Moving to Oklahoma

I landed a job in Broken Arrow, OK, writing software for flight simulators.

This is a major upheaval for me, similar in scope to some other major upheavals, such as when I joined the Navy, when I got out of the Navy, when I got married, when my daughter was born, and a couple of other major life changes.

I don’t expect to be in a position to continue teaching Texas CHL classes for the next several years. I may check into seeing what it takes to teach concealed carry classes in Oklahoma, but first, I need to get my OK resident CCW.

I plan to transfer this site to my brother, Thomas E. Harkness, until I return to Texas and resume CHL classes there. Or rather, if I return to Texas and resume teaching CHL classes. Things have changed a lot in the last couple of years, and CHL classes may not even be on the agenda when I get back — in 4 or 5 years, or maybe even longer.

At any rate, my brother is still actively teaching CHL classes in Pittsburg, TX, so he should be able to make good use of this site in my absence.

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Texas Call To Action!

Last time, the campus carry bill was defeated by an A&M official telling the committee members that if they allowed the bill out of committee, they would not get their complimentary season tickets to the A&M games. Looks like the Leftist haters of your civil rights are at their unethical tactics again.

Per the request of Texas Law Shield, I am posting the email I got from them today.

Texas Law Shield
April 10, 2015
Texas Law Shield
Texas Call To Action!
Dear Members and Friends,Our friends at the Texas State Rifle Association have made us aware of a significant development occurring within the Texas Legislature this session. At their request, we are forwarding the following message as a “Call to Action” from the TSRA that we fully support.
Because this issue is both urgent and of the utmost importance, we encourage you to forward this to your friends and family.

David Donchecz
Vice President of Member Services

“You need to be aware of a disturbing new development surrounding SB 11 and HB 937, the campus carry bills currently pending in the Texas House of Representatives. Even if you don’t have a Concealed Handgun License, even if you rarely – if ever – find yourself in a college setting, or even if this issue just hasn’t been a priority for you in the past, you should pay attention now. Because what happens with these bills could impact the future of our Second Amendment rights in the Lone Star State.

Everytown for Gun Safety is former New York City mayor and big government-loving billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s faux grassroots gun control group. Borrowing from the playbook of Battleground Texas – the unsuccessful national effort by former Obama campaign operatives to make us a “swing state” last election cycle – they are dumping resources from outside Texas into our state to launch a misinformation campaign via television ads and social media against SB 11 and HB 937.

These bills are not – as Everytown claims in their deceptive ads – about creating an army of underage students packing heat in backpacks and bringing guns to classrooms. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, in 2014, less than 6% of the more than 246,000 CHLs issued or renewed were to individuals between the ages of 21-25. These bills are about giving adult faculty, staff and non-traditional students who are 21 years of age or older, who have passed a state and federal criminal records check, and who successfully completed classroom and range training and been issued a license by DPS, a personal protection option on the campuses where they live, work or study.

During the years in which the Legislature has debated but failed to pass campus carry legislation, there have been high-profile shootings covered by the national media at the University of Texas at Austin and bordering the Texas A&M campus in College Station. There were also stabbings at Lone Star College’s Cy-Fair campus in which more than a dozen people were wounded. These so-called ‘gun-free zones’ only serve to disarm law-abiding citizens and render them defenseless against violent criminals.

If Bloomberg and his gun control version of Battleground Texas succeed in defeating these bills, he will double-down and begin to lay the groundwork for future efforts to gut Texas’ carry laws and enact restrictions on private gun sales and possession of ammunition magazines, like he did in Colorado. So if you are a freedom-loving, Second Amendment supporter, these bills do impact you!

Contact House leadership as well as your lawmakers and urge them to pass SB 11/HB 937 this session. Tell them to support adult CHLs who have a 20-year record of law-abiding and responsible behavior and to stand up to New York liberal Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun agenda in Texas.”

Click here to Email House Speaker Joe Straus
You can also contact his office by telephone at: 512-463-1000.

Contact information for House Members can be found by clicking here

To find out who your State Representative is, click here.

Texas Law Shield, LLP
1020 Bay Area Blvd., Suite 220
Houston, TX 77058
Telephone: 855-478-6607
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Open Carry Inches Towards Acceptance

Open CarryAs reported in the Dallas Morning News, Open Carry has been approved by the Texas Senate. The new measure, if passed by the House and signed by the governor (who has already indicated that if it gets to his desk, he will sign it), will allow CHL holders to carry openly.

As I have written previously, I’m ok with Open Carry, but I don’t plan to carry openly myself.

I’m still hoping for campus carry. Liberals have been pulling out all the stops in a disinformation campaign to stop that one. The latest claim is that it will cost several millions of dollars — which is pure BS, but dutifully covered in the lamestream Liberal press.

When reading Liberal disinformation, consider the following:

  1. CHL holders are a tiny minority of college students. As long as the age requirement is 21, that will continue to be the case.
  2. CHL holder commit fewer crimes than licensed law enforcement officers. And police are allowed to carry openly on a school campus. As far as I can tell, that has not resulted in any special expenses for school campuses.
  3. Nothing inhibits violent crime as effectively as the possibility that your intended victim (or some random bystander coming to his/her defense) might be capable of killing you. Not “no guns” signs (in fact, criminals find “no guns” signs to be an indication that they are more likely to get away with a violent crime). Not the possibility of prison. Nothing.
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This Site is Under a Brute-Force Login Attempt Attack

MalwareIconI have disabled logins except for my own IP address, in response to an unusually heavy brute-force script-kiddie attack on this site. The attack is so heavy it was eating enough bandwidth to slow down the site, amounting to a DDOS attack.

If you wish to contact me, please use the contact form.

I hope that the attackers eventually lose interest and quit.

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Will Campus Carry Really Happen This Time?

UTTowerCampus carry has been bouncing in and out of our Texas legislature for about a decade now. Last time, it was defeated by a TAMU official who reached out to some of the Texas legislators, and informed them that if campus carry passed, they could forget all about their free season box tickets for A&M football. It will be interesting to see if that unethical and illegal tactic will be successfully used again this session.

Here’s some information on that from the NRA:

Senate Bill 11, sponsored by state Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), would remove restrictions in state law that prohibit law-abiding adult Concealed Handgun Licensees from protecting themselves on college and university campuses.

Open carry is also making headlines. As I have mentioned before, I don’t have any philosophical objection to open carry. I just would not carry openly myself, since I believe that concealed carry is a better deterrent to criminal behavior. I don’t recall such a Big Deal being made about this during the last session, so I’m expecting that Open Carry might actually pass this time.

Senate Bill 17, sponsored by state Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), a proposal removing the requirement that CHLs keep their handguns concealed and gives them the option of carrying them either wholly or partially visible in a belt or shoulder holster.  Note: SB 17 is identical to SB 346 introduced by Senator Estes; the language from SB 346 was re-filed this week and assigned a lower bill number by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, signifying that this issue is of high importance in the Texas Senate.

One advantage of this new law would be that CHL holders wouldn’t have to worry as much about deep concealment

If you wish to contact your representative, here’s how. Again, from the NRA site:

Please contact State Affairs Committee members and urge them to support both SB 11 and SB 17.  Contact information for committee members can be found here.  Be sure to thank those Senators who co-authored each bill; a list of co-authors is available for Senate Bill 11 and Senate Bill 17.

Personally, I would like to see both bills passed (even though I would prefer not to carry openly), if for no other reason than it would give me the opportunity to ask some of my Liberal associates why there isn’t any “blood flowing in the streets” afterward. That, and it would remove one hassle associated with going back to school to pick up some additional coursework. Or, for that matter, maybe getting another teaching gig at the local community college.

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