Storage and Safety

 

MN Statute 609.666 Subd. 2. Access to firearms A person is guilty of a gross misdemeanor who negligently stores or leaves a loaded firearm in a location where the person knows, or reasonably should know, that a child is likely to gain access, unless reasonable action is taken to secure the firearm against access by the  child. Safes are readily available and come in all shapes and sizes.

There is never a reason to not have a safe. If you can afford a firearm you can afford a safe. The days of a nightstand firearm are gone. If that’s where you want it then get a single or double hand gun safe that bolts/screws to the floor for easy access.

Gun locks are provided for free when you purchase a firearm. They come right in the box. If you’ve been given a firearm or inherited it you can go to any gun store and they will give them to you for free. Not as safe and secure as a safe but provides a mild level of protection to children. Doesn’t help much if your house is broken into since they can take it and cut the lock off later. GET A SAFE!

 

 

Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.

Never point the muzzle of a firearm   at anything you are not willing to destroy.    

Your finger should remain straight  and off the trigger until you intend  to shoot.

Identify your target and what’s beyond it.

Mindset When Carrying

1) MN is an Open and Concealed Carry State

a) Open Carry = in MN it is lawful for you to go about your daily activities while having your firearm holstered on your hip for everyone to see.

          • Pros to open carry are simple. You look like a bad ass gunslinger ready to dish out justice where it’s needed.
          • Cons to open carry is the way you are perceived. You have showed your hand everywhere you go. The bad guys know what you’re capable of. You may not be welcome in places you normally would. In this social climate you may be approached and provoked where you normally wouldn’t be. You may have people call the police and their description of what you were/are doing may not be accurate but now you have to prove it.

b) While carrying you are held to a higher standard.

          •  While carrying you are held to a higher standard.
          • Every confrontation you are in while armed is an Armed Conflict.
          • Everything you do or say will be perceived differently when carrying a firearm.
          • There is never a good reason to tell anyone you carry. If you want to brag then  brag about the great wife/husband you have not that you have a gun. If  something really goes bad and all those in your group know you carry they may just throw you out there instead of focusing on an escape.

c) The best method of resolving a conflict is to avoid the conflict in the first place.

          • The permit to carry doesn’t make you a crime fighter.
          • Carrying a firearm to areas that you normally wouldn’t go is NOT ok. You will be asked what business you had there.
          • In MN your first duty is to retreat if it is safe to do so.
          • Trust your gut or the hair on the back of your neck. If something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t. Just Leave! Don’t wait for something to happen. Nothing is worth your life or the lives of your loved ones.
          • Don’t act, walk, or talk like a victim. Stand tall look people in the eye and be heard. Make your voice clear and concise. Bad people can spot the weak just by your posture and how you carry yourself. Think about your circle of friends. Which one’s slouch, don’t look you in the eyes/look down, speak softly?
          • Be aware of your surrounds ALWAYS. Know where the exits are at all times. (Not just on planes)

d) There are 5 colors of awareness

          • White = You are unaware and ready to be a victim
          • Yellow = You are situationally aware of what’s going on around you always.
          • Orange = You recognize a potential threat
          • Red = You are ready to fight
          • Black = You are in the fight

e) Getting Pulled over

          • Turn car off including the radio
          • Roll down both windows
          • Have license, insurance, and permit in hand
          • Have hands at 10 and 2 on steering wheel
          • Be friendly and don’t lie
          • If asked if you’re armed answer without moving hands
          • If movements are needed ask for permission
          • You are required to carry your permit on you at all times with a valid government issued photo ID.
          • A friendly, positive attitude will go a long way when talking to the police.
          • If directly questioned by law enforcement you are required to speak the truth, but you do not need to volunteer any information.