the hairline and back of the neck.

Bad ass Special Operations dude sporting a shemagh.

Bad ass Special Operations dude sporting a shemagh.

This brings me to the shemagh. The shemagh is an Arab garment that our military men and women quickly adopted when deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for good reason. It’s literally tailor made for a desert climate. When I first saw photos and videos of our soldiers wearing them, I instantly thought of my excursions out into the West Desert and the light went on in my head. It’s light cotton; almost see through, it’s huge–a proper shemagh is at least 42″x42″–it’s like a big, honking bandanna with a lighter fabric. It’s a garment invented by a culture living in the desert for thousands of years so it stands to reason to be hugely practical in a desert environment. Using a shemagh with a cap or a boonie hat would be a huge plus for traipsing around a bug infested desert. Also, I think it’s a good addition to the get home bags I have for me and my wife. Our get home bags are geared towards getting home post major earthquake because the area in which we live WILL suffer a major earthquake. A big-ass piece of cloth to wrap around your face in a post earthquake environment has nothing but upside.

Alek sporting a shemagh and an M-4gery AR-15.

Alek sporting a shemagh and an M-4gery AR-15.

A few days ago I took my 12 year old son out to the West Desert to do some shooting. It’s early enough in the year that the biting gnats are still a couple of months away, but the chilly air was reason enough to pull out the shemagh and wrap around his neck. He likes it so much he asked me to buy him one of his own. I told him that I would on the condition that he only wear it when it’s of practical use. Wearing a shemagh simply to wear one would be much like wearing a cowboy hat when it’s not needed. If he wants to wear his shemagh as a fashion statement, I’ll have to strangle him with it. Okay, I’m joking about the strangling part, but not the stupidity of wearing a shemagh as “fashion.”

Which brings me to another topic part of a conversation related to shemaghs. Apparently, wearing shemaghs is a big deal in the hipster community which is enough to make me shove an ice pick into my retina. Really, what kind of douche baggery would one be guilty of wearing a shemagh around town, to class, or clubbing? It would be of immense proportions.


Colin Farrell being a douche.

This is an example of what I’m talking about. Colin Farrell, you need to be pimp-slapped, dude. Yeah, a shemagh is more or less a glorified scarf and people wear those around all the time, what’s the big deal? Well, I can’t put my thumb on it, but it’s just stupid.

On the flip side of the pretentious idiocy that emanates from someone sporting a shemagh as casual wear are things that I’ve read from some people who regard wearing a shemagh as somehow supporting Islamic terrorists. From what I understand, some colors are significant to certain terrorist orginazations, but keep in mind that it predates Islam by millennia. Also, the British SAS have been using them for years.

I guess the bottom line is that a shemagh is more or less a glorified bandanna with many uses. Fashion is not one of them. You can get them here.

Trunk Gun

Or, keeping a gun in the trunk of your car.

I’ve been reading a lot of information regarding keeping a rifle in one’s vehicle; like, say, in the trunk of your car. Reading various forums it’s apparent that some think it a good idea and others think it a bad or maybe not so good idea. Frankly, a lot of the reasons some people use to demonstrate that it’s a good idea are borderline nonsensical in my opinion. Like the hypothetical situation of an active shooter in a mall, school, or where ever. These people envision themselves running out to their car, grabbing their trunk gun and then engaging the shooter in a firefight to save lives. That concept, for the most part, has “bad idea” written all over it. Sure, there may be exceptions, but for the most part bad idea.

Arguments against having a trunk gun tend to fall into the realm of either security or practical convenience regarding an immediate threat. Some feel that having a rifle in the trunk of your car is not secure because if your car is stolen or broken in to, some bad guy now has a gun. That does have some merit. But then again that can apply to most anyone’s house as well. What’s to keep someone from breaking into your house and running off with your gun stash? Even a safe has it’s limits. I’ve read of people having their gun safe full of guns carried out of the house. I don’t think it happens very often, but it could happen. I suppose it’s a benefits vs. risk thing. Personally I feel that the benefits of having firearms far outweighs the risk of them possibly being stolen. Also, I suppose it may depend on the kind of place in which you live. Personally I don’t think that having a gun in the trunk of your car is all that unsecure depending on where you’re parking your car.

As far as convenience regarding an immediate threat, yeah, if you’re suddenly facing an immediate threat, stopping your car, running around to the trunk, popping the lid, and pulling out the rifle is, well, inconvenient. But that’s really not thinking outside of the box. In fact that’s firmly setting up shop inside of a little box. Legally carrying a handgun on your person is what is meant to deal with an immediate threat. And if a situation is threatening enough to pull your sidearm the chances of you being able to grab the trunk gun are slim. If you’re able to have the luxury of pulling Bess from the trunk, then I question the imminence of the threat. The law probably would as well. Again, we’re not thinking outside of the box.

So, is utilizing a trunk gun a good idea? It depends.

Where do you live? What are circumstances that are likely enough to occur or, if not likely, if they did occur, what are the risks? Do the risks warrant a plan of some kind? For example many families have a plan for if the fire alarm goes off at night. Some have a plan for if someone breaks into the house at night. Our plan is to gather in the master bedroom, arm ourselves, and call 911. No, I’m not going to go hunting for some bad guy or guys in my house. Having a plan is not unreasonable. In fact it’s quite reasonable. Is having homeowners insurance unreasonable? Is wearing your seatbelt unreasonable? Is having a fire extinguisher in the kitchen unreasonable? Do you expect your house to burn down or to crash your car? No, but if it does happen you want to position yourself to be able to address it in the best way possible.

Where I live it is highly unlikely that social unrest is going to engulf the city. Race wars aren’t going to happen here. ISIS terrorists coming across the border are unlikely to pick this area to do what they want to do. It could happen, but honestly it’s way off my radar. Some freak going on a shooting or knifing rampage could happen anywhere, but still not likely.

Where I live there is major fault line. It is one of the largest in the world. I don’t know when it will go off, but I do know that it will. When it does it’s not going to be pretty. This metro area of 1 million plus is going to take a beating. This is where thinking outside of the box comes in. During an average day, my wife and I work within about a 5 mile radius from our house. Our kid attends a school within that same radius. My wife and I have sort of discussed a plan if a major earthquake occurs. The plan entails getting home ASAP to reconnoiter and assess what to do next. The first meeting place would be our son’s school. From there, home. Driving would be optimal, but what if driving is not possible? Then walking it is. That’s where popping the trunk in your car and grabbing a go bag and rifle would be not only convenient but reasonable. If one is going to be walking five miles, picking their way through earthquake rubble, I think being armed with a rifle is a good idea.

So in my world even though I legally carry a handgun with me more often than not, having a trunk gun seems reasonable.

If after you’ve assessed your life you decide that a trunk gun sounds reasonable enough to actually put into practice, make sure that you’ve done a legal assessment as well. Depending on where you live, having a long gun in your car may or may not be legal. For example the state in which I live, even though I have a concealed carry permit, it is illegal to have a loaded long gun in your car. My state considers a gun two actions away from firing to be “unloaded.” That means an AR-15 with an inserted full magazine would be considered unloaded. The two actions required for firing would be 1: charging the weapon, 2: pulling the trigger. Speaking of that, I do think that an M-4 style AR-15 with three or four fully loaded 30 round magazines would make an excellent trunk gun set up.

But that’s another post.