MN Carry Day & Safety Education Expo 2014 - Press Release

posted Oct 2, 2014, 5:45 PM by Ronnie V   [ updated Oct 16, 2014, 11:01 AM ]
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 11 & Oct. 18. Amid increasingly-polarized debates over gun control, Minnesota is one of a growing number of states across the US with record increases in permit-to-carry applications. While that surge coincides with a significant drop in violent crime in the US, safety concerns are heightened in Minnesota with a recent uptick in violent crime and decreased police staffing levels, especially in the metro departments which have been hard hit with a shortage of officers.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. October 7, 2014 – For the 2nd year, two personal safety information expos will be hosted at local Harley Davidson dealerships. The free events will be held on October 11 and 18 at Zylstra Harley Davidson, Elk River, and St. Paul Harley Davidson, St. Paul, respectively.

The two Minnesota Carry Day & Safety Education Expo 2014 events, sponsored by Alpha Apparel & Promotions and Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum, will host a mix of vendors including local law enforcement, firearms instructors, martial arts trainers, non-lethal self defense products and personal safety trainers. The events will host nationally recognized speakers, and there will be free information sessions throughout the day at each event on a range of topics including personal safety for kids and adults, Q & A with law enforcement, gun safety practices, non-lethal self defense options, permit-to-carry and more.

Firearm manufacturer Taurus USA has also donated two firearms suitable for home defense or lawful carry to be given away as door prizes at each event*, a Taurus Millennium G2 9mm subcompact and a Taurus PT140 Millennium Pro G2 .40 cal. 

Featured speakers at the Oct. 11 event at Zylstra Harley Davidson, Elk River, will include nationally recognized author and firearms trainer Michael Martin, United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) Chief Instructor, who will present “What We’ve Learned about School Shooters.” Legal expert James Fleming, Minnesota criminal defense attorney and founder of Mid-Minnesota Self-Defense, Inc., will present “Aftermath,” an overview of a course he offers on what to expect in the aftermath of a self defense deadly force encounter. Minnesota Rep. Brian Johnson, who will also speak at the St. Paul event, will provide tips on how to effectively communicate with representatives, and a deputy from the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Dept. will talk about responsibilities of permit holders and answer questions, along with a host of other experts who will present a wide range of personal safety topics.

The Oct. 18 event at St. Paul Harley Davidson, St. Paul, will feature information sessions which include martial arts trainer and 4th degree black belt Katie Anderson, USA Karate – Woodbury, who will offer tips on self defense and escape techniques for both kids and adults. There will be an overview featuring stun guns and other less-than-lethal self defense products by Stun & Run Self Defense LLC. Self defense trainer Jack Pettengill of Dynamic Defensive Arts will give an overview of self defense techniques that employ the use of leverage and how to use items like keys and cell phones as self defense tools. Representatives from Bill’s Gun Shop and Range – Hudson will talk about “Gun Safety Basics.” Minnesota Rep. Tony Cornish is slated to share thoughts about being responsible gun owners and hunters, and there will also be a number of other information sessions throughout the day.

Both events are family-friendly, free to attend and open to the public 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at each location, with free parking. Vendors and Info Sessions are subject to changes or additions. Info Sessions are free to attend but seating will be limited and will be filled on a first-come basis. Attendees can enter drawings for a chance to win door prizes and give-aways. Breakfast and lunch fare will be available for purchase from Uncle Franky’s mobile food truck, which will be on site at both events serving their locally famous hotdogs, sandwiches, fries, mini-donuts and more.

EVENT LOCATIONS: 

Oct. 11, 2014, Zylstra Harley Davidson, 19600 Evans St., Elk River, MN 55330

Oct. 18. 2014. St. Paul Harley Davidson, 2899 Hudson Rd, St. Paul, MN 55128

EVENT PAGES ON FACEBOOK: 

Elk River: https://www.facebook.com/events/1533681146864310/

St. Paul: https://www.facebook.com/events/1554584851422785/

Events co-sponsored by Alpha Apparel & Promotions and Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum.

Events are hosted independently by Zylstra Harley Davidson, Elk River, http://www.elkriverzylstrahd.com/, and St. Paul Harley Davidson, St. Paul, http://www.stpaulhd.com/, respectively.

All vendors, information sessions and featured speakers are subject to change without notice.

*Actual firearm door prizes may differ from those listed. Firearm door prizes will be in the form of a certificate which the winner(s) will need to redeem through a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer (FFL). Firearm door prize winners will be required to meet all legal requirements and qualifications including but not limited to age requirements, complete Form 4473, submit to a NICS background check and have the firearm shipped to a FFL dealer for delivery.



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Oct. 11 Elk River Vendors, Speakers & Info Sessions

Oct. 11, Elk River Vendors & Features

Elk River Vendors: 

Location: Zylstra Harley Davidson, 19600 Evans St., Elk River, MN 55330 

--Sherburne County Sheriff’s Dept.
Promoting gun safety 
http://www.co.sherburne.mn.us/sheriff/ 

--Pistol Packin Mamas 
Equipping women for all aspects of gun ownership. Products, accessories, information, 
http://www.pistolpackinmamas.org 

--Target Sports MN Indoor Gun Range 
http://www.targetsportsmn.com/ 

--Osseo Gun Club & Pro Shop 
http://www.osseogunclub.com 

--Damsel in Defense – Kelli Plouman 
Less-than-lethal self defense products, stun guns, pepper spray, personal alarms 

--House of Lumens 
Tactical flashlights and gear 
http://www.houseoflumens.com 

--Element Arms 
Firearms, parts and accessories 
http://www.elementarms.com/ 

--Riverside Sporting Gear, Firearms and training 
http://riversidesportinggear.com/ 

--Dynamic Defensive Arts 
Practical and reality-based self defense training, 
http://www.dynamicdefensivearts.com/ 

--Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum 
Community-based gun rights awareness, education and outreach 



Elk River Info Sessions (times TBA): 

ALL TIMES ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

9:30 A.M.
--Tips for everyday activism for gun rights 
Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum

10 A.M.
--Gun safety basics and how to pick the right firearm 
Jon Thompson, Riverside Sporting Gear

10:30 A.M.
--Adult self defense overview
Jack Pettengill, Dynamic Defensive Arts 

11 A.M.
--“What we’ve Learned about School Shooters” 
Michael Martin, United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) Chief Instructor 

11:40 A.M.
--Responsibilities of permit-to-carry holders and Q&A 
Sherburne County Sheriff’s Dept. 

NOON
--Refuse To Be A Victim, personal safety strategies for all
Clint Foster, certified NRA trainer 

12:30 P.M.
--Less than lethal self defense product overview, stun guns, pepper spray, personal safety products. 
Kelli Plouman, Damsel in Defense 

1 P.M.
--How to effectively communicate with representatives 
Rep. Brian Johnson (32A) 

1:30 P.M.
--Kids self defense overview
Jack Pettengill, Dynamic Defensive Arts

2 P.M.
--Permit to carry overview and review, NRA certified instructor 

2:30 P.M.
--“Aftermath”, what to expect following a self defense deadly force encounter 
James Fleming, criminal defense attorney and founder of Mid-Minnesota Self Defense, Inc., Jim Fleming Law Offices
 


Oct. 18 St. Paul Vendors, Speakers & Info Sessions

Oct. 18, St. Paul Vendors & Features

St. Paul Vendors

Location: St. Paul Harley Davidson, 2899 Hudson Rd, St. Paul, MN 55128 

--Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) 
Western style shooters preserving and promoting the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting™ 
http://wowsinc.org/

--Pistol Packin Mamas 
Equipping women for all aspects of gun ownership. Products, accessories, information, 
http://www.pistolpackinmamas.org 

--Bill’s Gun Shop & Range – Hudson 

--1 Million Moms Against Gun Control – MN, Shannon Pruchnik  
Real moms value the 2nd Amendment and the protection it ensures for their human rights
https://www.facebook.com/1mmagc.mn 

--USA Karate – Woodbury 
Katie Anderson, 4th degree black belt
Martial arts training and instruction, 
http://www.usa-karate.net 

--Civil Response Firearms Training LLC 
http://www.civilresponse.net 

--Stun & Run Self Defense LLC 
Less-than-lethal self defense products, stun guns, tasers, pepper spray, home security and surveillance equipment, 
http://www.srselfdefense.com/ 

--House of Lumens 
Tactical flashlights and gear, 
http://www.houseoflumens.com 

--Dynamic Defensive Arts 
Practical and reality-based self defense training, 
http://www.dynamicdefensivearts.com/ 

--Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum 
Community-based gun rights awareness, education and outreach 


St. Paul Info Sessions (times TBA): 

--Being a responsible gun owner and hunter; how to be an effective individual role model for gun rights 
Rep. Tony Cornish (23B) 

--How to effectively communicate with representatives
 Rep. Brian Johnson (32A) 

--Tips for everyday activism for gun rights 
Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum 

--Overview of self defense and escape techniques for kids and adults 
Katie Anderson, USA Karate – Woodbury 

--Less-than-lethal self defense product overview 
Stun & Run Self Defense LLC 

--Gun safety basics 
Bill’s Gun Shop & Range – Hudson 

--Language of the Debate 
John Caile, United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) author 

--Permit to carry overview and review 
Chris Nauman, Civil Response Firearms Training LLC 

--Practical self defense techniques – Using leverage, redirection of force and pocket items in self defense 
Jack Pettengill, Dynamic Defensive Arts 

All vendors, information sessions and featured speakers are subject to change without notice. 

 
Who Are Minnesota Permit-to-Carry Holders?












Who Are Gun Owners & Permit Holders?

Oct. 1, 2014
Gay gun activists: Growing LGBT push to support the Second Amendment
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/10/01/gay-gun-activists-growing-lgbt-push-to-support-second-amendment/


Aug. 6, 2014
A Pair of Grandmas, Both Robbery Victims, Decided Enough Was Enough. Now They Carry Concealed Handguns — and They’re Not Alone



Mar. 5, 2013 
Nightline: Women: Fastest-Growing Group of US Gun Owners
C-SPAN: African-American activists spoke out against proposed gun control laws at a news conference in response to concerns shared by black conservatives that proposed legislation in the Senate would restrict their ability to defend themselves, their property and their families.They were also concerned that the proposed gun control legislation put too much power in the hands of politicians, and called for a serious national dialogue about the impact of gun control on the black community.The responded to questions from the reporters.
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/311127-1

Feb. 19. 2013 
CNN: Number of women buying guns surges

















MN Carry Day & Safety Education Expos

Co-sponsored by:


Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum

http://alphaapparelpromotions.com/













 













KEEP WATCHING! More details about Info Sessions, 
speakers and special guests will be added to this page!











PRIZE DRAWINGS AT EACH VENDOR TABLE

VENDOR PRIZE DRAWINGS FOR ELK RIVER:
(Enter drawing at each vendor table)


In addition to the awesome door prizes we'll be giving away this Saturday at Zylstra Harley Davidson - including GUNS and other cool stuff!! -- All of the vendors at the Zylstra Harley-Davidson, Elk River "MN Carry Day & Safety Education Expo" will have drawings for prizes at their tables, also.

Here's a partial list of vendor prize drawings for Oct. 11:

Gift Certificate for permit to carry class
by Civil Response Firearms Training LLC


One Year Silver Range Membership
by Target Sports MN Indoor Gun Range

Glock Pistol Case
by Riverside Sporting Gear

Logo T Shirts
by Osseo Gun Club & Pro Shop

Pepper spray
by Damsel in Defense

Nitecore P10 800 Lumen Tactical Flashlight
House of Lumens

Various gun related apparel throughout the day
Pistol Packin Mamas

One free self defense lesson
Dynamic Defensive Arts

Keep watching for more!

Be sure to stop by each vendor table and register for a chance to win these great prizes and get their initials on your Grand Prize Drawing entry form for a chance to win GUNS and other cool stuff!!

















SubHead Source Articles

Feb. 28, 2014
Number of Minnesota handgun permits issued almost double in 2013

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_25247609/minnesota-handgun-permits-nearly-double-2013

July 10, 2014
Report: Number Of Concealed Carry Permits Surges As Violent Crime Rate Drops

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/07/10/report-number-of-concealed-carry-permits-surges-as-violent-crime-rate-drops/



June 1, 2014
With pension rule change, scores of Minnesota police officers will retire

http://www.startribune.com/local/east/261396001.html



July 1, 2014
BCA: Violent Crime Up 1.2 Pct. in Minnesota in 2013

http://kstp.com/article/stories/s3490973.shtml


Sept. 25, 2014
Concealed carry permits spike across the U.S., more women applying

http://kfor.com/2014/09/25/concealed-carry-permits-spike-across-the-u-s-more-women-applying/


Sept. 22, 2014
Bloomberg group launches midterm campaign for gun control (including Minnesota)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/09/22/mike-bloomberg-gun-control-group-launches-new-ads-makes-endorsements/16069445/


Sept. 25, 2014
How Bloomberg's Million-Dollar Desire For Gun Control Is Backfiring

http://www.forbes.com/sites/frankminiter/2014/09/25/how-bloombergs-million-dollar-desire-for-gun-control-is-backfiring/


July 4, 2013
Permits Soar to Allow More Concealed Guns

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323689204578573763575086702



FACTS:

As of October 1, 2014 there were 179,252 valid permits issued in Minnesota. Over 51 percent of those permits are issued in the nine county Twin Cities metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, Wright)


Uncle Franky's mobile food truck will be on site ALL DAY at both events. 
They'll be serving their locally famous Vienna Beef hotdogs, 
sandwiches, fries, mini-donuts and more. 
Cost $.




Rep. Brian Johnson will share tips at both events, Elk River and St. Paul, on how to effectively communicate with your representatives. Find out how to increase the likelihood that your concerns will be heard.

Tentative time at Elk River: 1 p.m.
St. Paul time TBA.
Times subject to change.





Self defense trainer Jack Pettengill will give practical safety tips for adults at the Oct. 11 Elk River event.
Tentative time: 10 a.m.
Time subject to change.





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