Virginia Governor agrees with being able to carry concealed in restaurants

In an interview with WTOP radio yesterday, Virginia’s Governor, Bob McDonnell stated that he agrees with a bill which would allow permit holders to carry concealed in restaurants where alcohol is served.

This will come as welcome news to the area’s Personal Protection Specialists who have long had to lock their firearms in their vehicle before accompanying clients into restaurants.

It will still be illegal to consume alcohol while carrying concealed and rightfully so. Protestors of the bill will most likely claim that this will be a dangerous move and will mean more people will carry their firearms into restaurants and bars.

The fact of the matter is, there are those who are already breaking the law – such as Plaxico Burress. They are probably the same ones who would carry concealed and consume alcohol. That will be the responsibility of law enforcement officers to detect and prosecute them.

This law will benefit the responsible law abiding segment of the population, such as those of us who need to use firearms in connection with our livelihoods. It will also aid those who are legally entitled to carry a concealed weapon and due to particular circumstances, have a legitimate need to protect themselves.

Is Gilbert Arenas prepared for life as a convicted felon?

Whether or not Gilbert Arenas, former Washington Wizzard basketball star, is prepared for life as a convicted felon, that is what he faces after pleading guilty to felony gun possession in D.C. court today.

Arenas was lucky to get away with only one felony count. Apparently, the bag which he carried into the Verizon Center on December 21, had contained five illegal pistols. He could have been charged with five individual felonies.

Eventhough his lawyers and the prosecutor agreed in a plea deal to seek a maximum 6 month jail term, the judge today advised the court that he was under no obligation to honor their agreement. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin told the court that when sentencing takes place on March 26, Arenas could receive anything from probabtion to the maximum 5 years.

It is unlikley that many who have been following this story would agree with Arenas getting probabtion and not serving time. Whether Arenas is arrogant or just plain stupid, he showed no signs of remorse for his actions and actually acted in a bragging fashion. His “finger pistol” actions at a subsequent game was just one of a number he had been rehearsing.

WTOP radio today reported that Arenas had prepared at another game to stage a fake “duel”, where he and another player would line up back-to-back and after walking ten paces away from each other, would spin around and shoot as if they had guns. He was suspended indefinitely by the NBA in the weeks following the gun incident.

There was no smiling or idiotic hand gestures from him today. Maybe a few months or years in lock-up will help him mature. Maybe he and Plaxico Burress can become pen pals. After all, they do have the “gun thing” in common.

Washington Wizzards players pull guns on each other over gambling debt

As I listened to the report on WTOP radio this morning, I couldn’t understand how such stupidity is allowed to continue in professional Sports. “Continue”, since this problem keeps rearing up its ugly head.

To clarify, for those who are reading the blog outside of the United States, I have to add; professional sports in the U.S.A. What is the fixation that NBA and NFL sports stars have with guns? Gentlemen, this is not the Wild West and we are not in the early 1800′s.

The Huffington Post reports that Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton of the Washington Wizzards drew guns on each other over a gambling debt owed by Arenas. Whilst Arenas appears to be the one making the headlines, Crittenton seems to be no less accountable as he must have had a gun on his person or within easy reach of his locker to be able to respond in kind.

In the same report, Arenas seems to be treating the whole thing as a bit of a joke. Maybe Plaxico Burress did too, but that was before he was locked away in a jail cell for two years. Washington D.C. is anything but a gun-friendly type of town. Possession of a firearm is a felony charge and each bullet carries a separate felony charge.

He (and the NBA) make it sound like it is all just a “misunderstanding”, since he claims to have taken the guns to work in order to turn them over to the Police. Oh, by the way, they weren’t loaded. I wonder if the gun he got into trouble with in California back in 2003 wasn’t loaded either?

Mark Heisler who writes for the Chicago Tribune Sports sums it up well when he says that these young stars who reach dizzying heights just don’t have the common sense it takes to remain grounded.

Its a shame that their associations aren’t willing to do more for them. There are so many alternatives to carrying an illegal firearm in order to protect yourself, especially when you are earning $111 million dollars.

Then again, maybe a few years of mandatory jail time will help them wake up and smell the coffee….jailhouse coffee….they may even be brewing it themselves.

Plaxico Burress Goes to Jail

In USA Today’s “The Huddle”, Sean Leahy writes about Plaxico Burress pleading guilty and receiving a 2 year jail term today.

Readers may recall that Burress shot himself accidentally in a Manhattan night club earlier this year.

I was talking to Washington Redskin, Chris Horton, about the Burress case today at the Quarterback Club. Ric “Doc” Walker was jokingly singling out some of the Redskins who may need Executive Protection as they had previously played for other NFL teams.

As I was explaining to Chris, your personal safety and safeguarding your livelihood and future is a serious matter. Plaxico sure won’t be living the high life sitting in a jail cell or being given a jail job making $0.47 an hour in the laundry room.

The saddest part about the unfortunate incident is that it could have easily been avoided altogether. If an NFL or NBA or NHL star feels that their life is being threatened to the point where carrying a firearm is necessary – then hire a professional security firm who will provide a Licensed Personal Protection Agent.

Not only are they licensed to carry a firearm – they are TRAINED. They will not shoot themselves or the client in the feet like Plaxico. If they have to fire their weapon (extremely rare for this to ever happen), then they will be the ones making the report and answering the questions.

Think Liability. Someone who carries a gun illegally is breaking the law and if caught, will be treated as a criminal. Plaxico’s attorney complained that his client was treated more harshly because he was a celebrity.

Guess what? That’s all the more reason to hire a professional Protector. Make sure that everything is above board and being a celebrity will not be a problem.

These guys need to invest in their personal security. What more important investment is out there?

50% of NFL players might own guns, but how many are carrying them around?

It was interesting to read this article by the Houston Chronicle, which began with the recent Plaxico Burress case.

Fortunately, it would seem that most people realize that Burress’ idiotic act is not something that can be condoned. Hopefully Mr. Burress is not expecting any sympathy for his stupidity. There’s not really any other way to call an act that involved; a)being stupid enough to shoot himself, b)carrying a gun into a bar and c)carrying a gun in the FIRST PLACE in one of the most restricted cities in the U.S.A. for gun possession.

Fortunately for the vistors to that establishment, no innocent bystander was shot. The article talks about NFL players being targets of opportunity because of their fame and wealth and the fact that some have been held at gunpoint in their homes.

That is no reason to break the law. Many of the professional athletes quoted in the article appear to favor being armed. My question to them is why? I would ask the same thing from the owner of the Texans, Bob McNair who states that while his team discourages players from carrying guns, they do provide players with instructions should they chose to do so.

I hope Mr. McNair’s strange policy works for him but I think he is leaving himself wide open for future legal action sould one of his players accidently shoot or kill an innocent person because “they had been provided with instruction” and thereby given the green light by the team itself.

Folks, it’s called; “Hiring Security”. It is understandable if you feel threatened. It is understandable that you are a target. It is fortunate that when you earn tens of millions of dollars, you can afford to hire a professional to keep you safe. A professional who does this for a living and will not embarrass you on the evening news for shooting themselves.

The very fact that Plaxico Burress did what he did shows that he should never have had a gun – even if it had been legal for him to do so. I wonder what “instruction” he had received regarding it’s use?

My message to the NFL and all professional athletes is simple; “Don’t be a Plaxico”. Just like when you want to fly from California to Washington D.C., you allow a professional pilot take you there. Just because you may own your own plane, does not qualify you to fly it.

You guys carry the ball and we’ll carry the guns. It’s safer and more entertaining that way.