Indiana -(AmmoLand.com)- This past Saturday Margie and I attended the, “Fashion and Firearms”, event here in Indianapolis. This was a program mainly for women with speakers who explained how to protect themselves with and without a firearm.
It was an excellent opportunity for ladies to witness by virtue of professionals acting out real life scenarios of how a person could by approached by an attacker with and without a weapon such as a knife, club or stick or a firearm. The actors, a young woman and man, demonstrated how a female could overtake and disable an attacker.
There were also many examples of the innovative conceal carry holsters and attire specifically designed for women. There were models that paraded down a walkway illustrating conceal carry with holsters that could be worn on the hip, thigh, ankle, chest, in back, front and side. Some examples included styles designed into a harness for carrying a baby on their back or front. Another example was a father and mother walking with a baby stroller equipped with stowaway and also a diaper bag with a conceal compartment.
There was a selection of carry for women from loose fit clothing to very tight fit, even bathing suit. The industry has made incredible advances in options for women to choose from.
Also in the program was a segment with individuals who described their attacks and the profound change in their life from that experience and how they have determined never again to become a victim. There was a fairly large audience who witnessed the testimony from these brave women and I could tell from watching the faces of those in attendance the impact that had.
I wish I could have gotten my senate bill SB 259 passed this year that would have provided for the Indiana Statehouse personnel to carry their firearms inside the building with them so they could protect themselves when they walk to and from the parking garages to the Capital. I will try again next year. Maybe the NRA will help me next time.
The men and women who spoke at the event did a fantastic job with their presentations and it was nice to see how many ladies attended and participated, Even Margie was one of the models that displayed her SneakyPete holster while also carrying an AR 15,(pink in color).
I was given the honor of doing some introductions, but the entire extravaganza was entirely for the ladies. Not only was it a great event but they even gave away 21 baskets containing some extraordinary prizes including 15 firearms from top of the line rifles and handguns.
My friend, Jonathan Wallace who was one of the presenters and also who provided the demonstrations of defense against an attacker, provided the security for the event. He also owns a company, http://www.nativeexecutivesecurity.com/ and if you go to that site you can see the other disciplines he offers. If anyone who would be interested in having Jonathan give a class to the Patriots let me know. He told me he would be happy to do that. I can get some prices depending on what folks would be most interested in. We can discuss this at our 2nd Amendment Patriots meeting on the 26th of this month.
This is the last week for the Indiana General Assembly. The only gun related bill that has survived this session is Rep. Arnold’s HB 1231 which I sponsored in the Senate. This measure would allow centerfire rifle ammo for deer hunting. This bill passed unanimously through the House but endured multiple amendments in the Senate. Some of those changes were to make the bill “better” and others were to kill the bill.
It passed the Senate on a 26 to 24 vote which included a Democrat inadvertently voting for the bill. This past week the bill was taken to a conference committee, which I was a conferee on, and along with the author and advisors on the committee it has been put back into a form that I think will pass in good form.
It will allow 5 calibers, .243, 308, 30-06, 30/30 and 300 WinMag along with allowing 10mm. handgun bullet. It has a 10 round limit with no mention of the word magazine and includes a 4 year sunset clause.
I will be calling the bill this week. I would ask for the men reading this letter to share it with their wives who might be interested in the program mentioned. We hope to see you all at our next Patriot meeting.
Jim and Margie
2nd Amendment Patriots
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