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I returned to working in an office building after being stuck at home for the last year. My work has informed us of new policies including that firearms aren’t allowed on the property. Can they do this? Or do I have a 2nd Amendment right to conceal carry?

-From Gerald T.

Answer: In the context of gun laws, most states allow business owners to enforce their own policy regarding the carrying of guns on business premises.

So, a business such as Wal-Mart is considered private property, therefore they have the right to ban people from carrying guns on their property.

Basically, its just like if your friend came to your house with a gun on his hip and you didn’t want him to bring it in, you have the right to tell him to leave since it’s your property.

Of course, if you’re carrying concealed, nobody should ever know you have a gun and they will never find out. Obviously, it’s your call what you want to do.


Because of the ammo and gun shortage I’m going to start reloading my own ammo. Do you reload ammo? Any tips?

-From Vinny P.

Answer: Honestly, I don’t reload my own ammo. I just don’t have the time or patience. Plus, I basically have a lifetime supply of ammo since I’ve been buying ammo steadily for years.

I do know people who reload ammo and are very good at it. On the other hand, I have a family member who spent countless hours reloading thousands of rounds, only to find out the powder was a little off and the ammo was unusable.

So, if you’re going to reload ammo, you need to know exactly what you’re doing.

There are many factors to deal with when you’re talking about bullet size and weight, types of powder and grains to load, the cartridge and number of times it’s been reloaded, primers, etc.

You can’t just watch a five-minute YouTube video about and think your ammo reloads will be top-notch. Reloading is a skill that takes time and study to get right.


My application for a federal firearms license was just approved. My question is, if I sell a gun online to someone in another state, how do I send the buyer the weapon?

-From Wayne H.

Answer: For the buyer to receive the firearm, you will need to find a local dealer with a federal firearms license.

Any reputable gun store in their area should be able to do this. Gun stores typically charge $25 to $50 for this service, and in some states the buyer will have to pay sales tax.

So, you will take the gun to your local UPS store or whatever and ship the gun to the person’s local FFL and they will pick it up there.


I want to teach my kids about firearm safety. I want to buy a BB or pellet gun to start with. Any recommendations?

-From Kerry W.

Answer: If you’re looking for something that is easy to shoot and with very little recoil, I would try a Ruger 10/22. This isn’t a pellet or BB gun but is a great rifle to learn with and I own several of them.

But, as far as pellet/BB guns, if you are looking for a handgun-type weapon, I would check out the Crosman SNR357, which is CO2 powered with a 12g cartridge in the grip.

If you prefer a rifle, I would check out the Bear River TRP 1200, which shoots .177 pellets up to 1300 fps, which is plenty of punch for an air rifle. The TRP has a Picatinny rail and a scope included, plus it also comes with fiber optic iron sights.


I have a well on my property that drops around 200 feet to a water source. It’s fine for watering the garden. Can I drink it without treating the water?

-From Liz K.

Answer: I would definitely filter the well water before drinking it because there could be contaminants in it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

As a private well owner you are responsible for the water quality. If you used municipal water the municipality would be responsible for treating the water.

When it comes to water filters, there are many different kinds such as whole home systems, pitcher filters, and survival type filters. Most whole home water filtration systems can treat well water to ensure its safe to drink.


I purchased a civilian Taser for safety. I have never been a gun person and feel the Taser is a better choice for me. My question is how do I know when I’m justified to use the Taser?

-From Linda B.

Answer: I’m not a lawyer, but I wouldn’t use the Taser unless your life was in danger.

Laws about the use of tasers is something that varies state-to-state, and even municipality-to-municipality in some places.

When it comes to less lethal options such as a Taser or pepper spray you are typically justified in using these in life-threatening circumstances.

In other words, I would treat the taser just like a gun – meaning, only use it if you are in fear for your life or serious bodily injury.

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