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I’m relocating to California for work. I know it’s not a gun friendly state. But I’ve heard conflicting information about getting a concealed weapons permit. Do you know if it’s possible?

-From Sherry H.

Answer: It’s very difficult to get a concealed carry permit in California (unless you’re a connected politician.)

California permits are issued by sheriff’s departments. One of the requirements is that there is “good cause” for issuance because you are in immediate danger.

The decision is up to the sheriff’s office and they usually don’t issue many permits… unless you happen to live in a county with a gun-friendly sheriff.


Part of my food storage includes items that don’t have a long shelf life. Any tips when storing these types of food?

-From Kate L.

Answer: If you decide to stock up on food with shorter shelf-life, the best thing to do is rotate the food out.

Let’s say you want to stock up on peanut butter, then you would rotate the peanut butter through your normal usage.

So, each time you need a new jar simply take one from food storage and then buy one at the store to replace the one you used from food storage.

Of course, if the grid goes down, you will eat these foods first and then move on to your foods that have a 25-year shelf life.


My patio door swings outwards. I feel like this makes it less secure. I don’t want to get a new door but do you have any ideas how to harden the door security?

-From Craig Z.

Answer: One of the weakest points of an outward opening door is that the door hinges are exposed so a criminal can access them.

However, I would look into installing door hinges that have a safety pin that cannot be accessed from the outside.

Another option is a product called the NightLock. This product will secure the door at the bottom of the door to the floor with a brace. However, this would require drilling into the floor and the door, which might be more work than you would like to do.


Jason, I made the ultimate mistake at work. I fell victim to an email scam that compromised my company’s entire internet network. How can I avoid this happening again in the future?

-From Teresa W.

Answer: Oftentimes, hackers will send you an email that appears from a reputable company.

For instance, let’s say you have a Visa credit card. The scammers will send an email that claims there is something wrong with your account and you need to follow their link for instructions.

What this really means is once you click on the link you are redirected to a website controlled by the hackers, where they will probably ask for more personal information or access your network.

Ideally, anytime you receive an email you should check the sender’s e-mail address and then pick up the phone and call the company directly to ask if there is something wrong with your account.

Do this with your work emails as well. If your boss sends you an email asking you to click on a strange link you should call your boss and confirm.

Yes, this is a huge pain in the butt, but basically trust nothing and pick up the phone and verify everything.


I really enjoy all the informative videos you share! I’ve noticed that you stay in shape. What workout regiment do you recommend for us who are older but want to stay fit?

-From James T.

Answer: I highly recommend the following: Pull ups, push-ups, squats, crunches and walk at least one mile a day.

Put simply, do a lot of bodyweight exercises and make sure you’re in “survival shape.”

You don’t have to look like the Hulk, but you need to be able to save yourself and others, if need be.


I don’t have a concealed weapons permit but my state has open carry. My question is, if I’m wearing an inside-the-waistband holster would it be considered open carry if you can see the butt of the gun?

-From Mark D.

Answer: The definition of open carry varies from state to state.

Some states specify that open carry occurs when the weapon is “partially visible,” while other jurisdictions require the weapon to be “fully visible” to be considered carried openly.

In addition, some states require that an openly carried firearm remain unloaded.

Personally, I would say it is open carry if the gun can be seen. But obviously, check your state law to see their exact definition.

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