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Non-Citizens Can Now Become Cops In This State…

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Gun Country Community,

At Gun Country, we’re all about standing firm with the Second Amendment. It’s a right we hold dear, just as those who came before us did. Now, our friends over at have some noteworthy news: ‘Non-Citizens Can Now Become Cops In This State’. This isn’t just another headline—it’s a conversation we need to have.

How do you feel about non-citizens joining the police force?

( – Over the objections of the state’s largest police union, which labeled it a “potential crisis of confidence in law enforcement,” Illinois Governor Jay Robert Pritzker signed a bill allowing non-citizens to work as police officers into law.

On July 28, Mr. Pritzker signed HB3751 into law, making it possible for non-citizens who are lawfully able to work in the United States to apply to become police officers in Illinois with immediate effect.

“Foreign nationals who are legally permitted by federal law to work in the United States or any foreign national who “is an individual against whom immigration action has been deferred by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process” but who is permitted to possess a firearm can now apply to become a police officer in Illinois,” according to the text of the bill.

Only U.S. citizens can work as police officers and deputy sheriffs under federal law. However, due to a lack of staff, legislation and legislative initiatives in several states have amended this.

Running Officers on Minimal Staff

Violent and criminalized Chicago is one of the Illinois cities with the greatest need for new hires.

According to interim Chicago police superintendent Fred Waller, “We’re dealing with a lot of people who are just emboldened and they’re shooting people recklessly in the daytime also.”

According to WGN9, in June, Mr. Waller stated, “I’m never going to say we can’t use more staff, more resources. We are truly exhausting our police. We frequently postpone days off.”

Along with many other police departments nationwide, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) is losing officers more quickly than it can hire competent candidates.

According to data, the CPD lost around 3,300 officers and employees between 2019 and 2022, while only 1,600 people were hired to replace open positions.

This resulted from a wave of resignations by officers disheartened by the anti-police protests and calls to “defund the police” in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

Potential Confidence Crisis In Law Enforcement

Despite declaring that it would accept new recruits “with open arms,” the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, representing around 33,000 current duty and retired police officers in the state, would only do so when the applicants become citizens of the United States.

“Police officers’ primary responsibility is to uphold the law and guarantee that everyone under their jurisdiction abides by all relevant laws.

When the bill cleared the state senate and was awaiting Mr. Pritzker’s signature in early July, the group released a statement asking, “What message does this legislation convey when it empowers persons who do not have legal status to become the enforcers of our laws?”

“At a time when our police need all the public support they can muster, this may be a crisis of faith in law enforcement. Be assured that once their citizenship status is established, we will welcome these potential police recruits with open arms and look forward to the distinctive viewpoint they may provide to our profession,” the statement continued.

The measure was also opposed by certain state legislators. Republican state senator Chapin Rose stated during a discussion of the proposal that enabling non-citizens to detain people of the United States would constitute a “fundamental breach” of democracy.

In May, Mr. Rose declared, “It’s just a fundamentally poor notion. “It doesn’t matter that this person is from Australia; they shouldn’t be able to detain a citizen of the United States on American soil.”

Police Who Are Not Citizens In Other States

California passed a law earlier this year allowing non-citizens with legitimate work permits to work as police officers.

The San Diego Police Officers Association raised grave reservations about the proposal, much like its Illinois equivalent.

In July 2020, the San Diego Police Department faced a significant loss of over 500 officers, which is alarming.

Sergeant Jared Wilson, the President of the San Diego Police Officers Association, spoke on behalf of the organization and emphasized the need to allow more people to serve as police officers while maintaining the established standards and requirements.

The bill’s author, California State Senator Nancy Skinner, said it did little more than connect police officers with other professions, such as the military.

Senator Skinner stated, “As long as they have full legal license, full federal legal work authorization, practically every other profession—lawyers, doctors, even firefighters—can participate in California’s standards.”

CBS8 reported that Ms. Skinner stated in January that the restriction was only placed on sworn officers.

“Ironically, in the military, you could be an officer in the military and you could not be a peace officer in California. So that’s why we felt it was totally right to fix the rule,” she added.

The Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force found that several states have legislation similar to the one Illinois recently passed, allowing non-citizens to apply for police positions as long as they have valid work permission.

This covers, among other places, Maine, Louisiana, and California.

What are your thoughts?

Should non-citizens have the legal power to enforce laws on American citizens?

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Protect Your Second Amendment Rights: Oppose SB 1160 and SB 1253 in California


On Tuesday, April 2nd at 8:30am, the California Senate Public Safety Committee is slated to review two concerning bills that threaten the rights of firearm owners across the Golden State. As staunch advocates for the Second Amendment, it’s imperative for NRA Members and supporters of gun rights to take action. Senate Bill 1160 and Senate Bill 1253 pose significant threats, and it’s crucial to voice opposition to these proposed measures.

Senate Bill 1160: Annual Firearm Registration Requirement


Senate Bill 1160 represents a direct assault on the rights of law-abiding gun owners in California. This bill seeks to mandate an annual re-registration process for all firearms with the Department of Justice. If enacted, firearm owners would be compelled to navigate bureaucratic hurdles each year and pay undisclosed fees to maintain their registration status.

This onerous requirement not only burdens responsible gun owners with unnecessary red tape but also sets a dangerous precedent for government overreach into the fundamental rights protected by the Second Amendment. Under SB 1160, failure to comply with the annual registration mandate could result in severe penalties, including fines of up to $1000 and the potential confiscation of unregistered firearms.

Upholding Second Amendment Freedoms: Take Action Against SB 1160

It’s imperative for Second Amendment supporters to stand united against Senate Bill 1160. This legislation threatens the core principles of individual liberty and firearm ownership rights. We urge all concerned citizens to contact members of the Senate Public Safety Committee and vehemently oppose SB 1160.

Senate Bill 1253: Restricting Firearm Possession without Firearm Safety Card

Another concerning proposal slated for review is Senate Bill 1253, which seeks to further restrict firearm ownership rights in California. Under existing law, individuals are required to obtain a Firearm Safety Card to purchase or receive a firearm. However, SB 1253 aims to extend this requirement to possession, effectively prohibiting law-abiding citizens from possessing firearms without a valid Firearm Safety Card.

This additional hurdle not only imposes unnecessary burdens on responsible gun owners but also fails to address the root causes of crime and violence. Criminals, by definition, do not adhere to firearm laws, rendering such measures ineffective at curbing illicit gun activities. Instead, SB 1253 unfairly penalizes law-abiding citizens and undermines their ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Defending Second Amendment Liberties: Oppose SB 1253

Senate Bill 1253 represents yet another attempt to erode the Second Amendment freedoms of Californians. By imposing stringent requirements for firearm possession, this bill unfairly targets responsible gun owners while doing little to enhance public safety. It’s essential for proponents of gun rights to take a stand against SB 1253 and advocate for the preservation of constitutional liberties.

Take Action: Protect Second Amendment Rights in California


As the Senate Public Safety Committee prepares to review SB 1160 and SB 1253, it’s paramount for NRA Members and supporters of the Second Amendment to make their voices heard. Use the Take Action button below to contact committee members and urge them to oppose these egregious bills. Together, we can defend our cherished freedoms and safeguard the right to keep and bear arms in California.

Do you live in California? What do you do to oppose greater encroachment on your right to keep and bear arms? Leave your thoughts in the comments

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The AR-15: A Versatile Platform for Every Shooter


The AR pattern rifle, affectionately known as the “AR-15,” has become a staple in the firearms community, offering unparalleled versatility and customization options. From budget-friendly builds to high-end boutique rifles, there seems to be a configuration for every shooter’s preferences and needs. But with so many parts available, is there truly a rifle for everyone? And is there even a wrong answer to the AR question?

Diverse Builders, Diverse Builds

The AR-15 has evolved beyond just a firearm; it’s now a sport in itself, with enthusiasts eagerly assembling rifles tailored to their specific desires. Whether someone is aiming for the cheapest build, the most boutique setup, or a specialized rifle for a particular purpose like suppressor use, the AR platform offers endless possibilities. This diversity among builders reflects the platform’s adaptability and appeal to a wide range of shooters.

Navigating Budget Builds: A Personal Journey

Recently, there’s been a surge in interest in building affordable AR-style rifles, prompting many to explore budget-friendly options. One such endeavor involved sourcing parts directly from Bear Creek Arsenal (BCA), a company with a reputation for offering budget-friendly components. Despite initial reservations due to past controversies and quality concerns, the experience of assembling a rifle from BCA parts proved surprisingly positive.

Unboxing and Initial Impressions

Upon receiving the parts from BCA, there was a mix of anticipation and skepticism. However, upon inspection, there was a notable nod of approval for the quality of finish work, packaging, and overall presentation. While some parts lacked robust packaging, none arrived damaged, showcasing BCA’s attention to detail. Despite some vagueness regarding product specs, BCA’s use of 4150 CM-V and 416 Stainless barrels instilled confidence in the build.

Assembly Practices: Attention to Detail

Building the lower receiver proved relatively straightforward, but attention to detail was paramount. Proper torqueing of the castle nut, staking the end plate, and meticulous lubrication ensured adherence to factory specifications and optimal performance. The importance of using proper tools, lubricants, and assembly techniques cannot be overstated, particularly for critical components like the trigger and gas system.

Navigating Upper Receiver Assembly

While assembling the lower receiver was relatively straightforward, the upper receiver presented more complexity and significance. Attention to detail during barrel installation, gas system alignment, and muzzle device timing were crucial for ensuring accuracy, reliability, and safety. Thermal fitting techniques and proper torqueing procedures were employed to optimize barrel-to-receiver fit and gas system performance.

Range Testing and Final Thoughts

After meticulous assembly and function testing, the rifle was taken to the range for reliability and accuracy testing. Using a variety of ammunition types and optics configurations, the rifle performed admirably, showcasing respectable accuracy and reliability. While there were minor issues such as an over-gassed barrel, these were addressed with aftermarket solutions. Overall, Bear Creek Arsenal’s components proved to offer excellent value for budget-conscious builders, demonstrating that affordability doesn’t necessarily mean compromising on quality.

The AR-15 is a highly adaptable platform allowing builds for a wide array of preferences for all kinds of shooters. Whether building a budget-friendly rifle or investing in high-end components, the AR platform offers endless customization possibilities. While each builder may have their own priorities and preferences, the beauty of the AR-15 lies in its ability to accommodate them all, ensuring that there truly is a rifle for every shooter.

Do you own an AR-15? Have you ever built one? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Mack W. Gwinn Jr.: A Tribute to a Firearms Pioneer


Mack W. Gwinn Jr., a visionary in the firearms industry, passed away on March 11, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and dedication to his craft. Born in Florida, Gwinn’s journey into the world of firearms began with his service in the U.S. Army Special Forces, where he earned several Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star during seven deployments to Vietnam.

From Military Service to Firearms Innovation

Following his military service, Gwinn transitioned into the firearms industry, where he made significant contributions. One of his notable achievements was acquiring the rights to the Colt IMP-221, a stockless, gas-operated bullpup pistol initially developed for aircrew survival in the U.S. Air Force. Redesigning the concept to accept the 5.56 NATO caliber and standard AR magazines, Gwinn founded Gwinn Arms and introduced the Bushmaster Arm Pistol in the early 1970s.

Pioneering Personal Defense Weapons

The Bushmaster Arm Pistol, an innovative pistol-sized firearm utilizing an intermediate round, predated the concept of personal defense weapons (PDWs) by a generation. Although not a commercial blockbuster, the Arm Pistol laid the foundation for Bushmaster Firearms and left an indelible mark on the industry.

Legacy of Innovation

Beyond the Bushmaster Arm Pistol, Gwinn’s influence extended to various other firearms projects and inventions. He held patents for extended capacity magazines and developed concepts for firearms applications ranging from target pistols to recoil reduction systems. His ingenuity and curiosity led him to explore diverse projects, including vehicle design and accessory development.

Remembering a Trailblazer

Mack W. Gwinn Jr.’s passing marks the end of an era in the firearms community. His contributions to the industry will be remembered for years to come, serving as inspiration for future generations of innovators. In honoring his memory, donations can be made to the Maine Veterans Project, and condolences may be expressed to his family at BrookingsSmith.

Mack W. Gwinn Jr. leaves behind a legacy of excellence, marked by his unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of firearms design and technology. His impact on the industry will continue to resonate, ensuring his place among the pantheon of firearms pioneers.

Do you know Mack W. Gwinn Jr? How about his famous firearms? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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