Including ... Featured Articles • President's Messages • Attorney Questions of the Month • Book Reviews 


Lessons About Appealing Verdicts. Part II of an Interview with Lisa J. Steele, Esq. What happens after the appellate court has published its decision on an appeal? (Dec 2018)

Lessons About Appealing Verdicts. Part I of an Interview with Lisa J. Steele, Esq. Are appeals another venue in which to assert their justification for use of force?  (Nov 2018)

Aggressiveness in Self Defense: An Interview with John Farnam. Are you willing to kill to survive a deadly force attack? (Oct 2018)

In Pursuit of Better Practice: An Interview with Claude Werner. This book focuses on challenging ourselves to accomplish high but measurable standards through practice. Werner's drills blend fundamental skills with focus challenges to hone the mental aspect of using a gun.  (Sep 2018)

Deadly Force in Defense of Others: An Interview with James D. “Mitch” Vilos. An exploration of the principles behind use of force in defense of others. (Aug 2018)

Training Despite Challenges: An Interview with Massad Ayoob. Learn how you can still train despite physical issues, disabilities, age, or income limitations.  (Jul 2018)

Defending Pepper Spray Use–Part II: An Interview with Attorney Penny Dean. Attorney Dean continues the discussion on all the pieces that went into defending her client from charges related to using pepper spray. (May 2018)

Defending Pepper Spray Use–Part I: An Interview with Attorney Penny Dean. While keeping personal details confidential, Attorney Dean discusses all the pieces that went into defending her client from charges related to using pepper spray. (Apr 2018)

Practicing Awareness: An Interview with Claude Werner. The benefits of observing possible threats and staying out of range.  (Mar 2018)

Introducing Character Evidence: An Interview with James Fleming. To what extent do incidents from the past affect the chances of being acquitted of murder or manslaughter charges if one who has lived a clean life in recent years has to use deadly force in self defense? (Feb 2018)

2018 State of the Network Message. Happy 10th Birthday to the Network by Marty Hayes, J.D. This month we celebrate the tenth year of the Network’s existence. It all started with an idea and a few precious dollars out of the pockets of our Vice President Vincent Shuck, Gila and I, along with the very much appreciated support of Mas Ayoob, Tom Givens, John Farnam and the late Jim Cirillo, all who embraced the concept of the Network and signed on to the advisory board when it was launched. (Jan 2018)

President's Message 

President's Message: State of the Network. (Dec 2018)

President's Message: Marty's trip to Gunsite Academy. (Nov 2018)

President's Message: Marty's Upcoming Trip to Gunsite Academy. (Oct 2018)

President's Message: How the Network provided assistance to two members. (Sep 2018)

President's Message: Network Members Training Network Members. (Aug 2018)

President's Message: Thank You to Attorney Royce Ferguson. Response to inquiry about what the Network Does. (Jul 2018)

President's Message: Conversations with students and cultivating new instructors. (Jun 2018)

President's Message: Media interview about NRA Carry Guard. Pacific Northwest Training Opportunities. Stop by the Network Booth and Get a Free ACLDN Pin. Responses to Last Month's Mea Culpa. (May 2018)

President's Message: Mea Culpa; Have you donated to a good cause lately? News About RangeMaster's Tactical Conference. Come visit us at the fair! (Apr 2018)

President's Message: Having fun: competing, training, gun rights work. (Mar 2018)

President's Message: Marty's picks for the NRA Board. Speaking of the NRA. Upcoming Fundraising Gun Auctions. (Feb 2018)

President's Message: Assisting with the Deadly Force Instructor course. Advanced Training. Southern Hospitality. The Bible Belt. (Jan 2018)

Attorney Question

Attorney Question of the Month: We understand that law firms are busy places focused on defending people with current legal problems. How do you recommend a Network member who does not have a pending legal issue connect with an attorney for a brief consultation to be sure the member understands their state’s self-defense laws, while getting to know the attorney they'll call to protect their rights after self defense? (Jan 2019 - Part 2)(Dec 2018 - Part 1)

Attorney Question of the Month: Is it common for investigating police officers to take cell phones from armed citizens involved in use of force in self-defense, even if the armed citizen is not taken into custody after the incident? If this is common procedure in your area, how long does it usually take for retrieval of personal items seized during an investigation? How does this vary if the person is or is not charged with a crime?(Nov 2018 - Part 2(Oct 2018 - Part 1

Attorney Question of the Month: If a Network member is accompanied by a friend or family member at the time of an armed self-defense incident, is it preferable that the 9-1-1 call be made by the associate? Why or why not? What information should the associate provide to the police dispatchers? (Sep 2018 - Part 3(Aug 2018 - Part 2(Jul 2018 - Part 1

Attorney Question of the Month: The current political unrest regarding gun control is causing many people to purchase their first handgun. If you were to give one piece of advice to the brand-new gun owner, what would that piece of advice be? (Jun 2018 - Part 2(May 2018 - Part 1

Attorney Question of the Month: Can a person who shoots in self-defense be held criminally or civilly liable for injuries to an innocent third person, in spite of being justified in the use of deadly force against the attacker? (Apr 2018 - Part 2(Mar 2018 - Part 1

Attorney Question of the Month:If charges are dropped before trial, in your state what is involved in getting the citizen's license to carry reinstated? How (if at all) does that differ from pursuing carry license reinstatement after defending self-defense in a trial and being found “Not Guilty?” (Feb 2018 - Part 2(Jan 2018 - Part 1

Book/DVD Reviews

Book Review: Mass Killings: Myth, Reality, and Solutions by David T. Hardy. Hardy writes that reports on mass killer attacks range from serious scientific studies to news soundbites. He draws lessons from 21 mass killer attacks between 1966 to 2018 in “an attempt to bridge the gap by condensing and organizing the work that has been done on the subject by criminologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and others.” (Dec 2018)

Book Review: Your Most Powerful Weapon: Using Your Mind to Stay Safe by Steve Tarani. The author explores why people so often fail to detect or even react to threats. (Nov 2018)

Book Review: Survive A Shooting: Strategies to Survive Active Shooters and Terrorist Attacks by Alain Burrese. How to look for pre-attack indicators and practicing survival plans, understanding that law enforcement will likely not be there until the fight is over. (Oct 2018)

Book Review: Concealed Carry Skills and Drills A Guide for Average People By Claude Werner, The Tactical Professor. A self-coaching skills improvement book that maps out a substantial series of practice sessions designed to bring structure and measurability to individual practice. (Sep 2018)

Book Review: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You. How Most Self-Defense Training Will Put You into Prison or the Ground by Marc MacYoung and Jenna Meek. A book that encourages honest analysis of your self-defense training strengths and weaknesses. (Aug 2018

Book Review: FBI Miami Firefight: Five Minutes that Changed the Bureau by Edmundo and Elizabeth Mireles. The story of a gunfight with two heavily armed robbers in Miami, Florida in 1986, as told by a participating FBI agent. (Jul 2018)

Book Review: Streetlights and Shadows: Searching for the Keys to Adaptive Decision Making by Gary Klein. Learn how we make decisions based on our information we possess and the things we have experienced. (Jun 2018)

Book Review: The Gift of Fear By Gavin de Becker. The author discusses how self-doubt and denial can unintentionally make a person an easier victim. (May 2018)

Book Review: Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion by George Thompson PhD. How and when our words amp up conflict and when our words can calm a potentially violent confrontation. (Apr 2018)

Book Review: Personal Security: Preparing for the Unexpected in an Era of Crime and Terrorism by Richard N. Bradford. How to improve your observational skills to prevent a life-threatening situation. (Mar 2018)

Book Review: Concealed Carry Vol. 2 by Massad Ayoob. Guns, calibers, holsters, carry methods, and lessons learned from experience. (Feb 2018)

Book Review: The Best Defense: A Complete Guide to Personal and Home Defense by Michael Janich. Learn the 14 pre-incident indicators, how to create a safe room, hardening your home, how to physically fight, improvised weapons, and dangers around the workplace. (Jan 2018)