Former CIA Officer Jason Hanson Reveals...

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From Ronald W: You see it all the time when people are told to evacuate: Cars lined up for miles and no gas in sight. I know I should keep at least a half tank in my car at all times, but is it a good idea to store gas at home so I can take it with me and avoid being stranded on the way out of town?

Answer: Storing gasoline is a great idea if you plan to bug out or even to run a generator. The thing about storing gas is that it’s like food storage where you need to rotate it out. If you’re going to let the gas sit for 6-12 months make sure and add a stabilizer.

From George W: What’s your take on AR-15 pistols?

Answer: The AR-15 rifle is one of my favorite guns and recently there has been growing popularity regarding the AR pistols. Essentially, the AR pistol was developed to get around the National Firearms Act, since tax stamp waiting times can be several months or more.

The AR pistol is a shorter AR-15, but with a different buffer tube and no stock. Pistol barrel sizes are usually seven inches or 10.5 inches, which gives the shooter a vast amount of flexibility in close-quarters shooting, which is why the AR pistol is becoming popular for home defense.

The problem is a short barrel length means that there is also a very short gas system. The shorter gas systems can cause the firearm to be over-gassed.

What I mean is the lifespan of the firearm may be shorter than a typical gun. However, if you decide to purchase an AR pistol I would make sure you choose a high quality model such as one from Sig Sauer.

From Sam W: How long before burglars and home invaders start using drone casing to their advantage?

Answer: This is already happening around the country with many news reports about criminals using drones to look into homes, or simply to see what someone has in their backyard. The thing is, most states don’t have laws protecting your privacy from drones, but I imagine this will change soon.

With that being said, if you see a drone in your backyard or looking into your house it’s a bad idea to try and catch or shoot the drone because this is most likely illegal. The best thing you can do is to get pictures of the drone, try to follow it until it lands, and call the police.

From Eli R: What martial arts do spies train in?

Answer: There is not one specific martial art that spies train in. It’s a combination of all types, using whatever is the best of the best from each one. In short, the only thing spies care about is what is the quickest and most effective way to stop a threat.

From Lou T: What is the most important advice you would give someone looking to get hired by the CIA?

Answer: Just worry about getting your Top Secret Security clearance first, with whatever agency you can (NSA, NGA, DIA, FBI, etc.) Once you get your TS clearance, then you can do a lateral transfer to the CIA.

So, don’t give up if you don’t immediately get hired by the CIA, apply to another agency where you can get your clearance.

From Cliff H: I was wondering if you had any idea how state’s like Maryland can actually prosecute law-biding citizens for exercising our 2nd amendment rights.

Answer: Unfortunately, liberal states such as Maryland, California, and New York to name a few, have passed state laws that make gun ownership more challenging. Carrying a handgun, whether openly or concealed, is illegal in Maryland, unless you have a permit.

Police may issue a permit to carry a handgun at their discretion. Basically, very few applicants are granted permits and approval typically requires the applicant to provide proof of an imminent threat to their life.

For example, an applicant would need to provide documentation of a recent assault, attempted kidnapping, carjacking, or home invasion. (Somehow these states are able to get away with trampling our rights.)

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