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Riding Shotgun With Charlie is a aims to entertain and educate people who are into firearms. However, not everything is firearm related. We may talk music or politics or whatever may come up during a conversation between the driver and the passenger.

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Riding Shotgun With Charlie is a aims to entertain and educate people who are into firearms. However, not everything is firearm related. We may talk music or politics or whatever may come up during a conversation between the driver and the passenger.

    RSWC #096 Theresa Inacker

    RSWC #096 Theresa Inacker

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    #096
    Theresa Inacker
    Coalition of New Jersey Firearm Owners
    The DC Project
     
    Theresa Inacker has done some cool things...I mean besides coming Riding Shotgun! She hunts pheasants.  She hangs out with Dick Heller. And she puts CNN”s Chris Cuomo in his place.  And it’s all in a day’s work for her. 
     
    I was heading down to New Jersey for a couple of other interviews and reached out to Theresa and she agreed to be on the show. Like many people, Theresa didn’t grow up in a household with or around firearms, but she had an uncle that would take her shooting to bust clays when she was young. Later in life, she decided it was time to be a gun owner. She lives in a rural area with a number of wildlife around her property. Once she learned how difficult the process is to buy a gun, how much red tape, and some of the nonsense you have to go through, she got involved.  The process in New Jersey is very unjust and that got her interested in being an activist.  
     
    The process in New Jersey is supposed to be 30 days. But that almost never happens, even pre-covid. It would take months. She said in New Jersey, that you own firearms on your own peril. After you find out that 30 days is not 30 days in a row, the outrage of denying your Rights takes over. Besides the regular process, the NCS check is not instant.  New Jersey does their own background checks when they get to them, which is never a rush. The truth is that New Jersey does not want it’s law abiding, background check passing citizens 
     
    Shooting shotguns in trap, sporting clays, and 5-stand, lead Theresa into a pheasant hunting trip with the Coalition of New Jersey Firearms Owner (CNJFO).  Her connection to CNJFO’s founder David “Rosey” Rosenthal (RSWC #049) led her to The DC Project with Dianna Muller (RSWC #059).  The connection to Dianna Muller led her and other DC Project members to sitting behind Dianna when she testified in front of Congress and proclaimed “I will not comply”.  Which led to Theresa meeting and hanging out with Dick Heller. 
     
    Theresa did get a chance to attend and ask a question at a CNN Town Hall with Chris Cuomo.  After hearing from the anti-gun side, she asked the producers if she was going to be able to ask her question.  When she did, she kind of let them have it. Kind of.  They weren’t sure how to reply to her. 
     
    It is beneficial for everyone to hear about the 2A Rights battles in states like New Jersey and Massachusetts so that people in ‘free America’ learn that our Right to own, purchase, and even carry is under attack.  And we can’t just run to a different state to avoid the fight. The fight needs to be in these battleground states so we hold the line. 
     
    Favorite quotes:
    “People don’t think of us as the gun owning people. We’re definitely not the gun toting people because we’re not allowed to do that.”
    “Someone has to stand and fight. You can’t run away.’
    “They’re (Moms Demand) are operating by a lot of fear. There’s a lot of misinformation.” 
    “Their feelings don’t trump my ability to defend my life and my daughter’s life.”



    Theresa Inacker on The Truth About Guns
    https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/tag/theresa-inacker/
     
    The DC Project
    https://www.dcproject.info/
     
    Coalition of New Jersey Firearm Owners
    https://www.cnjfo.com/
     
    Theresa Inacker on the Polite Society Podcast, 1.18.2021
    https://youtu.be/qccBWSmScYY
     
    Theresa Inacker on Eye On The Target Radio, 2.14.2021
    https://youtu.be/6gL9dH8frc0



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    RSWC #095 Judi Wells

    RSWC #095 Judi Wells

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    #095
    Judi Wells
    A Girl & A Gun 
    The DC Project
    Judi Wells is more than just an “accidental activist”.  She’s an unexpected gun owner, too. She’s a vegetarian, does yoga, and doesn’t like killing spiders, let alone other animals. Go down the checklist of everything you’d expect as an anti-gunner and that’s her, too. Growing up in Canada and California, no one in her family liked shooting or went hunting. They hated guns. 
    Four years ago, it was her husband’s “bucket list” that changed everything. He wanted to buy a gun in California and she took lessons with him. During these lessons, Judi cried at the thought of holding and using a gun. She thought the gun was going to jump out of the safe and shoot her, but it didn’t.  When she learned about the Winchester Marksman Program through the National Rifle Association, changed everything for her. The WMP challenged her and she knew she wouldn’t just be throwing ammo down range. She would be working on marksmanship and she had a goal to get better at shooting. 
    She’s done a 180 degree change on the ‘gun issue’.  She’s started a group of similar and retired women to go shooting.  She still has, to this day, friends who don’t know she’s into shooting & she’s lost some friends, too!  Then she learned about A Girl & A Gun and merged with them. 
    At a National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Fantasy Camp, did some training with several professional shooters including Dianna Muller.  A couple years later, Judi & Dianna were on a squad for a 3-gun competition and Di asked her about being the California rep for the DC Project. That’s how much she’s changed. She’s now educating politicians about how gun rights are women’s rights. 
    One of the things I really liked is that with her background in yoga, she’s able to make parallels between shooting and yoga.  She teaches both shooters and yoga practitioners about breathing, slowing down, and focusing on your body. It’s certainly a benefit of both activities.  
    We spend some time talking about getting a license in California, some things about concerns with the women in her AGAG chapter, and their very busy schedule. Judi’s group has 70+ women from all walks of life and all ages, from a famous female athlete to a mom who makes soap for the family business. Please check the link below for their schedule if you’re in the San Diego area. 
    While we were driving, we wanted to drive by the Lincoln Memorial, but ended up driving by Arlington National Cemetery. Next to Arlington, is the Iwo Jima Memorial where we grabbed a couple selfies.  We also got caught by someone for parking in a non-parking area. (You can see that on the RSWC Facebook page.)
    Since we filmed this episode, Judi and Tatiana Whitlock joined forces and they host Responsibly Armed Radio. 
    It’s really wonderful to see that someone can get into the shooting sports even though they’ve been against gun ownership their entire lives. Please share this with someone who isn’t into firearms and maybe they, too, can make a change.  Let’s face it, shooting a .22 is a gateway drug to freedom. 


    Favorite Quotes:
    “By my 4th lesson, my instructor brought out something called the the Winchester qualification”
    “Once you get into the gun world, so much more information comes to you.”
    “We’re here to educate and talk to our legislators about our Second Amendment Rights.”
    “I want my congressmen to know, and my senator to know, what is going on in California and what the face of a normal gun owner looks like.”
    A Girl & A Gun Website
    https://www.agirlandagun.org/
     
    A Girl & A Gun - San Diego
    https://www.agirlandagun.org/cat/ca-san-diego/
     
    A Girl & A Gun Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/AGirlandAGunClub/
     
    A Girl & A Gun Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/

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    RSWC #094 Gabby Cannons

    RSWC #094 Gabby Cannons

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    #094
    Gabby Cannons
    A Girl & A Gun Connecticut
    One of the great things about having a show like mine is the referrals.  I ask my 2A friends about potential passengers and they’ll reach out to their contacts and let their friends know I may be calling.  That’s what happened with Gabby Cannons. I was concerned about getting out of New England during the summer, so Robyn Sandoval (RSWC #080) from A Girl & A Gun (AGAG) connected me with Gabby. I headed down to Hartford to meet with her.  We’d been going back and forth since the summer and finally made it happen. 
    Gabby was introduced to firearms from an old boyfriend. Her next boyfriend certified people to carry as a security guard so she was at the range regularly. The relationships may not have lasted, but her interest in firearms did. When she didn’t have someone to take her to the range, she invited her mother, who was happy to oblige. After she saw a flyer for A Girl & A Gun at the range, she knew this was the group for her.
    After a couple years, the other facilitator wasn’t able to keep the commitment to the group, Gabby was approached to take over. She had to meet the AGAG requirements of being an NRA certified instructor, certified in Stop The Bleed, CPR & the SIG SAUER instructor certification. A month before her training at SIG Academy, she broke her hand and had to adapt her training to do everything one handed. 
    At the AGAG annual conference a few years ago, she volunteered to help load magazines at the “Heligunner”, where women can shoot AR-15s at targets while flying in a helicopter. This is where she met her husband. After two years of a long distance relationship, she was able to convince him to move from Texas (Free America) to Connecticut. We talk about how New England is a bit different from other states and how our laws are a bit out of touch. In both MA & CT, we can own pre-1994 ‘so called’ high capacity magazines. 
    In 2020, AGAG was able to accommodate their members by doing their annual conference ‘virtually’ and online. The AGAG Connecticut chapter has been meeting online as well. They have monthly online meetings teaching their members about Stop The Bleed, gun cleaning, and other firearms related issues. Please check out their website and Facebook pages to get more information and to join AGAG or the AGAG in Connecticut. 
    Come with Gabby and I as we get a selfie in front of the Samuel Colt statue at Colt Park and snap a selfie in front of the Colt Museum, both in Hartford, CT. 
     
    Favorite Quotes:
    “Mom, we’re going to the range.”
     A Girl & A Gun “Is exactly what I need. It’s not intimidating.”
    “Not only would I be crushed, my heart hurts for people that would never have this opportunity.”
    “A Girl & A Gun has high standards for facilitators”
    “I’m a big fan of being a student myself. I’m all about starving for new information.”
    “We’re friends now because you have access to guns and helicopters.”
     
    A Girl & A Gun Website
    https://www.agirlandagun.org/
     
    A Girl & A Gun- Central Connecticut
    https://www.agirlandagun.org/cat/ct-central/
     
    A Girl & A Gun Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/AGirlandAGunClub/
     
    A Girl & A Gun Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/agagclub/




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    RSWC 093 John Petrolino

    RSWC 093 John Petrolino

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    #093 
    |John  Petrolino
    Author/Writer
    Decoding Firearms
    Ammoland



    John Petrolino “relentlessly harassed’ me (his words, not mine) about having Mark Shean on the show. With some experience in writing and publishing, John was helping Mark turn his blog into a book.  Then John wrote his own book about firearms for new gun owners. He’s also been writing for Ammoland as well.  After spending some time with John, I found out he’s been writing & publishing books for over 20 years. 
     
    John and I have been going back and forth and finally set a date to film a show in New Jersey.  John has been around firearms since he was a kid, going shooting and hunting with his father. After a number of years shooting long guns, he decided it was time to get a handgun.  With limited training and a less than satisfactory course, he knew there had to be a better way.  So he became an instructor. He started writing his own book to offer his students, incorporating what he wanted to make sure students know. 
     
    We talk about the reciprocity between a number of states in the northeast, and how some permits work, some permits used to work, and some aren’t needed at all.  The laws vary from state to state as we all know, but some are more confusing than others.  Massachusetts and New Jersey are kindred spirits that way. 
     
    John also writes for Ammoland.  He’s been covering the things that are centered in New Jersey. He’s covered a number of topics from bear hunts on state and private lands to the changes with marijuana and how it's still federally prohibited. John gets into how tobacco is also regulated and how it affects hunting, and how it will also affect marijuana use as well. 

    We head to a couple ranges for a quick selfie. I wasn’t able to carry or transport in New Jersey, but since we weren’t going straight to a range, John said we couldn’t even bring any firearms with us. We also talk about how it is very important to support our local ranges. And that our state 2A grassroots groups need the help of everyone involved with, not just shooting and competitions, but the gun rights activity, as well. 
     
    John has been a really good friend, too. Since we’ve been communicating, he’s been pushing for t-shirt sales because he wanted an RSWC shirt. And a mug.  And a hoodie. But he’s also guiding me with things that I need to do better. 



    Favorite quotes:
    “There’s got to be a better way for a guy to get on the target.”
    “I wanted to write something that would work out for inexperienced shooters and veteran shooters alike.”
    “New Jersey doesn't issue concealed carry permits to regular peasants”
    “From a freedom perspective, I want people to be able to do what they want to do.”
    “The bulldozer of freedom is going cross the country, we got to try to stop it”



    John Petrolino Website
    https://johnpetrolino.com/
     
    John’s Articles on Ammoland.com
    https://www.ammoland.com/author/jpetrolinoiii/
    Coalition of New Jersey Firearm Owners
    https://www.cnjfo.com/
    Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Club
    https://www.anjrpc.org/
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    • 45 min
    RSWC #092 Sarah Albrecht

    RSWC #092 Sarah Albrecht

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    #092
    Sarah Albrecht
    Hold My Guns
     
    Sarah, her husband, I and I hung out at a SHOT show event in January and we got along really well.  When I saw that there was a machine gun shoot in Pennsylvania, I looked her up and not only was she close to the shoot, she was going to it as well!  So we got her on the stagecoach.
     
    Sarah started a nonprofit organization called Hold My Guns.  Hold My Guns is working with firearms stores to be able to hold on to people’s firearms when they’re going through difficult times in life. So if someone is going through a difficult divorce, or suffering with depression, PTSD, or some challenging life event, a gun store can safely and securely store the firearms until a later date. It’s a really great idea and Sarah is working to get gun stores on board to make this happen. 
     
    Sarah grew up on a ‘farm-ette’, shooting long guns with her family, hunting critters like muskrats and raccoons that lived in rural Pennsylvania. After she got married and started a family, her husband wanted her to learn about handguns for home defense and concealed carry. One of the things she did as a new handgun user/carrier, is she carried it unloaded to get used to the feel of the firearm on her body.  This is a really smart thing to do, to take the time to carry it unloaded, and let it become part of you and your attire.  It's a great way to ‘break someone in’ to the carrying lifestyle. 
     
    When her children were young, she would take them shooting with a youth league.  She was a parent volunteer but became a range safety officer (RSO) when she noticed that all the other RSOs were male and it was a good idea for the young girls to see a good, safe female RSO. 
     
    Unfortunately, there was a young person in their group of friends that took her life with a firearm.  A number of the other parents Sarah knew came to her as someone with and knowledgeable about firearms and wondered what they could have done to save this girl.  She did some research and found out that letting someone else hang on to your firearms can be difficult legally. There should be a place that can hold your firearms when you may need to take a break. That’s how Hold My Guns got started. 

    What’s great about Hold My Guns is that its people in the firearm community finding a way to take care of people in the firearm community. When we can help other this way, it shows the people not in the 2A community that we do care, that we are doing things, helping others. HMG is an amazing way to show that we can do this without interference from others outside the 2A community.  
     
     A lot of what Sarah and Hold My Guns is doing is thinking outside the box and taking a different approach to handling how we can help each other when life is difficult.  This program eliminates the stigma of experiencing life and retains dignity for the firearm owners. 
     
    If you’d like to get your local gun store involved, please follow the link to Hold My Guns and reach out to them to set up this program. 
     
    Favorite Quotes:
    “Mrs. Albrecht, Mom, we know you’re a gun gal.  We miss our friend. What can we do to help people…?”
    “I want to use this service to help get the help they need, discreetly and protect their Rights.”
    “Anytime you can take a non-legislative, self governance approach, you are practicing leadership.”
    “This is a wonderful way to talk to legislators and say “we have a solution for this and this is how we’re helping”.”




    Hold My Guns
    https://www.holdmyguns.org/
     
    Hold My Guns Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/HoldMyGunsOrg
     
    Hold My Guns Instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/holdmygunsorg/
     
    Suicide Prevention Hotline
    https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
    1-800-273-8255
     
    Firearms Industry Consulting Group®
    https://blog.princelaw.

    • 50 min
    RSWC #091 Patrick Collins

    RSWC #091 Patrick Collins

    Riding Shotgun With Charlie
    #091
    Patrick Collins
     
    I met Patrick at the Gun Rights Policy Conference 2019 in Phoenix. He saw that I was doing a Southern Tour this summer and said if I was in Atlanta I should get in touch. After a change in my plans, I reached out and told him I could pick him up at the Atlanta airport and drive him home from a quick weekend trip he took. 
     
    We start off with something that happened to Patrick that morning before his flight to Atlanta. A woman on the escalator in front of him took a spill.  His instincts took over, as an Alpha male & someone who has training to help others, and he applied his towel to help with the bleeding while others just watched.  As with many in the firearms community, we train not just with firearms, but also with first aid and trauma. If you carry a firearm, you owe it yourself to learn some first aid. 
     
    Patrick was looking for hobbies after moving to Atlanta, and ended up going shooting.  Then he got the bug and wanted to share what he’s learned and started teaching, giving new clients the confidence and abilities that new gun owners need. 
     
    He also shares about an event he went to in Detroit. Former RSWC passenger, Rick Ector, from Legally Armed In Detroit, hosts a free training for women to learn about firearm safety and how to shoot.  They had to delay the event until the fall, but Patrick went to Rick’s event where they and others trained almost 2,000 women in one weekend.  This is the second year Patrick went to help assist at this event. He tells us that it’s amazing to empower that many women in one day, relieving them of the fear of handling a firearm. A number of past passengers were at this event. 
     
    We also talk about Patrick speaking at the Gun Rights Policy Conference. You can find a link below to his presentation. 
     
    He also tells us that he worked with a client who was a first time shooter and only put 3 holes in the target during one of his training courses.  We also get into the company that he is a part owner of  GA FASTA, Georgia Firearm and Security Training Academy. When he works with his students, he often changes his curriculum to meet the needs of his clients and he stays up on current events. 
     
    I really enjoyed the conversation with Patrick. He’s a man that’s got a lot going on and keeping busy in the firearm and training community. If you’re near Atlanta and in Georgia, you need to check out GA FASTA and get some training with him. 



    Favorite Quotes:
    “Step in and be an Alpha or help support.”
    “There’s always going to be someone better than you at shooting, no matter how good or  many courses you take.”
    “We have a Georgia weapons carry license. The key words are “weapons carry’.”
    “That’s really all defense weapons are, they’re tools.”
    “A lot of them were anti-firearms...and they shot better than their husbands when they went out to shoot.’




    Georgia Firearms and Security Training Academy
    https://www.gafasta.com/
     
    The Gun Food (Patrick’s online ammo store)
    https://thegunfood.com/
     
    Patrick’s Speech at Gun Rights Policy Conference 2020 
    https://youtu.be/d0oD4W6tkh4?t=8053




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I really love this concept and this Podcast!! In these interviews you learn history - not just pertaining to the Second Amendment - around the country, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be entertained. Also you’ll hear about Second Amendment events, activism and opportunities you (may not have been) aware of!

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