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BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

Another month has gone screaming past and the state of the Network and our Affiliates is as strong as ever. Without further introduction this month, let’s get right to the news.

On September 14, 2013, during the National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors fall session meeting held in Arlington, VA, one of our Network Affiliated Instructors, Brian C. Smith, accepted the 2012 Public Service Award on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute. The M.P.S.D.I. was being recognized for the initiation of the public service program where several law enforcement firearms instructors volunteered their time to teach police officers’ and firefighters’ wives, mothers, and daughters how to safely handle and shoot the handguns in their homes for self-protection. The course is titled Basic Handgun Fundamentals for Police/Fire Wives. Upon successful completion of this eight-hour course, the ladies are presented their NRA Basic Pistol course certification.

The program began in 2010 and it is estimated to have trained about 400 women to this date. Smith noted it was truly an honor to have the opportunity to sit in the NRA board meeting and witness the struggles, diligence and commitment the NRA has set forth to protect our Second Amendment right to own and bear arms. My hat is off to the ladies and gentlemen on the board, and to our member, Brian, for a job well done!

I got a note from several folks about this next topic; among them was this from Larry Pyzik. As you may know, Illinois has finally passed legislation for concealed carry licensing.

A few days ago, some information was posted pertaining to applications for people who possess specified training and want to be a certified trainer by the ISP (Illinois State Police). A syllabus of subject matter apparently has been assembled (although I did not find it). Next, 16 hours of classes will be required and taught by these civilian certified trainers.

Once a citizen completes the 16 hours of class to include a range component, completes an on-line email CCW application that will be posted in January 2014, a 60 to 90 day period will be necessary to process the CCW (April 2014).

As I understand it, these certified trainers, whose names will be listed on the ISP website, are expected to train 10,000 to 50,000 citizens over the next year or so. It is estimated that 150,000 citizens will apply for concealed carry licensing in the next few years. Thanks to Larry for mentioning this development.

Alex Haddox, Network Affiliated Instructor and host of the popular podcast Practical Defense, is up to more good things. His company, Palladium Education is planning to open two more facilities next year: one in Fresno and one in San Diego. If you want to find out about Palladium’s class offerings and Alex’s podcast, you can look for Alex Haddox at Palladium Education, Inc. or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I often get emails or Facebook posts from members who want to tell me about various websites and chat rooms that focus on guns, concealed carry, tactical training and all manner of other things that are Second Amendment related. In many cases, I already follow these sites but often, I am pointed toward new places to look and learn. One such conversation led me to, which is run by one of our own Network members, Robert Harvey. It is a robust website with lots of information and an active cadre of posters, many of whom are also Network members. Check it out, if you find a moment or two, at Let me add, “Real nice job, Robert!”

As always, if you need Network booklets or brochures or have news to share, just call 360-623-0626 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If I receive your information, celebration or brag by the 20th of the month, you have a great chance of being mentioned in the upcoming column.

Stay safe out there!

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