24 August 2012

3-day Personal Defense Handgun class in Indiana

We are currently planning to do a 3-day class in Mt. Vernon, IN on 14, 15 and 16 September 2012. We are taking applications now and you must have your registration form and tuition in by Saturday, 1 Sept.
This class is $795.00 and includes a night shoot. You will need to bring about 800 rounds of ammo and appropriate safety gear. A welcome packet with directions to the range and a list of gear and supplies will be sent to you immediately upon receipt of your registration and payment.

Call 866-886-8753 or e-mail training@southwestshootingauthority.com for more information

For additional classes, watch our schedule HERE.

Cope Reynolds (Desertscout)

Southwest Shooting Authority

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Letter to employer

I have been asked to post a letter here that I wrote for a long-time Shooting Bench listener back in 2008. He and some co-workers were at odds with their employer over having guns at the workplace. For fear of retaliation, they did not want to approach their employer so I was asked if I could write something up for them and send it to the employer. Of course, I jumped at the chance and here is what I came up with. Feel free to use it if you wish with proper credit given...


A number of your employees and customers have contacted us with concerns about your prohibitive firearms policy and their personal security. In view of the numerous attacks on unarmed employees and students across the country in recent months, they have come to realize that when seconds count, law enforcement is only minutes away. With this in mind, those that have the desire to protect themselves and their loved ones find themselves at odds with company policy.

Placing a "NO FIREARMS" sign on your door or having a known policy that prohibits firearms lets the criminal know that he can work in a relatively safe, hazard-free environment without fear of confrontation. Many of the establishments that have been recently attacked have had such signs and policies. Do you think the criminal will change his mind and leave when he sees such a sign? Hardly. It just emboldens him.

We understand the liability concerns of having firearms on your property and in your building. However, we are not sure that you understand the liability concerns that you should have for yourselves and your company should the unthinkable happen and one or more of your employees, customers or their families are injured or killed due to their inability to protect themselves because of your policy.

In lieu of allowing these individuals to legally carry a firearm for self-protection, they have asked that you provide full-time, armed security, adequate for each employee, during all work hours. If this is not acceptable to you, please know that legal and civil action may be taken against your company and each of you personally if an incident unfolds in which these individuals are not properly protected or allowed to protect themselves.

Across the nation, it has been proven over and over again that legally licensed, trained individuals carrying concealed weapons have NOT propagated incidents in which "blood ran in the streets" as was predicted by so many. In fact, quite the opposite has been the case. Nationwide, only a minute fraction of CCW holders have even been involved in a violent crime of any description. Many have been able to prevent or stop crimes with little or no injuries or loss of life. CCW holders have been involved in incidents where they were able to lend assistance to law enforcement professionals with favorable results.

With all of this in mind, the aforementioned concerned individuals respectfully ask that you reconsider your policy and put something in place that would be acceptable to both parties. A possible compromise might be that if someone wishes to carry at work, they should provide proper training and licensing credentials and severe disciplinary action be taken if they are observed handling their weapons in any manner on company property unless it is in defense of themselves or others.

Cope Reynolds
Southwest Shooting Authority

In Liberty,
Cope Reynolds (Desertscout)
Southwest Shooting Authority of Arizona

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