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I say this in every class I teach - - - - "God will not get mad if you perk up and start looking around while everyone else bows their heads for prayer in church. As a matter of fact, that is exactly what I think you NEED to do. Be a sheepdog for your congregation."

Several weeks ago, on a Sunday, a wonderful friend of mine who I was working for at Mooresville's Field of Flags, came up to me after she arrived from church to tell me that a stranger appeared at her church open carrying a very large pistol in the small of his back. It put much of the congregation on high alert. He was quickly, quietly, and covertly surrounded by church security, and luckily nothing came of his visit. Thank goodness. Had he broken a law? I don't think so. Had he made himself noticeable? Absolutely. Had he made people nervous? YES. Was he within his rights? Probably. (I'm not a member of nor have I ever visited the church, so I don't know their rules on carrying firearms).

Open carrying in North Carolina. It's legal, yes. And those who have taken my classes know what I have to say about it. It depends. It depends on 1) Where you are, 2) What you are doing, and 3) Who you are with. You've also heard me say that just because you have the right, doesn't make it right. There is truly a fine line. I, too, struggle with it.

But I must say, I truly was concerned that my friend was afraid at church. I don't want that. For anyone.

My point. Even on those sleepy, calm, prayerful, soul-searching Sunday mornings, you must be vigilant. Always remain vigilant for your community, for your family, and especially your house of worship. Is it fair? NO. Is it necessary? Unfortunately, yes.

http://www.wyff4.com/article/man-says-guardian-angel-told-him-to-stab-man-during-church-service-police-say/10240708
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A long but good read on the status of NC HB746 (constitutional carry). It is currently stalled in the Senate and will more than likely not get a vote until after session break. Over 600,000 concealed carry permits have been issued in NC. I am proud to be a small part of that educatinal process.

Many of you have asked who the sponsors are on this bill. For those that would like to know, they are:

Millis - District 16 (Onslow, Pender)
Pittman - District 82 (Cabarrus)
Burr - District 67 (Montgomery, Stanly)
Speciale - District 3 (Beaufort, Craven, Pamlico)

If you would like to reach out to our Senators and ask them NOT to pass this bill, you can find their contact information here: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/members/memberList.pl?sChamber=senate

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/latest-news/article157143914.html
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Being that we have a second residence in WV, I followed the journey of Constitutional Carry when it was going through legislation. I recall WV's LEO's struggling with the same issues as those in this story. Unfortunately, Constitutional Carry passed in WV.

It is important that we let our NC Senators know that we believe in education first and foremost. Email contact info below.

Richard Burr www.burr.senate.gov/contact/email
Thom Tillis www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/police-organizations-oppose-bill-that-would-end-concealed-carry-permit/530877887
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Concerned about Constitutional carry, allowing anyone 21 years and up to conceal a handgun without proving safety and understanding the law of justifiable use of deadly force.

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20170530/north-carolina-pro-gun-omnibus-bill-scheduled-for-hearing-tomorrow
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GREAT discussion on what it could cost you if you use deadly force, even against a deadly threat.

http://blog.lawofselfdefense.com/2017/05/24/watch-andrew-branca-guests-on-pdn-live/?mc_cid=8011d53069&mc_eid=ba7a52b323
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In class, students learn the difference between single and double action. We talk about how imperative it is to be extra vigilent when handling a firearm to which you have cocked the hammer. This video shows you why.

Disclosure: This video has made it's way around social media lately along with a lot of laughter and making fun of the instructor. First - this kind of stuff really happens. Second - This instructor should have taken responsibility immdiately. Third - I don't find it funny. At all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuqANKDAqxA
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RAW UNCUT interview with WCNC re: Kids & Guns
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Got this message from a parent today whose children we have trained. So proud of this kid.
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We went to FL for Spring Break and stayed in my aunt and uncle's second home. They were not there. As you know, we have three kids ages 9, 6, and 3. First night there my husband and I were busy unloading the car and unpacking our things. Kids are exploring house and touching EVERYTHING. S opened the bedside table in the master bedroom and found a loaded gun. He left drawer open, backed away, and alerted me immediately. I quickly removed gun and told my husband to check the glove box of the extra car. He found another gun. I know my family, and should've thought of this first! Thankfully, S acted calmly and without hesitation.
I grew up around guns with my uncles and grandfather, but we do not have guns at our house. Because my kids aren't exposed to guns, I wanted them in your training to reinforce proper behavior around guns Thank you for offering this invaluable training!!
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