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Expungement of Convictions, Gun Rights & Criminal Defense in Spokane, Washington

Restoration of Gun Rights.

As a Spokane Criminal Defense attorney, Mark Knapp often gets calls regarding restoration of gun rights, expungement and the right to possess firearms under Washington state law. In Washington state, expungement does not restore the right to possess firearms. A Petition to Restore the Right to Possess Firearms is the procedure that is required pursuant to RCW 9.41.040.

Washington State Firearms Attorney.

We have been focused on gun rights for the last fifteen years with over 30 years of practicing law, we know how to navigate the many pitfalls and potential problems that arise in the process of restoring gun rights. Although some situations seem simple, it is best to have an attorney handling your case that focuses on firearms issues and restoration of gun rights. Continue reading “Expungement of Convictions, Gun Rights & Criminal Defense in Spokane, Washington”

Make Straight the Highway

Jesus proclaimed that John the Baptist was the greatest Prophet:

“Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force (lay claim to it).”

Matthew 11:10

Isaiah prophesied concerning John:

“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

 Isaiah 40:3

There is an ancient highway that still runs from Egypt to Syria and modern day Iraq, the former seat of the Babylonian Empire. The highway has always been strategic because any governmental power seeking dominion over those regions needs the access the highway provides for armies to travel through Israel.

The power of government to move armies also requires the power to maintain roads through the desert. Travel through the regions referenced in the Old and New Testaments depended on straight paths that were made crooked by shifting sand and mountainous terrain. Thus, it took many laborers to carve out the roads and keep them clear. Today the Palestinian controlled enclave of Gaza blocks travel from Israel to Egypt.

So what is the highway of our God? Does God need hydraulic equipment, dynamite and bull dozers to make straight His highway in the desert? The fact that John the Baptist was announcing the Kingdom of Heaven speaks of dominion, governmental rule and Righteousness.

In the present dispensation which God has ordained to suppress evil-doers and administer justice, He makes the path straight by laws.

The power God gives to sovereign governments to enact laws is called Magistrate power, also known in American law as the Police Power. This is the power to execute orders that issue from the Judicial, Executive and Legislative branches of the government. Such governmental power is based on authority backed by prisons, armament, the power of arrest and the ability to seize property.

Ecclesia. The Church is also intended to function as a government. Christ’s servants are representatives of the Kingdom of Heaven intended to execute God’s decrees on the Earth. Nevertheless, in this present time and place, the ecclesia does not possess the coercive power, nor does the Body of Christ exercise magistracy under the United States Constitution. Nevertheless, American Believers are the people that adhere to the Constitution more tenaciously than any other demographic group.

Evangelicals are defined here as those who believe in interpreting the Bible as the authors intended for it to be understood. The Greek word ecclesia refers to a political assembly of citizens of ancient Greek states. Greek citizens were called out— or summonsed—to periodic meetings for the purpose of conducting public business and to consider laws & decrees proposed by the council. The Koinia (i.e., common Greek) word translated as church in most versions of the Bible is ecclesia.

Our use of the Greek term “ecclesia” as used herein is to emphasize the call to exercise administrative and governmental authority. It is important to clarify, however, that the submission to Ecclesia authority is voluntary and not by means of coercive force. The only force available to the ecclesia in the U.S. is moral persuasion.

Many Believers are convinced that we are standing on the verge of a Great Awakening like the one that swept across America in the early 1700s. George Whitefield spoke to large crowds in frontier towns where he lifted up his voice to the mountains. Ben Franklin tells in his autobiography how he witnessed hundreds of thousands of men and women weeping in repentance at the booming sound of Whitefield’s voice. His exhortations to repentance carried over long distances in open air revival meetings.

These meetings ignited Holy Fire and Whitefield’s message was carried to many nations and even across oceans. In England many legal reforms resulted in softened conditions for the poor and brought mercy to those accused of petty crimes. Prior to the 1700s, a starving child who stole a loaf of bread would be hung. At the same time many Believers in England championed the cause of their fellow English citizens in the American colonies who were demanding their right to be treated equally under English law the same as other English citizens. The Revolutionary War was to a large extent ignited by the same moral fervor that caused hardened frontiersmen to turn away from drunkenness and stop beating their wives after giving their lives to Christ under the sound of Whitefield’s booming voice preaching repentance in a cow pasture or a town square.

In England, William Wilberforce, and later in the U.S., the American Abolitionist Movement, turned the world upside down to abolish slavery. The Anti-Slavery movements were rooted in the violent exertion and fervor that Believers brought to bear on public life in the aftermath of the Great Awakening. The Holy Spirit Fire continued to burn with one revival after another for many years.

“…and from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force (lay claim to it).”

When Jesus commanded “Suffer little children to come unto me” everyone knows He meant that his disciples should allow children to approach Him. So what did He mean when he said, “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence?”

In Luke 16:16, Jesus seems to be saying much the same thing—that the Kingdom permits violence. But Luke’s rendition states, “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.”

This violent pressing in is not an encouragement to armed insurrection. It is more like Jesus praying with such great exertion that he perspired blood in the Garden of Gethsemane. Or Whitefield shouting out the Gospel message of turning away from Hell by accepting the work of the Cross. The word Koinia Greek word translated as “violence” means pressing in with great force or desperate exertion. God’s Spirit exhorts men & women to press in forcefully! He wants us to make a highway so our neighbors and children and future generations of our children’s children can press in without being confused or hindered about the pathway to Righteousness.

This is how we, as Believers, can make straight the path in our present wilderness. Proclaim Righteousness, lift up the name of Jesus Christ as our covering of Righteousness. And pray for good government.

Intercede for magistrates to keep their oaths, uphold the Constitution and pray fervently for lawmakers to make laws that clearly follow the ancient pathways enunciated by Holy Scripture and mapped out in the Constitution. God has provided moral precepts, that cannot save us from Hell, but express attributes of His Eternal Order & Justice.

By fashioning the laws of the land on such Scriptural precepts, we see why protecting life & human dignity should be a priority for lawmakers & law enforcement. The reason certain rights are unalienable is because all men & women are imprinted with the image of God that He stamps on each individual even before we were conceived. By enshrining such concepts in our institutions, including governmental policies, we make the path straight for those who come after us.

Let’s press into the Kingdom with great exertion. We are in a period of time like the early 1700s when anything can happen. The world is in great distress. Believers hold the key to governmental authority especially when things seem hopeless. We are an army clothed in moral authority if we exercise the weapons of our warfare and make straight the Highway.

Highways start as pathways and then get wider and more well traveled over generations if they are maintained.

How Then Should We Pray?

In 2016, a group of Democrats—Democrats who claim to support the cause of religious freedom within the United States government and around the world—established a Secular Caucus at the Texas Democratic Convention. As a result of their advocacy, the Texas Democratic Party incorporated three resolutions dealing with religious freedom issues in 2016. Democrats in other states followed suit.

During the last four years, the Trump Administration made amazing progress in promoting religious freedom. The Secular Democrats of America object to such an agenda and recommend reversing most of what has been in place going back to many years before President Trump took office.

In 2019, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) included the nonreligious community in their policy discussions. The DNC recognized that Atheists and people of no faith had previously been left “without a seat at the table.” So they enacted Resolution 38 and elected a representative of the secular community to the DNC Interfaith Council.

The Secular Democrats of America PAC (SDA) has now published a detailed set of recommendations that seem to spell out the directions the Biden Administration is likely to take in several judicial, legislative and administrative arenas.

The fact that a group of “secular Democrats” is recommending a certain agenda may not seem like cause for alarm. Many of the items on their agenda seem somewhat innocuous at first glance.

Nevertheless, the fact that the DNC has resolved to embrace a secular agenda raises the issue of how implementation of new laws, legal precedent and administrative policies will impact various faith communities. Evangelical communities sat at the table with the President and his advisors for the last four years largely due to the unprecedented attacks on faith that occurred during the previous Obama-Biden Administration.

The Preamble of a report entitled Restoring Constitutional Secularism and Patriotic Pluralism in the White House urges the Biden-Harris Administration not to underestimate the institutional strength of what the SDA refers to interchangeably in their recommendations as the “Christian nationalist movement” or the “religious right.” The claim is that a pro-American agenda is a cover for White Supremacy.

The idea of your local church being accused of White Christian Nationalism may seem surprising. Despite the initial perception that these allegations may seem like a radical notion, most Evangelical Christians are completely unaware of the vast amount of work that apparently mainstream journalists and operatives from the religious Left have devoted to researching various strains of theology embraced by many Evangelicals and Charismatics.

Many of us, for example, embrace the idea that we should endeavor to bring the Gospel to bear in every area of life. This is loosely referred to as Dominion theology. Charismatics may have been introduced to a version of such theology in references to the Seven Mountains which are cultural spheres like Education, Entertainment and Government. Also known as the Cultural Mandate.

The concepts expressed within various strains of Dominion theology are usually not recognized by the “Dominionist” label in Charismatic, Evangelical or Calvinist bodies of Believers (it is often called Neo-Calvinism— due to Abraham Kuyper’s influence. Abraham Kuijper, publicly known as Abraham Kuyper, was Prime Minister of the Netherlands between 1901 and 1905. He was an influential neo-Calvinist theologian and also a journalist.

Instead the news media and the Left are busy defining this terminology in a way that attacks our motives and makes it look like we are conspiring to subvert the U.S. Constitution and replace Constitutional government with so-called white nationalist Evangelicalism!

Advancing the Gospel hardly sounds like a white supremacy doctrine. But the SDA and the Democrat-Socialist base should be expected to influence much of the incoming Administration’s policy. The activists on the Left  are armed with in-depth scholarship that is very convincing to anyone not extremely well-versed in theological issues.

These journalists, scholars and Ivory Tower theologians referenced above pick up ammunition from the theological battlefields and warfare waged between Jewish Believers, Charismatic & Full Gospel Believers, Catholics, Calvinists and those who take a more Fundamentalist view of the Scripture. But the enemies of faith will tar us all with the same brush if we don’t start to unify around the teaching of the Prophets and Apostles set forth in the Old and New Testaments. The secular humanist ideologues don’t care about the distinctions between varieties of Dispensational doctrine, Amillenialism, or Post-Tribulation Triumphalism. Much of the Modernist theological agenda provides a semantic camouflage screening a Leftist-Socialistic world view. There will be no shortage of church leaders supporting the SDA proposals.

The plain fact is that all laws are promulgated as a result of someone’s sense of public morality which develops out of views about the ultimate meaning of life or, alternatively, the belief that existence is without purpose or meaning. Americans—and especially Believers who recognize how the United States is endowed with a special national destiny (Nationalists)—need to wake up and realize the nature of the public morality that is now at hand:

“The constant entanglement of religion and government—promoted by the religious right and intensified by the Trump administration—sweeps far beyond hot-button “culture war” issues like abortion and contraception. It permeates every aspect of government policy— healthcare, public and private education, foreign policy, tax policy, environmental policy, military policy, and more, all of which will be addressed in this document.

Legal Landscape. The Strict Constructionist Supreme Court has pushed back at activist judicial precedents and the Democrats justifiably fear that Roe vs Wade may soon be reversed. Decisions in the Trinity Lutheran and Espinoza cases have allegedly opened the door to government money being spent for religious purposes. President Biden will nominate federal judges who will push in a direction that limits funding that helps religious schools. Implementing such decisions means that so-called public servants will draft regulations, policies and procedures anticipating, interpreting and avoiding liability in view of what the courts may do as a result of any administrative funding choices.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was enacted to provide religious exemptions for faith-based organizations that have employment practices based on legitimately held religious beliefs. The SDA advocates that the RFRA violates the First Amendment, presumably because the RFRA allegedly grants special privileges to faith-based establishments. Employment Div. v. Smith held that there is no First Amendment right to religious exemptions from laws of general applicability.

The RFRA was invalidated as applied to the states by the Supreme Court. See City of Boerne v. Flores. But it was allowed with respect to the federal government and decisions like Hobby Lobby allegedly treat RFRA as a “superstatute,” granting “near constitutional status” by endowing private for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby with religious rights.

Government Funding.The SDA recommends utilizing all bureaucratic mechanisms to ensure that the Department of Education does not funnel taxpayer dollars to private schools. Private schools receiving any taxpayer funding should be held to the same nondiscrimination and accommodation requirements of public schools. This includes subjecting employment practices to laws promoting un-Scriptural lifestyles, behavior and beliefs that conflict with the mission of Christian churches, schools, charities and businesses.

Religious schools. Church schools and other private schools would be expected to meet curriculum standards for secular subjects, including science, sex education programs and history. Thus, no religious institution would be able to benefit directly or indirectly from any government funding unless the school complies with federal criteria promulgated by unelected bureaucrats who would dictate curriculum and subject matter. The definitions of indirect benefits are always subject to interpretation by various levels of local, state and federal bureaucrats.

Federal Contractors. SDA advocates that the Biden Administration reverse all executive orders, rules, memoranda, and other actions that exempt faith-based organizations contracting with the federal government from nondiscrimination requirements that apply to secular organizations, including employment discrimination.

DOJ Religious Liberty Task Force. Dismantle the Department of Justice Religious Liberty Task Force. Dismantle the HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. Repeal Executive Order 13798, Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty and reverse its implementation across various executive agencies.

DOJ Memorandum. Rescind and replace the Department of Justice Memorandum, Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty.

Science-based programs? The SDA wants Biden-Harris administration to disincentivize state funding for programs that are not “evidence-based” and which supposedly cause harm by spreading misinformation, such as crisis pregnancy centers and abstinence-only education programs. The claim is that such programs are an ineffective use of taxpayer dollars and they cause demonstrable harm to vulnerable communities.

●          Vaccinations. Work with Congress to incentivize states to increase their vaccination rates by repealing all nonmedical exemptions to mandatory vaccination for children in schools and day care centers.

●          Adoption Services. The recommendations are for the Biden Administration and Congress to reverse Trump administration policies that have allowed faith-based government-funded contractors to provide adoption and foster care services to discriminate on the basis of religion. If Congress passes the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, Christian adoption agencies would be constrained to place children into “families” that hold to lifestyles that are offensive to faith-based organizations that are Biblically oriented.

●          Medically-accurate sex education. Fully and robustly fund comprehensive, “medically-accurate” sex education.

●          DHS/FEMA. The SDA seeks to reverse DHS/FEMA policies enacted under President Trump that allow disaster relief to be used to directly fund houses of worship for sectarian purposes, including public funds for disaster related facility repair, if those funds are not made available for all private nonprofits—the federal government should not grant privileges to houses of worship suffering from natural disasters that are not available to secular non-profits and institutions that equally suffer from these tragedies.

Paycheck Protection Program. In past administrations, Small Business Administration policy held that “businesses principally engaged in teaching, instructing, counseling or indoctrinating religion or religious beliefs, whether in a religious or secular setting” were not eligible for receiving business or economic disaster loans. As a result of Trump Administration policies, millions of federal dollars from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have allegedly funded explicitly religious activities, including paying clergy salaries, rent, and utilities.

●        Stem Cell Research. SDA and most Democrat leaders seek to reverse restrictions on federally funded fetal-tissue and stem cell research.

Constitutional Secularism.  Biden is urged to appoint an Attorney General who will reverse the Trump Administration’s  Memorandum on Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty. The Memorandum would be replaced with a policy pursuant to which all executive agencies will ” interpret religious freedom in such a way that protects the separation of religion and government, prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion, and prohibits government funding of explicitly religious activities.”

●        Presidential Proclamation 9645. SDA would seek to rescind “Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats,” also known as the Muslim Ban, which restricted travel to the United States by individuals from Muslim majority counties.

●        Immigration. Work with Congress to pass H.R.2214/S.1123, the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act, or NO BAN Act.

●         IRS Restrictions on Free Speech. The Trump administration instructed the Internal Revenue Service not to enforce the Johnson Amendment which threatens the 501 (c)(3)  status of churches that speak in favor of candidates. The SDA wants the new administration to crack down on nonprofits operating as businesses, including mega-churches; and work with Congress to pass legislation that would strengthen enforcement of the Johnson Amendment and increase transparency among nonprofits by requiring all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to file the Form 990, including houses of worship.

●           Do No Harm Act. The Do No Harm Act would  reverse RFRA, thereby requiring employers to disregard matters of conscience and religious conviction. The legal requirement for people of faith to maintain workplaces with hiring practices, codes of conduct and benefit packages that are identical to those of non-religious employers, violates the free expression of religion under the First Amendment and violates 14th Amendment interest in religious liberty.

●            Shifting Rhetoric to Target White Nationalism. The SDA claims that the rise of “white Christian nationalism” is a national security threat. The recommendation is for the Biden Administration to encourage the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice to dedicate resources to deradicalization programs aimed at hate groups, including, but not limited to, white nationalists and shift rhetoric to label violent white nationalist extremists as terrorists

Ecclesia. The ecclesia needs to wake up and realize the nature of the public morality that is now at hand. So why do we call the Church the Ecclesia? According to Merriam-Webster the Greek word refers to a political assembly of citizens of ancient Greek states. The Greek citizens were called out or summonsed to periodic meetings of citizens to conduct public business and consider affairs proposed by the council. The koinia (common Greek) term is translated as church in most versions of the Bible.

The use of the Greek term “ecclesia” emphasizes the call to exercise administrative and governmental authority. It is important to clarify, however, that the submission to Ecclesia authority is voluntary and not by means of coercive force. The only force available to the ecclesia in the U.S. is moral persuasion.

The distinction between the word church and ecclesia is important to draw attention to the fact that we are not talking about denominations or religious organizations in the sense of brick & mortar religious institutions but the Body of Christ at large.

U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is based on the assumption that Believers will  seek to influence the laws of the land in a direction that provides for good order within the boundaries set forth in the Constitution. Non-Christians, including those with no faith, are therefore protected in their adherence to what they believe.

All Americans’ religious and secular practices, on the other hand, are subject to the laws of the land, provided that those laws do not infringe on rights of life, liberty and property. These concepts are important because the SDA alleges that non-theistic minorities have been stigmatized and scape-goated by the religious right supposedly claiming that nonbelievers believe in no public morality.

White Nationalism. The allegation that white Evangelicals are seeking to impose a Theocratic dictatorship is a false play on words. Exactly the opposite is true. Conflating Evangelical & Charismatic followers of Christ with “White Nationalism” is a dangerous and deceptive semantic trick. On the one hand, most of those who support an agenda that seeks to maintain America’s greatness as a sovereign nation under God, support aspects of President Trump’s Nationalist agenda.

White Evangelicals & Nationalism. Much to the surprise of the news media. the recent election revealed the fact that many Black and other minorities voted for Trump. Evangelical Christians who are White are still his biggest supporters. But calling us white Christian Nationalists conflates the Left’s accusations of Trump’s alleged racism with false allegations that white Evangelicals want to create a “Dominionist” theocracy that discriminates against racial and religious minorities.

Conclusion. The only constituencies that seek to run roughshod over Constitutional protections for minorities are White Supremacists and the Socialists. Socialism, by definition, does not recognize clear boundaries between public & private interests such as the 14th Amendment protections for freedom of speech, property rights and other Constitutionally protected interests. You might say that the Left is seeking to take dominion over the ecclesia and everyone else in America, In fact the SDA recommends removing “In God We Trust” (allegedly a product of McCarthyism and Cold War paranoia) and replacing this phrase with E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one), which they think is the more appropriate motto for the U.S.

 CASTING DOWN STRONGHOLDS.

What is the strategy of the wise for laying siege to the Gates of Hell?

The following Scriptures and commentary will shed light on how we should resist efforts to diminish U.S. sovereignty. The Climate Change agenda is also an important part of the Secular Democrats’ recommendations because the SDA argues that white Nationalist Christians are opposed to science which supposedly endorses abortion, sex education, international treaties to reduce global carbon emissions and the medical science behind mandatory vaccinations and the locking down of the U.S. economy. The following Scriptures suggest the outlines of a strategy to deal with all of the above:

A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and casts down the trusted stronghold.

Proverbs 21:22

Comment: The stronghold is the political-media complex that is rooted in the secular academic world and the network of Tax-Exempt foundations that fund, promote and advance the so-called secular agenda. The fact that laying siege to such a fortified vantage point calls for a wise man or woman, indicates that strategy is needed.

They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

Proverbs 28:4.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (expose) them.

Ephesians 5:11

Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

Acts 4:25,26

The Kings of the Earth.
(See also Acts 4:23-31)
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Psalm 2

Does your church have a Safety Team?

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If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Psalm 24:10

Safety Team? Mark S. Knapp is a Spokane area attorney licensed in Washington state and ready to advise you on legal and practical aspects of church security issues. Mr. Knapp has been practicing law for 31 years. We started advising clients on firearms related issues in 2001 and incorporated as the Law Office of Mark Knapp PLLC several years ago.

We advise people and regarding firearms, gun rights, self defense, and criminal defense issues all over Washington state. Many employment related issues also involve firearms and gun rights. We were in Federal Way for 25 years. We have now been located in the Spokane, Washington area for the last 6 years.

The legal issues confronting churches today require a great deal of careful consideration. Church Boards & Deacons must consider liabilities for how parents pick up their child from the nursery and Sunday School, outside church activities and careful scrutiny and observation of every adult that has access to children under the care of your church ministries.

You have to make choices as to who will be on your Safety Team, how to train the Team and who will carry concealed. How much should the Church Board get involved in creating policies for the team, choosing the leaders and funding Team activities?

Most of these discussions will create some kind of a paper trail that is discoverable if litigation results from an accident.

If injuries result from stray rounds discharged by church safety team members defending the lives of the pastor or church goers, criminal activities and medical emergencies, there is a potential litigation will ensue . That means lawyers and other experts second guessing every decision you and your teams make. Not making a decision can also constitute errors that may or may not be covered by Errors and Omissions insurance policies or other liability coverage.

Even if insurance could cover every conceivable liability, there is a moral obligation to protect church members and staff. The Law Office of Mark Knapp PLLC can review insurance policies,  prepare written legal documents such as disclaimers, review contracts and help draft policy statements. We can also present Seminars on the laws in Washington state pertaining to use of force at your church and outside activities related to church ministry.

Mr. Knapp has taught seminars on the Use of Deadly Force in Washington, Washington Firearms Law and personal protection in the home, outside the home and for churches and schools.

Action Training Group Promotes Self-Defense Training

Why did so many people decide that purchasing a gun is the best response to the lock downs? Is it the realization that a pandemic can trigger economic collapse? One thing is for sure. Many of those who broke all previous records by purchasing so many guns and so much ammunition are new gun owners. Even long time gun owners with a great deal of experience should consider regular training in order to prepare for the possibility of using a firearm in self-defense. Despite the perception that showing the predators your handgun will scare them off, many violent criminals are well-trained and are not intimidated by armed citizens.

So is there a low-cost way to train more aggressively and then maintain your skills after you increase your skills with a handgun?

The Action Training Group is a nonprofit association of armed citizens who support each other in organizing opportunities to shoot safely. We draw from the holster and design drills that increase concealed carry confidence and improve shooting skills regardless of your level of proficiency.

Mark Knapp, a Washington state firearms lawyer, believes strongly in our Constitutional right to bear arms. He is the Founder of the Action Training Group. He recently sent the following message to ATG members and friends of the self-defense group:

The Action Training Group

Church safety has become a huge issue across the United States. Many training programs and support operations have sprung up offering training and information for security teams.  The development of armed church safety teams and the relatively new industry  that has grown up to equip and train church teams is part of a massive move toward professional firearms training for gun owners that offers everything from rudimentary gun safety classes up to intensive tactical sessions for armed citizens which are also attended by SWAT teams.

In the Spokane area and North Idaho, we created Action Training Group, Inc. The ATG is an all-volunteer Idaho nonprofit corporation that has been hosting shoot-on-the-move Action Shooting events at the Fernan Gun Rod & Gun Club’s range near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We were previously hosting events at the Sharp Shooting Indoor Range in Spokane and the Spokane Valley Rifle & Pistol Club near Mica, Washington. Our live-fire Action Shooting and educational events provide a forum for armed citizens and members of church safety teams to exchange information and train together.

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Idaho: Attracting Gun and Knife Manufacturers

The State of Idaho has been continuing to attract firearms related industries. We published the following article a few years back and we are in the process of updating this report with new developments. The biggest question is when and where will a new gun range be developed in North Idaho? There are great opportunities in Kootenai County with a large number of potential users in nearby Spokane, a regional airport and other recreational activities.

The biggest obstacle, we have been told, are bureaucrats, who have even obstructed local police agencies from constructing a gun range intended to be shared by the five North Idaho Panhandle Counties. Who will step up and provide the political and business leadership to make this a reality for the police and the public?

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Journalists Need to Explain How the Second Amendment Keeps Everyone More Safe

“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them.”

Ephesians 5: 11

The Philippines is just one of the many countries worldwide where journalists, lawyers and judges are slain and their killers go free. Mexico is very dangerous for anyone that reports on the cartels and the cartels routinely eliminate large numbers of police officers within any city where the authorities take a stand against cartel domination. Mexico is a nation where almost every firearm in the hands of its own people is illegal.

Even Mexican police officers are often disarmed when off duty because so many of them have been involved in the murder, rape and slavery perpetrated by the cartels across whole regions. So can the Philippines learn anything from Mexico?

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Martial Arts Shooting Seminar in Coeur d’Alene Area

I am signed up for the FIREARMS SHOOTING SEMINAR presented by Soke Jeff Hall & Mike Mackin at Fernan Rod & Gun Club near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho..

Hōjutsu-Ryu is a martial arts discipline involving combat firearms training at a very effective level. I talked to Mike this week and there are still slots available for the three-day live-fire seminar.

July 12-14, 2019
$150
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
WITH TENTH DAN GRANDMASTER JEFF HALL

Silver Bullet Training Northwest

It’s not enough to just buy a firearm and ammo and carry it around. Carrying a gun requires responsible and correct training and legal knowledge, to know the correct time to display, draw and point muzzle or break off the defense. It requires familiarization with your chosen firearm, proper grip to reduce recoil, sight alignment, and trigger squeeze, so the sight picture remains steadfast.

Static target shooting is not the same as dynamic movement shooting. It’s a large legal responsibility to carry a firearm, and you should consider the following questions.

  • Should it be carried openly or concealed?
  • What should you do first after a justified shooting incident?
  • What if the attacker tries to grab my firearm?
  • How do I defend against them from taking my firearm and using it against me?

Mike Mackin

Mike Mackin is a Northwest NRA, BCI, and Black Belt Martial Arts Certified, Insured and Licensed Instructor. He’s been Teaching combined Martial Arts, Defensive Force Protection Hand to Hand, Concealed Carry Permit and Basic Handgun Familiarity to new and experienced students for over thirty years in both the USA and England.

He has trained over 4,000 students for their Concealed Carry Permits in the Northwest.

…“Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me…” (Psalm of David 144:1)

Upcoming Events

HOJUTSU RYU GRANDMASTER JEFF HALL is coming to Coeur d’Alene.
Don’t miss this opportunity to train with Jeff Hall in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for only 3 days!
July 12 – 14
Participation is limited, and at an amazing price! $150 for 3 days of training.
Read more here.