Information On Personal Firearms

Personal firearms won us the revolutionary war so I cant be completely against the idea.

I do think though that national guardsmen and reservists should carry their own personal side arms and be forced to qualify with them.

The reserves tend to get stuff 2nd, 3rd or 4th hand, so encouraging them to purchase personal firearms would at least mean that their weapons would be new as or newer than the ones in the active duty inventory.

It is hard to be proficient with the M9 when only officers get to use them, and even then it is only once a year that my unit goes to the range. Maybe it is because I am in a hospital reserve unit, but that has been my experience.

It is just not practical to carry a M16 or M4 in a hospital while you are trying to see patients. But my unit does not have enough M9s to issue to everyone. By having the opportunity to carry a personal sidearm I could ensure that I would always be armed and ready in case one of the “patients” turned out to be an insurgent.

People tend to respect things more when they own them. If the gun is yours, there is an attachment to that gun that you wont have with a “lowest bidder GI weapon.” If the government’s rifle is not clean, who cares, right? Someone else will get stuck with it. But if it is your gun that you paid for, you might be a little more diligent in cleaning it right? I mean, since you would be the “lucky one” to use it in combat and you wouldnt want to have to buy another one because it was poorly maintained.

No offense to GI weapons, but mil spec weapon is made to be cheap. Though they are made to meet a certain minimum standard, they may not be as high quality or may even lack some good features found on more expensive weapons.

Another advantage is that every soldier would be carrying a weapon that fits him or her. People’s hands come in different sizes; it would make sense to allow for a range of firearms to be used, rather than the “one sizes fits some” mentality.

It’s not a matter of “looking cool,” or just “trying to be different.” I think there are some valid reasons why we should look into allowing the use of personal firearms. When agencies buy guns, price is a huge factor because they have limited budgets, but when individuals buy guns, price is considerably less important. If you could get a gun of much better quality, reliability or accuracy for a few hundred dollars more, I think most sensible people would want the most bang for their buck rather than what is the cheapest gun they can carry. Why buy a used 38 special police revolver for 300 bucks when you can buy a new hi-capacity Glock for not much more? Of course, knowing that common sense is not so common any more, any military organization that allowed personal weapons would have to set up specific criteria and have the firearm inspected by the unit armorer to ensure that it meets those criteria. No Saturday night specials in our beloved military!

Weapon confidence and morale would be better as well. Everyone has a gun that they think is inferior or one that is really great. People tend to buy what they like best, so if they were carrying a personal sidearm, chances are they would be more willing to practice with it and less likely to complain about it.

How To Become A Licensed Firearms Dealer – Acquiring A Federal Firearms License

A lot of people are curious about the firearms industry and want to get involved. Why? But, because it is a very profitable business. Can an individual or a company be directly involved in this business of trading/manufacturing guns and ammunition? The answer is yes but you need to acquire a license (Federal Firearms License). Here’s how to get started as a licensed/legal firearms wholesaler.

In most countries, someone who wants to legally sell guns, needs to hold a license that will allow him/her to engage in certain activities (buying guns as a dealer and sell them to potential customers).

First you need to fill a Federal Firearms License application. Find the department or administration that is responsible for the firearms licensing system. In the USA the authority is called Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. They will provide you with an application form to fill. After filling the form you must choose the type of license you want to acquire (there are more than one license types). If your application is approved your Federal Firearms License will be valid for a limited period of time (e.g. 3 years). After that, you need to renew it.

What are the requirements for obtaining a federal firearms license?

In most cases you need to follow strict rules and fulfill requirements in order to acquire your Federal Firearms License. And here are some of them:

* You need to be at least 23 years old or older (depends on the country/state)

* You must not be prohibited from holding/trading guns or ammunition for any reason

* Your federal records must be clean

* You are bound to provide all information required by the licensing administration

* You are allowed to legally engage in business in the country/state you reside

* Your premise for conducting business must follow all local or state laws

* You must notify your local police chief of your business and inform him/her of the address and other details of your premise. In some cases you need to acquire a written permission from the police chief in order to obtain the federal firearms license

* Your premise for conducting business should have all required storage and safety devices for your firearms. You must make sure your guns will not be available to persons who are not licensees.

How about application fees?

Different fees apply for different countries. Also different fees apply for different types of firearms licenses. In the USA the standard application fees for Non-Destructive devices start from 30$ and reach 200$ (depends if you want a collector, dealer, importer, pawnbroker or manufacturer license). The standard fees for Destructive devices start from $2500 (or a bit more). Remember that you have to re-pay those fees when you renew your federal firearms license.

The cheapest license (around $30) is for those who want to be collectors of non-destructive devices or manufacturers of ammunition.

The Federal Firearms License is the most important part of your business as a licensed firearms dealer. Once you got that, everything else is up to you.

Antique Firearms (1)

Antique firearms can be found in the online auctions. If you are searching to add to your collections, you can find the firearms of days gone by in the auctions online. There are many online auctions, such as ebay, or the reverse auctions, but they are all going to lead you to the same place, to where others are selling firearms that are antique.

Antique firearms are the types that are over fifty years old. Sometimes a firearm that is about forty years old is also considered an antique firearm, but it depends on the name brand and the type of gun that it is. Meaning some companies have long since gone out of business, while other type of guns were made as a limited edition type of gun.

If you are looking for firearms that are antique, you might belong to one of the following groups or organizations such as: the NRA, the OGCA, CCA, PAGCA, CADA, or the MAAS. These groups promote the ownership and the use of guns. These groups sponsor many of the gun shows, where you are likely to find guns from the 1800’s or the 1900’s. Some collectors will only purchase guns that are over 100 years old, while other gun collectors are going to seek out guns that are of a certain type that are over so many years old.

Gun shows are where you will find a wide range of guns. From the pistol, to the twenty-two to the shotgun or the mini automatics. Antique guns will sometime also include the guns that are used today, in about another fifty or so odd years. When searching for antique guns or antique firearms, one could also be looking at guns that require powder, and packing sticks but you decide what type of firearms you want to collect and from what year as you start building your collection. No two collections of antique firearms are going to be alike.

In buying antique firearms, you are also going to want to find other items such as the bullets, the powder, and the cleaning supplies made just for that type of weapon. Antique firearms could include those that are one shot or multiple shots. Look for the types of weapons that interest you the most and then you can build your collection from that point.

What other types of topics should one be looking at if they are looking to start building a collection of antique firearms? You should look into how to store your firearms, where you should look for insurance to cover your special collection of firearms; you should also look into information about purchasing locks to keep children away from your antique firearms. Antique firearms are often the types that are cleaned, polished and put to use only under special circumstances. An antique firearm is one that will add that special touch to your collection that brings back a nostalgic time in history to your memory and to add value to your collection.

How to Buy and Sell Firearms in the USA – Common Questions Before Obtaining a Firearms License (FFL)

These days it seems so simple to obtain a firearms license (also called FFL) if you live in the USA. Common sense requirements must be met and the license for a simple gun shop (Type A) costs no more than $200. The firearms business is one of the most lucrative in the US because people there are simply obsessed with guns and ammo!

If you are thinking of becoming a gunsmith, then you must send your FFL application to the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (also called ATF).

Here are some answers to common questions that you might have before sending your FFL application to ATF:

Question: When do I get the actual FFL license in my hands?

Answer: After the ATF receives your application they first check if it is properly completed and if all the required info is written there. You must also pay an application fee before they process your application (payable via credit card, check or money order. No cash). FFL licenses are generated on business days and are sent first class mail to the address you provide in your firearms application.

Question: How long does it take for ATF to review and process your firearms license application?

Answer: The ATF must approve or disapprove your application within 2 months from the day they receive your application.

Question: In what cases may the ATF delay the acceptance of my application?

Answer: The ATF mentions that the majority of people who file their FFL applications cannot be easily contacted by the ATF officers so as to schedule an interview (required by law). If you want to avoid your FFL review being delayed then keep an eye for their call. Other reasons for delay is when the FBI cannot perform a complete background check due to fingerprints that could not be identified. In this case you might be asked to re-submit your firearms license application.

Question: Do I need to keep records for every single firearm sale? What are the ATF requirements?

Answer: All FFL Holders (Licensees) are required by law to maintain records for every firearm transaction. Each record should include all required details about the purchaser (e.g. name, address, age etc.)

Question: If I want to renew or modify my FFL, what is the process?

Answer: These applications are different than the initial FFL license application. They are directed to a specific department/office. Depending on the uniqueness of each case, review processes vary. But if the firearms merchant makes sure all requirements are met and guarantees compliance with all State or Local laws (among other requirements), then the ATF will quickly renew the FFL.

Do you want your FFL application to be reviewed quickly and become accepted? Then make sure it is perfectly completed, that you have paid the fee to the ATF and that you provided them with fresh fingerprints in the fingerprint card. And of course, never file such an application if you or anyone involved in your gun business have violated the US “Gun Control Act”.

Firearm Sale Laws

Firearms are weapons used most commonly for the protection of homes and recreational hunting purposes. But they can also be used to commit crimes, including tragic homicides. Because of this there are a number of laws in place to restrict who may buy, own, shoot, and sell a gun. These laws are decided from state to state but overall there are a number of common provisions that all firearm sale laws possess.

Laws on Firearm Sales

There are many restrictions on who can possess a gun. Convicted felons, drug addicts, and individuals on probation are just some of the many individuals who are unable to possess a firearm. But there are also a number of laws concerning the sales of firearms. These commonly include:

It is a crime to sell, barter, or give a gun or other dangerous weapon to an individual under the age of 18 without the permission of the minor’s parent(s).
It is illegal for a gun seller or manufacturer to sell a gun without utilizing the proper registration and confirmation procedures.
It is illegal to sell a gun without approval of the local government agency overseeing gun sales and firearm law enforcement.
In many cities and states there is a mandatory waiting period of a few days for any individual attempting to purchase a handgun. This waiting period is for the protection of the individual and the seller.

While these laws are common across the United States it is important to check with your local governance in order to avoid being involved in any accusations of illegal activity.

Firearms Training in Mississippi

Many of today’s shooters and sportsmen grew up with an experienced expert shooter in their family. Decades of war and the peacetime draft coupled with the availability of firearms training and hunting from youth to adult left a legacy of most adult males being familiar with a long arm. Times have changed and firearms training opportunities are now much harder to find. While there are still good shots out there, it is important for every shooter to at one point or another in their life, get some actual firearm training down. However, to modify a popular saying, practice guided by certified instructors makes perfect.

Safety and Liability

If you are born before 1972 in Mississippi, you have to take the state-mandated 8-hour Hunters Education course. This course is a basic primer is safe weapons handling. However, many hunters have gone decades since their course and not done any follow-up training. Any firearms class you take will refresh and hopefully add to those long along hunters Ed classes.

For instance, is it better for safety reasons to walk in the woods with your rifle or shotgun muzzle up or muzzle down? What are the three fundamentals of firearms safety? What is a safe target to practice to hit? If you are fuzzy about any of these, get to a firearms course.

In the worst case scenario in which you are involved in an accidental shooting, what is going to happen when the victim’s lawyer asks you, “how long has it been since you went to some sort of firearms training?”

Marksmanship

There are a number of non-profit organizations and/or volunteer groups inside Mississippi that promote marksmanship and firearms training for adults and youth alike. These include the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and the Revolutionary War Veterans Association. The CMP is affiliated with no less than a dozen clubs across the state from Florence to Ellisville to Como and shoots M1 Garand matches, airgun matches, rimfire events and others. Participating inn CMP events also qualifies you to buy low-cost M1 Garand’s and other surplus US Army firearms and ammunition direct from the government’s arsenals.

The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is best known for their Appleseed program, which keeps alive the old Lexington and Concord tradition of American marksmanship by holding classes, clinics, and shooting events out to 500-yards with iron sights. The events are well run and well led as well as being free for women. They are set up across the state and extremely family friendly.

NRA Courses

Across the country, more than 60,000 certified NRA instructors teach over a million classes ranging from reloading to muzzle loading to rifles shotguns and pistols courses each year. To find a course near you, from basic to instructor-level you can visit the NRA’s training website and search by zip code or state.

MDWFP Classes

Throughout 2012, the MDFWP is hosting a number of free basic and advanced shotgun shooting classes. Renowned shotgun guru, four time United States International Shooting Champion, and native Mississippian, Mr. John Satterwhite, teach these free classes. These classes are held at the Turcote Range in Clinton as well as remotely in Meridian and Starkville teaching hunting, Skeet, Trap, and Sporting Clays. The MDWFP secured an $8,500 grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation to help conduct these classes, so please take them up on the offer. For more information on these classes, you can vist the states website http://www.mdwfp.com/education-outreach/shooting-classes.aspx or call 407-414-4264 to register.

Did I mention they are free?

MDFWP also administers a statewide Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) in which other state agencies, educational bodies, and non-profits can apply for funding for Mississippi youth to participate in hunting, fishing or conservation related activities. Last year more than $144,000 was provided to such groups. If you have a club or school that would like to participate you can contact the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator Chris McDonald at 601-432-2044.

Other Courses

Organizations such as the NWTF also offer youth shoots. These shoots, called Jakes events, are held by different chapters around the state and can be found on the MCNWTF’s website. More than 700 adult volunteer instructors help train young men and women across the state in firearms and safe shooting sports activities through the 4-H Shooting Program. Run through MSU the 4-H is an excellent way to get you and your children involved in safe and effective marksmanship development.

Why You Should Secure Your Firearm

If you are in possession of a legal firearm then it is your responsibility to ensure it cannot be used without your permission. This can be achieved by locking it in a gun safe. If you do not do this and the gun is stolen then you can face to prospect of being held liable for and ensuing problems.

When looking to buy a secure cabinet for your firearm you should not be surprised at the range of shapes, styles and materials. Some have a purely aesthetic function and look good and security comes far down the list of essential features.

The minimum level of security you should be aiming at is a container made of steel. This material will offer a level of security that will deter the casual or even more determined intruder. It also goes without saying the cabinet should have a lock. The types of lock on the market are as varied as the number of different types of cabinet. Key, combination, finger pad and biometric are the most popular and will be reflected in the overall cost.

The size and location of the enclosure will be dictated by the size and quantity of firearms to be secured. The gun safe should, if at all possible, be out of sight so an under floor safe should be considered.

Finally if you are the owner of a firearm you need to ensure it is only used for the protection of yourself and your family. You do not want it to fall into the wrong hands because if it does and a serious incident occurs then you will be open to prosecution. So if you own a firearm and do not have anywhere to secure it out of harms way then you must act now. A wide selection can be found online to suit all needs and circumstances.

The Benefits Of Buying Fireproof Safes

People go to work each day to earn a good living. When they get paid, among the things that they will do with their money is to save some in order to acquire certain valuables. This is why investing in fireproof safes is something they ought to consider.

The main reason for buying these safes is for the protection that they offer. There are two forms of protection which they provide namely protection from fire and from theft. Not only valuable items, but important documents also need to be protected.

Valuables may be in the form of jewelry, money, firearms, electronic media or any other thing that they deem to be of value to them. Important documents could include birth certificates, marriage certificates, stocks and bonds, passports, title deeds or any such documents.

In the event of a fire whether it is a commercial property or a private residence, most people will lose everything that was in the building. This happens not only because things get burnt but also because other items which may otherwise have been saved will suffer water damage. In many cases it will be to the point where the items cannot be used.

Those people who have invested in these safes will be much more fortunate in that their valuables and important documents will be well protected once they were in the safe. Different materials will burn at different temperatures and so it is very important to decide what will be placed in the safe before it is purchased. This ensures that the appropriate type of fireproof safe will be selected as they are different types.

For owners of firearms, a safe is extremely important. If firearms get into the wrong hands the results can be deadly and as a result they must be well secured. They are special fireproof gun safes which can accommodate various types of firearms and they have various security features. Speaking to an expert in this area will help to determine which kind will be most suitable for your needs.

After acquiring valuables, the last thing that would be welcomed is for a burglar to break into the home or business property and steal them. This is another reason why buying a fireproof safe is important. Thieves love to steal jewelry and cash and once they are placed in a safe, homeowners can feel a bit more comfortable in case of a break in. Business documents including company check books should be properly secured and a fireproof safe is perfect for doing this.

The strongest form of securing technology should be considered when a safe is being chosen in order to maximize protection of the valuables and important documents that will be stored inside. This makes it more difficult for burglars to gain access if they should find where the safe is located. Buying fireproof safes take a lot of stress away from homeowners and business owners alike, as they do not have to worry about their highly significant belongings being lost to fire or theft. These safes are essential and are worth every penny spent on them.

Why Buy a Taser Instead of a Gun

There are several advantages to buying a Taser over a gun or firearm. The main advantage is that it is non lethal. In other words, you most likely will kill a person with a gun but you won’t with a Taser. This brings peace of mind to many. Plus, if you are ever in a situation that an attacker turns the weapon against you, the worst case scenario would be that they would electrically shock you and not kill you!

Maintenance is another reason why you should buy a Taser and not a Gun. A gun needs to be cleaned of gun powder on a regular basis, to keep it functioning properly. This is a messy and smelly task that you won’t have to do with a Taser. All three citizen models, the Taser C2, X26c and M26c, are maintenance free.

Aiming is a critical factor to consider for a self defense product. Let’s face it most people have lousy aim. It won’t do you any good to have a self defense weapon if you can’t aim properly. Most guns do not have an accessory to facilitate this issue. All citizen Tasers have laser sight (you can request no laser with only the Taser C2 in Black). Laser sight is a red beam of light that shows up as a red dot on whomever you are trying to aim at. This laser turns on automatically when you pull back the trigger safety cover or safety switch, depending on the model. You don’t have to have perfect aim to use a Taser!

Visibility plays a large role in self defense. Again, most firearms do not come with an accessory to help with seeing where you are shooting. All Tasers come with a LED light, that again, turns on automatically when you pull pack the trigger safety cover or safety switch.

Strength determines many times if you are able to reach your target. Shooting a firearm requires a person to have substantial strength when pulling the trigger. The trigger is really not the issue here, but the kickback that comes afterwards is. Many people, especially women, are thrown back considerably when they shoot a gun, even a small one. This leads to missing the intended target. You don’t have to be very strong to use a Taser. It doesn’t have a kickback!

For these 5 reasons mentioned, it is no wonder that more and more people are purchasing Tasers, instead of firearms or guns as weapons! The best part is that with this less lethal, self defense device, there will be fewer casualties!

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Most Important Forms to Be Acquainted With When Applying For Your Federal Firearms License

There are various forms that you have to file with the ATF in order to comply with the law. Here, I’ve listed a few of the most common ones and an explanation of what they are for including ATF Form 7, ATF Form 4 and ATF Form 4473.

ATF Form 7

Your very first step in becoming a FFL licensed dealer is in obtaining all of the required paperwork. In most cases, this means filling out an ATF Form 7, which is an Application for License. The individual that is applying for the federal firearms license must fill out this ATF Form.

Keep in mind that if you are attempting to open more than one sales locations dealing with firearms, you must file a new application, including the application fee for each new location. The fee is $ 200.00 for the first 3 years. Then becomes $90.00 upon renewal. The process of applying for a federal firearms license might seem overwhelming however; the process is actually quite simple. Almost anyone can handle it with just a little help. The process is not immediate. If you do everything correctly from the start, receiving your FFL usually only takes weeks, not months. You might also find that the time you spend waiting to receive your license is a great opportunity to get your business open and functioning. As long as you take the time to go over everything thoroughly and review all of the requirements before applying for the license, the application process should go very smoothly.

Form 4 ATF

This form is a per-item transfer form. It is much like a tax return where it lists all items you have purchased or sold. You will need one of these forms for each item you buy, and it will also require the specific item serial number and description. When you are ready to purchase an item it’s important that you understand that you have to have the specific weapon in mind before getting started with all the paper work. The good new is when you buy from a dealer they usually help you with all the paperwork. The Form 4 ATF is also pretty clear to understand anyway.

In most cases, if you are doing an in state transfer you can do so without a dealer.

If the weapon you want is out of state then you will need a transferring dealer.

Either way, most of the time you will have to pay for the weapon before all the paperwork even starts.

Another important fact is that Form 4 does not allow your corporation to possess NFA weapons. NFA weapons are: machine guns, sound suppressors (a.k.a. silencers), short barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles, destructive devices, etc.

ATF Form 4473

This form is a Firearms Transaction Record, which all firearms purchasers are required to complete before buying a gun from a federal firearms licensee. Every year, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discovers thousands of licensed gun dealers in obvious violation of federal law even for only minor problems.

The ATF conducts approximately 11,000 inspections per year. In order to eliminate many mistakes and violations, they have come up with an Internet friendly, Form 4473. Instead of filling out all the required paperwork by hand, dealers are now able to more effectively complete documentation via this electronic version. Officials consider this a fail-safe way of maintaining such records as it cuts down on illegible or incomplete answers. Such errors account for roughly 60% of the violations cited each year by the ATF.