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From Ed G: What happens if a “ghost” firearm is used to defend your home? Is a person dangling in the wind as far as legality and/or prosecution?

Answer: A ghost gun is a firearm without serial numbers and by building the gun themselves, owners may legally bypass background checks and registration laws.

In the U.S. you are allowed to own ghost guns, but a license is required if you are going to sell or give away the guns to anyone. With that being said, when it comes to using a ghost gun for home defense, this is perfectly legal as long as you are the one who built the gun.

From Judith D: Which is better; purchase a brand new firearm or a used one from a pawnshop?

Answer: A new gun is always going to be more expensive, but a new gun is also going to be the safer option. When you buy a used gun, you never know if there are any issues with the gun or even how its been cared for by the previous owner.

When I buy used guns, I usually buy them from guys I trust and I take them to the range and shoot them.

From Troy R: Hey Jason is there a product you recommend for sharpening your knives?

Answer: If you own expensive knives, I recommend doing an Internet search for local knife makers. They’re all over the U.S. and will be able to take care of expensive knives the way they should be treated. (Do not go to some large retail store to get this done.)

In addition, I would check out the Lansky brand of knife sharpeners. These are inexpensive sharpeners that are great to throw in a bug out bag to use on less costly knives.

From Marty Y: Aren’t there risks to getting hacked with having a camera that you can see from your phone (ex the Ring doorbell)?

Answer: These days, any electronic device that connects to the internet can be susceptible to hacking. Personally, I’m not a fan of having security cameras inside your home since the last thing you want is some weirdo watching your family.

On the other hand, I have security cameras covering every inch of the outside of my home in case someone comes by to do something bad. (My large cameras that are all around my house are not connected to the Internet, they are hard-wired.)

From Ian H: With all the different types of available lights and varying methods of attaching them to shotguns, which do you prefer when it comes to nighttime home defense?

Answer: If you use a shotgun for home defense, consider a light attachment made by Surefire. (This is what I have on my Remington 870.) Just do a search for Shotgun Forend Surefire and you will see plenty of good choices.

From Dave D: Is it a good idea to save all your passwords to your web browser? And if a website says, “Remember me?” is it safe to click “yes?” I can’t remember them all!

Answer: You never want to save your important passwords in the browser for two main reasons. First, this means your browser has a data log of your entire login information and if it were hacked, a criminal would easily have this access.

Second, the physical security risk of your computer being stolen means that a thief would have access to all your accounts and information in a heartbeat.

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