there. I'm Joel Rosenberg, the man who quite literally wrote the book on carrying a handgun
in Minnesota. I tend to, well, get around a bit on issues around firearms,
training to carry such in Minnesota and elsewhere, and various other matters
around civil liberties.
I was on the NARN radio show with Mitch Berg again, the other day, and it occured to me, not for the first time, that a lot of this stuff is in different places, and it's not terribly well linked together.
Hence this page, which is a portal to various other places; click here to bookmark this page, if you'd like.
Yes, the picture at the immediate right, above is me, and yes, if you cover it from the upper lip down, I appear to have a distinct resemblance to Dennis Franz. The gun was a birthday gift from a bunch of friends on the Forum; I like it a lot.
To belabor the obvious: yes, I'm Jewish; yup, I own a gun. Maybe several; who knows? Also: yup, I do have a sense of humor, although I take the whole carry permit training and civil rights stuff very seriously.
Thanks for stopping by. You can click on any of the links, below. Every picture tells a st — err, has a link of some sort, related to the text. Click on the graphic, and you'll go to the obvious place. And there might just be some other stuff about.
You can email me at any of a number of email addresses, including , if you'd like.
Carry Permit Training
I teach the Twin Cities Carry Course and the Beginner To Carry Course. Some people call the permit you get a "Conceal and Carry" permit, but, well, we'll go into that in class. You can sign up for a class by clicking here or on either of the graphics, and filling in the registration form.
Or, if you'd prefer to do it over the phone, you can call me at 612.501.8229.
In addition to the five-year carry permits, Minnesota law allows any sheriff to issue a one-time, 30-day emergency permit to anybody who the sheriff decides has an urgent personal safety need — a stalker, say, or an abusive spouse. That gives somebody in that situation thirty days to arrange for and take a carry class, and get a normal, five-year permit. Like many instructors, I'll arrange for anybody with an emergency permit to take my class at no charge, although I think I may have been the first to make that offer — more details here.
"the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act," lets retired
cops with enough years in continue to "carry
on the badge" even after they've pulled the pin . . . if
they take a class, once per year, from a qualified instructor. I'm not
now and never have been a cop (not that there's anything wrong
with that, mind . . .) but I am a qualified instructor.
I do an annual class for the retired folks from one local department in late summer; LEOs retired from other agencies can attend, with advance permission. It's also possible to do HR218 qualification as part of TCCarry with or without prearrangement. For more details, feel free to call or .
Twin Cities Carry Forum
is a place to discuss issues and news around firearms training and
advocacy in and around Minnesota.
There are those who say it's the place, and I wouldn't be so impolite as to disagree.
With more than 1200 participants, including some of the activists who helped bring carry permit reform to the state of Minnesota, there are few better places to find informed opinion and information, or to get involved in activism around carry permit and self-defense issues.
Participation in the Forum is free, but requires registration.
Recent forum topics:
While a lot of what appears there,
these days, is my daily twitter feed, you can find essays about issues
around firearms, civil rights, and governmental corruption and
incompetence (sorry, Sheriff, Commissioner
. . . but not very) at my LiveJournal.
You can search the LiveJournal by clicking here, and substituting your choice of search term
for the sample; your query will open in a new window.
Oh: if you're looking for the podcast of the May 5/23/2009 NARN show with Mitch, it's right here. I'm on at 16:30, but the whole thing is worth listening to.
run it. You can sign up here, if you'd like. If
you don't, don't complain to me if you don't hear in advance the next
time that there's something urgent to do up at the legislature around
your rights involving self-defense in Minnesota.
You won't get any spam from me, and if for some reason you want to remove yourself from the list, you can do it with a mouse-click.
We have a lot of fun.
can follow me on
Twitter, if you like. I'm @joelrosenberg, strangely enough. Twitter
can be anything from dull to fascinating. Depends on whose short
messages you watch. Me, I "follow" interesting people, by and large,
and try to keep up. On a good day, I do.
You can search the my twitter feed by clicking here, and substituting your choice of search term
for the sample; your query will open in a new window.
addition to the above, I blog, from time to time, at Windypundit and TrueNorth, with a very rare,
occasional guest spot (I think I'm up to twice, but I'm kind of proud
of being included, so I'll brag, just a little) at Scott Greenfield's
superb legal blog, Simple
Justice, where I'm a frequent commentator, usually commenting as "Jdog".
I'm particularly interested in issues around bureaucratic arrogance and corruption, and find some connections between the two. Then again, who doesn't?
Recent WindyPundit posts:
is, as far as I know, no firearms instructor in Minnesota named
"Coconut Charlie Williams." But
there is a parody site for Bad Instructor Stuff, of which I'm the proud
author — some of the jokes are definitely "inside baseball"
stuff, but I think it's all pretty funny, and mostly accessible.
|I have, upon rare occasion, been involved in real live news stories.
Sometimes, like the time I displayed my utter lack of fashion sense for
the convenience of the nice folks at the AP, it's been fun.
Other times it hasn't been all that much fun.
When I am, you can find those here.
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