Sunday, January 31, 2016

Travelers advisory for Virginia

Update - Governor McAuliff's press release states the executive action date has been pushed back to March 1:
Governor McAuliffe will also extend the effective date for the planned implementation of the revocation of reciprocity agreements with other states to March 1st. (h/t Joe Waldron)
Tennessee handgun permits have been recognized by Virginia for years. Suddenly last December, as I reported HERE, their attorney general arbitrarily decided that permits from 25 states are no longer recognized by the Old Dominion.

This executive action is effective tomorrow, February 1, 2016. Tennessee and many other state permits are no good in Virginia.

If you travel armed to Virginia, you are allowed, with some exceptions to open carry, or you can get a nonresident Virginia permit. Check out for the details.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Protesting guns at Chilhowee Park

We note that WVLT found two people(?) protesting the gun shows that take place at the park known as Chilhowee. Lawrence Williams with World United Ministries:
We're not saying they're doing anything wrong or anything like that, you know we don't know. But what we are saying is that guns are being supplied out on these streets. 
What about illicit drug deals that occur in the park zone? Has anyone protested those?

Williams agrees that there's nothing wrong with lawful commerce inside the park.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Tennessee Constitutional Carry Petition

Photo by Liston Matthews
Gun rights activism is not a spectator sport. 

You now have an opportunity to let your voice be heard, simply by clicking and completing Senator Mark Green's
to support his and Representative Judd Matheny's Constitutional Carry bill.
From the petition's web site:

"The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."-Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tennessee Constitutional Carry Bill of 2016

Below is a copy of the 2016 permit-less (Constitutional) carry bill introduced by Senator Green and Representative Matheny.

Colt 1903, a great carry size pistol. Photo by Liston Matthews

This is a clean, well thought out bill which would restore the right of citizens to carry a defensive firearm without first seeking a permission slip from the state. 

Any Tennessee legislator who cannot support this bill, cannot truthfully say, "I support the Second Amendment." 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Virginia's guv'na and AG jerk welcome mat from permit holders

The State of Virginia recently announced it will, beginning February 1, 2016, no longer recognize carry permits from many states.

There have been responses from other state governments that suggest tit-for-tat, thus removing Virginia recognition from those states. For some states, their reciprocity agreements mean automatic cancellation of Virginian's privilege* to carry. There are threats, too, by the Virginia legislature, to overturn this ruling legislatively, and to de-fund Governor Terry McAuliff's security detail.

BUT, what is a practical response for non-Virginian's who want or need to visit the Commonwealth? I see two options. Open carry while in Virginia or get a non-resident Virginia permit.

For the sake of this article, I choose to not discuss open carry other than to say there are some traps to be aware of, such as the Gun Free School Zones Act (do your own research; choose your risks).

Turning now to non-resident permits issued by Virginia. Instructions can be found at their web site.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Is it time to buy a defensive gun?

Trevor Hughes, a reporter for USA Today, based in Denver, thinks so . . .
I’m starting to feel like a soft target. I don’t like feeling like a soft target.  And once again, I’m left with this idea that an armed society ends up being a very polite society —  and one that’s highly resistant to attack.
. . . says Hughes, in a Christmas Day story in USA Today. 

Friday, January 1, 2016




Our guest speakers will be: Andy Fox who is the attorney
that is filing the TFA lawsuit against Knoxville
State Senator Richard Briggs, MD

Meetings are held at the Gondolier Restaurant in South Knoxville at 7644 Mountain Grove Drive, in the Lowe’s plaza off of Chapman Highway. A pre-meeting social hour is from 6PM  to 7 PM during which you may wish to eat  dinner.  The meeting will begin at 7 PM and end at 8 PM.  Participation by those in attendance is always encouraged.

Gun owners, persons involved in the shooting sports, Second Amendment supporters and interested public are urged to attend, YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER TO ATTEND.  For more information contact:  
Charlie Thoms;  865-233-4561
Liston Matthews;   865-368-5622
TFA Websites: - open to the public. Good discussions