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(HOUSTON, TX) U.S. & Texas LawShield®, the finest Legal Defense for Self Defense program in the nation, is pleased to announce that Mammoth has joined their list of 2A Member Perk preferred partners as well as a U.S and Texas LawShield Facility partner. Mammoth is the nation’s leading provider of premium rotomolded coolers, drinkware, and accessories, with products are built from the highest quality materials, are made to last, and all come backed by a Lifetime Warranty.

Mammoth will be offering 25% OFF all orders. U.S. & Texas LawShield members can log into their account at to access the Mammoth promo code and receive their discount.

Mike Hannigan, CEO at Mammoth said, “We are proud to become a facility partner of U.S. & Texas LawShield and look forward to introducing the Mammoth brand to their members. We’ll work together with their team to offer unique and exciting perks and discounts to their member base.”

Jim Fisher, National Sales Director for U.S. & Texas LawShield tells us, “U.S. & Texas LawShield is excited to add Mammoth Coolers to our long list of 2nd Amendment friendly companies involved in the member perks program! Companies like Mammoth Coolers fit our member family perfectly with great products at a great price.”

At an affordable $10.95 per month, U.S. & Texas LawShield members receive the finest self-defense coverage available anywhere. The Member Perks program was designed to give members access to exclusive product and service discounts to top brands and manufacturers throughout the country. They are very selective in who they choose, and are proud to have a brand like Mammoth on board. For more information on how to become a U.S. & Texas LawShield member and to access discounts from manufacturers like Mammoth, please visit or contact Member Services at 877.448.6839. Use Promo Code MAMMOTH for two additional months FREE when you sign up for an annual membership.

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Photo courtesy of Marcus Yam - L.A. Times
Photo courtesy of Marcus Yam – L.A. Times


On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texans that lost or had their license to carry a handgun damaged in the recent storm—Hurricane Harvey—can receive a replacement card free.

In his announcement, Gov. Abbott said the State was waiving the usual $25 fee for a replacement card. Those with a private security board license to carry can get a replacement card free as well without incurring the $15 fee usually charged.

To get a replacement card, you can go to the following Texas Department of Public Safety website and log in as a “Returning User” and follow the instructions. Just fill in your Driver License number and date of birth for access.

To access the DPS website, click here.

Pro-Gun-Rights Bills Filed Early in Florida

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Florida State Sen. Greg Steube

Undeterred by recent legislative setbacks, State Sen. Greg Steube has reintroduced legislation intended to boost gun rights and public safety in Florida.

In mid-August, Steube filed Senate Bills 120, 134, 148, and 152 for the Legislature’s 2018 session. The first three mirror gun rights bills Steube filed in 2017, but they got no traction.

“It’s not surprising Sen. Steube is rebounding with a roster of pro-public safety legislation,” said David Katz, Independent Program Attorney for U.S. LawShield®. “He has been a stalwart in the Legislature—first in the House, and now in the Senate—for protecting Floridians’ Second Amendment rights.”

SB 120 would require businesses that ban the carrying of concealed firearms, even by those with CCW permits, to be responsible for the safety of people who would otherwise legally be carrying a gun.

In comments carried by TheBlaze, via the Tallahassee Democrat, Steube said, “If a private business wants to prohibit guns in their location that’s fine. But if you’re prohibiting me from carrying, and I’m licensed to carry, then you’re assuming the responsibility to have adequate security in place to protect me.”

Under SB 134, people with concealed-carry licenses would be able to keep their guns all the way up to a courthouse security checkpoint, and temporarily surrender them there, instead of leaving them in their vehicles.

SB 120 copies 2017’s SB 610, which, along with other pro-gun bills from Steube, died while stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee when the session adjourned.

Steube, a Sarasota Republican, is the chairman of that committee.

Other Steube bills that died there tried to legalize concealed carry at airports (SB 618), school or college athletic events (SB 622), local government meetings (SB 626), career training centers (SB 640), and public meetings at the Legislature (SB 620).

Also dead in the Judiciary Committee was Steube’s bill that would have legalized concealed weapons license holders to carry handguns openly (SB 644).

The same thing happened to another gun rights bill that intended to clarify that it’s not a crime to temporarily reveal a gun that started out concealed (SB 646). That bill also would have authorized Florida Cabinet members to carry concealed firearms if they are licensed to do so and don’t have full-time security from the Department of Law Enforcement.

Also for 2018, Steube filed SB 148, which revives key parts of SB 646. The new bill provides that “a person licensed to carry a concealed weapon or firearm does not violate certain provisions if the firearm is temporarily and openly displayed, etc.”

The fourth new gun bill, SB 152, would allow the electronic handling of payments or transmittal of processing fees for criminal history checks on potential gun buyers.

Steube’s 2017 bills drew opposition in the Judiciary Committee by four pro-gun-control Democrats and one Republican, State Sen. Anitere Flores, Katz explained.

Flores is considered the second most powerful Republican in the Senate, but she doesn’t agree with Steube on his gun legislation, Katz said.

“Consequently,” Katz added, “Sen. Steube’s bills had no chance of getting out of committee, and that’s where they died when the session adjourned.”

Steube’s SB 616, the original “courthouse bill” won the Senate’s approval with a 19-15 vote. Flores did not vote either way on that issue, Senate records show. But the House never considered it, so it died too.

“Look, these are high-profile issues with strong supporters and opponents on both sides,” Katz said. “They’re bound to be contentious, and that’s why it’s important that people like Greg are still fighting. He fully understands-self defense and the Second Amendment.”

The Legislature reconvenes Jan. 9, 2018, although committees, including the Senate Judiciary, start hearing bills in mid-September, according to official schedules.

— Bill Miller, Contributor, Texas & U.S. LawShield® blog


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Oklahoma Legislative Update 2017—What Are the Latest Laws Affecting Gun Rights?

Oklahoma Legislative Update

In the video below, Robert Robles, independent program attorney for U.S. LawShield in Oklahoma, gives his legislative update and reviews new gun laws that take effect November 1 .




Hello. This is Robert Robles, attorney for U.S. LawShield in Oklahoma.

I’m going to review the highlights of the 2017 Oklahoma Legislature, and their activities concerning gun laws in the state of Oklahoma that take effect November 1, 2017. I’m going to read them to you.

And there are nine separate gun laws.

Number 1 – Senate Bill 35: Active military may carry a firearm using a military ID, plus an Oklahoma photo ID.

Number 2 – Senate Bill 36: Definition of a pistol was amended to allow single or multiple projectiles from a single round of ammunition.

Number 3 – Senate Bill 40: Felony Pointing, Section 1289.25 amended. Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground were amended. A person pointing a weapon, or a perpetrator at a work, perpetrator in self-defense, or in order to thwart, stop, or deter a forcible felony or attempted forcible felony, shall not be deemed of committing a criminal act.

Number 4 — Senate Bill 288, Driver Carry. Immediate immunity is extended to a business entity’s vehicle when a company driver is not prohibited by the company from carrying a firearm.

Number 5 — Senate Bill 397 repeals Paragraph (d) of 21 Oklahoma Statute Section 1903. Ten years in prison, and up to a $10,000 fine for carrying a firearm on a bus has been repealed.

Number 6 — House Bill 1104: Any elected county official may carry a firearm in the courthouse where they were elected.

Number 7 — House Bill 1550:  Motorcycle Carry has been amended to include a motorcycle as a motor vehicle, for purposes of allowing it to have a locked compartment for the storage of firearms.

Number 8 — House Bill 2324: Amended state of authorization to shoot depredating animals (coyotes, feral hogs) from aircraft. You will need special permits from the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission.

Number 9 — House Bill 1428: Handgun Carry: Military Age Exemption Act, 18-year-old residents of the state of Oklahoma who are veterans of, or members of, the United States Armed Forces may carry a firearm in the state of Oklahoma.

Thank you very much.



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Arizona: Advice for Concealed Carriers if Stopped In Car by Police

Arizona advises drivers on concealed carry
An Arizona State Rep seeks changes to the state’s driver’s manual to include information on what armed citizens should do when stopped by the police.

July 7, 2016, was a frightening day for many concealed-carry permit holders. That was the day Minnesota police officers pulled over Philando Castile, allegedly for a broken taillight—and ended up fatally shooting the 32-year-old man. Castile had a concealed-carry permit, was carrying at the time, and was shot as he reached for the ID an officer had ordered him to show.

Arizona allows citizens 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. In an effort to prevent tragedies such as the one in Minnesota from happening in the Grand Canyon State, Arizona State Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding Jr. sought changes to the state’s driver’s manual to include information on what armed citizens should do when stopped by the police.

According to an AP report in U.S. News & World Report, Bolding claims, “The goal was to create a set of standards” and that the changes to the driver manual were possible without the need for passing another law.

The Arizona Driver License Manual now advises “drivers with firearms in the vehicle should keep your hands on the steering wheel in a visible location and when the officer approaches let them [sic] know that you have a firearm in the vehicle and where the firearm is located. If requested, the officer may take possession of the weapon, for safety reasons, until the contact is complete.” —By Warren Berg, Contributor, U.S. & Texas LawShield® Blog


Should more states advise armed drivers on how to act during a traffic stop? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

To learn more about how to safely negotiate traffic stops as a concealed-carry driver, we invite Members and guests to attend events presented by experienced attorneys. To stay on the right side of the law, please attend a seminar or workshop and ask specific questions to ensure you understand the law and what you need to do to stay out of a legal misunderstanding. Click Gun Law Seminar to find events near you.Also, to see a playlist of videos on what to do during a traffic stop in various states, click here

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Arkansas: Confusion Abounds Over New 'Enhanced' Concealed Carry Law

 (Left to right) Sen. Trent Garner, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Rep. Charlie Collins at the governor’s announcement that he had signed the new “enhanced” concealed carry legislation. Credit Governor's Office / YouTube
(Left to right) Sen. Trent Garner, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and Rep. Charlie Collins at the governor’s announcement that he had signed the new “enhanced” concealed carry legislation. photo from: Governor’s Office / YouTube


Earlier this year, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed House Bill 1249 into law, allowing concealed-carry permit holders to apply for and receive an “enhanced” concealed carry permit.

The enhanced permit requires an additional eight hours of firearms training and allows the holder to legally carry a concealed firearm at airports, polling places, public colleges, sporting events, some state offices, and the state capitol—places where residents with a regular concealed-carry permit are prohibited from doing so.

There’s one small problem, however. While the enhanced program is slated to start on Sept. 1, 2017, the law also directed the Arkansas State patrol to devise the required eight-hour training program—but they were given a deadline of January, 2018 to do so. 

According to an article recently posted on ArkansasMatters.comthe Arkansas State patrol recently sent out a memo to all concealed carry trainers in the state, “outlining the rules of the state’s new gun laws passed this legislative session.” 

But trainer Nathan House, the owner of Arkansas Armory in Sherwood, Arkansas, apparently spoke for many trainers when he told

“It’s still confusing to a lot of people. We don’t have any clue what the [training] standards are going to be yet for the enhanced carry.”

The article then states, “House said many of his customers have been trying to sign up for the new training program, only to be told it doesn’t exist yet. He’s added about 100 of them to a waiting list for it, while he evaluates if his indoor shooting range will be able to accommodate the potential requirements, like moving and shooting, moving down range and holster draw.”

Currently, nearly 200,000 Arkansas citizens hold a concealed carry permit. Among the various requirements, applicants must take an approved concealed-carry course, which lasts approximately five hours. A live-fire proficiency test is also mandated.

Although the previously mentioned memo from the State Patrol promised more information would be posted to its website this year, trainers like House have no real idea what they must teach in the enhanced course and if the various requirements must be taught in specific ways.

Also, no one apparently knows what the enhanced permit will cost or how much trainers will be charging for the added education. So, despite the new law being slated to apply starting Sept. 1, It doesn’t look like enhanced carry is actually coming to Arkansas any time soon. —By Brian McCombie, Contributor, U.S. & Texas LawShield® Blog

Bill Allowing Permitless Concealed Carry On The Move in North Carolina


Chris Millis sponsored NC permitless concealed carry bill
North Carolina Rep. Chris Millis
Gov. Cooper worried about permitless concealed carry
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

The North Carolina General Assembly returned to work on Aug. 3, with Second Amendment supporters eyeing the Senate for action on an omnibus gun bill which would include permitless concealed carry.

House Bill 746 moved to the Senate in June after House members approved it by a tight vote of 64-51.

The bill, introduced by State Representative Chris Millis (R-for Onslow and Pender counties) would do a lot of things, but the issue that’s receiving lots of ink is that it would allow law-abiding adults to carry concealed handguns without a permit and with no training.

Permitless concealed carry for 18-year-olds worries some folks, including Gov. Roy Cooper.

But if the bill becomes law, carrying a concealed firearm without a permit would be allowed in North Carolina, where it has always been legal to carry openly without a permit.

North Carolinians could still apply for concealed-carry permits through sheriff’s offices to comply with reciprocity agreements while traveling to other states.

The debate has been ferocious. Pro-gun groups and Bloomberg poured lots of sweat equity into the fight, and that will undoubtedly continue, said Mark E. Edwards, U.S. Law Shield Independent Program Attorney at Edwards & Trenkle in Durham.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported that the bill passed along party lines, except for the six Republicans who voted against it and the two who were absent.

What are its chances in the Senate and beyond? That’s a good question, Edwards said. Support in the Senate is unclear, Edwards explained, adding that senators had yet to craft a companion bill.

Plus the Fraternal Order of Police in North Carolina doesn’t like the bill. According to a recent newsletter, the members worry that no permits mean no vetting of gun carriers for criminal backgrounds or mental illnesses, which, they added, could endanger cops on the beat.

Independent Program Attorney Edwards added that the House vote didn’t get enough “yeas” to override a veto from Gov. Cooper, who hasn’t said if he’d like to kill the bill, but who did say on Twitter that he considered it “troubling.”

His tweet: “Gun safety training is critical. I agree with many in law enforcement that this proposed law is troubling.”

But Edwards  noted that it’s premature to say the bill is dead. Rep. Millis has ensured that a fiscal note is attached to the bill, so HB 764 is still in play. Therefore, the Senate could surely consider it in August or even in 2018, which would give more time to build support. — By Bill Miller, contributor, Texas & U.S. Law Shield blog

New Laws in Tennessee Promise to Limit Gun-Free Zones

If you hate gun-free zones, you’ll be pleased to know a new batch of state firearm laws recently went into effect in Tennessee, and one result is that more public places than ever will likely be open to concealed carry.

“Public facilities across Tennessee that have posted signs prohibiting firearms will now be required to install new security measures or allow handgun permit holders to carry guns into those spaces,” according to The Tennessean.

The article goes on to identify exceptions. “Parks that are used by schools, as well as schools and libraries where guns are banned, would not have to install metal detecting devices and security guards or representatives”–meaning that they can continue to be gun-free zones.

However, “other public facilities, including Nashville’s main bus depot where signage currently prohibits carrying firearms, would have to add the new security measures,” or allow concealed carry. These facilities would also have to pay for the security upgrades. The thinking is that most public facilities will find it more cost-effective to simply allow concealed carry.

A new law also makes concealed carry while on motorized boats legal, “so long as the person in question is not prohibited from possessing a firearm and is in legal possession of the vehicle.” also noted two other important modifications to Tennessee’s gun laws: 

– SB1340 Firearms and Ammunition – “As enacted, authorizes district attorneys general and similar persons to carry firearms subject to training and certification requirements if certain requirements met. – Amends TCA Section 39-17-1350.”

– HB0508 Firearms and Ammunition – “As enacted, creates a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, resolution, policy, rule, or other enactment on firearms that is preempted by state law; restricts certain actions by local government in regard to handgun carry permittees. – Amends TCA Title 29, Chapter 20 and Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.”

Being a Tennessee gun owner and concealed-carry permit holder just got better!

–By Brian McCombie

Are Tennessee Officials Discouraging Concealed Carry on Public Transportation?

Tennesseans with valid permits can now carry concealed on public buses, thanks to a new law that took effect July 1. Yet it seems some public officials are trying to discourage people from even knowing about the new law.

Lisa Maragnano, Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority executive director: “We will comply with the law, we won’t encourage it.”

“The four biggest cities in Tennessee are now letting guns on their buses due to a new state law, but the change might not be obvious to riders from the vaguely worded rules posted by cities that opposed the law,” the Times Free Press recently reported.

“Transit policy changes in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga rely on riders to know beforehand, or at least look up on their own, who can carry a gun. Memphis officials are still changing the wording of their policy on guns on buses and in stations, but have started letting permit holders carry their guns.”

“To comply with the law…Nashville changed its transit system’s code of conduct, which had banned all weapons, to banning only those that are ‘unauthorized.’ No mention is made of the new law.”

In an email to the newspaper, Lisa Maragnano, Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority executive director, wrote, “We will comply with the law, we won’t encourage it.”

The bill that changed the law to allow carry on public transportation was sponsored by Rep. William Lamberth (R – 44th Dist.). “Under his law’s choices,” he said, “either metal detectors would assure people aren’t getting guns into the [bus] station, or people with permits would have guns to protect themselves in case of a shooting. The law also gives groups like the NRA standing to sue for triple attorney’s fees if they believe a local government wrongly barred someone from carrying guns.”

In a state with more than 6.6 million residents, only half a million Tennessee citizens had active concealed carry permits in 2015, The Tennessean reported— by Brian McCombie, Contributor, Texas & U.S. Law Shield blog

Report: Women & Minorities Are Fueling Growth in Concealed Carry Permits

A new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center, Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2017, shows that there are now more than 16.3 million concealed handgun permits in the U.S., up 1.83 million since last July. Far more people carry guns today than in 2007, when there were only 4.6 million permits. Thirteen states now no longer require a permit to carry in all or most of the state. Eight of those 13 states made the change in the last two years.

During President Obama’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits soared to over 16.36 million – a 256% increase since 2007. Unlike surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer some personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that we have on gun ownership across the United States. Among the findings of our report:

■ Last year, the number of permit holders grew by a record 1.83 million. This is more than the previous record increase of 1.73 million, set just the year before. Each of the last four years that we have been recording this data has set a new record. Despite expectations that permits were primarily driven by fears of Democratic presidencies, the growth in permits has continued at a similar pace after the November 2016 election.

■ 6.53% of American adults have permits. Outside the restrictive states of California and New York, about 8% of the adult population has a permit.

■ In eleven states, more than 10% of adults have permits. Alabama has the highest rate — 20%. Indiana is second with 15.8%.

■ There are four counties in Pennsylvania that have between 30% and 50% of their adult populations with concealed handgun permits: Potter (50.3%), McKean (34.6%), Warren (34.6%), Cameron (31.3%), and Armstrong (30.1%).

■ Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas each have over 1.2 million residents who are active permit holders.

■ Another 14 states have adopted constitutional carry in all or virtually all of their state, meaning that a permit is no longer required. Some people in these states still choose to obtain permits so that they can carry in other states that have reciprocity agreements with their states. However, because of these constitutional carry states, the nationwide growth in permits does not paint a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry.

■ In 2016, women made up 36% of permit holders in the 14 states that provide data by gender. Eight states had data from 2012 to 2016 and they saw a 326% faster increase in permits among women than among men.

■ From 2012 to 2016, in the five states that provide data by race over that time period, the number of black people with permits increased 30% faster than the number of whites with permits. Asians appear to be the group that has experienced the largest increase in permitted concealed carry.

■ Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at one-sixth of the rate at which police officers are convicted.

■ From 2007 to 2015 (the last full year that crime data is available), murder rates fell from 5.6 to 4.9 per 100,000. This represents a 12.5% drop. Overall violent crime fell by 18 percent. Meanwhile, the percentage of adults with permits soared by 190%.

My research has demonstrated that the two groups that benefit the most from carrying guns are the likeliest victims of crime (poor blacks in high-crime urban areas) and people who are physically weaker (women and the elderly). Dozens of published peer-reviewed studies find similar results. —Texas & U.S. Law Shield Contributor Dr. John Lott, Jr.

John R. Lott Jr., Ph.D. is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and the author most recently of “The War on Guns” (Regnery, 2016).