NetworkingCompiled by Gila Hayes

May was a busy month at the Network, with thousands of copies of our educational foundation’s complimentary booklet What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law sent out to Network Affiliated Instructors. Some recipients were familiar: instructors with whom we have been working for years while others were brand new friends of the Network.

We are happy to welcome new Network affiliated instructors who’ve recently joined the Network as members themselves then can’t wait to tell their students how the Network can provide essential support after a self-defense incident. Our booklet is an integral part of these instructors’ effort to educate firearms students about aftermath issues.

A good example comes from new Affiliated Instructor Jeffrey Bernard of Decisive Action Concepts, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, who recently affiliated with the Network. He writes, “I am an active duty Army officer, and I predominantly teach soldiers and members of the public. I've integrated your material into my courses to reinforce state statute and convey a concealed carrier’s legal obligations.” He teaches KS and MO concealed carry classes as well as tactical carbine instruction. For more information, contact him by phone at 913-730-0483 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jeremy Beres and his instructional crew at Iron Sight, LLC in Western New York State recently joined the Network. They have a variety of classes including both New York State CCW classes and classes for the Utah, Arizona and Florida permits, so valued by concealed carry practitioners for their broad reciprocity. In addition, the folks at Iron Sight Firearms Training teach several skill levels of pistol, shotgun and rifle courses, as well as weapons disarming and retention and defensive knife classes. Learn more at

I got a nice note from another new affiliated instructor in Torrance, CA, Michael Flick who with his wife Yvonne operates Crosshairs Tactical, a retail store, range operation and firearms training business described at

Recently, Mike inquired, “I have been issuing your What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law to each of our graduating students. I would also like to place the booklet in their shopping bag as part of our sales transaction if you think that would be appropriate and you have adequate supplies to support the effort. I really like the approach you took with the booklet and feel very strongly that our customers need to know what they will face if they have to use lethal force in self defense.”

Well, naturally, we sent more booklets and thanked Mike for sharing them with the retail customers as well as his students. Members, if you’re in the Torrance area, Crosshairs Tactical has a full range of accessories including optics, non-lethal, apparel, hearing protection and more in addition to gun and ammunition sales. Their training classes include introductory firearms safety as well as concealed carry licensing training certification. Learn more about their training programs at

Network members, please support these affiliates and others linked at because they help the Network grow by giving clients a copy of a Network brochure or our What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self Defense Law while explaining the value of Network membership for armed citizens.

Affiliates, please notify me about programs, classes, open houses and other events you have scheduled in late July and August so we can encourage members to attend. In addition, if you are getting toward the bottom of your box of our booklets or brochures, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 360-978-5200 so we can support your efforts to tell your clients about the values of Network membership.

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