Survey Results

Concealed Carry Survey Results

Earlier this month, we conducted an informal survey of our members and newsletter subscribers to learn about the concealed carry habits of average gun owners.

The results were interesting.

Do you have a concealed carry license?

  • Yes - 89.5%
  • No - 9.9%
  • No Responses - < 1%

Nothing unusual here. We expected that most people taking the survey would have a CCW permit.

How often do you carry a firearm?

Favorite Blogs

Our favorite blogs on gun and self defense law

We try to keep you informed by publishing information about the laws of self defense here on our blog. But you might be wondering, "What blogs do you Second Call Defense guys read?"

That's a good question. There are tons of great sites out there with interesting news and commentary, but here are some of our favorites:

Member Training

Ultimate Member training in lethal force

On June 25, 2014, we held a private training session in Westerville, OH for Ultimate Members only.

Sean Maloney, our resident legal guru and founding partner of Second Call Defense, presented Lethal Force & the Law – 5 Universal Concepts Every Gun Owner MUST Understand.

This was one of three topics we developed for our 2014 seminars. It proved to be a standing-room-only topic in Indianapolis, so we decided to share it with our Ultimate Members as well.

Warning Shots

New Florida law makes warning shots legal

On June 27, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill making it legal in some situations to fire a warning shot if you feel threatened.

According to WPTV in West Palm Beach, "The bill was inspired by the case of Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman who faces 60 years in prison for firing a warning shot during a domestic dispute."

5th Amendment

5th Amendment Update: Why silence is no longer golden

by Sean Maloney, Esq.

Nearly 70 years ago, Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote in Watts v. Indiana: "[A]ny lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to police under any circumstances."

Legal Action Against Victim

Criminal's family may pursue legal action against victim

Just because police say you acted properly in self defense, it doesn't mean that you're legally in the clear.

Consider the Waffle House case from Chesnee, South Carolina in 2012. A man licensed to carry a firearm sits down in a restaurant to have a meal, but soon finds himself in the middle of an armed robbery.

He decides he won't be a victim and shoots and kills one of the two criminals. Now two years later, the family decides they may go after him.

Delayed Interviews

The science behind delayed interviews after a self defense shooting

When training our members on how to deal with the aftermath of a self defense shooting, we always emphasize the negative impact of stress on thinking, speaking, memory, and behavior. And for this reason, we recommend that you assert your 5th Amendment rights, speak to legal counsel before providing a statement, and strictly limit what you say or do immediately after defending yourself with a firearm.

Calling 911

5 things authorities don't want you to know about calling 911

You might think you know all you need to know about calling 911 after using a firearm for self defense. But most likely, you got your information from TV and movies, which are not the best sources.

What Gun Owners Say

What every gun owner says right before going to jail

It's a sad fact of life that many gun owners are in denial when it comes to the realities of using a firearm for self defense.

Gun owners may think about someone breaking into their home or hijacking their car, so they plan ahead to have the appropriate means of protection. However, they don't think beyond pulling the trigger.

And ironically, it's what happens right after you pull the trigger that's most likely to get you into legal hot water.

Don't Talk After Shooting

10 other people you shouldn't talk to after a self defense shooting

If you know anything at all about the legal perils of defending yourself with a gun, you know that you should never speak at length to a 911 operator or responding police.

Why? Because the physical and emotional trauma of defending your life can give you diarrhea of the mouth. And in the minutes and hours after a shooting, you could say things that a prosecutor could decide to use against you in a criminal trial.