USA --(Ammoland.com)-“Shall not be infringed” notwithstanding, engaged gun owners know there is a multitude of laws, statutes and ordinances doing exactly that enacted at federal state and municipal levels, despite what opportunistic anti-gun politicians, the Brady Campaign, and their media cheerleaders would have Americans believe with their incessant and false “lax gun laws” mantra. Knowing how to steer clear of violating what can, at times, be a patchwork quilt of confusing and conflicting edicts, is a necessary discipline informed gun owners must keep up with as a matter of basic legal survival, both in their locale of residence and when traveling. Since very few of us have encyclopedic minds, the right consulting reference can be worth its weight in gold.
Part of the responsibility of writing this column, as a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and as an “unauthorized journalist”/”mere blogger” at WarOnGuns includes making every effort to consult such references when appropriate, and to give the readers the ability to validate matters for themselves. As such, I’ve frequently shared information gleaned from the National Rifle Association’s online “Gun Laws” resource, which includes information on federal laws, interstate and airline travel and “State Laws at Glance.” Readers have also been introduced to, or reminded of, groundbreaking work by two old friends and colleagues, attorney Evan Nappen, with his authoritative guides on New Jersey and New Hampshire gun, knife and weapon laws, and the impressive array of unique and informative books and DVDs author Alan Korwin offers us at GunLaws.com.
As a believer in “more is better” and “no one size fits all,” I was very pleased to learn of a new addition to the genre of online and print resources, “Gun Laws by State — Reciprocity and Gun Laws Quick Reference Guide,” authored by Bryan L. Ciyou, Esq., an Indianapolis attorney with real-world firearms case experience and author of the “Indiana’s Firearms Law Reference Manual.”
The website is cool. It’s easy to navigate and explore. It has a ton of readily-accessible, logically-organized and presented information. You can learn about national and state transport and carry laws, or individual state statutes. You can drill down through an interactive map, which makes understanding reciprocity easy. And they even offer a blog, where more detailed information can be shared and discussed.
Best of all is the price, because you’ll notice the link gives full site access. I asked how they can offer the information for free to anyone with internet access, yet still sell physical and downloadable copies of the book (noting it will also soon be made available on Kindle, Iphone/IOS, Android and Google Play platforms). I was informed they “are purposely providing the TEXT of the book as a reference source for free, but accessing it for free does not allow one to print it,” that they “want the information to be accessible to everyone, understanding that in this economy, they do not want to prevent people from having the best information available to them. Because some people really prefer having something tangibly accessible in their hands, or if they want access to the book on Kindle, or want to print particular pages, a small price is required.”
That seems more than generous and fair, and I learned that supportive bloggers can enjoy the benefit of becoming an affiliate partner by embedding a link to the book on their blogs, allowing them to make a generous commission off the sales they send to the website.
What’s not to like?
I encourage all Gun Rights Examiner readers to check out “Gun Laws by State — Reciprocity and Gun Laws Quick Reference Guide,” and if you like what you see, tell a friend.
Note: This column originally appeared on Examiner.com. In the interests of full disclosure, I am not–at present–an affiliate partner of GunLawsByState.com, so I am not earning any remuneration from them for this review. In the interests of further disclosure, I may yet decide to participate on my WarOnGuns blog.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. Read more at www.DavidCodrea.com.