What should have been a simple custody exchange turned into a deadly shooting caught on video. Did Kyle Carruth murder Chad Read, or was he simply defending himself from an unlawful use of force? Until the matter is decided by the court, there will be no definitive answer—but the existence of video recordings of the incident from two different angles has public opinion divided. A case can be made in either direction, but Kyle Carruth’s fate won’t be decided by public opinion. Ultimately, his fate—and his freedom—rests in the hands of the legal system.
Guns in public, and specifically right to carry laws, are a hot button topic for most Americans. Advocates for gun control insist that gun violence will be greatly reduced if there are further restrictions on the lawful gun owner’s right to carry firearms in public for self-defense. For their part, legally armed Americans view the right to carry as a cornerstone of the United States Constitution and an integral part of personal protection. Understanding what right to carry laws are, how they work, and where they apply is important for anyone interested in incorporating firearms into their self-defense plan.
We were all thrilled when 2020 ended and most us could not wait for a new year to begin. However, we were equally disappointed when many of the hardships we faced during the previous year continued (think: what’s scarier than a year of a pandemic? A second year of a pandemic). Although 2021 was far from ideal, the pro-Second Amendment community did experience a few wins that showed us things can get better with united effort. If you’re trying to separate everything that happened this year from last, don’t worry. Here are some of the biggest Second Amendment and self-defense stories from 2021.
A New Year Celebration can represent many different things for many different people. For some, it is a time of careful reflection on the events of the past year and a hopeful optimism for the possibilities the coming year represents. For others, it’s an excuse to gather with friends, family, or strangers and enjoy a party. No matter your personal feelings or beliefs behind a New Year Celebration, it’s always a good idea to consider how to stay safe and what goes into protecting not only your physical health and safety, but also your emotional health and safety.
As a gun owner, it’s a good idea to have not only your everyday carry (EDC) gun but some secondary defensive measures as well. The old saying “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” comes into play when all you have or know is your gun. Adding to your skillset—increasing the contents of your tactical toolbox—is a good idea for all of us. What secondary measures should you consider? Read on to find out.
“Duty to retreat” is a phrase you’ll hear from time to time when discussing lawful self-defense. It's a term that is frequently misunderstood and misrepresented, so call your Independent Program Attorney if you have any questions. Let's unpack this legal term so that you can understand what it really means when a state has a duty to retreat law.
With a rising number of states passing constitutional carry laws (a general term for state-level laws that allow the carrying of a handgun without a permit), questions are coming up a lot lately about the permitting or licensing systems that are often supplemented by constitutional carry legislation. When seeking a license or permit to carry, you’re likely to encounter either “shall-issue” or “may-issue” scenarios.
Domestic violence is a serious problem, one that has only worsened during the pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions. In fact, according to a study by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, it’s a measurable increase.
There are a lot of different firearms platforms and types of guns on the market, so it’s understandable to get confused sometimes. If you’ve ever been curious about the difference between a lever-action and a bolt-action or a rifle and a carbine, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for a general lesson in firearms platform terminology.