The Collier County Impact Fee Assistance Program should be scrapped, too. Why not just allow Arthrex, Inc., to expand without any impact fees? According to Tammie Nemecek, the CEO of the Collier County Economic Development Council, the county can not waive impact fees. Yet, waiving impact fees would really encourage business growth in Collier County. Although the county can not waive, it can move impact fee assistance around from general revenue fund to another fund to cover the application’s impact fees. This way no money changes hands, and a lien is placed on the improved property. But what’s the catch on the lien? And here’s the story.
Collier County wanted to incentivize Arthrex to expand its operations in Ave Maria and North Naples, Florida, through the property tax stimulus program, one of President Obama’s innovative creations.
But some Collier citizen brought to the attention of the county that state law requires that there be a voter referendum before the county could give economic incentives as tax breaks to businesses who want to expand locally or relocate into Collier County – such unnecessary over regulation by state law in the first place to control business growth in a municipality.
The Collier citizen happens to be Tim Nance who is running against Commissioner Jim Coletta for the District 5 seat, including Ave Maria. Nance proposed to put the issue to referendum on the 2012 ballot.
However, this is too much politics and unnecessary delay for Arthrex’ general counsel, Scott Price, who finds that waiting was an unintended outcome for Arthrex, and the company would rather bid for impact fee assistance instead. Commissioner Georgia Hiller conjectured that Arthrex’ lawyers did some research to come to this decision and may have found Tim Nance’s conclusion correct that the county ordinance rebating property taxes is unconstitutional.
Arthrex has revised its application to also include the job incentive program which provides $2,000 for every job created and $25,000 for broadband installation, which amounts to a total credit of $3.3 million.
Arthrex received donated 21-acre land from Barron Collier Cos. and plans to invest $17 million, not including equipment, to build a 160,000 square foot manufacturing plant on Oil Well Road at Ave Maria. The other project is a 100,000 square foot renovation or expansion at Creekside costing $10 million.
The Collier County Commission will vote on Arthrex’ revised application on June 28.
I attended the SHOT Show in Las Vegas this winter. It was a great show. I met up with a lot of gun people. I met old friends and made new ones. Many of these folks did not have Nevada gun permits, but they were carrying anyway.
While I fully understand this, and toyed with the idea myself, I just have too much to lose if hit with a felony for carrying a firearm illegally–such as my psychologist License, my NRA Police Firearms Instructor License, and my gun rights. Therefore, I flew out to Vegas and attended the show with no firearms–and I carry all the time, wherever I legally can!
The fact is that our gun rights, or “gun privileges,” are remarkably fragile. It is just too easy to lose them. Getting caught and convicted of a minor bureaucratic infraction, such as ignoring the fact that the jurisdiction you are in is a “gun-free zone”, can result in your losing your gun rights. Losing your gun rights can mean not only losing your licenses to carry firearms, but also, losing your firearms; that is, your right to own and possess them.
A host of other silly as well as dangerous circumstances can also disarm you. If you value your gun rights, don’t get snared up in a road rage incident. Nothing good can come of it.
Don’t get caught up in a domestic disturbance no matter how wronged you feel. Don’t get charged with public drunkenness, or disturbing the peace. If you do, you are like to lose your “pieces” and your peace.
The truth is that I felt a bit naked in Vegas and at the SHOT show without a firearm since I am used to carrying all the time, and there were thousands of disabled display guns all around me.
The upshot of this year’s SHOT Show trip was that I went back to Las Vegas about a month after the SHOT Show and applied for my Nevada license to carry firearms, since unfortunately, Nevada no longer maintains CCW reciprocity with any other states.
Obtaining a Nevada concealed carry permit was fairly straightforward.
The folks at The Gun Store Las Vegas (http://www.thegunstorelasvegas.com) were very nice to me and gave me the required Nevada Concealed Handgun Permit Course which includes all of the paperwork. Then, I had to go to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department to turn in the paperwork and get fingerprinted. Three months later, I received my Nevada gun permit in the mail.
Note however, that unlike many other “shall issue” states’ CCW permits, Nevada requires the applicant to qualify on the range with the specific handguns one intends to carry. These handguns are then listed on your gun license, and it is illegal to carry any handguns other than the ones with which you qualified. I qualified with the Glock 26, Glock 19 and a .357 magnum Ruger GP-100.
That means I cannot legally carry a Glock 27 or a Glock 23 in Nevada. However, I can carry any revolver I choose, as the Nevada law does not require you to specify on your license any specific revolver. That’s a good thing. The Ruger GP-100 is a great shooter, range gun, and home defense gun, but snubbies rock for concealed carry.
Multi-state Non-resident Concealed Carry Permits. Over 34 states recognize other states’ CCW permits. Unfortunately, your home state’s gun permit is not recognized by all 50 states like a driver’s license, and there is no National Concealed Carry Permit. However, the closest thing to it is a non-resident concealed carry permit from a state whose gun permit is recognized by numerous other states. Three such permits are the non-resident gun permits issued by Florida, Virginia, and by Utah (http://www.personaldefensesolutions.net/ccw/CCW01.html).
While none of these three separate gun permits will allow you to legally carry in New Jersey, New York, or Nevada (“The Three No’s”), obtaining these permits will legally expand your carry privileges to over 33 states.
See www.HandgunLaw.us for the most up to date listings as the inter-state reciprocity agreements unfortunately change from time to time. In fact, Nevada used to recognize the Utah Non-Resident multi-state gun permit.
Because the Florida, Virginia, and Utah non-resident multi-state carry permits are so valuable and in such demand, my wife and I used to offer the required class for the Florida and Virginia permits at local gun shows here in Pennsylvania. Now, we run this class, including the required separate class for the Utah permit, at a number of gun ranges around the Philadelphia area (http://www.personaldefensesolutions.net/ccw/CCW01.html).
The Florida Permit is valid for a remarkable seven years, and the Virginia and Utah Permits are valid for five years each. The Florida Non-Resident CCW permit is recognized by 31 states including Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. The Virginia Non-Resident CCW permit is recognized by 22 states. Note that these numbers may vary as they change. Keep up to date at www.HandgunLaw.US.
The value of obtaining the Virginia CCW Permit in addition to Florida’s is that it serves as a back-up given that state attorney generals’ inter-state reciprocity agreements change unpredictably. When you acquire the Virginia permit, you are covered should certain states drop out of their agreements with Florida and vice versa. Last but certainly not least, the Utah Non-Resident CCW Permit is recognized by 29 states. Again these numbers can change.
A One Stop Shop. In order to eliminate the hassle of having to run around to do everything needed to apply, my wife and I formed an operation (www.PersonalDefenseSolutions.net) that supplies all the necessary services in one place: application packets, assistance in completing all forms, notary, required passport photos, fingerprinting, and the required handgun safety and concealed carry class which includes a live fire range qualification.
After class completion, students receive a Certificate of Training which must be included in one’s application packets. The Utah Non-Resident Multi-state Permit class is given as a separate class by a Utah Certified Concealed Firearms Instructor as required by Utah law.
If you are Retired or Active Duty Law Enforcement, or Honorably Discharged or active duty military, you do not need to take the Basic Handgun Safety Class for the Florida and Virginia permits. In place of a Certificate of Training, you will need to include in your application packets: a photocopy of your military honorable discharge papers, or a photocopy of your DD-214, or a copy of your military I.D., or a certificate of completion of any firearms course offered by an NRA-certified or Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor. The instructor’s name, training classification and NRA number must be legible.
With the Florida, Virginia and Utah non-resident gun licenses, you are good to carry in 33 states. Add New Hampshire and Maine, which can be done by mail order, and you are up to 35 states. Protect your gun rights.
Don’t carry illegally. AS long as it is possible, exercise your rights legally. Within reason, obtain licenses to carry firearms so that you can carry legally wherever your travels take you. This sends an important message to those who would take away our God given rights.
Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., psychologist and NRA Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, trains law abiding citizens in the defensive use of firearms. His company, Personal Defense Solutions, LLC, also runs the classes required to obtain the Florida, Virginia, and Utah non-resident multi-state CCW permits. To learn more visit, Personal Defense Solutions.
Review: Smith and Wesson SD40
by Richard Johnson
Want to know what is the best value in a defensive handgun? Take a look at the Smith & Wesson SD40 pistol. It is a very reliable handgun that fits well in the hand and offers many of the features professionals look for. The real bonus is the street price on this gun is less than $400.
The SD40 is part of a two gun line, with the SD9 being its counterpart. The SD stands for “self defense” while the number indicates the caliber. The pistols are polymer framed and striker fired.
The SD line is an extension of the oft-maligned Sigma series of handguns. Frankly, I’ve found some of the criticism of the Sigma pistols to be unfounded, as they have always shot well for me.
The SD40 is a full-size handgun, suitable for home defense, private security or police work. It may be a bit large for concealed carry depending on your needs. It certainly won’t fit into an ankle holster, but will work in an IWB or belt slide holster with the right cover garment.
As the name SD40 indicates, this gun is chambered in the popular .40 S&W cartridge. Magazines hold 14 rounds, and low-capacity 10-round mags are available for the more restrictive states.
The pistol has a 4-inch barrel and overall length of 7.2-inches. Weight, unloaded, is just under 23 ounces.
The grip is not adjustable like in the company’s M&P line. The grip is moderately textured on the sides, with more aggressive texturing on the front and backstrap areas.
The way the sights are set up is very interesting. The front sight is a tritium night sight with white outline. The rear sight is a two-dot sight without tritium. I found this arrangement to be very easy to shoot, and there is less visual confusion when shooting in low light conditions.
The rear sight has a notch cutout, which allows for one-handed cycling to clear a malfunction or when reloading from slide lock. I find that to be a feature that is often overlooked in many gun designs.
The sights are dovetailed, allowing for easy replacement.
Unlike the M&P pistols, the SD40 does not have reversible or ambidextrous controls. The slide stop and magazine release are both on the left side of the gun, and there are no provisions for moving them. Well, at least not without a Dremel tool.
The SD40 has an accessory rail to allow the easy addition of a white light or laser.
This Smith pistol does not have a magazine disconnect or other external safety.
Unfortunately, S&W stamped a warning about that into the side of the frame on the right side. It isn’t a large imprinting, but I hate the look of warning labels stamped on my guns. At least Smith didn’t put it on the slide.
I took the SD40 out to my local range, and spent several fun hours with it.
The gun showed absolute reliability, with no malfunctions of any kind. Hollowpoints, roundnose, jacketed and even cheap lead bullet loads all functioned perfectly.
I’ve shot a lot of handguns, and have always found the high-pressure .40 S&W rounds to be a little “snappier” than both the 9mm and .45 ACP cartridges. While still very shootable, the .40 can be a bit much for some people with limited experience or who are particularly recoil sensitive.
That said, I found shooting the SD40 very easy, and without some of the normal snap I have found in other pistols. Recoil was mild, and both controlled pairs and hammer pairs were no problem.
I live in Florida, and we have very hot, humid weather here. My hands get really sweaty, and guns can jump around if I don’t have a good grip on the pistol. Fortunately, the S&W SD40’s grip texture was aggressive enough to allow me to keep hold of the gun easily.
Accuracy was fine. I generally don’t break out a measuring tape to see what load is getting the tightest groups on a defensive handgun. All rounds were hitting the paper where I intended. If I consistently put rounds into center mass at 25 yards, I am satisfied. With the SD40, I was pleased with the accuracy.
The trigger on the SD40 is a little gritty and a touch long. The more I shot it, the smoother it got. But I never got it to the same level as the M&P or Glock.
The SD40 trigger does have a “hard” reset that is much more like a Glock, than an M&P pistol. I know a lot of people have complained that Smith & Wesson made a mistake with the M&P trigger by not having a hard reset. The SD40 will not garner the same criticism.
Home Defense Kit.
Taking the concept of self defense one-step farther, Smith & Wesson is now marketing the SD9 and SD40 pistols in a Home Defense Kit. If the SD pistol is a good value, then the HD Kits are a fantastic value.
The kits include the SD pistol of your choice plus a S&W branded Micro90 weapon light and a GunVault Nano200 pistol safe box.
The Micro90 is a 90-lumen white light that mounts on the SD40’s accessory rail and has momentary on and constant on modes. It is lightweight, adding less than 1.5 ounces to the entire package.
The Micro90 runs on a single CR2 battery and has a constant on runtime of two hours. Using an LED allows the long runtime, and also provides a more true white light as opposed to the yellow tinted light of incandescent bulbs.
The GunVault Nano200 is a lockable metal box designed to safely store a pistol. It is foam lined to protect your gun and comes with a heavy duty cable for additional security. The gun box is large enough to store the SD40 pistol with the Micro90 mounted and an extra magazine.
Street prices on the kits are not much more than the SD pistols, often staying below the $450 mark with several vendors pricing around $425.
The Smith & Wesson SD40 is a reliable handgun designed for self defense. It has a number of nice features, and can be purchased with a light and lockbox in a relatively inexpensive factory kit.
If you are looking for a high quality gun in the sub-$400 price range, take a serious look at the SD40. It is one of the best values on the market today.
Richard Johnson is a veteran police officer and trainer who publishes BlueSheepdog.com, a police training community. You can also connect with Richard on Twitter.
Richard Johnson is a veteran police officer and trainer who publishes BlueSheepdog.com, a police training community at http://www.bluesheepdog.com/. You can also connect with Richard on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bluesheepdog
This Week in American Military History:
June 14, 1775: The American Continental Army is formed in Boston: thus June 14 becomes the official birthday of the U.S. Army. George Washington will be appointed commander in chief of the new army the following day.
June 14, 1777: Two years to the day after the birth of the American Army, Betsy Ross’s “Stars and Stripes” (adopted by the Continental Congress) replaces the Grand Union flag as the official national standard. In time, the anniversary of this day will become known as “Flag Day.”
June 15, 1944: U.S. Marines under the command of Lt. Gen. Holland M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith (a recipient of France’s Croix de Guerre for his actions during the battle of Belleau Wood in World War I), begin hitting the beaches on Saipan, a Japanese territorial island in the Marianas chain.
In a battle that will continue into August – far longer if counting the tiny pockets of post-battle Japanese resistance – Smith’s Marines and soldiers will destroy enemy forces under Lt. Gen. Yoshitsugu Saito.
A German naval attache in Tokyo, will purportedly write: “Saipan was really understood to be a matter of life and death. About that time they began telling the people the truth about the war. They began preparing them for whatever must happen. Before that they had been doing nothing but fooling the people.”
Within days of the landings, the Japanese fleet will be decisively defeated in the great carrier battle of the Philippine Sea, also known as the “Marianas Turkey Shoot.”
June 17, 1775: The battle of Bunker Hill (often referred to as the battle of Breed’s Hill) opens when British Army forces and Royal Marines under the command of Gen. William Howe attack American forces under Gen. Israel Putnam and Col. William Prescott who have taken up position on the hills above Boston. The British will ultimately take Bunker and Breed’s Hills, but British losses make it a pyrrhic victory.
According to the Library of Congress: “American troops displayed their mettle in the Battle of Bunker Hill during the siege of Boston, inflicting casualties on nearly half of the British troops dispatched to secure Breed’s Hill (where most of the fighting occurred).”
Mr. Smith is a contributor to Human Events. A former U.S. Marine rifle-squad leader and counterterrorism instructor, he writes about military/defense issues and has covered conflict in the Balkans, on the West Bank, in Iraq and Lebanon. He is the author of six books, and his articles appear in a variety of publications. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State governments are timid beasts. So often the country will refuse to move in a new policy direction unless one state jumps out ahead and acts first. In the past, California was often the dynamic frontrunner. Now, Texas is increasingly the example that other states ought to follow.
When it comes to the Amazon Tax, or the plan to change the tax laws in Texas to punish Amazon for out-competing its competitors, it looked like Texas was ready to lead in the the right direction. Governor Rick Perry vetoed HB 2403, the initial attempt at passing a special Amazon Tax in the state.
But the forces of tax-and-spend politics haven’t given up yet. Even as Texas celebrates its first all-funds spending reduction in decades, it seems like some people haven’t given up on raising taxes. So, the Amazon tax was re-inserted into SB 1 in the special session.
No matter what bill it’s in, a special Internet Sales Tax is a bad idea, and takes Texas in the wrong direction.
Conservative think tanks and activist groups are aligning against the proposal. However the sneaky bit about this second attempt at the new tax is that Governor Perry does not have a line item veto. So it’s time to put pressure on the legislature to fix SB 1 for smaller, Constitutional government.
I think Mitt Romney did not just win the New Hampshire debate by holding his own, but legitimately won it with his answers and composure. He was unnecessarily defensive on the Afghan question, but largely showed his experience with Presidential debates.
The surprise last night was Michelle Bachmann. If there was a winner of the anti-Romney coalition, Michelle Bachmann not only won, but won by a wide margin. Suddenly, for many, the flirtation toward Herman Cain and others will go in Bachmann’s direction. Bachmann’s stellar performance also contrasted with Tim Pawlenty who could have sealed the deal, or taken substantial steps toward sealing the deal, of being the anti-Romney candidate. Had his backing off of “Obamneycare” been later in the debate, i think it would have done less damage. But coming so soon into the debate, it clouded the rest of his performance, which had some really good moments. His defense of “right to work” was stellar.
Newt Gingrich needs to be kicking himself. He proved, yet again, he is one of the smartest guys in the GOP. His answer on Islam and loyalty was exactly what Herman Cain needed to do. His immigration answer was solid. But while he came across as the bright, ideas guy we all expect and know, there was no opportunity for him to show his viability — that will be a bigger, non-debate question.
By the way, Newt’s answer on Islam and loyalty will probably be the soundbite of tomorrow. It was a stellar answer that, despite spin from the left, will not hurt the Republicans.
The debate failed to begin the movement toward solidifying the anti-Romney wing. If anything, Bachmann and Pawlenty’s performances throw it into chaos. This leaves a very real opening for Governor Rick Perry or Governor Sarah Palin to come in and begin making the case for an alternative. The odds are growing, I think, that Perry gets in. He has nothing really to lose as he won’t have to leave the Governor’s Mansion to do it.
It is early, but it is less than seven months to Iowa. The clock is ticking. Perry coming in would be a disruptive event for many already in the race and he’d become the odds on favorite for people opposed to Romney to coalesce behind.
Monday, June 13, 2011
RSC Update: The “Recovery Summer” that Never Warmed Up
From the Chairman
One year ago this week, Democrats embarked on a “Recovery Summer” campaign touting the success of their stimulus package. Of course, the stimulus didn’t actually work, “Recovery Summer” never warmed up, and Americans face the slowest jobs recovery since the Great Depression. Despite the evidence, many liberals continue to call for more spending, taxing, and red tape. These ideas won’t solve the problem – they ARE the problem. Washington needs to stop creating uncertainty and get out of the way.
Getting the country back on track will also require lock-tight spending restraint. Employers know the $14 trillion national debt means higher taxes, inflation, interest rates, and regulation are on the way. So instead of taking risks and creating jobs, America’s entrepreneurs are playing defense. Our “Cut, Cap, and Balance” approach (cut the deficit in half next year, cap spending in line with average revenues, and enact a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution) will restore private sector confidence and help businesses see reasons to hire once more.
Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee
RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ-06): Budget Solution – Cut, Cap, and Balance; The White Mountain Independent, June 7.
· Rep. Reid Ribble (WI-08): Doing Nothing Is No Longer an Option; The Green Bay Press Gazette, June 8.
· Rep. James Lankford (OK-05): Returning to Fiscal Stability with an Open Debate; Red State, June 9.
· Rep. John Kline (MN-02): Outdated Mandates Fail Our Students; Politico, June 13.
House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.
· The House was not in session last week.
Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· Today, the House is expected to vote on the 2012 MilCon-VA Appropriations Act.
· On Tuesday, the House is expected to begin consideration of the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Act, with a potential vote Wednesday.
· On Wednesday, the House is expected to begin consideration of the America Invents Act, a patent reform bill, with a potential vote Thursday.
· Each week the House is in session, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.
House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Policy Staff
Joe Murray, Professional Policy Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Policy Staff
Ja’Ron Smith, Professional Policy Staff
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach
Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services
Brian Straessle, Communications Director
Ben Miller, Deputy Communications Director
Cyrus Artz, Research Assistant