The Importance of Staying Legal

Many of us probably disagree with at least a few laws that would somehow relate to prepping. For example, where I live there is almost no way to obtain a concealed carry permit unless you are a current or retired law enforcement officer. I don’t like it, I don’t agree with it, but y’know what? I follow the law. Why? Because I don’t feel like having to devote any money toward paying legal fees to fight a charge should I be found carrying a firearm.

See, here’s the thing. Even if you’re in the right and you prevail in a criminal court case, the legal fees can bury you. Plus, the whole time you’re battling it out in court, your weapon has likely been confiscated and is being held as evidence. So, not only are you out the thousands of dollars in attorney fees but your firearm is locked up and unavailable to you.

I have several close friends who are at various levels of law enforcement, from local small town patrol officers all the way up to a few three letter Federal agencies. Many of them don’t agree with some of the laws they enforce, but it is their job to ensure folks are abiding by those statutes.

I can think of few worse situations than to be sitting in the local iron bar hotel when disaster strikes the area.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

2 thoughts on “The Importance of Staying Legal”

  1. I’ve heard a former DA friend of mine say that the best way to get a law changed is to enforce it. Those who disagree with it will fight to have it overturned.

    But I agree with you, I don’t won’t to be the guy sitting behind bars racking up legal fees to have it done.

    Good luck to you; hopefully things will change soon for you.


    1. Rumor has it the CCW will finally get passed sometime soon. Fingers crossed. Your DA friend is right, those who see the real world applications of some laws that get passed will often fight to get them changed. Unfortunately, that’s often an expensive lesson to learn.

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