For 4 years, my law firm has offered employees a $50/month bonus if they choose to take the training to obtain their permit to carry, lawfully obtain that permit, and lawfully carry at the office. I mentioned that bonus in passing a couple years ago. On March 17, 2015, a boyfriend of a (still unidentified) former employee apparently mentioned that to a morning talk radio show that was discussing things employees could do to earn some extra money while at work. … Continued
As I previously mentioned, I took a break from updating LearnAboutGuns.com to focus on starting my law firm. I am happy to say that business is booming, and I now employ two attorneys and three paralegals. I’m also happy to announce that my wife also gave birth to our first child (Lily), and both mother and baby are doing great. All in all, it has been the busiest (and best) several months of my life. With that said, I have … Continued
Several months ago, I left the law firm where I was working as an associate attorney and formed my own law firm, Puryear Law P.C. Since doing so, I’ve been quite busy with both legal work and the administrative matters that come along with running a business. Business has been excellent, and the firm has grown rather rapidly. I’ve had to add both employees and office space to keep pace the firm’s growth, which has not yet leveled off. However, … Continued
Due to the 14+ hour days I’ve been working as I get my law firm up and running, I haven’t had time to post many articles lately. I’ve also been slower at responding to emails. Please rest assured this is a temporary situation, and I expect to resume my normal posting routine by the beginning of next week. I have not given up on this website or gun rights – not by a longshot! On a personal level, I am … Continued
Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day, the annual event sponsored by the Illinois State Rifle Association, will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011. I firmly intend to be there this year, and encourage everyone else to attend as well. IGOLD 2011 details can be seen below:
Happy New Year! May this year bring everyone happiness, prosperity, and expanded gun rights.
Some of the earliest readers of this website will recall my career path as a lawyer thus far: I finished law school and worked as a government law clerk while studying for (and passin) the Illinois bar exam. I stayed with the government for a while, then accepted an attorney position with a law firm in the Quad Cities area of Illinois/Iowa. At that firm, I handled the majority of the court appearances on cases which ranged from murder down … Continued
Merry Christmas (to those who celebrate the holiday). Happy [insert holiday of your choosing here] to those who don’t. So, did anyone get or give any guns/gun accessories for Christmas?
Over the last couple of weeks especially this last week, I’ve posted fewer articles than normal. Rest assured, that was a temporary thing, and was the result of me being very busy. I plan to resume my normal posting schedule tomorrow. The upshot is that I will have some exciting news to announce soon (related to both guns and my personal life).
Since today is Thanksgiving, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the visitors to this website for doing me the honor of caring to read what I write.
I’m currently preparing to take the Iowa bar exam, and as a result will be posting fewer articles for the next week or so.
A couple weeks ago, I mentioned my newest website, MyGunSpot. It is a social networking website for gun owners, which currently has about 80 members. At MyGunSpot, you can connect with other gun owners to discuss gun-related matters, join groups, create your own blog, share pictures, play games, find gun-related books/DVDs, use the gun-related classifieds, and stay up to date on gun-related news, all for free.
I’m pleased to announce my latest website, MyGunSpot.com. It is a social networking website geared towards gun owners:
Today seemed liked an especially appropriate day for a thank you:
I would like to take a moment to briefly discuss online legal advice, especially in connection with to firearms-related laws.
Not exactly gun related, but I am pleased to announce that I have passed the Illinois Bar Exam
Amazon Kindle users can now subscribe to LearnAboutGuns.com through the Kindle store.
Last month, I wrote about an unpleasant gun store experience, and my decision to boycott that gun store. That story now has a happy ending, thanks to a local FFL who has really impressed me:
I’ve generally been quite happy with the gun stores and ranges I’ve been to, both in the Chicago and Quad Cities areas. However that streak came to an end today, with a trip to B & B Shooting Supplies. The story is below, and I’m curious what other people think of the situation and my reaction.
Just a quick note about the lack of posts this week:
I’m taking the Illinois bar exam Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, so I won’t be posting anything new until Monday, August 3rd. I’ll also be unable to moderate comments or answer emails during this time. But rest assured, any comments/emails will be attended to upon my return.
I’ve received a report that the LearnAboutGuns email subscriptions are not working. I’m getting the emails just fine, but I would like to know if there is some problem that is affecting some email subscribers. If you subscribe by email, could you please leave a comment below letting me know whether you’re having any problems? Thanks!
I just wanted to make a few notes relating to LearnAboutGuns.com:
Early this morning, a certain official from the village of Oak Park, IL left a comment on this website in which he or she discussed the village’s handgun ban, and a desire to speak with me. He or she requested that I call him or her on the phone, because he or she did not have a non-work-related email account. The official also requested that I not publish his or her name/position/phone#/etc. on this website. While I will, of course, … Continued
Given the recent comments from an Oak Park newspaper writer, I thought this would be a good opportunity to mention the other interactions I’ve had with local news media:
I’m curious which aspects of LearnAboutGuns.com that visitors like and dislike. Please take the quick poll below and/or leave a comment letting me know what you would like to see more of on this website:
Previously, comments on this site’s articles were disabled due to my concerns over spam. However, I’ve now instituted new spam prevention measures, and enabled comments. Please feel free to leave comments on any articles And if you have any gun related topics you would like me to address, just email me or ask in the discussion forum. I can’t guarantee that I’ll write an article about the topic you suggest, but the chances are pretty good that I will.
I’ve noticed that some people tend to buy into the propaganda released by the anti-gun groups or those who just seem to not know any better, and believe that gun owners are uneducated and violence prone. This is plainly untrue, so I thought I would give some of my biographical and demographical information:
Below are links to various national and state rifle associations and pro-gun groups
On the contact page I state that I am open to having a polite and civil debate about firearms rights, and I wanted to elaborate on that
Below are links to some of my favorite pro gun sites:
My name is Eric Puryear, and in case you would like to know a little more about me, my biographical and demographical information is available here. If you have any questions (except requests for legal advice), concerns or, suggestions for this site, or you would like to have a polite and civil debate about firearms rights, I can be reached by email at
There are a variety of ways that we can all do our part to protect gun rights. I have listed a few of these ways below
Getting started as a responsible, law abiding firearm owner in Illinois is a simple process, as this article shows.
In recent years, the Cook County, Illinois commissioners have ramped up their efforts to prevent law abiding citizens from possessing firearms