Flying with Firearms

Well…now that I’m fully self-employed, I’m travelling more. And since I don’t want the TSA goons going through my luggage, I’m using Federal Law to my benefit, and flying with a firearm.

“But wait” you’re thinking…”you can’t take guns onto an airplane!”  No, you can’t physically carry one onto the seating cabin. Yes, you can take a firearm on your flight. (Whether or not your final destination allows you to have possession of a firearm in their state is a separate issue, not one that I’m going to address here….that’s a topic for another post.)

So, now that we have that out of the way, here’s the short of it. Travelling with a firearm is covered by Federal Law. Not airline policy or rules, not TSA interpretations by some goober with a GED…Federal Law. Its very specific, and quite clear, but most of all IS NOT subject to *interpretation*.

The process is quite simple, really…you go with your luggage to the bag check, politely let the clerk know that you are transporting a firearm, fill out the firearm form. Said form gets dropped into your luggage, you close up your luggage, lock it, and at that point the luggage gets a hand-inspection by TSA who will ask you to unlock your luggage again, they will inspect the luggage and firearm, tell you to lock it up again, and they will at that point send your luggage on its way.

Well…that’s the way its *supposed to* work. Seems that different airports do things differently, and TSA doesn’t have a procedure that is applied with consistency. That’s where you need to know the law fully, be polite but firm, and not do anything stupid.

In the next post, we’ll deal with the minutae of how to fly with firearms.

Thoughts on the California Killing Rampage by a Liberal Son of a Liberal Moviemaker…

Three people killed by a nutjob via stabbing, followed afterwards by three people killed by same nutjob via shooting.

The remaining are injuries caused by a nutjob in a car.

And somehow….the NRA is to blame for all these deaths and injuries? Has the Left/Prog/Lib portion of the citizenry really detached itself from reality to such point that they place the blame for all these deaths on those people who support what is Constitutionally protected?

I find it telling that an avid anti-gun family (the Rodgers’) did nothing more than call the police when they discovered a video on You Tube a scant 13 hours before the rampage. Its as if they thought the Police could do anything BEFORE a crime took place.

Is this what we’ve become? Where the majority of people don’t even know what the purpose of Police is?

Police are the folk who uphold the Law, and who bring those people who break the law before a Court, so as to be tried by a jury of their peers. The Police could NOT HAVE DONE A DAMN THING to stop this kid. The police acted appropriately…they were made aware of the kids mental problem, they were made aware of a disturbing You Tube vid, they went to his place WITHOUT a warrant (there wasn’t, at that moment, enough probable cause for even a Liberal California Judge to bend the rules enough to issue a warrant), the kid let  them in and sweet-talked his way through  the intervention, and the cops left. And they left, citing the fact that the boy was extremely polite, seemed very shy, and was fully co-operative.

In other words, the police felt that there was no threat.

Also, the Rodgers family are so anti-gun that it never occurred to them that their little darling would EVER get a gun for himself? I mean, they set the perfect example, didn’t they? They are loudly-and-proudly anti-gun, they NEVER EVER had a gun in their house, NEVER EVER let their kids handle guns, etc.

I guess the NRA is to blame for their failed parenting too?

This rampage by a mentally disturbed individual took place in the State that is given an “A” rating for *gunsense* by Moms Demand Action, Michael Bloombergs Mayors Against Guns, and the Brady Campaign. Aside from NY and NJ, California has the most restrictive gun laws in place of any other state.

So how did a mentally disturbed kid get a car with which he injured eight pedestrians….how did he get a knife and use the knife to kill three people in cold blood…and how did he get a gun?

And let this sink in…the Police responded. Since there was NO CRIME at that point in time, the Police could do NOTHING but ask the kid a few questions. The cops did everything right.

Now, I understand the grief of the father of one of the shooting victims. He lost a young man to the actions of a mentally disturbed individual.

But I find it abhorrent and offensive that this parent is blaming the NRA, Congress, and citizens who believe in guarantees of the Constitution, blaming law abiding people and the NRA for the stabbings that left three dead, and for the hit-and-runs that left eight injured. Why isn’t he blaming a fellow Liberal filmmaker who obviously didn’t take more stringent steps to make sure his mentally deranged son was placed under observation? Why isn’t he blaming the company that made the knife that killed three people in cold blood? Why isn’t he blaming BMW for manufacturing the car that left eight people hospitalized, and to the lobbyists in Washington that get tax breaks and subsidies for the companies that make these 4,000 pound death machines that mow down people in large groups?

Stop and think about that…three people killed by stabbing, three killed by shooting, and eight injured via hit-and-run in one 10 minute rampage by one disturbed individual.

Yet the NRA and guns is to blame, and the NRA and guns are the problem?

Live from the NRAAM

Wow…excellent event! Very well organized, great floor layout, and very polite crowds. Loads of people walking the floor, a bit of bumping, but still manageable.

More later, but for now there’s more walking to do.

The Eagle has landed…

At the NRAAM in Indianapolis. Already, this looks to be a very good event, very large convention floor, lots of vendors.

I’ll be meeting up with Gay Cinic, JayG, Ambulance Driver, and a host of other bloggers for a bite to eat tonight. Already had someone on the convention floor notice the Dragon Leatherworks t-shirt, and ask Linoge if I was the actual guy that built the NCIS holster.

Heh…talk about a great feeling when someone  recognizes you for work you’ve done. I’m still grinning.

Coming soon…review of Gunnies Rules!

Hey Folks,

It was requested by the publisher, after having reviewed Emily get her Gun, to read and review Gunnies Rules. The book arrived during my convalescence in heaing from open heart surgery, and I’m finally getting around to finishing the book, and will be posting a review in the next week or so.

So far, the book is an easy read, and is entertaining form an anecdotal point of view, and an enlightening behind the curtain of the man who is Gunnie,

So keep an eye out and stay tuned for the next review!

Guns are just like cars….

I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, I would like us to start treating guns like cars…

You can buy a car and have it delivered TO YOUR HOME, and placed on your property, with NO PAPERWORK NEEDED. (Thats right, my more Liberal/Progressive friends…you DO NOT need to register nor insure a car unless you wish to drive it on a public roadway.)

We should treat guns the same way…you can buy a gun anywhere at any time with no background check needed, and have the guy at the gun store simply drive it to your house, knock on your door, and hand it to you. No paperwork, no questions. A mentally incompetent person can buy a car and have it delivered to his property, same should go for guns.

You can legally own as many cars as you wish, and store an *arsenal* of cars on your property, WITH NO PAPERWORK.

Same should go for guns. No paperwork, and no talk about *arsenals*. Thats a bullshit term made up by the media.

You can drive your unregistered, no paperwork car on your own property all day long, and use it as you wish ON YOUR PROPERTY 24/7. You just can’t cross your property line into *public spaces* without a license to drive , license plates, and insurance. Doesn’t matter is you live on a thousand-acre farm, or a 1/4 acre lot in a subdivision…you can drive that car as long as its in your own yard.

We should allow the same with guns…you can use them in your own yard, day or night, no problems, no paperwork, no registration, no licensing, etc. Doesn’t matter if your yard is a thousand acre farm, or a rancher in a subdivision.

You can modify your no-paperwork, on-your-own-property car as much as you wish, with no nanny-state restrictions. Want to make it an 8′ tall monster truck?  Have at it…no-one currently has the right to tell you that you can’t, as long as its on your own property and DOES NOT cross the line into a *public space*.

Same for guns…you can modify them and stick a thousand-round magazine on it if you think you can, and if you wish. As long as it stays on your own property, you’re golden.

You’re free to sell your car to the nutjob down the street. Simply sell it, call the tow service, they tow it to HIS yard, no paperwork except for a bill of sale, and no-one is any the wiser. As long as that car stays on the property and IS NOT driven on public roadways, its no-ones business. You can tow it around all day long…just can’t drive it on the street.

Same for guns. Sell to whomever you wish, whenever you wish.

Yup…lets go ahead and treat guns JUST LIKE CARS…

And I thought New York was bad…

Folks who know me, and who have followed Dragon Leatherworks from its infancy, know that I tend to not mince words, and at times I can be rather…blunt.

I started as a holster maker in upstate NY with a total investment of $500, some leather-working tools, and a converted 10′ x 12′ outdoor shed. Un-insulated outdoor shed. Winters in upstate NY can get mighty cold. But I was on a mission…after getting my carry permit in NY, and finding no comfortable, easy way to carry my handgun, I decided to make holsters not only for myself, but for those folks who wanted an alternative to the mass-produced stuff.

I also thought, when I lived there, that getting a carry permit in NY was a pain in the ass, and bordered on un-Constitutional.

Boy, was I ever wrong.

I just finished Emily Millers book, “Emily Gets Her Gun” (Regnery Publishing). To quote a line from a very popular short-lived TV show “There’s all sort of twists and cul-de-sacs. It’s wild.” Emily, much like myself in upstate NY, was on a mission.

That was what I took away from this book. How can ANYONE exercise their Second Amendment RIGHTS when a city like D.C. erects so many barriers in order to thwart gun-ownership? And that was Emily’s same reaction when she started the process to be able to get a handgun as a D.C. resident, to simply have it in her home as a method of self-defense. I applaud her for her tenacity because she was on a mission, and refused to be kow-towed into just giving up and slinking away like a good little peasant when her “betters” that occupied positions of self-inflated authority did everything in their power to make it as difficult, costly, and time-consuming as possible to get a gun in the district. They erected said barriers in the hopes that by making sure that if just one more law-abiding citizen was disarmed, that would be the tipping point where the D.C. Utopia would finally emerge, and “gun violence” would simply go away.

Emily wrote her book after documenting her rather convoluted journey through the muck and mire that is the D.C. regulations and codes, finding herself reading one procedure that references another, then another, then circling back to the first one, where there was no seemingly clear step-by-step procedure laid out for what you need to do, when to do it, how to do it, and how much it would cost. After her wildly popular multi-weekly editorial gained interest from the gun-rights community, she compiled her articles into various chapters, interspersed with other chapters of opinion, commentary, and stories of folks who were caught up in D.C’s Draconian and Byzantine amalgamation of laws that were put into place to “keep the District safe” but did nothing more (and to this day STILL do nothing more) than punish the unwary, and the law abiding.

Being a recent escapee from the “utopia” that is New York State (never regretting it for one moment), and having experienced poorly written laws that do nothing but disarm the law-abiding, I was immediately drawn in by her story and her experiences. And I know that had I been a D.C. resident trying to get a gun and having to deal with the people she had to deal with, I would have been MUCH more snarky, MUCH more of a wiseass, and downright condescending and belittling.

I would have definitely NOT been a good ambassador for pro-gunnies. That is why I’m not a journalist either. I don’t have the temperament for it.

Which is why I cannot stress enough the wonderful job that Emily did in her book, the level-headedness and calm she exhibited whilst navigating the nightmare that is the D.C. Firearm Licensing adventure, and also why I cannot thank her enough, with humbleness and humility, for being exactly the kind of public-facing ambassador we need in our fight to protect our Second Amendment rights, so as to win converts to the cause.

Folks…do yourselves a favor, get the book. You won’t be disappointed. Give it as a Christmas gift. Or Chanukah gift, or Kwanza, or whatever your particular flavor of diety-worship might be.

And to drive home the fact that I’m not blowing smoke out my ass here, I’ve gone and given her book a place of VERY high honor in my store, so that folk who come in to sit, have coffee, and just relax, can peruse the pages of her book while hanging out in my gun store.

You see…in my store, I have what I call the Patriots Corner.

View from the door into the store

View from the door into the store

That corner where the Army flag, POW flag, and Old Glory hang, is a special place. That American Flag was loaned/donated to the store by a friend who is a retired Army Captain. He started his military career as an enlisted man, then went to OCS. Served in Iraq, then retired with 20+ years. When I opened my store this past summer (August 2013) he felt that it needed something…and he had just the thing.

That flag flew for fallen men in Iraq, who were all local to East Tennessee (generally, the greater Knoxville Metro area). Next to the flag, on the wall, is a plaque with the names of the men for whom this very flag flew at half-mast, in Iraq.

Emily’s book has a place of honor in the store, because that is how highly I think of her tenacity, and her patriotism. It rests on a shelf just below the plaque of names of the fallen, next to the flag that flew in Iraq for these men.

She earned that place.

Emily's book, below plaque of names of fallen soldiers.

Emily’s book, below plaque of names of fallen soldiers.

Been a while…

Things have been busy. Still at the day job, still making holsters and gunbelts. Also got into doing custom leather props for TV Shows and Movies (another post will follow with the particulars of what we’ve done in the past, with hints of what we’ve done for future movie releases…) along with having a brick-and-mortar store up and going.

But the thing I want to write about today, is that I’ve had the honor of being contacted by the publishing company for Emily Miller, who wrote “Emily Gets Her Gun”, and being asked to do a book review.

I’m about 3/4 of the way through it (my schedule leaves precious little time for reading, but I gave my word and made a commitment, and will keep it) and should be posting a review of the book over the Thanksgiving holiday.

I’ve also been contacted by a publisher asking to review the latest book by none other than “Gunnie” himself, R. Lee Ermey. That review will post in December.

Also, with a bit of luck, I’ll be able to get back to posting at least weekly, if not daily, here on the blog with things that are of interest to me, and what I feel would also be of interest to my customers and readers.

So….here’s the deal….

OK…according to Liberal Logic, the following is our course of action…

After Newtown, the push was on to ban guns, because if guns were outlawed, Newtown wouldn’t have happened.

So, after the Boston Bombing, we need to ban kitchen appliances. Because, if pressure cookers were banned, then the bombing wouldn’t have happened.

At the very least, we need to have background checks on pressure cookers, and maybe a Federal Registry on all the persons who buy a pressure cooker.

We also need to close the Yardsale Loophole, because anyone can simply go to a yard sale, and pick up one of these very dangerous pressure cookers for around two dollars, and in doing so bypass the pressure cooker background check.

Seriously…we all know that pressure cookers are old and antiquated, and NOBODY uses them anymore except for hillbillies, preppers, and people bitterly clinging to their old notions of self-reliance and cooking in their own kitchen.

Hell…no-one needs kitchens anymore either. We should ban kitchens. There are plenty of restaurants out there, with decent folk trying to make a living, who will cook for you.

California Dreaming….

As in, California’s Hollyweird Elite are DREAMING.

OK…so who remembers the Lee Majors movie, circa 1981, called *The Last Chase*? Here’s the IMDB synopsis…

“It is the future. Evil fascists have forced everyone to recycle and drive electric cars, and have oppressed all those poor people who want to drive Ferraris and smoke cigarettes. Hero Lee Majors, an ex-racing car driver, decides to make a statement by pulling out his old race car and driving cross-country at 150 mph (he siphons gas from old gas station pumps). Taking along a young computer hacker, he drives for the Holy Land the Free State of California! Of course, the Powers That Be try to eliminate him by hiring Burgess Meredith to shoot him down with a fighter jet, which, too, are virtually extinct.”

Riiiiigth….let me see if I have this bit of Hollywood fantasy correct. Back in 1981, Hollywood screenwriters thought that the REST of the country would become a dictatorial, fascist state requiring everyone to recycle, drive electric cars, take public transportation, etc., with the only bastion of freedom being California, which has broken away (I *wish* the San Andreas would split wide open, but I digress) and is the only place left where there is NO fascist goobermint, where people DON’T have to recycle, where people CAN still drive gasoline-burning cars, and public transportation is prohibited because it is seen as the first step towards a Big Brother tyrannical State.

What we have, 32 years after the movie, is the exact opposite…California is THE MOST FASCIST state in the Union (NY, NJ, MA, and CT all vying for second place), fruit-n-nutters run the place into deeper and deeper deficits, freedoms are being trampled (re: Californias recent gun control proposals) and now that the largest shale oil deposit has been discovered under California, projected to hold nearly 60% of ALL the shale oil in the Continental USA, the tree-huggers (read: environmentalists) are all lining up to oppose tapping into it.

Never mind that this could literally, inside of 5 years, wipe out California’s debt, produce hundreds of thousands of jobs, and become California’s modern Gold Rush…nah, they’d rather wallow in their debt and crime, and force their totalitarian vision onto the peons, because the goobermint there knows whats *best*.

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