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Get that latest news, legal, legislative updates, range reports, hardware, equipment and technical reviews with these on-demand radio programs.  Note that most also have their own companion websites, social media pages and podcast available thru iTunes Podcast app, but I've found the Stitcher app to be the best one-stop source for all the podcasts:

CVO Gun Talk with Ernie Traugh on the Stitcher app

​The Firearms Podcast on the Stitcher app   website    Facebook

Firearms Radio Network website    Facebook

Frontlines of Freedom with Denny Gillem    Facebook

Gun Talk with Tom Gresham on the Stitcher app   website   Facebook

Law Enforcement Today app   website   Facebook

Lock N Load with Bill Frady on the Stitcher app   website

NRA News on the Stitcher app   website    Facebook

Polite Society Podcast on the Stitcher app   website    Facebook


If you have been thinking about getting a handgun and your carry license (if required by your state), it's much more complicated than just doing those 2 things - you need to ask yourself several questions before proceeding.  Below is an excerpt from some of my class material that should help you make your decision.

Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Getting Your Carry Permit & Cost Considerations (Updated 2-4-2016)

Now take this interactive quiz:  Do You Know Enough Gun Safety to Get A Firearms Certificate?

5 Best 9mm Self Defense Ammo Options For Concealed Carry

Pocket Guns - Are They Worth It?

For Oklahoma residents, most firearms-related laws which people (civilians) have questions about can be found in Title 21, Chapter 53 of the Oklahoma statutes.  Scroll down about 2/3 the way to the bottom and you will find the section.

If you wish to apply for a handgun carry permit, also known as the Oklahoma Self Defense Act, all the information is here at the OSBI's website.

There are additional laws and regulations for security officers and private investigators which can be found in Title 59, Chapter 42A of the Oklahoma statutes.  Scroll down about 7/8 of the way to the bottom and you will find this section.  Additional rules are in the Oklahoma Secretary of State's Office of Administrative Rules (OAR) Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC), Title 390 (click on View Code button and then scroll down for link to Title 390).

Also, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a very important opinion on 2/19/2014 regarding security guards, private investigators and their carrying of firearms.   Read it here.

For Oklahoma Armed Private Investigators: For convenience purposes, I used Vistaprint.com to make a 4-panel, foldable business card that I can hand to law enforcement personnel who may not be familiar with the firearms carry laws as they pertain to licensees.  Below is the Microsoft Word file with the relevant laws in case you would like to print them out to carry with you and or copy and paste them to Vistaprint (or your preferred vendor) and make some cards yourself.  Of course, it is is always a good idea to double check the laws cited as they are subject to change.


(You will have to download this file and open it with Microsoft Word.)

(Note: I placed the Title 21 and Title 59 citations on the outside panels of the card (one Title on each panel) and the AG's opinion covers the 2 panels inside when you open up the card.)

Other states' laws & traveling:
Get the smart phone app, LEGAL HEAT.  It's updated very frequently, however, if you have questions about any type of defensive weapon carry laws, ALWAYS be sure to double check the laws in your respective state with an official state government office and or website, such as your state's attorney general's office.  And if you travel on any commercial, public transportation - bus, taxi, airline, etc., be sure you thoroughly check your baggage and remove any weapons before boarding.  Check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website  AND your respective carrier for prohibited items and procedures to transport firearms, if allowed, and check frequently as rules and regulations change.   It is imperative that you remember that not all states/jurisdictions allow civilians to carry firearms or other defensive weapons (sad, but true) and won't honor your state's permit/license.  Also, some states allow firearms carry but may not necessarily honor your state's permit/license.  So, it is of the utmost importance that you perform your due diligence and research the states/jurisdictions to where you will be traveling or you may very well wind up in a lot of trouble!  See the State Carry Permit Reciprocity Info section below.

Help with finding guns, ammo, reloading supplies, shooting ranges, gun shows, gun shops, etc. 

Ballistics by the Inch

Bulk Ammo

Chamber It (All Things Ammunition)    Cartridge Posters
Gallery of Guns


GunDealio (Get the app, too.)

Range 365

The Shooting Club (Get the app, too.)

The Well Armed Woman   Find a Local Chapter Near You!

Where to Shoot (Get the app, too.)

Second Amendment Rights Advocacy Groups:
1 Million Moms Against Gun Control    Facebook

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League
A Girl & A Gun Oklahoma City Chapter at Wilshire Gun Club

All Gun Groups (list of national & state organizations)

Always Be Carrying

American Concealed

American Girls with Guns  Facebook

American Gun Owners Alliance

American Gun Association

American Women Who Bear Arms

Armed and Secure

The Armed Citizen

Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network

Bearing Arms Guns & Patriots

(Ohio Stat Univ.) Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus Facebook Page

Campus Safety Magazine

Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Concealed Carry (be sure to get their Concealed Carry Gun Tools app for smartphones!)

Concealed Nation

Disabled Americans for Firearms Rights

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership

The Firearms Blog

Firearms Coalition

Firearms Policy Coalition

Frontlines of Freedom (Military and Veterans news and talk radio)

GOAL (Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts)

Gun Nuts Media

Gun Owners of America

Gun Rights Coalition Facebook page

Guns America News & Reviews

Handgunlaw.us (Excellent consolidated resource guide to state laws)
Heller Foundation

Human Events' Guns and Patriots newsletter

I'll Go Ahead and Keep My Guns, Thanks Facebook page

ICarry   Facebook page

Independent Firearms Owners Association Facebook page
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership

Keep & Bear

Keep and Bear Arms (EXCELLENT resource site)

Knife Rights

Law of Self Defense Latest News

Legally Armed and Proud of It Facebook page

Legally Concealed

Liberty Park Press (News Stories)
National Association For Gun Rights
National Gun Association

National Rifle Association (NRA)

National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Shooting Sports Foundation

Of Arms and the Law

Oklahoma Rifle Association
Oklahoma Second Amendment Association
Oklahoma Shooters Association

Open Carry

Pink Pistols

Second Amendment Foundation
Second Amendment Supporters

Second Amendment Sisters

Students For Concealed Carry (aka Concealed Campus)

TacTissy - For the Ladies!

US Concealed Carry  (USCCA)
USA Carry

Weapons Media

The Well-Armed Woman (TWAW)  Find a Chapter Near You!
Women Against Gun Control


State Carry Permit Reciprocity Info:

(Warning:  Be extremely careful when traveling away from your home state and transporting any kind of weapon - ALWAYS double check other states' laws through their official state government websites such as the attorney general and or state highway patrol websites.  And when doing your legal research, also be sure to check for attorney general opinions as they usually carry the weight of law and remain in effect unless otherwise rescinded by succeeding A.G.'s. - this is very important!!   Of course, if you have questions, be sure to consult a knowledgeable attorney.)

Always Be Carrying Conceal Carry Reciprocity Maps

American Gun Owners Alliance State Permit Reciprocity Map

Concealed Carry (be sure to get their Concealed Carry Gun Tools app for smartphones!)

Concealed Carry Map Builder


My Legal Heat smartphone app

NRA-ILA Gun Laws

Pepper Spray Law & Restrictions

Stun Gun Laws & Permit Requirements

Stun Gun & Pepper Spray Laws

Stun Gun Laws by State

Taser Laws

USA Carry Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Map

USA Firearm Training Permit Reciprocity Map Builder

USCCA Reciprocity Map

For Law Enforcement Officers (LEO's):  Police Magazine Article:  Does the LEOSA Carry Law Apply to You?

Excellent Articles on the 2nd Amendment and Self Defense:

​.223 vs 5.56, What's the freaking difference?

4 on 1:  Why Capacity Matters in a Defensive Firearm

​4 Things You Need To Know If The Police Try To Search Your Phone

5 Times Gun Bans INCREASED Crime by Analytical Economist 

​​53 Places That Have Banned Guns and Don't Want Your Business - Wideopenspaces 9/22/2016

6 Common Media Myths About Gun Control, 2/15/2018

​6 Survival Guns You’ll Need After The End Of The World - Total Survival, 2/19/2018

7 Facts All Americans Need to Know About Guns by Ted Nugent with the DC Gazette 6/17/2016

7 Simple Steps to Eliminate School Shootings Overnight, 2/28/2018

​7 Terrible Liberal Gun Control Arguments … And How To Beat Them - Kurt Schlichter, 2/22/2018

After Lying for 30 Years, The New York Times Finally Admits "Assault Weapons are a Myth" - Federalist Papers Project

Australia's 600,000 Gun Confiscation, The Truth About  11/18/2016

Common Arguments Against National Reciprocity | Shall Not Be Questioned, 1-18-2018

​CONCEALED Carry VS. OPEN Carry - Raw Dog Tactical, 1/10/2018

Don't Carry a Pink Gun, The Gun Lawyer - Raw Dog Tactical, 12/18/2017

​Four On One Shows Why Capacity Matters in a Defensive Firearm 10/27/2017

Guns In The Home Will Get You Killed  9/4/2017

Have background checks been ‘unequivocally’ shown to reduce gun violence? 10/11/2017

History of Concealed Carry in the United States 7/31/2017

​Homicides, Violent Crime Rose Again in Major Cities in 2016

How to Hold a Pistol | Special Forces Instruction - Raw Dog Tactical

How to Win the Gun Control Debate in Favor of Guns

KrisAnne Hall:  Open Letter, re: 'Gun Legislation', 6/28/2013
KrisAnne Hall:  A lesson on Gun Control 2, 10/5/2017
KrisAnne Hall:  A Lesson on Gun Control 1 (audio), 12/3/2015 

Lawmakers Approve $1,000 Tax on Handguns in Lieu of Total Ban  4/7/2016

Majority of Anti-Gun Politicians Are Criminals-Here's The List by Girls Just Wanna Have Guns 6/10/2016

The Mistake of Only Comparing US Murder Rates to "Developed" Countries 10-12-2015

​New to CCW? Avoid These 5 Bad CCW Habits - USA Carry 8-11-2017

New York Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Taser Ban 12/8/2016

NRA infographic corrects the most common handgun marksmanship errors

Obama Admin Finalizes Social Security Gun Ban  12/23/2016    NRA-ILA Article

Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) Signs Law Allowing Concealed Carry on Campus 12/21/2016 

President Obama: (STILL) The Greatest Gun Salesman in History infographic by Ammo.com

Right To Keep and Bear Arms - Sovereign Duty (DVD) by Constitutional Attorney KrisAnne Hall

AUDIO:  Listen: Safe but still accessible? This unique lock is the answer to every gun owner’s problem, 1-17-2018

Second Amendment as an Expression of First Principles - Hillsdale College Imprimus, March 2013 edition

SHOT Show: 7 Great Firearms for Concealed Carry, Home Defense 1/27/2018

Some Thoughts On Single Stack Nines 10/24/2017

​State of the Nation:  Lots More Guns, Much Less Violent Crime   4/5/2016

The Myth of the Big Bad Gun Lobby - Prof. John R. Lott with National Review 8/16/2016

TSA Tips for Legally Traveling with a Firearm or Other Restricted Items (Video) 10/15/2017

Violence Policy Center's gun study marred by omissions, flaws 2/6/2018

What to Do When You Doctor Asks About Guns-Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership 5/16/2015

When You Hear Someone Call an AR-15 an Assault Rifle, Show Them This, 2/16/2018

Why CC Holders Should Ignore Anti-Gun Signs Posted in Stores - Wizbang 5/23/2014

Friend or Foe 

A community driven interactive database and map of pro and anti-gun businesses. Find out which local businesses honor and respect your Constitutional right to carry and defend yourself and your family.....and those that don't!  

And be sure to go to Tim Oliver's website, Learn to Carry, and get your free PDF file to print your "NO GUNS = NO MONEY" business cards to hand to vendors who don't respect your Second Amendment right to self-protection!!!

Businesses That Prohibit Guns or Have No Gun Policies

Concealedcarry.com Gun Free Zone List

NRA's List of Anti-Second Amendment/Anti-Gun Groups, Organizations Corporations, Corporate Heads, Publications and Media Outlets, Individuals & Celebrities (EXCELLENT!!!)

Firearms Self-Defense Insurance Policies:
U.S. Law Shield (also excellent videos from the attorneys)
Texas Law Shield
VA Self Defense Law
Second Defense Alliance
Firearms Legal Protection LLC
Gun Owners Legal Defense Network
Homefront Defense Team
National Association for Legal Gun Defense
Patriot Legal Protection (formerly CHLPP)
Second Call Defense
NRA Carry Guard
US Concealed Carry  (USCCA)
Related Articles:
How to Choose Concealed Carry Insurance - Guns & Ammo, 2-12-2014
Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network - Post Self-Defense Support: The Buyer's Guide
What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self Defense - Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network
Defending A Disparity of Force Shooting (aka Hickey Booklet) - Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network

Now that you've got your Carry Permit, you need some great training - try my friend, Will Andrews, owner of Oklahoma Shooting Skills.  He has some outstanding classes!  Also, Paul Abel's Shoot-N-Iron Practical Shooting and Training Academy and Wilshire Gun, which also has a chapter of A Girl and a Gun Women's Shooting League.  And don't forget to eat in their Range Café - the food is great, especially the Reuben sandwich and Locked and Loaded Nachos!  

The Well-Armed Woman (TWAW) Oklahoma Chapters   Facebook page

OKC Tactical - SDA Classes, Private Lessons, Great Outfit!

In Kansas City, consult Conceal & Carry, Inc. for all your training needs.

Also online training:
American Concealed

Active Self Protection

Gun Talk with Tom Gresham (radio) (The only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, gear, shooting and gun rights.)
Gun Talk's YouTube Channel (dozens of free videos)
Gun Talk's First Person Defender series on YouTube (excellent!)
Shootrite Firearms Academy
Gunsite Academy
Handgun Combatives

NRA infographic corrects the most common handgun marksmanship errors

Personal Defense Network

Target Focus Training
Target Focus Training YouTube Channel (dozens of free videos)

Tim Oliver's Learn to Carry  (and go here for NO GUNS=NO MONEY cards)

USA Firearm Training

Get the real facts on guns and crime:
American Gun Facts (Brief statistical overview and country comparison - Excellent!)

Conceal Carry Permit Holders Across the U.S. Report- July 16, 2015 - Crime Prevention Resource Center (EXCELLENT!) summary here

Crime Prevention Research Center (Prof. John R. Lott)

Professor & Author John R. Lott videos

Gun Facts 7.o (140 page report in PDF, 2015 version)

Guncite.com (GREAT!)
Guns Save Lives (Stories of Self-Defense and News)

Of Arms and the Law

Target Sports USA Blog (several articles)
TheTruthAboutGuns.com (EXCELLENT!)
U.S. Government Bureau of Justice Statistics Firearms Violence report, May 2013
The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe - Heather Mac Donald (EXCELLENT book on the real statistics surrounding police shootings.)

Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions and Myths About Police Shootings - Joe Loughlin (EXCELLENT)

PragerU:  Is Gun Ownership a Right?

PragerU:  What Should We Do About Guns?

Federalist #29

Federalist #46

Gear (Guns, Shooting, Holsters, Clothing, & Equipment for Security, Police, Survival, etc.):
Prices vary widely, so once you've found what your looking for, be sure to shop around for the best prices and sign up for e-mail lists to get special deals!

H&H Shooting Sports (Probably the best selection of holsters in the OKC metro.)

C.O.P.S. Gun Shop (Oklahoma's only Sig Sauer-authorized law enforcement dealer!  Also a Smith & Wesson-authorized law enforcement dealer!)

C.O.P.S. Products (In Oklahoma City! - security, law enforcement, EMS - uniforms, accessories, holsters, gear.  If you need it, the great folks there will help you get it!)

Special Ops Uniforms, 505 N. Portland Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73107, (405) 946-3504, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.  Closed Sat. and Sunday.  No website.

Top Tier Tactical (Midwest City - great selection of gear and blue line support stickers, patches, etc.)

2A4Life Gear

​2A4Life Ultimate Belly Band Holster

America Concealed

Armed American Supply


Alabama Holster

Alien Gear Holsters

Alpha Holster

Armor Express Body Armor

Blade-Tech Holsters

Black Iron Holsters

Black Rhino Concealment


Blue Force Gear

Blue Ridge Custom Holsters

Bravo Concealment

​BudK Knives & Swords

C. Crane Radios & Electronics

Cati (body) Armor

Chamber It (All Things Ammunition)   Cartridge Posters

Chief Supply

Code 3 Tactical



Corsco Concealment

Crossbreed Holsters

Dene Adams (unique concealment solutions for the ladies)

Dvor (Sign up for incredible deals!)

Forge Survival Supply

Fortress Tactical

FoxX Holsters

G-Code Holsters

Grip6 Belts

Guns America


GunTalk's Sponsor page

​Hanks Belts

Hidden Hybrid Holsters

Hogue Grips  (Grips, Knives, Stocks, Holsters, Gear)

Hybrid Armory 

Hybrid Holsters

Hyve Technologies (Innovative Glock & Smith & Wesson Accessories)

Know, Prepare, Survive

LaserMax (Recoil spring guide rod lasers)

LMT (Lewis Machine & Tool Co.)

Looper Brand of Oklahoma Handcrafted Leather Goods since 1938

Lucid Optics

Midway USA

Military Clothing

Military Uniform Supply, Inc.

Military Uniforms Supply

Multi Holsters

National Parks Depot

Nexbelt  (Check out their new conceal carry belts - FANTASTIC!)

O P Tactical

Operationally Proven Tactical


Optics Planet

On Your 6 Designs

Patriot Oufitters

PI Gear

Police Store

Proof Pronto (Security cameras & surveillance gear)

Pro-Vision Bodycams

Pyramyd Air Gun Mall (all things air guns)

Raw Dog Tactical

Relentless Tactical

Remora Holsters


RTT (Resist the Tyranny-Guns, Gear & Politics)

Savoy Leather

Silencer Shop

SimpliSafe (Smarter, DIY Home Security)

Smith & Wesson Performance Center

Spider Concealment

Sportsman's Logistics

SSP Tactical Eyewear


Sticky Holsters

Styker Covert Carry

Survival Addicts

Survival Cache

Survival Prepper

Survival Straps

Survivalist Camps Campers

Tactical Outdoors Gear

TakLite Flashlights

Target Sports USA (Great Resource for everything shooting sports!)

Tentsile Tree Tents and Hammocks

Top Tier Tactical in Midwest City, OK

Urban Carry Holsters

Ultimate Spy Camera
Uniform & Accessories Warehouse

Urban Carry

USA Firearm Training's Belly Band Holster

USCAV (US Cavalry)

UtiliKilts (Tactical Kilts??  YES!!)

Vedder Holsters

We the People Holsters
Workboots USA

Wraith Tactical

Secure Your Firearms:

Gun Vault

Gun Box - High-tech solutions to securing your firearms

Target Sports USA - How to Store Firearms Safely in Your Home Guide (Excellent resources here)

Other Info & Resources:
Forgotten Weapons

Patriotic/Support Law Enforcement & Military:


Armed American Supply

Frontlines of Freedom

Honor and Remember

Law Enforcement Today    Facebook

Police Officers United Facebook page


Top Tier Tactical in Midwest City, OK

Rustic Flag Company


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