Thursday, December 16, 2010

There's going to be an increase of activity here

I need to get my site up and running soon, but in the meantime I've decided to start posting here some of the content that I ultimately want to put there.  Eventually I want to build a fairly comprehensive FAQ list for people who want to understand legal carry of firearms and other dangerous weapons in Utah.  To begin with, I'm going to start posting essays on various topics here, with the intent that they'll eventually get incorporated into my FAQ list, and so that in the meantime I can easily refer people to them.

I'm going to shoot for adding one or two articles per day here, so expect to see some activity.

Here's a partial list of issues/questions I'm going to address:

  • Politics/opinion (note:  I'll give my opinions, but try to present all sides)
    • Shouldn't only police officers have guns?
    • Isn't it a bad idea to allow anyone who wants to carry a deadly weapon?
    • Doesn't allowing people to carry guns at our schools endanger the children?
    • Doesn't owning, possessing or carrying a gun make you more likely to get shot?
    • Why would anyone want to carry a gun?
    • Why would anyone want to carry a gun openly, if they can conceal it?
  • Legalities of carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon
    • I don't have a concealed carry permit, can I carry a gun?
    • I have a concealed carry permit, where can I carry?
    • How come Utah courtrooms don't provide firearm storage lockers, like the law says they should?
    • I have a concealed carry permit, does my gun have to be hidden?
    • Can my city or county ban dangerous weapons?
    • I'm a student or staff member at a Utah university, can I carry there?
    • My employer has a policy against carrying weapons at work.  Do I have to obey that policy?  What might happen if I don't?
    • What kinds of weapons does a Utah Concealed Firearm Permit allow me to carry?  How many can I carry?
    • What should I do if I see a "No Firearms" sign somewhere?
    • Can I carry in other states?  If so, which ones and what are the rules?
    • Can I take my gun on a plane?  A train? A bus?
  • Practical issues around daily carry
    • What kind of gun should I get?
      • What caliber is best?
      • Are revolvers better than semi-automatics?
      • What brand of gun is the best?
      • Are big guns better than small guns?
    • Is it important to use a holster?
    • What kind of holster should I use?
    • Should I use a lot of different holsters?
    • What should I do with my gun when I go to the bathroom?
    • If I'm pulled over by the police and I have a gun, do I have to tell the officer, and if so how should I do it?
  • Firearm safety
    • What's the difference between an accidental discharge and a negligent discharge?
    • How can I make sure that my guns don't hurt anyone?
    • How can I make sure that my guns aren't a danger to my children?
    • Are there any special safety precautions I should take while carrying?
    • Is it safe to carry a gun with a round in the chamber?
  • Securing firearms
    • Am I responsible for keeping my guns secure?
    • How can I secure them in my home?
    • How can I secure them in my car?
    • How can I secure them when I travel on airplanes or trains?
  • Training
    • How much training do I really need?  Isn't the Concealed Firearm Permit course enough?
    • What kinds of training are available for free?
    • What kinds of training are available for fee?
  • Legality of self-defense
    • Who am I allowed to defend?
    • When is it legal to shoot someone?
      • On the street
      • At home
      • In my car
      • On my property
    • Do I have to try to escape before I can defend myself?
    • When should I shoot someone?
    • When should I NOT shoot someone?
    • Should I threaten someone with my gun?  Should I draw if I'm not planning to shoot?
    • Is it necessary to carry a non-lethal defensive tool, like pepper spray?
    • If I get in some sort of altercation that doesn't involve my gun, should I call the police?
    • If I get in some sort of altercation that does involve my gun, but I don't shoot anyone, should I call the police?
    • If I shoot someone, what should I do next?
      • What should I do before I call 911?
      • What should I say to the 911 operator?
      • What should I do while waiting for the police to arrive? 
      • What should I do when the police arrive?
      • What should I say to the police?
      • Will I be arrested?  If I am, what should I do?
    • Can I be sued even if the police decide I didn't commit a crime?
  • Utah's Concealed Firearm Permit
    • Who is eligible to get a permit?
    • What records does the state examine to determine eligibility?
    • What's the process for getting a permit?
      • How much does it cost?
      • How long does it take?
      • What are the steps?
      • Can I get a temporary permit quickly if I'm in danger?
    • How long is the permit good for?
    • What is the process for renewing a permit?
    • What kinds of things might cause my permit to be suspended or revoked?
I'm sure plenty more stuff will come up as I flesh this out.  I'm going to attempt to use the newspaper article structure for each answer, meaning that the article provides the basics first then incrementally expands the details, so the reader can stop at any point.


  1. I'm sure the gun sites you area member of will love the stuff. You aren't expecting me to follow it very regular are you? Maybe someday this will be an interest of mine, it just isn't now. Too many other things.

  2. No, I don't expect it to interest you at all :)


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