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BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

We are almost through the fall and the holiday decorations are already in most stores. As I’ve noted before, there are more and more reasons to celebrate and I wish you the best in whatever way you choose to do it!

Many of the conversations I’ve had recently are about current political upheavals and disappointments. Former Representative and Marine Colonel Allen West had a great post the other day on Facebook that I took to heart. “You know you’re close to the target when you start taking flak.” Our rights to carry and use arms are taking a lot of flak and that has been the gist of what our members and Affiliates have been talking about.

We’ve heard from our “Johnny Appleseed” member, Phil Smith, who is always quick to tell new acquaintances about the Network and its resources. While shopping at the local Wal-Mart he met a young couple purchasing ammo and learned that the young man was excited about the purchase of his first AR. Learning that both have carry permits, Phil passed along a Network card and an extra for the young lady’s father. It’s just that easy! It was a discussion of the crazy gun laws that started the conversation, Phil explains.

Many of our Affiliates, like Chad Haase in WI, average one to two gun shows a week and many more are show promoters where they talk with a great cross-section of the shooting community. In the Northwest, I heard from Glenda, the co-owner of Friday Harbor GunRunners. She and JB, her other half, have had booths in the Lynden Fair, Evergreen Fair, Puyallup State Fair, Everett Home Show and a Washington Arms Collectors Gun Show. They have also held concealed permit classes, gun laws classes and private range tutorials. They hand out Network tri-folds and pamphlets everywhere they go. All of this, and she is recovering from surgery! Last week was the first opportunity to shoot she’s had since the operation. That’s quite the recovery therapy!

I got a note from Larry Pyzik, who is a shooting instructor and a chiropractor in IL, operating Palatine Chiropractor. Larry is very active in the teaching and local political scene. He distributes Network materials at whatever CCW classes he holds and also at Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) each year. He thinks that, based on the number of anti-CCW legislative bills already introduced, the fight is just starting. Thanks for stepping up to the line, Larry.

Several members shared information with me about the approval of the new concealed carry law in Illinois. Approximately 60,000 Illinois residents per month have applied for FOID cards so they can legally purchase and own a firearm. Legislators have also learned that almost 1,000 people statewide have been legally approved to instruct FOID cardholders in how to apply for the right to carry a concealed weapon. These instructors will offer courses ranging in length from 8 hours to 16 hours to certify an applicant as qualified to apply for a concealed carry permit. That will likely mean many new Network members in Illinois, since many of our members and Affiliated Instructors are gearing up to teach these classes.

Many readers know that John Farnam is on the Network’s Advisory Board. If you are not already signed up to get his Quips on line feed, you should check it out. The direct link is here John endorsed the Network at the end of one of his most recent Quips. I mention this to you in case you are not a Quips subscriber. John’s kind of like E.F. Hutton...when he talks, people listen. Look for the Quip with the headline, “Shooting Burglary Suspects!” in which he closes his commentary by writing, “When you adhere to the foregoing, you’ll probably be on pretty solid ground. But, there are no guarantees! In the aftermath, make sure you have competent representation, an attorney who knows how to make things go your way. Join ACLDN (Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network)! You’ll be way ahead of the game!” Many thanks for the recommendation, John, and for all the support you’ve given the Network over the years.

As always, if you have news to share, just call me at 360-623-0626 or email 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 getting in the upcoming column. Stay safe out there!

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