This Week on The Bear Arms Show – Constitutional Carry & Ammo Ban Economics

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New Jersey – -( “Words of Wisdom:

“Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other.” ~John Locke

Weekly News Update – Original Report

Mike attended the Bonner County Sportsmen Association's Gun and Horn Show.  He was there to help with a retailer's table, when he wasn't corralling his children.  The Gun and Horn show takes place the first full weekend of March each year.  It features awards for Deer, Elk and Moose antlers as well as Cougar, Bear and Wolf skulls.  There is a special contest for first time hunters 16 and under.

Ammo Ban Economics

Mike starts the conversation saying, “Don’t be a dirty gouger or lie to sling your garbage.”  John weighs in on his view that markets should operate freely.  Suppliers should be free to experiment with whatever prices they like in an effort to find the one that works best for them.  No retailer can simply charge your card and send you ammo.

We expect a great variety of opinions exist on this topic.  So…

Please send us your thoughts on our contact page!

Update: ATF has paused its pursuit of the proposed ammo ban on XM855 ammo.  Read more here.

Constitutional Carry, is it good idea?

The answer for us seems obvious, YES.  However, there are still a lot of doubters out there.  John makes a point about some form of carry needs to be allowed.  It may not have to be concealed carry, but the 2nd Amendment demands at least some form must be available.  As a policy preference though, concealed carry would seem to be the preferred method of carry in any situation.  And lawful citizens shouldn't be required to ask permission to carry a firearm.

It scares me, and it would change the way law enforcement operates. -Police Chief Scott Marchand

As we mentioned, there are opponents.  The Idaho State Journal quotes Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand saying he supports the 2nd Amendment but is against concealed carry without a permit.  When we think about how the law would be enforced though, what is stopping those who illegally obtain a firearm from carrying it?  And if someone is statutorily qualified to carry a firearm, what additional protection does the permit afford.  Those of us who believe that our personal safety is our own business should be supportive of these measures.  We have been seeing a great deal of activity in support of constitutional carry, and that encourages us.

Being a victim does not make you an expert.

Being a victim of a tragedy or of stupid gun laws, does not impart any expertise.  This is something that John feels occurs on both sides of the Gun Control debate.  Those of us that are lobbying for greater freedom seem to expect victims of these gun laws to become advocates.  Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be a working model.  Gun Grabbers use victims a little differently.  They like to use them as a shield to criticism.  Here is a case in point, Gabby Giffords.

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There are no grounds left for any misconceptions that the Second Amendment provides the right to keep and bear arms since the Supreme Court has provided us this case as “Law of the Land”: From the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court in D.C. v Heller: Putting all of these textual elements together, we find that they guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation. This meaning is strongly confirmed by the historical background of the Second Amendment. We look to this because it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment, like the First and… Read more »


“some form of carry needs to be allowed.” ” It may not have to be concealed carry, but the 2nd Amendment demands at least some form must be available.” What??? “Be allowed?” The 2nd Amendment doesn’t “allow” us to carry, and it doesn’t demand anything except that the government NOT INTERFERE at all with our INHERENT right to own (the “keep” part) and carry (the “bear” part) ANY FIREARM WE CHOOSE. If we don’t get over this misconception that the 2nd gives us the right to own and carry firearms, we will always be on the wrong end of this… Read more »


“Shall not be infringed” does not allow the government to say one word about who carries what, or how they carry it. Further, our Constitution also prohibits the creation of special or privileged classes, as are created by issuance of any permits or licenses, no matter what they are for. Not to mention having to spend money and get permission to exercise a God given right that was in force long before the Constitution or subsequent unlawful rules offered in the form of “law”, even though our Supreme Court has ruled that any “law” that contradicts the Constitution is void… Read more »


Happyclinger, you raise a good point. I think what I was expressing was that it may be possible for the form of carry to be regulated but that states don’t have the power to ban all carry, like they do here in New Jersey. As a rhetorical point, you are right.