Month: August 2018

Sept & Oct Live Fire & Non-Live Fire License to Carry Course

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Live Fire & Non-Live Fire License to Carry Course

Sept 16, 30, 2018 & October 13, 21 & 28, 2018

This course consists of handling several different types of firearms.  The only way to learn is by seeing, hearing and doing.  There is NO online portion or video games to this training course. It is hands on. You will learn firearms storage laws, self-defense laws, transportation laws and many more. (The Live Fire class meets the Chicopee Police Dept. resident requirements for applying for their License to Carry Permit.)

(This Class is taught by retired/veteran police officers)

 Topics covered in this class will be Massachusetts & Connecticut General Laws pertaining to firearms, safe storage of firearms, safe handling of firearms, child proofing firearms, Identifying and unloading different firearms, cleaning firearms, different types of ammunition and laws pertaining to transportation of firearms, self-defense laws etc.. This class is also great for people who want to get into Airsoft guns (To learn safe gun handling). If these guns are handled improperly, there could be some unintentional discharge resulting in injuries. If your child wants to get into Airsoft training then he/ she should take this class on gun safety.

At the conclusion of this class you will HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND CONFIDENCE NECESSARY FOR OWNING AND USING A FIREARM SAFELY and receive a Massachusetts State Police Certificate and a Certificate of Completion to apply to many other states. This course exceeds the requirements to apply for your Firearms Identification Card (FID) or License to Carry/ Concealed Carry permit in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Florida and any other state that requires a LIVE FIRE firearms safety course.

You will also learn all the above in our Non-Live Fire course, however you will not conduct any live fire exercises in the afternoon.

 

If interested you can register for the courses on our website at http://www.ssdtacticaltraining.com

Suddenly the hot topic is 3D printers, the Internet, and Freedom of Speech. (G.O.A.L)

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Suddenly the hot topic is 3D printers, the Internet, and Freedom of Speech.

Why?  “Because gun”.

This week, the hot news topic suddenly became 3D printed firearms and the ability to share plans to make one at home.   There’s not much new here regarding this story except for a court victory based on protection of First Amendment rights, which recognizes that the plaintiff, Defense Distributed has the right to share plans on the internet.

Their victory over the State Dept. triggered panic and outrage from the anti Second Amendment coalition, including our Attorney General, Maura Healey, who joined twenty other states in filing suit against the State Department to stop Defense Distributed from sharing plans.

To people that don’t like guns, this probably sounds reasonable.  I’ve even seen some quotes in the news from gun dealers who think this is reasonable.  Let me tell you what they are missing, and why the gun prohibitionists are trying to instill panic in the uninformed public.

First, it’s perfectly legal for a person to make a firearm at home.  This has been happening in the United States since before we were the United States.  If a person is federally prohibited from owning a firearm, it is against the law for them to make one, just like it’s against the law for them to buy one, or file the serial number off of one, or carry one with a filed off serial number.

Second, the plans are already all over the internet.  Yesterday a leading online gun news website published a story with a bunch of links to downloadable files which would give any machinist, the ability to make a receiver, or a gun.

Third, any experienced machinist worth his salt could make most any metal receiver in a day or two, and go into mass production shortly after that without even using plans. Remember when zip guns were all the rage?  Or “Saturday Night Specials”?  This is the 2018 version of that charade.

Fourth, 3D printers capable of making a working firearm cost thousands of dollars.  A criminal isn’t going to take the time to learn how to use a 3D printer, spend said money to acquire the computer and hardware necessary, and start cranking them out when real guns are readily available at a fraction of the cost on the black market.  Not to mention, if a criminal has the skill to operate all of that hardware and software, it’s highly unlikely that they would choose a life of crime.

Last, the anti gun coalition used a lot of scary sounding verbiage about “ghost guns” that can’t be detected by metal detectors.  Those statements are completely and utterly false.  Federal law clearly defines what constitutes an “undetectable gun” and these devices are NOT coming out of 3D printers.  Here are the federal and state laws regarding them.

 

18 USC 922(p) 

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive any firearm— 

(A) that, after removal of grips, stocks, and magazines, is not as detectable as the Security Exemplar, by walk-through metal detectors calibrated and operated to detect the Security Exemplar; or

(B) any major component of which, when subjected to inspection by the types of x-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component. Barium sulfate or other compounds may be used in the fabrication of the component 

Massachusetts Law

Chapter 140, Section 131N. No person shall sell, offer for sale, transfer or possess any weapon, capable of discharging a bullet or shot, that is: (i) constructed in a shape that does not resemble a handgun, short-barreled rifle or short-barreled shotgun including, but not limited to, covert weapons that resemble key-chains, pens, cigarette-lighters or cigarette-packages; or (ii) not detectable as a weapon or potential weapon by x-ray machines commonly used at airports or walk-through metal detectors. Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall be punished, for a first offense, by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and for a second offense, by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $15,000 or by imprisonment for not less than five years nor more than 15 years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

 

As to the panic generation, the anti gun coalition needs the general public to believe that they are working to keep them safe.  Their oxygen is selling the illusion of safety.  If people were suddenly able to lawfully manufacture their own firearms, for their own personal protection at home, the illusion of safety propagated by gun control legislation would come crumbling down.  And they would come right down with it, finally exposing for all to see, the futility of gun control laws.

This is why they continue to instill fear and propel misinformation, they are scared that the truth will come out, and that’s the last thing they want.