Rifles for Defense

An Interview with John and Vicki Farnam

Interview by Gila Hayes

Renowned firearms instructor John Farnam has a reputation for telling it like it is – even when the reality is inconvenient. One fact that both John Farnam and his wife Vicki Farnam raise frequently in their classes is the relative inadequacy of the pistol compared to the rifle, so when the opportunity arose to spend a little time with the Farnams earlier this year, I asked for an update on rifles for defense, knowing the value of their instruction from personal experience.

eJournal: I remember my first rifle class with you over 20 years ago, when we trained for two days in 100-degree-plus temperatures. You had us keep the rifles loaded and stressed that they’d better be loaded if we had to use them for defense, so we must know how to handle them safely and effectively. I clearly remember thinking, “Here is an instructor who knows first-hand how serious this is.” It is hard to forget that kind of instruction!

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President's Message

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by Marty Hayes, J.D.

Thank you to all the Network members who wrote in about my open letter to Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. Gila and I received well over one hundred responses, and hopefully one of us was able to respond back to you, even if it was just a brief “Thank You.” If you didn’t get a thank you, then please accept this one.

Interestingly, I did hear back from one member, who purchased a ten-year membership four years ago, but then also joined a legal services plan, which suited his life better.

That is fine, but he had some very strong and harsh words for the Network, and frankly, his message to me was full of un-truths about the membership benefits the Network provides. Additionally, he felt my message to LaPierre was out of line, because he felt it was perfectly acceptable for the NRA to directly compete in the business world with the very members who support it. That is okay, too, if that is his opinion.

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Open Letter to NRA Board




July 1, 2017 

NRA Board Members
National Rifle Association
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030 

Dear NRA Board Members, 

My name is Marty Hayes. I am a life member of the NRA (#***) and the President of the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc. 

I find myself torn between being an ally and supporter of the NRA and being an adversary of and competitor to the NRA.

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Attorney Question of the Month


This month we asked our affiliated attorneys:


For the last few months this column has focused on questions of the law and the armed citizen’s responsibilities to his fellow man. Several months ago we hashed out questions about intervening to save a stranger from violent crime. In June, we introduced this question: 

An armed citizen who carries a trauma kit justifiably shoots an assailant, then calls 9-1-1. From a legal viewpoint, what are the possible benefits and risks of treating the gunshot wound while waiting for the first responders?

The following answers, carried forward from the many received in June, wrap up this question.

Jerold E. Levine
Law Offices of Jerold E. Levine
5 Sunrise Plaza, Ste. 102, Valley Stream, NY 11580

The civil risk is a lawsuit. The traditional rule is that a person has no duty to intervene, but if they do, then they are liable for any damage they cause. So even if one does his best in rendering medical aid, if he makes a medical mistake he becomes liable for damages.

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Book Review


Straight Talk on Armed Defense: What the Experts Want You to Know

Edited by Massad Ayoob
6 x 9 paperback, 256 pages, illustrated
Gun Digest Books, June 8, 2017

Reviewed by Gila Hayes

Note: I spent much of my free time last month reading and rereading the latest book from Massad Ayoob. This book is so full of good material that I hope readers will humor me as I cede my Editorial to accommodate a longer book review.

Massad Ayoob brings twelve subject matter experts together to teach a wide variety of self-defense subjects, all “must-know” material for one who strives to be prepared to face violence. The chapter contributed by each expert is only a synopsis of their greater knowledge so Straight Talk On Armed Defense is also a reading list for further study, as well as a valuable introduction to aspects of armed self defense to which the reader may not have been previously exposed.

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by Josh Amos

Compiled by Josh Amos

Hello, everyone! I have the pleasure of starting this article with a thank you! Thank you to all of you readers who took a minute and sent me an email about attorneys in your area that you thought would be good affiliated attorneys for the Network. The suggestions are still coming in, which really helps. I follow up on each one and as a result we have new affiliations with law firms in Newark, NJ and Tucson, AZ. Even if you don’t live in New Jersey or southern Arizona, you might find yourself there on business or on vacation, so wouldn’t it be nice to know that there are Network affiliated attorneys nearby when you are away from home?

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About this Journal


The eJournal of the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc. is published monthly on the Network’s website at http://armedcitizensnetwork.org/our-journal. Content is copyrighted by the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc.

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