Safety in Airports and Other Non-Permissive Environments

by Mike Wood


When the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting happened in January of this year, a lot of armed citizens began thinking about the best ways to deal with this kind of attack. As a frequent business traveler who spends a lot of time in airports myself, I was certainly one of them.

As lawfully-armed citizens, we frequently focus our attention on firearms when it comes to defensive preparations. Our firearms are certainly an essential part of our defensive plans, but our mental preparation and awareness are even more critical to our survival, particularly in a non-permissive environment like an airport, which may reduce or eliminate access to our guns.

With that in mind, here are some thoughts about how to improve your safety in an airport environment, or other similar areas.

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President's Message

Marty eJournal column pixDenny’s or the Corner Diner? 

by Marty Hayes, J.D.

Q: Where do you want to go eat, honey?

Denny’s or Lisa’s?

A: Oh God, anywhere but Denny’s!

Actually, I enjoy eating at Denny’s when I am on the road, as I know EXACTLY the type of food I will get. It will be relatively tasty, fairly priced and the service will likely be adequate. I just want to eat and get back on the road. But, if I want to share a good meal with friends or loved ones, Denny’s is not my first choice. Locally, we have a small diner called “Lisa’s Diner,” run by a lovely individual who makes great Southern cuisine, along with the best double bacon cheeseburger in the world. While this might be interesting, just what does it have to do with the Network?

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Attorney Question of the Month

gavelEarlier in the summer, a member asked us what liability an armed citizen using deadly force in self defense would incur if the bullet either passed through or missed and hit an innocent bystander. For the purposes of this Attorney Question of the Month, we assumed no criminal charges were pressed against the citizen for the self-defense shooting and it was ruled justified by prosecutor/district attorney. We then asked–

Would the armed citizen likely face criminal charges for the collateral damage, and/or incur civil liability for that stray bullet?

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Book Review

When Deadly Force Is Involved

A Look at the Legal Side of Stand Your Ground, Duty to Retreat, and Other Questions of Self-Defense
By Bruce M. Lawlor
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
$36 at

The author of the book reviewed this month retired from the U.S. Army as a Major General, has taught at the U.S. Army War College, and was the first U.S. Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff. Before his military service, he was a trial lawyer with extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation, including cases involving self defense. He is certified as a firearms instructor and has conducted research on the use of small arms and the rules of engagement for military personnel operating in heavily populated, civilian environments. I was extremely interested in Bruce Lawlor’s views on self defense, because his background is so different from the authors I usually read. Would When Deadly Force Is Involved be highly technical, like reading a compendium of state laws? I was pleasantly surprised!

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News from Our Affiliates


by Josh Amos

Hello, everyone! I have the pleasure of giving all my Network Affiliates great news about the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network this month. With the entry of market followers like the NRA going into the post self-defense support industry, as well as all of the existing competition, there is a lot of heat on the post self-defense market. So we are proud to announce that new memberships in the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network are up all across the board, but especially those coming from referrals by our Network affiliates!

We are grateful that our affiliates recognize the value of the benefits that Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network provides to our members. We further appreciate our affiliates passing our message and our value onto their students, customers, and friends. This networking by our “people in the know” allows us not only to compete, but to succeed against big companies who try to “buy” the market with high-priced, slick ads and empty words. We acknowledge that our industry is not an easy one to prosper in, and we are always rooting for our people who are working hard to succeed.

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Editor's Notebook


Wisdom from Weird Places

by Gila Hayes

On Paul Simon’s Graceland album the Gumboots lyrics include the lines that inquire:
“Hey, is this my problem?
Is this my fault?
If that’s the way it’s going to be
I’m going to call the whole thing to a halt!” 

Although I’m fairly certain this is not what the lyricist intended, I’ve often invoked that comment when I find myself getting roped into conflict over situations outside of my responsibility–or when people ask what legal consequences might follow sticking their noses in to try to correct someone else’s bad behavior.

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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 Content is copyrighted by the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc.

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