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After San Bernardino Massacre, Sheriff in New York County Asks Licensed Gun Owners to Stay Armed

 By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor Large

Just a day after the massacre in San Bernardino, California, the Ulster County (New York) Sheriff took to Facebook to implore those residents of the county, who are appropriately licensed, to begin carrying concealed handguns wherever they go. Ulster County is about two hours north of New York City, and while neither the politics of the Big Apple nor those of the state, more generally, are terribly conducive to the prevalent carry of firearms by the citizenry, it is clear that not everyone in New York…including ranking members of law enforcement…are supportive of that broadly anti-gun position.

2015-12-03_16-39-04Said Sheriff Paul J. Van Blarcum in his post:

“In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States and around the world I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County who are licensed to carry a firearm to please do so. I urge you to responsibly take advantage of your legal right to carry a firearm. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, make sure you are comfortable and proficient with your weapon, and knowledgeable of the laws in New York State with regards to carrying a weapon and when it is legal to use it.”

The shooting in California has prompted the typical, knee-jerk reactions from the “usual suspects” of the liberal persuasion (including President Obama), reactions that focus almost exclusively on using the tragedy as a basis for passing even more stringent gun control laws and otherwise making it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.

All responsible Americans should take a good look at arming themselves nowadays. If carrying a concealed handgun is not for you, so be it. However, if it is something you feel comfortable doing, then, by all means, visit the appropriate website for your state to learn more about how you can become licensed. If you’re not sure where to start, Googling “concealed weapons permit (your state)” should get you where you need to be.

Depending on where you live, as well as on your particular lifestyle situation, you might find it beneficial to pursue your concealed weapons permit as a non-resident licensee of another state. Virginia, for example, has a way for you to obtain one of their licenses as a non-resident. You might be thinking to yourself, “What good does this do me, exactly?” Well, if you know that Virginia concealed weapons permits have reciprocity with a multitude of other states, you might more seriously consider the prospect of having the license. Plus, even if you have a “regular” permit from your own state, nothing stops you from having another as a form of “insurance.”

Anyway, if you think you might have an interest in picking up a non-resident concealed weapons permit, there’s an easy way to do it…a course that’s custom-made for those who want a hassle-free way to gain new or additional concealed weapons licensure. Click here to find out more about it.

Even if you choose not to arm yourself, please be extra-aware of your surroundings as you move about the country right now. I don’t think it is being “alarmist” to say that we live in very dangerous times now, and that the risk of sudden, deadly attack is much greater than it was years ago.