Monthly Informational Seminar

Richard and I often hear questions regarding what is or is not legal when using your firearm in self-defense in FL.  Many of our customers are curious about the “legal” side of firearm use and ownership.  So, we are listening to your requests and I have reached out to US Law Shield and formed a partnership to hold a monthly informational Seminar in our classroom at the store.  Each seminar will last 60 minutes and cover a different topic from Laws, to common sense firearm use, medical/first aid and more.

I’m happy to introduce Rommel Scalf, Retired LEO / EMT-Paramedic and Florida Field Representative for U.S. Law Shield, Firearms Legal Defense Program.  Rommel will be our presenter and if any of you have heard him speak before, he is very interesting and informative.

I will set up an online registration.  Every third Wednesday at 5PM,  there will be a nominal, non-refundable fee of $10 per person.  Anyone can attend, this is a public event.  Seating is limited so be sure to reserve early.

  • When : Third Wednesday of each month @ 5PM
  • Where : Femme Fatale ARMS – 4270 Minton Road #107 West Melbourne, 32904

Don’t Be That Person!

Often time we get questions on reloads. Reloads are basically remanufactured ammunition that is done at home. Shooters and hobbyists will sometimes collect the brass casings, purchase ammunition components (powders, primers, bullets) and assemble them at home. The goal is typically to reduce cost or to increase performance. The end result can be that…if the hobbyist is extremely detail oriented and meticulous, and understands the dangers…but, sometimes the result is not as expected, and dangerous, even life threatening situations occur.

So what are the potential problems you can face if you shoot reloads from your gun?

If the hobbyists puts so much as a few additional grains of powder into a casing the additional pressure can cause the gun to literally blow-up.

Another potential hazard is too little powder…and I have seen some with non at all. What can happen with this is called a Squib Load, where the bullet fails,to leave the barrel, and causes an obstruction. If another attempt is made to fire the gun the result can be the same.

Other factors that can cause pressure issues in include too heavy a crimp on a full pressure load or too heavy a bullet for the powder load used.

If you are lucky enough not to have a catastrophic failure where you could be hospitalized or worse, you could still damage your firearm. Damage to your firearm could be broken parts internally, or externally, that will cause your firearm not to function properly, or at all. If you check your Owners manual you will also learn that once you have used reloads, your manufacturer warranty is no longer valid.

Reloads come with a risk, and the risk is significant. Be sure you decide wisely in your choice of ammunition.

Surviving an Active Shooter

Below is an article written by Pat McNamara on surviving an active shooter. Excellent read with solid strategies should you find yourself in this situation. It is important to have a strategy, and adopt certain habits …and mind set… to survive. The world has changed and it is unfortunately necessary to think through these things to insure that ourselves and our loved ones stay safe.

Gardening and the 2nd Ammendment

I was asked to write an article on Spring Gardening in Florida.  Being the Patriotic type who lives and breathes all things red, white and blue…and not having any horticulture capabilities whatsoever, all I could think of was a quote from Thomas Jefferson in November of 1787 when discussing the writing of the Constitution that went like this:  “The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants…it is its natural manure

So what does this have to do with Florida and Spring?  More than you might think.

This Spring, Florida has been inundated with anti-gun proposals.  These are not being openly publicized, but are being reviewed and voted on as we speak.  First, we have two assault weapon bills pending.  These very loosely define an assault weapon to the point of making your childhood .22 illegal and banning any magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.  Overnight, law-abiding citizens will become criminals.

To the positive, there is also a bill pending to revoke the unconstitutional legislation that was put in place last year.  This legislation included a minimal age of 21 to purchase any firearm…So if you are a single mom under 21 with a stalker, you are out of luck.  Also included were red flag laws that allowed your firearms to be taken away without due process because of here-say.  Background checks for Florida only also became subject to a ‘pending’ category that can keep law abiding citizens with no criminal record from purchasing a firearm.   The bill to revoke these measures is HB6073 (formerly HB175).

So this spring, while you are weeding the garden, don’t forget to cultivate your rights and reach out to your elected officials…let them know where you stand as well as why it is important that you retain the right to defend yourself as is recognized by the US Constitution!

For more information, go on Facebook and look up 2 sites:  HB175 and Florida 2A…there is much information out there. Or, stop in at Femme Fatale Arms and we will be more than happy to help you to exercise and maintain your rights!