It’s getting a little spooky out there in la-la land!
An outfit in Nevada called The Primed Patriot is mass emailing what it claims is an online video education you can get and that clears you for a certificate for concealed carry of a firearm.
Here’s the way Primed Patriot sells its service:
“Just when you thought those liberals couldn’t get any crazier … Fox News just reported on the growing number of Second Amendment sanctuaries popping up around the country — cities and counties where citizens are not allowed to bring firearms — only the police! Every day America is starting to feel more and more like disarmed Germany in 1938. So now is the time to get Concealed Carry Certified before these wacko liberals push tighter gun laws on us.”
And then this banner pops up:
Everyday Hawaii residents seeking a CCW permit start their gun permit certification process here. We have put together the simplest concealed carry online permit qualification survey. In our 6-question survey you will see if you qualify for a multi-state recognized concealed carry license. Our CHL trainer is state approved; we are not a government agency.
BUT — police in several states are warning that this is a scam. That $100 you pay to The Primed Patriot for their concealed carry permit is not valid in any state where you must have a locally issued permit or where concealed carry is not allowed.
The Primed Patriot lists Nevada as its home state but you are instructed to send your $100 to an address in Miami Beach. All you have to do is answer “no” to six questions about your mental health, criminal background and military discharge. Plus watch a video on gun handling.
This is a part of the “patriot movement” in the U.S. that has grown by leaps and bounds in the past dozen years. Those in the movement demand that the federal government adhere to the Constitution and stop what they see as systematic abuse of land rights, gun rights, freedom of speech and other liberties.
Law enforcement officials call them dangerous, delusional and sometimes violent, and say that their numbers are growing amid a wave of anger at the government that has been gaining strength since 2008, a surge that coincided with the election of the first Black U.S. president and a crippling economic recession. And now the pandemic and the potential for Democrats to take the White House, the Senate, and keep control of the House. Democrats are seen as the gun-rights enemy.
There were about 150 such gun-rights groups in 2008 and about 1,000 now. J.J. MacNab, a George Washington University researcher who specializes in extremism, says social media has allowed individuals or small groups of “patriots” to become far more influential than in the 1990s, when the groups would spread their message through meetings at local diners and via faxes.
But this new concealed carry permit selling on the internet is fairly new, and growing. Another outfit called ConcealedCCW.com claims the certificates it issues online are good in 27 states.
And then there’s U.S. Concealed Carry, which in addition to a certificate offers as included services:
“If you ever have to defend yourself or your family, you’ll have access to a local attorney, the financial funding to protect against criminal charges and civil suits, and instant connection to our emergency response team. There’s nothing simple about self-defense, and with the USCCA, you’ll never have to go it alone.”
Hawaii is a state along with Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York that may issue a concealed carry permit to a resident or non-resident, but that permission is not easy to obtain here.
A mail-order or online concealed carry “certificate” is not recognized.