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Hi all, glad to have you stopping by the New Gunner Journal. What exactly is the New Gunner Journal? It’s my written journey - and rantings - from non-gun owner to gun owner to gun owner who will conceal and carry when the legislation passes here in Illinois. Anyone who visits here – from Second Amendment supporter to gun-control advocate, from long time gun owner to someone who is contemplating becoming one – can peer into the thought process I'm going through concerning the personal responsibility I am taking on, about the classes, books, guns, ammo and mindset it takes to conceal carry in a responsible and accountable way. I encourage everyone to comment, ask questions or debate any and all parts that make up the Second Amendment and the Concealed Carry discussion that seems to be a constant in our lives.

Take care, Stay Safe and Carry Responsibly
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  1. California State Senator Proves Gun Control Doesn't Work



    With the arrest of Democratic California State Senator Leland Yee, his campaign aid Keith Jackson and 26 other defendants, gun control activists are rushing to find someone to step into Yee's place as a leader on the gun control issues. At the same time they are desperately attempting damage control, looking like the 'Little Dutch Boy' trying in vain to plug the ever growing holes in the gun control dike, with not only their fingers, but their toes.

    They are fast ...
  2. ATI FX45 GI Range Report (1000 rounds)



    1000 rounds.

    Well, that didn't take too long!

    Before buying the ATI FX45 GI Commander length pistol (pictured at the top of my blog) I spent a lot of time researching it online (and other lower priced 1911's) - from product reviews to forum threads and everything in between and in the end I chose the ATI over the Rock Island due to one fact - The Rock Island at my LGS didn't have the extended beavertail and the ATI did. Truth be told, I think I've made ...
  3. If You're Going To Write An Opinion Piece On Gun Control, Please, Do Some Research!



    Gun control zealots like to believe they have it all figured out, coming to the conclusion that the only thing they need to do is make an emotional plea for gun control and the rest of the world will follow. Hell, they've even gone so far as to pay consultants to come up with a "playbook" to help push their agenda!

    Ammoland quotes the "playbook" under a section labeled “Overall Messaging Guidance,” the guide lists as its number one “Key Messaging ...
  4. Leaping The Grand Canyon For The Want Of A Rattlesnake


    The difference between researching guns and committing to owning and carrying a gun, for me, was like leaping across the bottomless gaping maw of the Grand Canyon. On the one side of the sheer drop are like-minded non-gun owners and the great masses of anti-gun Second Amendment haters (here and forever known in the New Gunner Journal as Treasonous Traitors).

    And as you sit with them and contemplate gun ownership, ruminate over their lethality, ponder the vagaries and the responsibilities ...
  5. Why Will I Carry?

    Those friends and family who’ve known me most of my life may have been surprised by my sudden jump into gun ownership, but the reality is, I was never against guns, I'd just never felt the need to keep a gun in my home if I wasn’t able to carry it on my person on a daily basis.

    I never saw the point of keeping a loaded gun in the home with children around, the risk vs reward factor, for me, was too high. Some of the thoughts that went into that decision were based on, in ...
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