Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NRA-ILA :: Washington: Legislation to Legalize the Use of Firearm Suppressors Headed to Governor’s Desk

NRA-ILA :: Washington: Legislation to Legalize the Use of Firearm Suppressors Headed to Governor’s Desk

State senate approves use of gun 'silencers'

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Updated yesterday at 10:54 PM

BELLEVUE, Wash. --  Wayne Gaughran has an entire case full of noise suppressors at his Eastside Gun Store. For years, he has been allowed to sell the several hundred dollar devices. The catch, owners can’t use them in our state. “ It puts me in a tough spot says Gaughran.”
Today the state senate unanimously approved bill 1016 which the House already passed 88-4.
The bill’s sponsor Representative Bryan Blake a Democrat from Aberdeen says a constituent came up with the idea but it was also supported by State Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs. “Hollywood Movies have stigmatized the silencers,” say Blake “ they show them as the bad guys guns.” But Representative Blake says they are “Legitimate tools’ and purchasers will have to go pay $200 and undergo an extensive federal background check.
Republican Senator Pam Roach agrees,” It's a lot safer for one who do practice the sport including law enforcement.”
“It’s a good day,” said Gaughran. Gun owners say the big advantage of the silencers is the protection of their hearing and the hearing of those around gun ranges. Gaughran says “You take the blast and flash out of a gun and it makes it a lot  less intimidating.”
“We are disappointed,” said Washington Ceasefire member Michael Martin. His group is working to decrease gun violence and Martin says,” the legislature focused on this issue when there are bigger issues like assault weapons, and universal background checks at gun shows.”
The bill is now in the hands of Governor Christine Gregoire. It’s up to her whether she signs the bill into law.
Gaughran says it took several years to pass this bill. He says its harder to purchase a silencer than a gun. It can take four months or longer to clear the background check for a suppressor while a gun background check may only take 2 weeks.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Knife Combat Seminar Saturday, April 23

Evolutionary Conditioning is hosting and Jeff Kyle Agency & Todd Begg Knives are sponsoring this unique experience. Former Army Knife Combat instructor (first Gulf War) Todd Begg brings his Army training and actual combat experience to the table in this opportunity for civilians to now access the same type of training given to the best trained soldiers in the world! Don't miss this opportunity! RSVP NOW!

The Seminar will run for 4 hours 12noon - 4pm. It will include the hands on training, a poly-urathane practice knife & a video of the class you attended!

The cost is $60 in advance & $75 at the door. We will only allow 25 students in this class, so, first PAID first enrolled!
Time: Saturday, April 23 12:00pm-4:pm
Location: 13525 32nd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125

Contact info is Jeff Kyle text (206)399-0543 or e-mail

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Product review: Guardian Survival Gear emergency survival kit

This winter I had been trapped for 10 hours on the freeway in a ice/snow storm.  This made me realize a stash of food, water & a way to stay warm was lacking in my truck.  In another instance in the last year I came upon a motorcyclist that was injured.  After lending aid, I realized a real lack of a first aid kit in my truck.  With the recent goings on in the World I had been giving more thought for the need of a "Bug Out Kit".  Some call it a BOB (Bug Out Bag) or Survival Kit.  What ever you call it, I found that there was a very real need for one in my truck.  I travel 60 miles round trip to work.  In the occurrence of a natural disaster, I was ill prepared.  Living in the Northwest, there is the very real possibility of volcanoe eruption or earthquake.

I could assemble a bag, but realized starting with an assembled kit worked better for me.  I knew I could add to the bag to fit me personal needs.  I started a search of the net for suppliers comparing price & content.  I found & purchased a kit that suited my needs.  Looking around I could have spent more assembling my own kit.  I purchased the "Basic Bug Out Kit".  At $49.95 I felt I really couldn't go wrong.  I placed my order & received it in under a week.

The kit includes the following:
Food and Water:
6 Boxes of Aqua Blox Water Boxes

6 400-Calorie Food Bars
10 Water Purification Tablets - each tablet purifies 1 liter of water

Light and Communication:
Mini Scan Radio with Headphones and Batteries
Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight - 3 LED flashlight which generates and stores power by squeezing the handle (NO BATTERIES NEEDED)
30 Hour Emergency Candle
5-in-1 Survival Whistle
Box of 50 Waterproof Matches

Bic Style Lighter
Shelter and Warmth:
Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag - Recommended over common "space blankets."
Emergency Poncho

16 Function Knife
N95 Respirator Dust Mask

Hygiene and Sanitation:24 Piece Deluxe Hygiene Kit - toothbrush, toothpaste, 9 wetnaps, bar of soap, .34 oz shampoo and conditioner, dental floss pick, .25 oz hand and body lotion, deodorant gel, twin blade razor, 5" black comb, 4 maxipads, shaving cream packet, and washcloth.
3 Tempo Pocket Tissue Packs

First Aid:
42 Piece Pocket First Aid Kit - contains 42 pieces - 10 spot bandages, 10 sheer junior,5 sheer medium, 5 sheer strips, 2 antibacterial, 3 clear strips, 2 fabric strips, 1 extra large, 2 alcohol pads, and 2 gauze pads

Deck of playing cards for entertainment
Infectious Waste Bag

16 Function Knife

24 Piece Deluxe Hygiene Kit

6 400-Calorie Food Bars

Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight

Mini Scan Radio with Headphones and Batteries

30 Hour Emergency Candle

Guardian Survival Gear claims this  kit was designed using advice from experts in the emergency preparedness industry. That it follows guidelines given by government agencies and non-profit preparedness organizations.  All in all it seems to be a well thought out basic kit.  A great foundation for a 1 person kit.  The bag itself is rather inexpensive, but works.  For my purposes it works good.  The design of the back pack shouldn't draw attention inside my truck.  Other than the "survival kit" label, it looks like it could be my Son's school pack.  It comes with a tag attached with the expiration dates for the products in the pack.  It also has a list of items they point out would be beneficial to incorporate into the survival kit.  The list is a nice touch & I will be adding some of the suggested items.

I have to say Guardian Survival Gear has created a great cost effective product.  I'm very happy with the content & thought they put into the kit.  I may have to buy one for the Wife's car too.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

You inherited a right to shoot | Firearms Lawyer

You inherited a right to shoot Firearms Lawyer

NRA’s Rebuttal to President Obama on Gun Control Laws‏

National Rifle Association of America11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

March 14, 2011
President Barack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania AvenueWashington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We read your editorial submission to the Arizona Star.  However, to focus a national dialogue on guns – and not criminals or mental health issues – misses the point entirely.  Americans are not afraid of gun ownership.  To the contrary, they overwhelmingly support the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms.  The primary reason why tens of millions of Americans own firearms is that they fear violent criminals roaming the streets undeterred.
We agree with your assertion that "Americans by and large rightly refrained from finger-pointing" in light of the shooting in Tucson.  In truth, the professional corps of gun control lobbyists moved with lightning speed to exploit the tragedy.  These included the Violence Policy Center ("In the wake of these kind of incidents, the trick is to move quickly"), the Brady Campaign ("Gabrielle Giffords Shooting 'Inevitable'") and Mayors Against Illegal Guns-MAIG ("Bloomberg, Mayors Outline Steps to Help Prevent Another Tucson Shooting").   Your article contains talking points nearly identical to the ones circulated by MAIG for weeks in pursuit of its longstanding gun control agenda.  In contrast, it was the National Rifle Association that avoided "playing politics with other people's pain" with our consistent response that only thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families were appropriate in the immediate aftermath. 
We also agree with your statement that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.  Your record as a public official, however, is anything but supportive of the rights of law-abiding gun owners.  In fact, when Congress had an opportunity to voice its support for the basic right of lawful Americans to own firearms, you refused to join a bipartisan majority of more than 300 of your colleagues in signing the congressional amicus brief to the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller.  In addition, you previously stated (and have never retracted) your support for both Washington, D.C.'s and Chicago's handgun and self-defense bans that the Court rightfully struck down in Heller and McDonald v. Chicago.  Further, you surrounded yourself with advisors who have advocated against the Second Amendment for years (Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Rahm Emanuel, to name just a few) and you nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of whom has already attempted to eliminate the Second Amendment right entirely.  More recently, you selected Andrew Traver to head the BATFE, despite his long-standing association with groups that support onerous new restrictions on our rights.
If you do in fact believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right, we suggest you demonstrate that in your policies and those of your Administration, which you have not done to date.  Simply saying that you support the right to keep and bear arms is mere lip service if not put into action. 
The government owes its citizens its most vigorous efforts to enforce penalties against those who violate our existing laws. The NRA has members proudly serving in law enforcement agencies at every level. Rank and file law enforcement want to arrest bad people – not harass law-abiding gun owners and retailers.
As for enforcing the laws on the books, we strongly suggest you enforce those that actually take violent criminals off the streets.  To start, we urge you to contact every U.S. Attorney and ask them to bring at least ten cases per month against drug dealers, gang members and other violent felons caught illegally possessing firearms.  By prosecuting these criminals in federal court – rather than state court – strong sentencing guidelines would apply and charges would not be plea-bargained or dismissed, nor would criminals be released after serving only a fraction of their sentences. This simple directive would result in roughly 12,000 violent criminals being taken off the streets every year. Surely you agree that this would be a good first step.
Unfortunately, your Administration is currently under a cloud for allegedly encouraging violations of federal law.  We suggest that you bring an immediate stop to BATFE's "Fast and Furious" operation, in which an unknown number of illegal firearm transactions were detected – and then encouraged to fruition by your BATFE, which allegedly decided to let thousands of firearms "walk" across the border and into the hands of murderous drug cartels.  One federal officer has recently been killed and no one can predict what mayhem will still ensue.  Despite the protests of gun dealers who wished to terminate these transactions, your Administration reportedly encouraged violations of federal firearms laws – and undermined the firearm industry's concerted efforts to deter straw purchases through the "Don't Lie for the Other Guy" program.  We hope you agree with our belief that this burgeoning scandal merits a full and independent investigation.
There are additional steps you can take to prevent tragic events such as the Tucson shooting from occurring in the future.  One of these is to call on the national news media to refrain from giving deranged criminals minute-by-minute coverage of their heinous acts, which only serves to encourage copycat behavior.  If media outlets won't show a fan running onto the field during a baseball game because they don't want to encourage that behavior by others – surely they can listen to law enforcement experts and refuse to air the photographs, video messages, or Facebook postings of madmen and murderers.
Another step is to encourage people to report red flags when they see them.  In the case of Tucson, a man clearly bent on violence was not reported to the proper authorities by those who had good reason to believe he had serious mental problems.  That's not a deficiency in our gun laws, it's a deficiency in our mental health system – and should be treated as such.
In closing, we agree that gun owners in America are highly responsible. This is in large part due to the NRA's 140 years of dedication to promoting safe and responsible gun ownership, an effort on which we take a back seat to no one.  We welcome any serious discussion on policies that focus on prosecuting criminals and fixing deficiencies in the mental health system.  Any proposals to the contrary are not a legitimate approach to the issue.
Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President
National Rifle Association
Chris W. Cox
Executive Director

Thursday, March 3, 2011

3-Day Emergency Kit giveaway

It's time for another great Emergency Essentials giveaway! This time, we are giving away one of our 3-Day Emergency Kits! This kit is on sale during the month of March for only $49.99 ($86.82 value).

3-Day Emergency Kit

This compact kit with a daypack includes basic emergency items for three days, providing items for shelter, water, food, first aid, warmth, light, communication, and more.

If you purchase a 3-Day Emergency Kit during the giveaway and win, we will issue you a refund or send you the product - whichever you prefer.

How to enter:

Send us an email at with '3-Day Emergency Kit Giveaway' in the subject line. It's that simple to enter!

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All emails received through Wednesday, March 9th will be entered into the drawing. The winner will be chosen at random and posted on the blog no later than Friday, March 18th.

Please note: We welcome emails and entries from everyone; however, free shipping of the 3-Day Emergency Kit is included for the winner to the 48 contiguous United States only. For any locations outside this area, the winner is responsible for arranging and paying their own shipping costs.