Author: Blue Line Defense

Tell Gov. Dayton to sign the Stand Your Ground. TODAY!


If you do only one thing for gun rights this year, this is it!

What you can do today:

  1. Call the governor’s office, and ask him to sign HF1467, the Stand Your Ground bill, TODAY!Metro: 651-201-3400
    Toll Free: 800-657-3717
  2. Write a real letter, on paper. These are incredibly effective in convincing a politician of how seriously we take an issue.
    Governor Mark Dayton
    130 State Capitol
    75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    St. Paul, MN 55155

    Suggested language: “Please sign HF1467, the Stand Your Ground bill, today.”

  3. Send an email: Go to the governor’s web site at, and send the same message.
  4. Got a fax machine? Send a fax with the same message to 651-797-1850.
  5. Forward this to a dozen friends and ask them to do the same.

What you can do tomorrow, and every day until he signs the bill:

  1. Do it again (see above). Seriously.
The Stand Your Ground bill protects and restores our rights in many ways. Here’s the detail:

HF1467/SF1357 Summary
HF1467/SF1357, the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act of 2011, brings “Stand Your Ground” protections to Minnesota, restores the presumption that a person using self defense is innocent until proven guilty, enhances Castle Doctrine, prevents the state from seizing guns during an emergency (remember Hurricane Katrina?), improves carry reciprocity with other states and requires the government to do its job to serve law-abiding citizens.

The full text of the bill can be found here:

Here’s some more detail about the bill:

Adds Stand Your Ground
HF1467 brings “Stand Your Ground” protections to Minnesota, removing the requirement that an intended victim of violent crime must retreat from a place where he has a right to be before using deadly force in self defense.

Enhances Castle Doctrine
The bill also strengthens Minnesota’s “Castle Doctrine,” clarifying when and under what circumstances individuals can legally use deadly force to protect themselves in their homes and vehicles. In addition, it creates a presumption that, when faced with an apparent home invasion, carjacking or kidnapping attempt, a person may use deadly force in self defense.

Adds Universal Carry Permit Acceptance
Of particular interest to carry permit holders, the final article of the bill updates our carry permit reciprocity standards, allowing people holding carry permits from any other state to carry in Minnesota (under Minnesota law, of course). This should result in a large increase in the number of states where Minnesota permit holders can carry, since many states allow other states’ permit holders to carry on a reciprocal basis.

Prevents Gun Seizures During a State of Emergency
Taking a lesson from the problems in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the bill also bans government agencies from seizing guns or ammo, revoking permits to purchase or carry, closing gun shops, or otherwise suspending our constitutional rights during a civil emergency — or at any other time. It also prohibits law enforcement officers from seizing a person’s gun, unless the person is arrested, or the gun is evidence of a crime.

Enhances Purchase Permit Rights
The bill also borrows a page from the Permit to Carry law, providing a more robust appeal process for denied purchase permits, and requiring that police chiefs and sheriffs whose purchase permit denials are overturned must pay the applicants’ legal costs.

Please forward this link to gun owners and civil rights supporters, and ask them to sign up for our email blasts at

Customer Testimonials – We say “Thank You!”

On behalf of all of us at Blue Line Defense, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers who have attended a Blue Line Defense course. We had a very diverse group of people from a variety of backgrounds attend our Permit to Carry courses and Defensive Handgun courses lately, many of which have never handled a firearm before. It is always a pleasure to meet new people, educate them and see their progress. I would like to take the opportunity to share some of the feedback we received from some of you. Thank you for the kind remarks and for taking the time to provide us with feedback.

Great course and very thorough. Would recommend to anyone.

Very informative, i would recommend this to anyone interested in getting more familiar with a hand gun.

Terry is a 1st class instructor. Extremely professional and extremely credible. I would recommend him to anyone.

Terry, Paul and Rob are great. These guys are quick, brief and you will get what you pay for, even popping off some rounds at the range. Highly recommended. Will sign up for next level class.

If I wanted to further my handgun or defensive training, I would most definitely return to Blue Line Defense.

Great job! Kept it interesting. These guys are good.

Excellent course with great instructors.

Great class, very informative. I’d recommend to a friend.

Terry is a active duty police officer that is very informative. I look forward to taking blue lines defense 1 and 2 class. Good job and thank you Terry!

Hands-on at the range and a variety of classroom topics from ammo, the law, accessories, how-to operate, etc. The instructor is very knowledgeable. I walked away with a wealth of information and knowing that there was more I could learn when I was ready to advance.

Extremely informative and well run. Fantastic instructors, all around great experience!

I absolutely enjoyed this course and would recommend the course, Blue Line Defense, and specifically the two instructors I had today (Terry and Mark) again to anyone. Learned a lot and gained a new level of confidence too.

Great session. The instructors did a professional and informative job. I’d highly recommend Blue Line Defense.

Professional, solid course. Well planned and well taught.

The class was well put together, full of important information and all around a great experience for those looking to attain their permits to carry. I learned a lot from the class and was able to get my permit. Terry was very experienced as a Police Officer and more than willing to answer all questions without making you feel uncomfortable. I would recommend Blue Line Defense to anyone looking to protect themselves and get their permit.

KDWB: From the Radio to the Range

Members from KDWB’s Dave Ryan in the Morning Show put down their microphones and picked up handguns today in a private class with Blue Line Defense. Crisco, Ashley, Katie and Jenny spent time with Blue Line Defense instructors and learned about practical uses of firearms and firearm safety. In the BLD classroom they received an overview of the Minnesota permit to carry program, legal use of force and handgun fundamentals. The morning show members were introduced to several different firearms, including handguns, shotguns and tactical rifles.

After their classroom education we brought them into the gun range to shoot a variety of handguns and apply the information they learned. Many of them hadn’t shot a firearm before but after instruction from Terry, Paul and Mark, they were hitting targets like seasoned marksmen. Crisco said the time he spends playing Call of Duty is what made him a good marksman. It’s tough to say who had a better time, our staff or the staff from KDWB. It’s a great feeling to see the progression of someone who has never fired a handgun into the thrill they have while consistently hitting the mark. The excitement and smiles they showed are just proof that we have the best job in the world.

We’re lucky enough to train some amazing people and we’re happy to welcome The Dave Ryan in the Morning Show to part of the Blue Line Defense family. We’re such big fans of what they do and appreciate that they took time out of their busy schedules to spend the day with us and see what we do.To see more photos from KDWB’s Dave Ryan in the Morning Show, click here.


Cold Weather Training Tips

Let’s face it, about 6 months of the year Minnesota is cold, so why not train and prepare for a defense situation in the cold? A lot of people complain and don’t take this seriously and will only go to the range when the weather is nice. Firing a round may determine life or death. Get out to the range and train! Here are some tips to make your cold weather training successful.

When you are selecting clothing, make sure that you dress in layers. You want to keep your clothing slim and tight, but not so tight that you will restrict your movement. Choose clothing that is slim and tight enough so you can manipulate your gun efficiently with no restrictions.

How about gloves? Gloves are an important piece of clothing when training in cold weather. The same applies with gloves, select gloves that will be warm, yet slim. The last thing you want are gloves that won’t allow you to manipulate your firearm.

It is important to keep blood flowing when you are in the cold. Don’t stand around, keep moving, and keep the blood flowing to your extremities. If you have to, do some push-ups, burpees, or jumping jacks. If you find it necessary to do one of those activities to warm up, make sure that you don’t exert yourself too much. You don’t want to start sweating. Sweat mixed with cold weather is bad and can cause discomfort and even hypothermia.

You need to fuel your body properly in order to be comfortable and function. It is important to eat something solid, a well-balanced meal with carbohydrates, fats and protein before you go out to the range. This will help you sustain out in the cold. About mid-morning, make sure you eat a snack that will keep you going until it is lunch time. Lastly, stay hydrated. Although it is cold out, don’t fill your belly with warm coffee, that doesn’t count! Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, especially if you are moving a lot.

We stress mindset, because mindset is extremely important in shooting. Stay positive and have fun! If you go to train in the cold and think “It’s cold out, this is going to be miserable,” well then you just set the bar for a miserable time at the range. Prepare yourself for a cold day at the range mentally. Know that it may be cold, but you will have the proper cold weather gear and mindset to stay positive and have a productive training session.

Author: Terry Pretzloff

Mental Exercises

I can’t stress enough the importance of mental exercises. They are extremely important for everyone, they are not just for those of you who have your permit to carry. Mental exercises help bridge the gap between what you practice on the range and the type of situation you might find yourself in. You can run through them anytime, when you are driving, at work, or going about your daily life.

Mental exercises are not a form of paranoia or a desire to engage in a lethal encounter, they are a form of preparedness. If you look at the statistics, there were over 1.3 million violent crimes in the United States in 2010. Unfortunately, violence is not going away, which is why we train and have a plan in place to keep us safe.

If you prepare mentally for a given situation, you will increase your chances of reacting accordingly without panicking or freezing like a deer looking into headlights. There is no time to freeze or panic during an encounter, seconds count!

A person needs 3-5 seconds of warning time to defend themselves, that is not much time.

With that being said, lets get back to mental exercises. Here are some examples:

What if you are in a restaurant eating and an armed robbery occurs and your young child says “Mom/Dad get your gun.”?
What if you hear someone in your house in the middle of the night?
What if you see someone else being attacked?
What if you come home after work and find your house unsecured (garage door open, front or back door open, etc)?
What if you’re doorbell rings and the solicitor at the door forces their way into your home?
What if someone is following you in public?

You will also need to think about your options if you find yourself in a situation. Do you have enough warning time to avoid, escape, or are you faced with defending yourself. Are you going to deploy a weapon? What type of force is reasonable for the circumstances? Are family and / or friends present? What are your escape routes? What are you going to do in the aftermath?

Do you remember what to do in the aftermath? Check out our resources section on the Use of Deadly Force

Those are just some examples. Use your imagination and think about the places you go on a daily basis. Are you mentally prepared for something bad to happen to you? Do you feel comfortable with how you may react?

Have you ever thought about expanding your training more beyond a Permit to Carry? Blue Line Defense offeres some follow up classes that will sharpen your handgun skills. Check out our Defensive Handgun 1 and Defensive Handgun 2.

Author: Terry Pretzloff

U.S. Gun Sales on the Rise

According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks were run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) on customers looking to purchase firearms last December, which is a record high! Almost 500,000 of those checks occurred during the six days before Christmas. It looks like some people got a good Christmas gift!

Some speculate that President Obama played a role of this and some even call him the “best gun salesman of all time.” The FBI reported a 49 percent rise in NICS background checks during the 2008 election week compared to the same week in 2007. This is not the start of the rise in gun sales. According to Field and Stream Editorial Director Anthony Licata, “gun sales have been up significantly over the past 9 years.”

Recently when I have gone to purchase a new firearm, they have been backordered, and I had to wait up to 3 months. That may be because of an increased demand for firearms over the past decade. U.S. handgun production has tripled over the past 9 years, and firearm productions are up over 2 million units in those years, according to Fox Business.

Author: Terry Pretzloff

Former DEA Agent Loses Appeal

Those of you who have attended our Permit to Carry class have seen the video that we show of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent who shoots himself in the foot while giving a lecture on gun safety to children.

The former agent, Lee Paige, sued the DEA after this video appeared in the news and went viral on the internet. As you can see from the video, Paige shoots himself just after he says, “I’m the only one in this room professional enough, that I know of, to carry this Glock 40.”

Paige claimed that the video, taken by a parent in attendance, invaded his privacy, ended his ability to work undercover, and his ability to give motivational speeches. Additionally, Paige claimed that he received humiliating comments from his friends, family and from people who recognized him when he was out in public.

So you all want to know the outcome? In December 2010, a U.S. District court judge ruled that Paige was not able to prove who released the video. It was also founded that the video contained no private facts about Paige, because the lecture occurred in an Orlando community center, which was open to the public. The appellate judges found that the DEA’s handling of the video as part if the investigation was “is far from a model agency treatment of private data.”

What can we learn from this?


Treat ALL guns as though they are loaded, and ALWAYS preform a clearance check every time you pick up a firearm!

Most firearm accidents occur with firearms that the user thought was unloaded. You can never be too cautious when handling a firearm. ALWAYS make sure you perform a clearance check to prevent an accident from happening.

Never point your firearm at anything that you are not willing to destroy!

Your gun has to point somewhere, so make sure that somewhere is in a safe direction. A safe direction means that the firearm is pointed so that even if it were to discharge it would not cause injury or damage. A safe direction could vary depending on the circumstances. Be aware of where the front end of the firearm is pointed at all times.

Keep your finger OFF the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are on target and have made the decision to shoot!

When you hold a firearm, you should NEVER put your finger on the trigger until you are on target and are ready to fire. This is an extremely important rule!

Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it!

Be 100 percent sure that you know your target and what is beyond your target. Depending on your firearm and ammunition, the bullet has the potential to travel a great distance. Observe the area before you shoot. Make sure there are not people or anything you are not willing to destroy behind your target.

Author: Terry Pretzloff

Minnesota Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

Lake City, MN Police Officer Shawn Schneider passed away 11 days after being shot in the head while responding to a domestic disturbance between a 17-year-old girl and her ex-boyfriend on Lyon Avenue.

According to news reports and court documents, Officer Schneider helped the girl out of the home when 25-year-old Alan Sylte, Jr. shot him in the head. Sylte was later found in the home dead from a gunshot wound.

Officer Schneider was honored on 01/07/2012 by his community and the 2,000 fellow Police Officers and other first responders before he was laid to rest.

I attended the services to honor Officer Schneider along with other officers from my department. When we arrived in Lake City, I was greeted by a resident who shook my hand, thanked me for coming to Lake City and thanked me for my service. Although I was appreciative of his comment, Officer Schneider deserves the thank you much more than I do, he gave his life for his community.

To the Schneider family, friends, and the Lake City community – I am sorry for your loss and your hero will never be forgotten.

Donation locations have been setup for the family. Those locations include:

Alliance Bank, Lake City

Shawn Schneider Family Support Fund
Alliance Bank
105 E. Lyon Ave., PO Box 455
Lake City, MN 55041

Drop off donations at any of their 10 locations
visit for a list of locations

Fiesta Foods, Lake City

Fiesta Foods is taking donations to help Officer Schneider & his family. Cashiers will ask if you’d like to donate. Minimum $1 increments.

Lake City Police Department

LakeCity Police Department
209 South High Street, PO Box 448
Lake City, Minnesota 55041
651-345 – 3344

Wabasha County Sheriffs Department

Wabasha County Sheriff’s Office
848 17TH Street East
Wabasha, MN 55981-5033

Red Wing Police Department

Law Enforcement Center
430 West 6th Street
Red Wing, MN 55066

Plainview City Police Department

241 W. Broadway
Plainview, MN 55964

Winona Law Enforcement Center

201 West 3rd St.
Winona, MN 55987

ScottCounty Law Enforcement Center

301 Fuller St. S
Shakopee, MN 55379

Fillmore County Sheriffs Department, Preston Minnesota

Fillmore County Law Enforcement Center/Jail
901 Houston Street NW
Preston, MN 55965-1080


Olmsted County Sheriffs Department, Rochester Minnesota

101 4th St SE
Rochester, MN 55904


Big Tony’s, Alma Wisconsin

107 N Main St
Alma, WI 54610


Home Federal

All Branches in Rochester Minnesota

Lake City Youth Baseball Association

Donate via paypal at

Drop Box Donation Sites

Lake Pepin Floral, Lake City
Kwik Trip, Lake City
Burger King, Lake City
The Galley, Lake City
The Bronks, Lake City
Kennedy Snyder Drug, Lake City
Gerkens Town & Country, Lake City
Federal Mogul, Lake City
The Railhouse, Lake City
Dison Cleaners all Locations, Rochester
Paul Busch Auto Center, Wabasha
Dons Lawn & Sport, Wabasha
Lake City Disposal, Lake City
Huettl’s Meat Market, Lake City
Corner Closet, Lake City

Author: Terry Pretzloff

Listen to us on WCCO 830 Radio!

On October 26, 2011 Gallup poll reported that the number of U.S. women who say their household has a gun is at a record high. According to the poll, 43 percent of American women reported a gun either in their home or somewhere on their property. This number is up from 36 percent in 2010. Although men are more likely to report a gun in the home, the number of men reporting is up to 52 percent, which is higher than the 45 percent reported in 2010.

Training Director Paul Smith and Administrative Assistant Randi Smith were special guests on WCCO Radio to discuss this poll with John Hines. You can listen to the podcast below.

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How Important is Training to You?

Do you take training seriously? How often does your department train? In my opinion, you can never get enough training. With shrinking budgets, departments face challenges with continued training.

Law Enforcement Today published an excellent article on training that can be found here:

We want to hear your thoughts. How much training do you receive?