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BWrightPortraitby Brady Wright

Greetings to all those who, like me, are more or less freaked out at how fast this year is roaring by! I swear it seems like I just hit “Send” on the last column and already the guards are banging on the cell bars to make me write another one. I better get to it or they won’t feed me.

One of the best parts of putting this column together each month is the chance to talk with members and affiliates about their business wins and challenges, and how the Network impacts their lives in some way. Many of you share quite a lot of input on the local and national political and legislative scene and stories that are in the news, regarding concealed carry, self defense and the Second Amendment.

One topic that seems to be on everyone’s mind over the last few weeks is the open carry advocates appearing in local businesses carrying long arms. While this is not the general subject of my column, our members generally support open carry, with the proviso that those who do so, look professional and “business-like” while carrying. It does our cause no good if someone shows up wearing a t-shirt and basketball shorts and maybe a boonie hat. Our members say it’s better to look conservative and at least business-casual so you present a good image.

While those topics get covered in other parts of this journal for the most part, it’s always valuable to hear how you are feeling about what our representatives are doing in our name. Many times, these topics spark a need for a new class or training, simply because people begin to ask for help with areas of their overall preparedness that they hadn’t considered before. Many of our many Network Affiliated Instructors and ranges step up to the plate and give their clients what they ask for.

Here’s a sampling of Affiliate activities—
If you are anywhere close to Vancouver, WA or Portland, OR, on June 7, make a point to stop by the Southwest Washington Surplus Open House!

It’s slated to be a huge event and I hear there may be deals to be had. They are valued Network Affiliates. You can find them at 2519 East 4th Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA.

We were pleased to send booklets for our affiliate Dave Cover with Cowboys Again to share with the 100-125 shooters expected at the Alabama State Championship Ruger (NSSF) Rimfire Challenge on June 21, 2014. For event details see

Jan-Steven Merson gives out our booklets at the numerous gun shows in which he participates. If you’re attending a gun show in California, look for Jan at the American Firearms and Gunsmith booth and tell him “Thank you!” for bringing more members into the Network and making it that much stronger for all of us.

Alecs Dean has scheduled a number of interesting classes in Ft. Myers, Florida in June including Range Safety Officer, Basic Pistol and Home Firearm Safety Instructor, Chief Range Officer Course and finally, what looks like a real fun one—NRA Certified Metallic Cartridge Reloading and Shotgun Shell Reloading student course and a bonus non-NRA bullet casting course. Just call International Firearm Safety, Inc. 239-357-3437 or check out Alecs’ website at

Last month I mentioned that Steve Eichelberger has an excellent training calendar at Following up, he points out that the classes are open to all but, even better, your small group can have their own private training session at any mutually convenient time. That’s great flexibility, Steve!

As mentioned last month, the Network booklet, What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self Defense Law has been reprinted by the Armed Citizens’ Educational Foundation. If you have the old version with the Network’s logo on the front, please destroy those and contact me for copies of the new version. You can always call 360-623-0626 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. especially if you have news to share, or a win we should celebrate. I’ll take care of it personally!

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