Sunday, September 30, 2007

Nevada Changes CCW LAW For Rendezvous

Well, no, not really, but they DID add reciprocity with eight other states. It sure did come at a convenient time, though, and it's a big step in the right direction I'd say.

Actually, here's the straight story, taken verbatim from the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Beginning Oct. 1, the state of Nevada will recognize permits from eight other states that allow people to carry concealed weapons, the Nevada Department of Public Safety announced.

Those states are Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee and Utah.

The 2007 Nevada Legislature passed a law that allowed concealed carry permits from other states to be used in Nevada. The Department of Public Safety, with the help of the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association, reviewed the laws from other states. It found 16 other states that had an electronic database accessible 24 hours a day that identifies valid permit holders. Of those 16, only eight had concealed carry permit laws that were as stringent or more stringent than Nevada, the Department of Public Safety said.

It will review the list of approved states every year, the Department of Public Safety said.

Here's the same article on the Reno Gazette-Journal's own website, if you'd like to read the original.

I don't see Washington on the list, but maybe one of these days......

Thanks, Rob, for the heads-up on this!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Gun Blogger Rendezvous + NRA = COOL!

We've got some great news about the upcoming Gun Blogger Rendezvous!

Thanks to the efforts of Sebastian at Snowflakes in Hell, we will be having a very special "NRA Happy Hour" event at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous, and best of all, Glen Caroline, the Director of NRA Grassroots Division and Ashley Varner, of the NRA-ILA Public Affairs Division, will be there "showing the flag" for the NRA. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the gun bloggers to meet and share ideas with the folks from the NRA in a small and informal setting.

For you folks planning to attend, give some thought to what questions you would ask, and what suggestions you might have to help the NRA be even more effective. We’re very pleased to have them come by and spend some time with us!

If you were thinking about attending, IT'S STILL NOT TOO LATE to get in on the fun. Contact the Circus Circus Hotel IMMEDIATELY and you may still be able to get in on the group discounted room rates. (If not, the rooms are still very reasonably priced.)

To book your accommodations, telephone Circus Circus reservations at 1-800-648-5010 and give them the group code of


You also need to register for the Rendezvous. The registration form is HERE in a PDF file. Download the Registration form, print 'er out, write out a check, and mail it in! Since any profit from the Rendezvous will be going to Project Valour-IT, there is also a place on the registration form where you can make a donation to them, along with your registration.

You don't have to be a gun blogger, or even a blogger to attend. If you read the gun and military blogs, are interested in the content found on those blogs, and you would like to meet some of those bloggers in person, you too are welcome to attend!

Time is running out, so get your reservations and registration in today!

We'll see you in Reno!

Monday, September 24, 2007

GBR-II Schedule of Events

Here's the basic schedule of events for the upcoming Rendezvous:

Thursday: A number of bloggers will be arriving during the day on Thursday. Some of the attendees will be having dinner together at one of the local restaurants.

Thursday evening the hospitality room will be open from approx. 6pm. until whenever.

Friday: Everyone not already in town arrives sometime on Friday. Friday morning groups of bloggers will head out for breakfast together.

After breakfast Friday morning is open for sight-seeing, hitting the liquor store, buying munchies, gambling, whatever anyone wants to do.

2pm. through approx 4pm. is tentatively set for conference/meeting with some NRA folks (if we can get it arranged) in the Hospitality room.

After the session various groups of bloggers will probably get together and head out for dinner.

At 6pm will be the Show & Tell/soapbox/discussion session until maybe 7:30? Whenever it winds down, then social hour begins in earnest, and will probably go into the wee small hours for the hard core among us!

Saturday: Saturday morning we will probably get breakfast together, then car pool it out to the range, about 20 miles out of town. Range time from approx. 10am. through approximately 3pm. Then back to town to get ready for the banquet.

Attendees not interested in going out to the range will probably go shopping, gambling, sight-seeing, and just generally taking it easy!

The Banquet, fun raiser raffle, and drawing for door prizes will be at 6pm in one of the Mandalay Banquet rooms. After dinner we will head back to the hospitality room for more socializing, until whenever.

Sunday: Sunday morning some will meet again for breakfast, and start heading home.

Some folks are staying Sunday night, so there may be some other activities on Sunday, including a possible range trip, or whatever they feel like doing.

There will be lots to do, and yet plenty of flexibility for activities not on the schedule. There will be something for everyone, and if it's like last year, it's over WAY too quickly

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Friday, September 21, 2007

News Updates

Photo Credit To Fodder at Ride Fast - Shoot Straight

Things are cookin' right along on the Gun Blogger Rendezvous front. Someone left a comment that they were buying a couple of hundred dollars worth of Boomershoot items to bring to the Rendezvous as prizes. Although they left the comment anonymously, since Joe Huffman, the brains and brawn behind the Boomershoot Festival will be coming to the Rendezvous, I suspect Joe had something to do with it. It's looking like there will be a lot of really neat prizes, and some great items, including the Hi-Point pistol, in the fund raiser raffle at the banquet.

The Show & Tell session on Friday night is going to be expanded a bit to include a "Soap Box" session where anyone there can have the floor to discuss anything they feel relevant to our interests. Just like the Hyde Park Soap Box Sessions in London, though ,we reserve the right to agree, disagree, join in, and/or heckle, as we like! All in good fun, of course!

One of our blogger attendees (who will remain unnamed for the time being), is trying to arrange for a major rep. from a "Really Big Shooting Association" (also unnamed for the time being) to attend at least part of the Rendezvous, to speak to us, listen to us, and answer our questions. If, and that's still a big "IF", this comes together, we will set up a special session for this, most likely after lunch on Friday.

Keep your fingers crossed on this, as this could prove to be a highlight of the Rendezvous.

If you haven't got your reservations and registration in for the Rendezvous, there is still time, but not much! The hotel is doing their best to hold it open for us for the special rates, so CALL THEM TODAY AND MAKE YOUR ROOM RESERVATIONS! If you miss the discount deadline, you can still book a room and attend the Rendezvous, but it will cost a little bit more for your room. Mind you, the room rates at the Circus Circus are very reasonable as hotels go anyway, but why not save a few bucks if you can! The Registration for the Rendezvous itself also has to be sent in right away so I can tell the hotel how many dinners we will need, and how large of a dining room.

Don't spend the next year wishing you had attended this year's Rondy! Get off your "smallish Horse like animal" and get your reservations made with the Circus Circus, and your Rondy Registration sent in.

If not, KeeWee will kick your butt..........

(Really! She can do it, too!)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

"In Search of the Second Amendment"

Thanks to the efforts of Uncle at Say Uncle, David Hardy has donated four copies of his outstanding documentary "In Search of the Second Amendment" to the Gun Blogger Rendezvous for prizes and for helping to raise money for Project Valour-IT.

We really appreciate David's generosity, and Uncle for helping to arrange the donation. If you are unfamiliar with the documentary, check out the documentary's website for a lot more information.

From the website:

"The TRUE story of the American right to arms is told by some of the greatest names in American constitutional law -- professors at Yale, UCLA, Fordham, George Washington University, George Mason University, and other institutions, as well as by lifelong scholars of the Second Amendment, such as Steve Halbrook, Dave Kopel, and Don Kates. "
Here's the trailer for documentary:

If the video doesn't play, here's the Youtube link.

If you aren't going to be at the Rendezvous, you may still want to consider buying yourself a copy, or maybe two copies, one for yourself, and one for your local library, club, or school. All the information to buy your own copy is on the website.

Coming to the Gun Blogger Rendezvous in Reno and winning a copy would probably be a lot more fun than just ordering one online, though........

Hi-Point Donates Pistol To GBR

Charlie Brown, head of MKS Supply and Hi-Point Firearms, has generously donated a Hi-Point pistol to be raffled off at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous in order to raise money for Project Valour-IT.

The Hi-Points are American made, and have a lifetime guarantee. I have had a Hi-Point 9mm. Carbine for several years, and have found it to be not only reliable, but great fun to shoot, particularly when you are on a tight budget.

Thanks, Charlie! We, and Project Valour-IT, greatly appreciate your generosity!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Gun Stuff 'Show & Tell'

An additional event has been added for this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous. At 6pm. on Friday night, October 12th. in the Rendezvous Hospitality Room we will be having a "Gun Stuff Show & Tell" session. (There's probably a much more clever name for it, but you get the point.)

Larry Weeks, from Brownell's (you DO have a Brownell's Catalog, don't you?) will be bringing along a number of cool items to fondle and drool upon. He will be bringing a sample of Brownell's new AR-15 magazines which they are manufacturing right here in the good old U.S. of A. Larry will also have the inside story on a number of new things, including some info on gun lubricants, neat tools, and more.

Uncle, from Say Uncle will be bringing along a KT68 6.8SPC upper from Ko-Tonics for us to see, too. On Saturday (Range Day) we will get a chance to see it in action, and possibly even shoot it, too!

For those of you planning to attend, drop me an email or leave a comment if you have something cool for "Show & Tell" and I'll get that into this post, too.

After "Show & Tell" the plan is to spend the rest of the night, or until the last one of us fades out, munching munchie stuff and drinking cool refreshments of various types, while discussing anything and everything, and listening to Og The Neanderpundit's storytelling, as only he can do it!

If you missed last year's Rendezvous, you missed a great time, and this year's Rondy is shaping up to be even better!

Clearly the blogosphere's social event of the year...............

Friday, September 07, 2007

GBR-II -- Who's Going To Be There!

(UPDATED 09/07/2007)

Get your reservations and registration in ASAP, as in TODAY, so you get the best hotel rates. The rates go up in about a week. Our group rate is even lower than the Military Rate!

You don't have to be a Gun Blogger, or even a Blogger, for that matter, to attend. If you are a shooting sports enthusiast (gun nut?), if you READ gun blogs or Mil Blogs, or anything along those lines, you are most welcome to attend.

Who might you meet there? Here's an updated partial list of some of the folks planning to attend. If you are planning on attending, please leave a comment and I'll get you added to the list.

Maj. Chuck Ziegenfuss of
From My Position... On The Way! and Project Valour-IT
Chuck is also our Guest of Honor

Fodder and the Commandress from

Ride Fast & Shoot Straight

Uncle from
Say Uncle

JimmyB and Mrs JimmyB from
The Conservative UAW Guy

KeeWee of
KeeWee's Corner

US Citizen from
Traction Control

Chris & Mel Byrne of
The Anarchangel

Og, the

Kevin of the
Smallest Minority

Dirtcrashr from

Dave Durringer from
World Examiner

John Donovan from
Castle Arrgghhh!

Beth Donovan from
She Who Will Be Obeyed

Joe Huffman of
The View from N. Central Idaho

Sebastian of
Snowflakes in Hell

Rob from
The Kitchen
(On a Blogging Break)

Larry Weeks from
(Not a blog-but where would we be without Brownells?)

Mr. Completely of
Mr. Completely

"Very Likely to be There!" List:

Retired Geezer AKA 'Doc Peabody' &

Mrs. Geezer from
Blog Idaho

No Word either way yet:

Robb of
Sharp As A Marble

Benjamin from
The Reasonable Nut

There are also some other bloggers of note that are planning on attending if they can. It's looking like a "Who's Who" of gun blogging! Very cool.........

If you are planning on attending, or are going to try to be there, leave a comment and I'll get you on the next update of the list.

Hope YOU can be there, too!!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Will Bob Dylan be there?

Time is running short to get your reservations in for this year's Reno Gun Blogger Rendezvous and still get the special reduced room rates. If you miss the deadline, coming up in a little over a week, you can still register and attend, but you miss out on the special Circus Circus room group rates.

To help get the word out, we contacted a small advertising agency in Hibbing, Minnesota, and asked them to put together a short video promoting the Rendezvous. It's just off of Highway 61, and has a reputation for doing great work. I think they did a fine job!

So go to the Gun Blogger Site, as everything you need to know about reserving your room and registering for the Rondy is there. This is going to be the Gun Blogger's event of the year, and you don't want to miss out, and you DON'T have to be a blogger to attend, just someone interested in shooting sports, 2nd. amendment issues, and so forth. If you are reading this post, you probably are already someone who would enjoy the Rendezvous.

Come to Reno and The Gun Blogger Rendezvous, don't think twice, just get your registration and reservations in NOW, you don't want to miss out!