I grew up in Northern Texas in an era when gun ownership was an accepted part of everyday life. From an early age, I was fortunate enough to be able to hike off into the cotton fields near our home and be gone all day exploring. I would leave the house with a .22 rifle slung across my shoulder, a WWII knapsack on my back with a peanut butter sandwich inside, and spend all the day exploring old abandoned farmhouses, hunting small game, and in general terms, living the life of heaven on earth for a teenage boy.
At age 17, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. I learned all the weaponry common to an infantry company at the time. I am a Viet Nam veteran. I spent two years on the MCAS El Toro Rifle and Pistol Team. Later in my career, I shot the island of Oahu’s high score with the .45 ACP service pistol while serving at MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I retired after 22 years as a Master Gunnery Sergeant.
I served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff Department for 25 years and retired as a Lieutenant. As a new Deputy, I and three others formed the Department’s large bore rifle team in the late 1980’s. We won a bronze medal during the California Police Olympics in our last year of competition. As a Patrol Deputy, I patrolled the streets in several South County cities and unincorporated areas. As a Lieutenant, I had the honor of serving as the Chief of Police Services for the city of Rancho Santa Margarita for over two years.
I strongly believe that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution provides the right and the responsibility for private citizens to own firearms. I am aggressively “pro” gun ownership and I encourage all the shooting sports. At this point in my life after two full careers armed and in uniform, I am excited by the prospect of instructing others in the safe ownership, handling, and shooting of firearms.