The Signing of the Constitution of the United States of America

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

I had originally obtained my firearm permit to carry here in Minnesota, 8 years ago and found it oddly comforting to know that I had the right to carry a handgun.

Most of the time, my gun was just safely locked away in the gun safe, but the confidence of knowing that I did have the right to carry, if I so chose, was a comfort which surprised me.

In Minnesota, our permit is good for 5 yrs., at which time you must again go through a class to re-certify, then again apply for your permit. Kind of a hassle, but it does make good sense.

I had let my certification lapse for the last 3 years, gosh, how time flies! Now, with all the unrest in the world today, I decided that I really wanted my right to carry back.

Luckily, I was invited to private class for re-certification this past weekend. And I was thrilled to finally have my certificate and I can now apply for my permit again.

The reason I decided to write this article is because I want to encourage everyone, from 21 to 91 to get a group of responsible friends together to take this same class.

Mr. Jason M. Elmore, an amazing young Police Officer, was our instructor. I learned so much about the different types of handguns and how to shoot them. The do’s and don’ts. And Which gun would best fit me. I learned the best way to hold my style of handgun and how this hold will help me to have more safety, accuracy and confidence.

We learned about Minnesota laws for carrying, responsible actions, the right to protect our own person, our family members and others. Jason showed film clips and discussed defensive actions as well as the sensible action of retreat when possible.

I am a grandma of 38 beautiful souls, I live to be around my family. And I think it is so important for grandparents as well as parents to live what we preach. It is important for me to be able to protect myself and my family if the occasion should arise. And I think it’s important to let the young see us older, and generally wiser folks striving to keep and exercise our rights.

I came away from this class, with a sense of pride. I came away feeling rejuvenated and confident; and even more determined than ever, to continue the fight, for the right, to have and keep Our “Right to Bear Arms.”

May God Bless America!

Sue Meyer

Jason also teaches other gun classes, as well as advanced gun training. You can contact Jason at: or email at: or phone: 320-291-1347