Man Discovers Marijuana In Purchased Gun Safe

Here’sMarijuana And Handcuffs a story you don’t often see. Earlier this week, news broke that an Ohio man who had ordered a $1,700 gun safe received an unexpected pre-stored mass upon opening it – 300 pounds of marijuana. According to Reuters, the gun safe was ordered from a company in Utah and manufactured in Nogales, Mexico. The 1,000 pound steel safe was then shipped via truck to the company’s warehouse and ultimately delivered to the customer’s Western Ohio home, where he opened it and discovered its contents; then quickly notified local authorities. Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart told reporters that the delivery took place on June 19th and was delivered by an independent truck driver working for the gun safe company.

Specific Details

Reuters news agency explained Sunday that “the marijuana, tightly wrapped in 10, 28-pound packages, has an estimated street value of $420,000, according to Lenhart. He said the truck’s shipment contained 25 to 30 safes, and that all the others were free of drugs. Lenhart said his office has been working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on the case and had decided not to reveal it publicly to avoid impeding the investigation. Authorities are not releasing the name of the customer for personal safety reasons. The driver who delivered the safe to the customer has been cleared of any wrongdoing, but the driver who delivered the shipment from Mexico to Ohio is missing, according to Lenhart.”

Although the United States Drug Enforcement Agency is said to not be normally interested in the relatively small amount (when compared to most busts the Department of Justice participates in) of marijuana stored within the safe itself, authorities are claiming to be monitoring this case with increased scrutiny due to the method of delivery and potential size of the overall operation.

Sheriff Lenhart stated earlier this week that the search is on for the original delivery driver, telling reporters that “not only are we looking for him, but the bad guys are, too. It’s a pretty decent way of smuggling. My guess is that it’s not the first time it’s happened.” Police have stated that this particular method of drug smuggling is much more likely to pass the scrutiny of drug-sniffing canines as well. Lenhart added, “It’s quite effective if you think about it: wrapped airtight to withstand high temperatures. Drug-sniffing dogs probably couldn’t smell it. Someplace between Mexico and the warehouse in Northern Ohio, the drugs got mixed up and put in the wrong safe and got delivered to the wrong person.”

Gun Safes And Gun Safety

This story has made news mainly because it is a rarity in today’s technological society in which safes can often be secured with biometrics. Before ordering a safe customers may now become more aware of where the actual structure is being originally manufactured along with the firm’s reputation and delivery methods. In general, the fewer middlemen who are involved in the process of delivery between the point of manufacturing and final destination, the less chance there is of a similar situation occurring.

It has not become clear yet whether the customer will eventually receive his confiscated safe from authorities or if the company in question has already decided to offer him a full refund or replacement product.

According to a separate report, the Ohio man originally ordered the safe to store his 24 rifles and approximately a dozen shotguns. The safe in question was roughly six feet in height and 1,000 pounds in weight. It remains to be seen if the revelations will result in an added amount of attention being paid to gun safe shipments on behalf of authorities.

For the latest gun safe news and articles, be sure to check back frequently here at GunSafe.com.

A Closer Look At Firearm Safety

WhileFirearm Safety we spend a large portion of our writing efforts here at GunSafe.com on actual gun safes, we also aim to provide our readers with relevant news stories and guides that are related to firearms and their storage. Today, we take a closer look at Firearm Safety and how a few simple precautions can result in proper usage of rifles, pistols and accessories. Much of the information contained within this article is gathered from various reputable websites such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). We’re hopeful that our readers will chime in with their own advice as well by leaving a reply in the comments section below this post.

One of the most basic precautions that is often taught to even kids handling toy guns is that you always point the muzzle in a safe direction, regardless of whether or not it is loaded. Of course this isn’t employed in cases such as water pistols, but I can easily recall my very first BB gun rifle, and the cardinal rule of always paying attention to where the muzzle was pointed. This very basic skill is elementary in ensuring an individual is doing everything possible to avoid accidents with a firearm.

Keep Guns Unloaded When Storing

We make a point of talking a lot out gun safes and properly storing all firearms here on our website, yet one of the less talked about topics (which is even controversial at times) is whether or not to keep loaded guns in storage. Having been around several family members who are in some capacity involved with law enforcement, I’ve been around my share of households that actually store quite a few loaded weapons; yet in general I would say that all firearms should be unloaded when not in use unless you are a highly trained and licensed individual. Thanks to advancement in gun safe technology, many safes are much more difficult to break into (especially by children) than they used to be – but not everyone has a state of the art gun safe to store their weapons. Even in today’s society, there are plenty of loaded firearms stored in trunks, on pick-up truck racks, in dresser drawers and in actual safes.

Maintaining firearms in an unloaded state when not in use is a great way to rest easier in my opinion; if for no other reason than to add one crucial step that’s necessary for an unwanted firing in case of a compromised storage space.

Be Wary Of Misfiring

If you’ve had extensive experience with firearms, then you are aware that they sometimes jam or otherwise fail to fire when the trigger is pulled. When this happens, handle the firearm with extreme care. Similar to fireworks, a jammed pistol is still capable of exploding at any time if certain conditions are met. According to the NSSF, “Occasionally, a cartridge may not fire when the trigger is pulled. If this occurs, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Keep your face away from the breech. Then, carefully open the action, unload the firearm and dispose of the cartridge in a safe way. Any time there is a cartridge in the chamber, your gun is loaded and ready to fire even if you’ve tried to shoot and it did not go off. It could go off at any time, so you must always remember Rule No. 1 and watch that muzzle!”

There are plenty of other precautions that gun owners should take into consideration when it comes to firearm safety, including using the appropriate ammunition, not modifying your firearm, and double-checking the surrounding background area before pulling the trigger.

A Closer Look Into NRA’s Eddie Eagle Program

RecentlyNRA Logo, we published a news article informing our readers that school children as young as first graders will be encouraged to take gun safety classes in the state of Missouri. The concept has caught the national media spotlight and caused quite a bit of debate as to whether teaching kids gun safety should be a priority in schools. Regardless of your personal view on the matter, we have done additional research over the last few weeks in an effort to inform our readers on the procedures used by the Eddie Eagle program (which is directly sponsored by the National Rifle Association).

NRA’s Eddie Eagle

One of the main misconceptions that has spread regarding the Eddie Eage GunSafe Program is that kids will be instructed on how to handle firearms and even taken to firing ranges for target practice. This is 100% not the case, as the classroom instruction promotes a hands off approach when it comes to kids handling firearms. While this may not be the policy parents in some regions ultimately decide to implement with their own children, many agree that an elementary school classroom environment is not the place for actual gun handling (or even firing).

The NRA states on its official site that “The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn’t to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children. The program makes no value judgments about firearms, and no firearms are ever used in the program. Like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison, they’re treated simply as a fact of everyday life. With firearms found in about half of all American households, it’s a stance that makes sense.”

The webpage goes on to say that Eddie Eagle is never shown touching a firearm, and he does not promote firearm ownership or use. The program prohibits the use of Eddie Eagle mascots anywhere that guns are present. The Eddie Eagle Program has no agenda other than accident prevention – ensuring that children stay safe should they encounter a gun. The program never mentions the NRA. Nor does it encourage children to buy guns or to become NRA members. The NRA does not receive any appropriations from Congress, nor is it a trade organization. It is not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers or with any businesses that deal in guns and ammunition.”

Gun Safety And Gun Safes

When it comes to protecting firearms and other valuables from unauthorized users, gun safes are often the best option and most viable for homes and businesses. The reason for this is that many products currently on the market offer security measures ranging from reinforced steel to biometric entry that can ward off intruders and curious individuals such as children. Having a fireproof safe can also be an extremely valuable asset in case of incendiary activity; as some safes are graded to withstand very high temperatures for extended periods of time.

One website known as the Lone Star Gun Safe Company offers its customers Champion and Heritage Gun Safes, which it markets as high quality options for those looking to safeguard their firearms, ammunition and other valuables.

“At Lone Star Gun Safes, we carry a wide variety of gun safes to meet all your firearm and ammunition storage needs,” the company says. “Let our gun safe experts help you choose from top-name brands of gun safes like Champion, Heritage, Browning, Graffunder and Superior. With so many different styles and varied features available, we’re sure you’ll be able to find the right gun safe to securely store your guns, money, documents and gold all at a competitive price and with friendly, expert service.”

As far as the Eddie Eagle program is concerned, classes are already taking place in selected sates with Missouri elementary kids getting their exposure to the classroom gun safety instruction later this year.

PoliceOne: Two Key Factors To Consider For Gun Safe Purchases

In a recentPentagon Gun Safe article published at PoliceOne.com, contributor Jodi Butts reviewed important considerations that police officers should factor in whenever deciding on a gun safe purchase. When you look at the wide array of products available from gun safe sales sites such as SportsmanSteelSafes.com and other reputable distributors, it is easy to get lost in all the options, add-ons and tailor made models that focus on everything from fire resistance to reinforced steel.

According the Butts, police officers should attempt to purchase a safe with the thickest steel they can afford while also purchasing a safe that is one size larger than the individual thinks is necessary. “We’re all a bit paranoid when it comes to our personal security,” writes Butts. “We take steps to hide our occupational identity when were off duty and/or traveling to and from work, but what about the security of our expensive — and in some cases, dangerous — duty equipment? How many of us take appropriate precautions to secure this equipment when we’re off shift or away from home for an extended time? I recently had the chance to tour several gun safe companies in Utah and Idaho and would like to express my thoughts on what makes a good gun safe.”

Steel Thickness

This may come off as a no-brainer, but the PoliceOne author suggests that steel thickness is a factor that most directly contributes to how difficult a gun safe can be to compromise by an unauthorized user. Especially in the case of theft, simple drilling techniques can often make their way through a minimum security safe in very little time; allowing criminals instant access to valuables including firearms, ammunition, jewelry and other items that the owner wishes to keep for him/herself. Composite doors are a thing to look out for because of their apparent secure visual impact that can mislead a consumer who doesn’t spend a lot of time shopping for safes. Butts tells PoliceOne readers that “since these doors can contain an inch or more of sheetrock, they look very secure and durable but are, in reality, nothing more than a couple thin sleeves of metal capable of flexing. Don’t forget to consider the thickness of the steel in the safe’s body. Steel sheets are measured in gauges and a smaller number means a thicker sheet. A seven-gauge body is much thicker than a 12-gauge body.”

Check Locking Bolts

Another thing to keep an eye out for according to Butts is the metal used for securing locking bolts inside the door. “Many safes in today’s market have 10 or more massive moving bolts that seal the door to the body when the handle is thrown. These bolts might look solid but sometimes the internal workings are very flimsy. I recently examined an import safe at a mass retailer with a bent locking bolt. Bolts ride on carriers inside the door that extend or retract the bolts when the handle is turned. The bolt carrier rail inside this door had been bent when the bolt was shut against the door jamb. If it takes such a small amount of effort to bend the internal parts, I question the amount of force the bolt could withstand in an actual burglar attack.”

Fire Protection

Of course, one of the main considerations gun safe buyers are looking out for today is fire resistance. Having a gun safe that is exposed to extreme heat can result in a catastrophe that could escalate a simple fire into something much more dangerous and even explosive. Gun safes that are rated to maintain their integrity for at least one hour under 1,200 degrees heat is recommended by Butts, who has been a law enforcement officer for 15 years and also served as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army.

New Missouri Law Allows Gun Safety Courses For First Graders

A new law Child Gun Safetysigned by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon makes it possible for a gun safety course, which is sponsored by the National Rifle Association, to be taught to first graders. The bill, which was signed exactly one week ago on Friday, July 12th, allows the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program to be taught in schools to students in the first grade.

According to the official Eddie Eagle NRA page, the program “was developed through the combined efforts of such qualified professionals as clinical psychologists, reading specialists, teachers, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, and law enforcement personnel. The program may be readily incorporated into existing school curriculum, taught in a one- to five-day format, and used to reach both levels or simply one or two grades. Materials available through this program are: student workbooks, 7-minute animated DVD, instructor guides, brochures, and student reward stickers. Program materials are also available in Spanish.” Anyone may teach the program to the first grade students, as membership into the NRA or other qualifications are not mandated.

The webpage goes on to state that the Eddie Eagle program “isn’t to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children. The program makes no value judgments about firearms, and no firearms are ever used in the program. Like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison, they’re treated simply as a fact of everyday life. With firearms found in about half of all American households, it’s a stance that makes sense.”

Senate Bill 75

TheMissouri Governor Jay Nixon Missouri State Senate Bill 75 signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon (pictured) has a number of other ramifications other than encouraging schools to conduct the NRA sponsored gun safety course on campus. For one, the responsibility of issuing concealed carry permits and other gun possession credentials such as ID cards has been effectively transferred from driver’s license clerks to local sheriffs; a move that was prompted by concerns of privacy rights infringement by state licensing agencies. School personnel, regardless of whether they participate in the Eddie Eagle program or not, will also be required to participate in Active Shooter & Intruder drills that are carried out by local law enforcement officials.

Firearms safety instruction has been altered by the new law – which states, “This act reduces, from fifty to twenty, the number of minimum rounds of live firing an applicant must do to receive a certificate of firearms safety training course completion by a qualified firearms safety instructor. Certificates from a firearms safety instructor course approved by the Department of Public Safety must be notarized. This act allows a qualified firearms safety instructor to submit a copy of a training instructor certificate, course outline bearing a notarized signature of the instructor, and recent photograph to the sheriff of the county in which he or she resides. The sheriff must collect an annual ten dollar fee from an instructor who chooses to submit the information and must retain a database of qualified instructors. This information will be a closed record except for access by any sheriff.”

Mixed Reaction

The general reaction from statewide constituents is difficult to gauge; as is precisely how (or whether) this will affect gun and ammo sales in the long term. Gun safe manufacturers such as Liberty Safe have not come out with an official statement for or against the new legislation, and it remains to be seen how the actual first grade students will respond to being prompted to discuss firearms in a classroom environment.

Some parents who are gun owners are applauding the new law while others have expressed the need for more focus on subjects such as Math, Reading, and Science on statewide school campuses.

Biometrics And Gun Safes

When it comesFingerprint Scanner to securing your firearms (along with other valuables), the “here and now” of precautionary safety is being gauged by two factors: the convenience of access to authorized users and the converse inconvenience or denial of access to those who are not authorized. A few years ago, we were enveloped in the age of smart cards and keys that granted individuals an easy method for gaining entry into everything from a safe to an office building. Although this technology decidedly fulfills the first of the two requirements mentioned above for a quality secure-access product, a physical item can easily be compromised (usually through theft) and may not provide the owner with a sure-fire way to safeguard against the risk of having valuables such as guns wind up in the hands of someone who wasn’t originally intended to gain possession of them.

This is where biometrics come in. By scanning physiology rather than something that needs to be carried around, the gun safe owner has more discretion over who and how guns and ammunition are acquired from his/her vault. Unfortunately, even those who have no malicious intent (such as children) can easily grab a smart card or key from its usual location and open up a safe with zero effort. However, biometric indicators are playing an increasingly larger role in ensuring that only those who are truly authorized to enter the gun safe are ultimately able to do so.

Biometrics Technology

According to Wikipedia, “Biometric identifiers are the distinctive, measurable characteristics used to label and describe individuals. [They] are often categorized as physiological versus behavioral characteristics. Physiological characteristics are related to the shape of the body, [such as] fingerprint, face recognition, DNA, palm print, hand geometry, iris recognition, retina and odor/scent. Behavioral characteristics are related to the behavior of a person, [including] typing rhythm, gait, and voice.”

The most common form of biometric technology that is currently being used for gun safes is fingerprint scanning. In fact, this is the only bio-enhanced entry level incorporated into the vast majority of gun safes on the market today – with well known companies such as GunVault.com offering a total of six gun safes featuring some form of fingerprint scanning device.

Why Biometrics?

Overall peace of mind is paramount when considering which method is the absolute best for storing your weapons, materials, ammunition and other belongings. Most of us live in an environment where potential unauthorized users routinely pass by a personal gun safe while visiting our home or office. This is why biometrics make so much sense in cases where a physical item can so easily be stolen or compromised in some other fashion. Simply put, biometric identifiers are unique to each individual – giving 100% control of access to the authorized user(s) while at the same time discouraging unwanted entrants such as kids, thieves, and anyone else who isn’t designated by the owner to open up the safe.

Even the best password can be forgotten, but fingerprint recognition offers an extra level of security without the need to worry about a (separate) inconspicuous location in which to store a key, pass card, password, etc. When it comes to “smart technology,” biometrics is where it’s at due to how physiological traits differ for each individual.

Of course, fingerprint scanner and biometrics in general aren’t only used for the safeguarding of guns and ammo – meaning that the use of such devices has been tested in other situations as well. Everything from logging-on to a computer or starting the ignition of a motor vehicle to entering a restricted office area could soon be commonly controlled through biometrics rather than the traditional physical means that we’ve become used to in recent decades.

The technology itself is an exciting opportunity for gun safe makers and those who are looking for the most secure and practical way of storing firearms.

Concealed Carry Permits And Online Training

Americans who areGun Training considering submitting a request for a concealed carry permit in their state are slowly turning toward online training due to constraints in time and the convenience revolving around being able to apply for a permit and become qualified without having to travel to actual training sites. However, the trend is quickly being outlawed by certain states, including Colorado – which recently passed a law banning all online gun training for concealed carry permits. According to a recent article published by USA Today, lawmakers in the state of Oregon could soon follow suit, while the state of Virginia has allowed online training for firearms permits since 2009.

The legislation is controversial on both sides of the coin due to the way that online gun training courses work; often requiring no hands-on training in gun safety and use. The heart of the argument is derived from concerns that those who receive concealed carry permits solely through online training have never had to demonstrate that they know how to use a firearm safely.

The USA Today article goes on to state that the majority of states within the country require some sort of formal training before granting a concealed carry license to individuals, while Alabama and Pennsylvania require a permit in order to carry but no training is mandated with the license. HandgunLaw.us creator Gary Slider was quoted in the report as saying that citizens of Wyoming, Alaska, Vermont and Arizona are allowed to carry without any type of government issued permit.

Colorado Online Gun Training

The new law, which went into effect just a few weeks ago, requires that at least a portion of training undergone by a citizen seeking a license to carry a concealed weapon take place in an actual classroom with a live instructor. The ruling means that a person in the state can not take a course that is exclusively online and subsequently receive a license to carry based solely on that virtual training. An instructor must be present on the premises.

The politician who sponsored the bill, Democratic state Sen. Floyd Prozanski, was quoted by USA Today as saying, “With classes over the Internet … you do not have the connection between the use of the weapon and the responsibility of the weapon.”

Convenience Of Online Training

It is hard to deny to convenience that online firearm training brings to today’s on the go individual. With office hours and responsibilities expanding in some areas, it is much easier to simply take courses from a laptop with an instructor who is based at a central location and able to impart advice and gun safety rules to those who are located in different cities within a jurisdiction.

College campuses are now routinely giving classes online to fill this niche and provide services to a market that prefers to learn from the convenience of their own PC rather than traveling to a centralized location.

State By State Variations

Not every state in the nation will recognize a concealed carry permit from another state. In fact, those who own firearms and carry them across state lines are often forced to relinquish their guns if discovered; regardless of having procured permission from their native state to carry.

Carrying a concealed weapon brings with it a massive amount of responsibility, and many feel that in order to receive a permit to do so, one must first demonstrate in front of a qualified instructor that he/she is capable of not only using a firearm safely, but also being responsible in the way that gun is used.

Online gun training could increase in the years to come due to the time constraints that Americans currently have, but it is unclear on how legislation will affect an individual’s ability to receive a license to carry a concealed weapon.

Gun Safe Makers Busy As Demand Increases

The demandGun Safe for a more secure way to store and safeguard firearms has resulted in a significant increase in requests made to gun safe makers across the United States. Even in states where gun control has strictly reduced the amount of firearms that can be legally owned, gun safe makers are seeing an increase in demand that has them creating more jobs in order to service the needs of its clients.

One recent article published by The Business Journal focuses on gun safe makers in Fresno, California. “Anticipation of stricter gun control laws has proven lucrative to a pair of Central Valley gun safe manufacturers,” the article states. “The Gun Safe Co., a manufacturer based in Exeter, and Sturdy Gun Safe, a Fresno manufacturer, both reported they’ve struggled to manufacture at a rate to keep up with demand. This year, Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson are among the gun manufacturers reporting dramatic gains in sales. During the first quarter of this year, National Instant Criminal System background checks rose by 46 percent compared to the first quarter of 2012.”

Guns And Gun Safety

With so much emphasis being placed on safely storing firearms and protecting them from everything – including unauthorized access and fires – the need for biometric safes and enhanced security features has resulted in firearm owners being much more meticulous when deciding on a safe place to store their weapons. Havens for Total Security, Inc. Operations Manager Craig Waters told The Business Journal recently that “the increased gun registration coincided with tax returns, which fueled the demand.”

As more individuals receive their tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, it appears that a growing amount of taxpayers are spending their refunds on defending themselves or sport. Gun safe makers have been somewhat behind in servicing the growing demand in some regions, but that is quickly changing according to Sturdy Gun Safe president Terry Pratt, who said, “We had an influx on business that put us behind, but now we’re gearing up and catching up.”

More Options For Gun Owners

What’s more, technology such as 3D printers could make it possible for plastic firearms to enter the mainstream market in the very near future; meaning that consumers will have more ways of securing firearms along with a surging need to safeguard their possessions.

Companies such as Liberty Safe offer their customers a wide range of structures that are custom built to store firearms, including boxes that have motion detector ability that will notify owners through an alarm whenever someone is approaching a place where firearms are being stored. The marketing info on the Liberty Safe website informs customers that “when it comes to the sale of the best in heavy duty security and fire protection, there’s nothing like buying a sturdy steel safe from Liberty. Our vault safe company has for sale more than 22 of the best home security gun safe models and more than 2 dozen colors to choose from for your home safe vault, you’ll see why more people buy a sturdy Liberty vault for their home safes, fire safes and gun safes than any other steel safe company.”

There are many factors to consider when deciding upon which safe is best for your needs. For one, if your household includes minors or even in cases where visitors are frequently walking close to an area where guns are stored, having a way to safeguard against unauthorized access can result in added peace of mind. The traditional method of keeping loaded guns in a cabinet that is protected only by a single key has drawn a large amount of scrutiny due to how easy it is for kids to gain access to weapons; even if that is not the intention of the actual gun owner.

As gun laws in the country become stricter, the demand for firearms and safes to store them in could correspondingly surge.

School Campus Armed Security Trend Rises

Legislative efforts in recent years have resulted in a dramatic rise of armed guards and security personnel on school campuses. One such effort, dubbed the School Safety Act of 2013, was recently signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Aimed at preventing school violence by giving faculty and school administrators resources to better protect students, Tennessee House Bill 6 “allows retired, previous, or current law enforcement officers across the state to possess a firearm on school property if the person has a handgun carry permit, is authorized in writing by the school superintendent, is in compliance with all laws, rules and regulations of the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission, and has had at least forty hours of basic school police training.” Upon meeting the qualifications outlined, an individual may apply for and be officially hired as a School Security Officer within the state of Tennessee.

Both Sides Of The Debate

The reality of having armed security on school campuses in the United States has been trending upward ever since other measures such as metal detectors were introduces during the early 1990s. Proponents of measures to increase armed security on school campuses along with their counterparts who argue that guns should not be allowed anywhere within the boundaries of school property regardless of who the individual may be both have strong opinions when it comes to how best to protect America’s school children.

On one hand, some parents believe that any firearm in the wrong hands can be misused or abused in a way that could spark a tragic event. However, proponents of the bill counter that having armed personnel on hand can often diffuse a situation in which an unauthorized visitor, faculty member or student is carrying a concealed weapon.

Bill Signing Ceremony

OriginallyRep. Eric Watson sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Eric Watson (pictured), the House Bill 6 signing ceremony took place at the state capitol building with several members of the Bradley County School District on hand. Johnny McDaniel, Director of Bradley County Schools, stated during the signing, “I thank Governor Haslam and Representative Watson for their strong support and good work in providing additional funding for education. This bill is a sensible, practical approach that supports the efforts of educators to keep our schools safe.”

Bradley Central High School Principal Todd Shoemaker added, “I would like to thank Governor Haslam and Representative Eric Watson for their support of this bill. Administrators from all across the country are looking for ways to ensure that students are kept safe each time they enter their schools. Parents put their trust in the schools and administration to insure that their children are safe every day. I believe this bill is a strong step in helping to provide a safe and secure environment for our students and staff members.”

Representative Watson was on hand for the signing and remarked that “in the wake of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the House of Representatives is committed to doing all we can to protect the children and educators of our community. The safety of our schools is essential to the future of our state, and I fully believe this legislation is a giant step in ensuring Tennessee schools are protected on a daily basis.”

Supporters Of The Bill

The National Rifle Association, Professional Educators Association, Tennessee Sheriffs Association, Tennessee Education Association and Tennessee Police Chiefs Association were all on board in their support for the new law – which is set to go into effect later this year.

With more schools moving toward the trend of hiring dedicated armed security personnel to patrol campuses while class is in session, many are hopeful that violence in schools will correspondingly decrease over time.

New York “Safe Act” Could Set Precedent

The ever-controversialSAFE Act topic of gun laws has been front in center this week, with a number of states looking to set new guidelines, mandates and laws concerning the use of firearms and safely storing them. One such law comes from New York in the form of the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (SAFE Act), which was signed in January of this year. Many gun enthusiasts throughout the country and around the world believe the new restrictions unfairly hinder the use of firearms while making ammunition much harder to purchase in the process.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed the bill into law, says that “the SAFE Act stops criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying a gun by requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, increases penalties for people who use illegal guns, mandates life in prison without parole for anyone who murders a first responder, and imposes the toughest assault weapons ban in the country. For hunters, sportsmen, and law abiding gun owners, this new law preserves and protects your right to buy, sell, keep or use your guns.”

Definition Of “Assault Weapons”

One of the main hangups in the recently passed legislation according to gun owners is that it makes previously “legal” firearms illegal or restricts their ownership capabilities. By doing so, New York gun owners (as well as individuals in other states such as Colorado) find themselves in a conundrum of whether to dispose of their property by selling it, continue to possess newly-banned rifles and pistols, or register them under municipal and statewide systems.

What’s more, laws in key states could set important precedents regarding how the 2nd Amendment is protected once civil suits are brought against prosecuting bodies. On one hand, gun safety is a priority regardless of who is actually carrying or storing a firearm; but many gun owners believe the tragic events that transpired at Sandy Hook as well as the Colorado Theater Shooting have caused governments to react incorrectly and make public areas less safe by eliminating the ability to conceal and carry. Gun advocates argue that the more qualified, armed individuals who are encouraged and allowed to carry a concealed handgun and store other firearms, the less likely it will be that a random shooter will be able to wreak havoc on an unarmed society as a whole.

Recent Protests

What’s more, citizens in the state of New York have been taking to the streets this past week to show their disdain for the SAFE Act and its enforcement. One protester in the city of Mineola told a local reporter, “What happens is, as happens very often, is you have politicians that say they are going to stand by you. This is what our platform is, and the minute they get elected they change everything and they still get paid and they still get pensions. You really can’t believe everything you hear.”

The disgruntled man was referring to how elected officials and other representatives often promote the free use of firearms before they get into office, but later switch their stance when pressure is applied. A June 11th protest in New York’s capital city of Albany attracted over 1,000 people according to the Associated Press, which said in a Wednesday article that “more than 1,000 demonstrators filled a park outside the state Capitol on Tuesday, calling for the repeal of New York’s new gun-control law. While cheering former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and Jeanine Pirro, a broadcaster and former Westchester County district attorney, protesters sang ‘God Bless America’ and held signs proclaiming the constitutional right to bear arms.”

Former District Attorney Pirro stated Tuesday that authorities should be focusing their efforts on real criminals rather than criminalizing gun owners.