Thomas Healy’s Colt and Prohibition Police Work

A critic of worsening crime in 1925 New Orleans decried that, “no city in America has worse protection from the crial classes. Something must be done.” The residents of New Orleans were laissez faire toward prohibition, gambling, prostitution, and drugs. Into this stepped Thomas Healy, promoted from chief of detectives to superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department. He served in the position from 1925 to the end of 1928 when he retired. An engraved Colt Government Model semi-automatic pistol with a blued finish and carved grips presented to him early in his tenure as superintendent is on offer in Rock Island Auction Company’s Premier Auction, May 13-15. A good view of the Colt Government Model pistol presented to New Orleans Police Superintendent Thomas Healy, who served in the position from 1925 to 1928. The gun is on offer in Rock Island Auction Company’s Premier Auction, May 13-15. New Orleans […]

Glock 42 vs 43. Which Is Better For Concealed Carry? [2022]

Glock 42 vs 43. Should I Get A Glock 42 or a Glock 43? Choosing a subcompact Glock for concealed carry often comes down to the choice of Glock 42 or the Glock 43 since those are the most compact of the baby Glocks. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, so it’s really up to the person doing the shopping to make the choice. Both are easily among the best Glocks for concealed carry and should be anyone’s shortlist for a deep concealment pistol. Glock 42 Among The Best Compact .380s The Glock 42 came about to fill the demand for an ultra-compact Glock that’s compact enough for the deepest of concealment. The 42 is Glock’s smallest pistol, and as a single-stack chambered for .380 Auto, it has slimmer proportions than even the tiniest of the Baby Glock 9mm pistols. It’s less than an inch wide, a hair over 4 inches tall and just under 6 inches […]

Ohio VICTORY: DeWine Enacts Permitless Carry!

); Governor DeWine heard your calls and emails and made the right choice: he signed SB 215 and enacted permitless carry in the state of Ohio! SB 215 allows many citizens of Ohio to conceal carry a handgun without the government’s permission. Ohio has now become the 23rd state to enact this legislation and become one of the safer places in the country. We at GOA want to thank our grassroots army for taking action in support of this bill. This is a huge victory! If you have the time, please click here to THANK Governor DeWine for signing SB 215 and protecting your 2A rights. GOA

GA: Good News and Bad News in the Peach State

); Take Action to Support Pro-Gun, Stop Anti-Gun Bills I have good news and bad news. First, the bad news. Anti-gun forces have hidden New York-style, red flag gun confiscation in HB 1013. This bill supposedly addresses mental health issues; however, Section 3 hijacks Georgia’s mental health system into a red flag law. In essence, it is similar to the “see a shrink, lose your guns” regulation gun owners have fought at the federal level. In truth, there is no easy “fix” to Section 3. It should be removed from the bill completely. Please take action to stop this attempt for red flag gun confiscation above! Speak Up […]

PA: GOA Snubbed by Key Republican Committee Chair

Rep. Martin Causer removes GOA from Oral Testimony before the House Majority Policy Committee Rep. Martin Causer reneged on GOA testifying before his committee. I don’t know about you, but when I promise something to someone, I hold true to my word. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen with Representative Martin Causer (R-67), Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee. On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, GOA, along with other gun rights organizations, was offered an opportunity to testify before the House Majority Policy Committee on April 5th regarding Second Amendment issues. I graciously accepted that offer. This would have been an excellent opportunity for GOA to testify about our legislative priorities for the next legislative session as well as provide strong information to protect our Second Amendment rights. Unfortunately, just two days later I was informed that GOA would not be permitted to give oral testimony before the committee. The NRA and another […]

Alabama Governor Signs Constitutional Carry, Becomes 22nd State to Enact Permitless Carry

WASHINGTON, D.C. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signed House Bill 272 into law on Thursday night, making it the 22nd state to enact Constitutional Carry. Gun Owners of America (GOA) has been working alongside grassroots supporters and their lobbying efforts to support this legislation in Alabama and in several other states across the country. “Seeing Constitutional Carry signed into law in Alabama is a major victory for gun owners in the Yellowhammer State and a model for other states across the country,” Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, said. “GOA thanks all of our grassroots supporters for their state lobbying efforts to push this critical legislation across the finish line. Constitutional Carry is one of the most important restorations of our Second Amendment rights, and we look forward to the remaining states enacting similar legislation.” “A decade long battle has now came to the end,” Eddie Fulmer, the President […]

IN: Constitutional Carry Bill Needs Governor Holcomb’s Signature!

); As you know, a few Constitutional Carry bills have been moving through the state for the past few years. Finally, one of them — HB 1296 is headed to the governor’s desk! Under House Bill 1296, a Hoosier would be allowed to carry in most places within the state, without having to beg the government for a permit. This even includes 18-year-olds who cannot defend themselves with a firearm in other states! This is particularly important at a time when anti-gun cities across the country have record high crime rates, leaving citizens with a greater need to defend themselves. Indiana has the opportunity to become the […]

GP And His Little Brother SP

02/05/2022 Why persist in carrying a revolver when there are so many auto loaders to choose from? Because, as a general rule, revolvers can be more powerful, are easier to shoot accurately and, with the right holster, are as easy to conceal. Those important factors in self defense. Self defense can mean something other than defense against humans. The right wildlife in the wrong setting will attack in defense. My preference when outdoors is to carry a 357 Mag, rather than a 9mm Luger or 45 Automatic. In other circumstances my choice is to carry a 45 Colt with modern loads or a 454 Casull rather than a 10mm Automatic. Revolvers lack the capacity of many auto loaders. I have actually never had to empty a six or five shooter. In fact, I have only emptied a 4 round bolt action magazine once in my life and that was […]

GOA Pushing State Legislatures to Dismantle Gun Control

Alabama First to Join Constitutional Carry Club in 2022 The members of Gun Owners of America are making their voices heard in a big way! From coast-to-coast, GOA-backed bills are getting passed by state legislatures and signed into law. GOA’s Erich Pratt speaks at the BamaCarry Freedom Conference in February, where he called for Alabama to pass Constitutional Carry. A recent example occurred this Thursday, when Alabama became the 22nd state to enact a GOA-backed permitless carry law. GOA activists had to overcome a mountain of opposition from turncoat politicians, Bloomberg-funded groups backing gun control, and even a radically anti-gun Sheriffs Association. But Gov. Kay Ivey’s signature now culates a ten-year long battle to enact the law, which shows that good things can happen to those who persevere. GOA is thankful to all our members in the state who took action on our alerts and to BamaCarry, the local […]

NH: Action needed: Gun bills on the House floor…

); Many gun owners took the action we requested in our last alert and House Members heard your voices and voted as we asked, HB 1636 — Constitutional Carry for snowmobiles and ATVs was voted “ought to pass” and HB 1151, the parade and funeral gun ban was voted “inexpedient to legislate.” The House of Representatives will meet again on March 15, 16, and 17 and three more firearms bills are on the calendar. The following pro-gun bill will likely be considered: * HB 1178, will prohibit local and state police from enforcing federal anti-gun laws and rules. The bill was amended by the Crial Justice and Public […]

18 GOP Senators Voted for Gun Control

); Congress just passed a law to deputize your local police as ATF agents and to fund crial investigations into mistaken NICS denials of law-abiding citizens. Biden is set to sign the law before midnight. We need you to take action to help us hold those accountable for passing this gun control and to thank pro-gun allies who fought against this beside GOA. What just happened? On Wednesday at 1:30 AM, the House of Representatives dropped a 2,700+ page, $1.5+ trillion spending bill containing the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act (VAWA) and the NICS Denial Notification […]

Glock 19 vs 26. Which Is Better For Concealed Carry? [2022]

Glock 26 vs 19. Reading Between The Nines Some people accept nothing other than a 9x19mm Glock, and if you’re going to carry one on the daily, that inevitably leads to deciding between the Glock 19 vs. 26. Both of these pistols are wildly popular among police officers and civilian carriers. Take a peek in basically any gun store, and they’ll have both of them behind the counter. But which to get? Both guns are solid choices, but each gun has a couple of or drawbacks that will make one a better choice for some people. It’s like getting a car; plenty of people like pickup trucks, but it’s not a very good choice if you live in an urban environment. Likewise, a Mini Cooper probably isn’t the best choice if you live out in the sticks. So really, it comes down to what’s best for you. But what is […]

How To Concealed Carry While Running or Being Active [2022]

How To Carry A Gun When You’re Running Or Can’t Wear A Belt If you’re going for a run, or to the gym, or for a hike…how do you still concealed carry? What do you do if your clothes don’t allow you to wear a traditional belt and holster? There are a number of different solutions for concealed carry when you’re being active or otherwise can’t wear a belt, but each of them has a different context, a different way to use them to get the best of them. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, so to speak; there’s always going to be some sort of tradeoff, a limitation of some kind that you have to be aware of and work with. If you decide that one of these types of concealed carry holsters and methods is for you as a primary or supplemental carry method, you need […]

Ruger 9mm. 6 Best Ruger 9mm Pistols For Concealed Carry [2022]

Ruger 9mm. Which pistol is best for concealed carry? What’s the best Ruger 9mm for concealed carry? That really depends. Sturm, Ruger and Co. manufacture a number of different pistols in 9mm, some of which are wildly different from each other. Some are definitely good for some people, and some are good for other people! It really depends on what kind of gun you prefer to put in your Ruger 9mm concealed carry holster. Things to Consider When Buying a 9mm Pistol. Things to Consider When Buying a 9mm Pistol. There are a few things you should consider when purchasing a 9mm pistol. The first is your experience level. If you are a beginner, you may want to consider a pistol that is easier to operate. If you are more experienced, you may want to consider a pistol with more features. The next thing to consider is your budget. 9mm […]

10mm Vs 45 | 10mm vs 45 acp Side-by-Side Comparison [2022]

The 10mm and the 45ACP are two different types of handgun cartridges. 10mm vs 45ACP The 10mm is a powerful cartridge that is often compared to the .45 ACP. Both are popular choices for self-defense and both have a lot of stopping power. The 10mm is a bit more powerful than the .45 ACP and it also has a higher capacity. However, the .45 ACP is a bit more reliable and it has been around for longer. Overall, both cartridges are great choices for self-defense, but the 10mm may be a bit more powerful. 10mm vs 45: is one better? Some people just aren’t satisfied with 9mm and want something bigger, and those folks usually wind up torn between 10mm vs 45 ACP. There are some more occult calibers out there, such as the large bore auto magnums and so on, but those are the most practical big bores. Some […]

Glock 26 vs 43 | Which Baby Glock Is Best? [2022]

Glock 26 vs 43. Which subcompact Glock 9mm is best? If you wanted to get a subcompact Glock in 9mm, you come down to Glock 26 vs 43, as those are the two choices after all. Both are popular guns for concealed carry or as backups to larger Glock pistols like a 17 or 19. But which is better? That depends on how you define “better.” On paper, the differences are marginal, but they can really add up to the right person. Oh, but that’s not all. There’s also the wrinkle of the Slimline Glock pistols, which make a case for themselves as possibly a better choice than the 26 or the 43, and we’ll talk about that too. So…let’s get into the 26 vs the 43. Glock 26 vs Glock 43: The Difference Is The Magazines Let’s just get what’s obvious out of the […]

Which Glocks are the Best for Concealed Carry? [2022]

The 7 Best Glocks For Concealed Carry You might be a little more aware of the service pistols, but Glock concealed carry pistols are arguably the core of their offerings, as they make an ample supply. You might even look at their website and have your head start to spin; which one should I choose? Well, an obvious truth is that there’s no best handgun. There will be a best one for you and no one can know which gun that will be but you. You’ll have to find that out for yourself. With that said, here are 7 Glock concealed carry pistols that should make anyone’s short list. If you’re looking for a smaller G unit for concealed carry, or you’re looking to finally join the ranks of plastic fantastic fanboys to find out what the fuss is about, these are some solid candidates. Glock 26 First on the […]

20 Senators Demand Accountability from ATF on Solvent Traps, FRTs Referencing GOA Leaks, FOIA Documents

For Immediate Release Springfield, VA—On Friday twenty senators sent a letter directly to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) demanding accountability for its “incredibly troubling […] pattern of secret regulation” and for making “blanket threats” for “possessing various firearms accessories, none of which are illegal based on any statute or regulation.” Gun Owners of America first broke the news that the ATF was “ordering [the] seizure of various items and referring to those in possession as ‘defendants’” in January on an episode of The Minuteman Moment entitled ATF LEAK: Trigger Confiscation (and MORE) Incog. Through a FOIA request made by the Gun Owners Foundation, GOA was also able to provide internal ATF technical bulletins to the senators which shed light on the ATF’s long and malicious history of secret guidance documents: Disturbingly, ATF made these documents available only to […]

WV: SWEET VICTORY! The Keep, Bear, and Drive with Arms Act Signed into Law!

); GOA staff, pictured front left, joined our friends at the WVCDL’s Lobby Day in February to advocate for HB 4048. Gun owners in West Virginia have accomplished a small but powerful victory. Your efforts and activism for HB 4048 have paid off. This GOA-backed bill passed quickly through the House and Senate, with large majorities voting in the affirmative. And on March 10th, Governor Jim Justice signed into law the WV Keep, Bear, and Drive with Arms Act. This victory is no doubt due to your hard work and dedication to advocating for freedom. Gun Owners of America also recognizes and appreciates the tireless efforts of our […]

House of Representatives Passes Gun Control to Override State 2A Sanctuary Laws

); Senate to Vote Before Wednesday We need you to contact your Senators and demand that gun control be stripped from the government funding bill ASAP! Gun Control Was Introduced and Passed Yesterday Yesterday under the cover of darkness, Congressional Democrats released a 2,741 page government funding bill at 1:30 AM. GOA rushed to analyze the bill, found the gun control buried on pages 2207-2213, and alerted our grassroots activists to take action. Despite our best efforts, the gun control passed 260-171 with the support of 39 Republicans later that same day at 10PM. Government funding will likely be extended until March 15th, so we have five days […]