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  • Forum Rules - Effective Oct 1st, 2013

    It is obvious that this forum should be used to discuss concealed carry in Kansas, and reasonably related topics such as firearms advocacy, supporting/opposing firearms legislation, self-defense practices, competitive shooting, tactics and others. This is not a general community forum for just any old conversation. Please keep on-topic.

    In addition to the rules posted here, members are required to read any individual forum rules, which may be posted at the top of specific forums as sticky threads or announcements. Please be especially aware of those in the Buy/Sell/Trade sub forum.

    A note on “freedom of speech”:
    The First Amendment of the US Constitution is greatly respected here. However, Kansas Concealed Carry is private property, not the United States Congress. Quite simply, the First Amendment does not apply to this forum. We respectfully request (and require) that members adhere to all forum policies. This is a contract agreed to by all who become members of this forum. A contract broken is a contract broken.

    1. General Posting Policies
      1. Please bear in mind the open nature of the internet, and the fact that your posts can (and probably are) read by anti-gunners, legislators and the curious, gun-agnostic public. Consider carefully how your post might appear if it were read as testimony in a congressional committee, the next time firearms legislation is working its way through the statehouse.
      2. By posting here, you agree to refrain from engaging in any inappropriate conduct. Inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated and may result in the termination of member privileges. Inappropriate conduct is any conduct or behavior deemed by us, in our sole and absolute discretion, to be harmful to the online community, including, but not limited to, the following:
        • Posting any content deemed by us to be obscene, sexually explicit, vulgar, threatening, harassing, or abusive;
        • Engaging in activity that makes you a high-maintenance user to our staff;
        • posting content containing nudity or violence;
        • soliciting personal information from anyone under 18 years of age;
        • providing a hyperlink to any website containing nudity or violence
        • soliciting or promoting any criminal activity;
        • posting content which promotes hatred of any race, ethnicity, sex, gender, or religion;
        • transmitting “spam” to any member
        • impersonating any person or entity;
        • infringing the intellectual property rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, patent, privacy, publicity or other personal or proprietary rights;
        • posting any defamatory or otherwise false information;
        • posting or transmitting computer viruses or any other malicious software;
        • engaging in any activity that interferes with or disrupts the site (or the servers and networks which are connected to the site).
      3. Please note: disguising a vulgar or obscene word with symbols or random characters ($, *, etc), deliberate misspelling to by-pass the naughty word filter, or using common synonyms when the intended word can be easily inferred from the substitute is considered the same as using that foul word, so please don't do it.
      4. This forum is intended as a place to discuss firearms in an adult and respectful manner. Our membership includes people of many cultures, ages and genders. Therefore, bawdy stories and “locker room” humor are not appropriate, and will be treated the same as obscene or profane language.
      5. It should not be necessary to stress that the information you enter in your posts should be (to the best of your knowledge) correct. No material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate should be posted in the forums; unless you clearly state that you are unsure of its validity. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages.
    2. Copyrights
      1. It is illegal to reproduce any significant portion of any book, magazine, newspaper, or other printed or on-line publication without the express permission of the owner of the copyright. Without going into detail, BRIEF quotation of a limited portion of an article or other publication is generally allowed under the "Fair Use Doctrine." However, the quotation must be identified as a quotation, and the author and source must be identified and attributed. You may not reproduce copyrighted material without the owner's permission and without giving credit to the author and copyright holder.
      2. We are aware that members of some forums ask (or demand) that news articles be copied and reproduced in their entirety in forum posts. Unless you have the express permission of the copyright owner to do so, THIS IS ILLEGAL and IT IS NOT ALLOWED ON THIS SITE. Any member, who quotes or reproduces an entire article, or a substantial portion of an article, will be warned, and the post will be deleted. This applies whether or not you also include a link to the original article. In addition, any member who suggests to another participant on this site that he should or must quote an entire article rather than a small portion and a link will similarly be warned.
    3. Disagreements, Arguments and Flames
      1. Treat other members the same way you want to be treated yourself. We cannot provide a comprehensive list of "Things Not to Say." Posts that are contrary to the posted policies, or to the mission of Kansas Concealed Carry, may be edited or deleted at our sole discretion.
      2. Do not attack or insult a person to elicit a negative response.
      3. Please avoid flames. Attack the argument, not the arguer. While it is human to over-react some times, please avoid it. Spamming, trolling, flaming, and personal attacks are prohibited. You can disagree with other members, even vehemently, but it must be done in a well-mannered form. Again, attack the argument, not the arguer.
      4. Membership may be revoked if such a step is deemed necessary when fights get out of hand. This forum is a private venture enabled by an all-volunteer staff. Please treat this venue as a polite discussion in a friend's home and respect the wishes of the host.
    4. Buying, Selling & Trading
      1. Members may not offer to sell a gun or anything else in any post, unless this offer is posted as a separate thread in the proper "Buy/Sell/Trade" forum.
      2. Please keep in mind that before you can post an ad, you must meet some prerequisites, which are shown in the BST forum.
      3. A member is not allowed to post a For Sale ad for a third party.
      4. All sale ads should have fixed prices for the items you are selling; we do not allow auctions in this site. Nothing offered for sale on this site may also be offered by auction anywhere else; and nothing being offered by auction anywhere else may also be offered for sale on this site. If you want to move your item to an auction site, ask that your listing here be locked.
      5. Offers to trade or barter shall be posted in the appropriate "Buy/Sell/Trade" forums. Posts offering to trade or barter are subject to the same minimum participation requirements as ads offering items or guns for sale. Posting a specific item or class of items desired is considered equivalent to posting a price. "I'll take anything / Show me what you got" is not.
    5. Posting Etiquette
      1. When replying to a message in the Forums and quote a previous message, please cut and remove whatever is not relevant to your response. It is stupid to post one line as a reply and include a 100-line quote in your message.
      2. Keep signatures to a minimum. Text in signatures without photos or images may be up to five lines. And, in order to forestall any "Philadelphia lawyers," blank lines count.
    6. Moderation & Enforcement
      1. This forum has a team of moderators who take care of ALL issues requiring moderation. Individual members are NOT to use posts in the forum to perform "ad hoc" moderating. A polite reminder to others about existing policies is acceptable and encouraged. But if the initial reminder is ignored, please don't handle it yourself: report the post.
      2. The owner of this forum and the moderators are volunteers who serve without pay; in the case of the owner, at considerable personal expense. Abuse toward these individuals will not be tolerated. Any abuse directed toward the Owner, Moderators or forum provider will result in the immediate suspension of forum privileges.
      3. We don't intend to censor messages based on the opinions expressed within posts, but we will enforce the policies outlined both here and on the individual Forums. We reserve the right to remove, modify or move posts at our discretion and without explanation. If you have any questions, please e-mail or PM the moderators. If the action of an individual moderator is questioned and the action is deemed by a poll of the other moderators to have been appropriate, the matter shall be considered closed.
      4. The mods reserve the right to revoke membership from this Forum or disable a member's posting ability for any or no reason whatsoever. Mods also reserve the right to reveal member's identity (or whatever information I know about a member) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by a member.
      5. Your comments are always welcome, PM the mods.
    7. Membership
      1. A valid email address is a prerequisite for your membership. Kansas Concealed Carry does not make your email address public; only the site management team has access to your email address. Kansas Concealed Carry management does NOT spam our members.
      2. Your email address will only be used in case we need to contact you and we can not do it in any other way (Private Message). Please remember to change your email address in this site, if you get a new email address.
      3. Any mailing in bulk to the forum Members by another forum member will result in immediate suspension of your membership.
    8. Disclaimers & Legalities
      1. The business name Kansas Concealed Carry or KSCCW are established business names, and may not be used for promotion or identification in any other internet or social media representation without requesting and receiving written permission. Without such permission, such false representation is a violation of law.
      2. In light of our policy of encouraging candid, open exchanges of views and the rapid distribution of information originating from many sources, Kansas Concealed Carry cannot determine the accuracy of information that may be uploaded to the Forum. By participating in these Forums, each user acknowledges that Kansas Concealed Carry is only providing a medium for communication between and among individuals, and that any and all opinions appearing on the Forums are the opinions of the individual posting the message. The only messages that may be construed to be from or by Kansas Concealed Carry are posts by the Owner or a moderator when the moderator is acting in that capacity, as opposed to participating in a discussion as a member of the forum. By registering for and participating in this Forum, you acknowledge that you understand this limitation and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Kansas Concealed Carry and its Owner with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s). You may not reproduce copyrighted material without the owner's permission and/or without giving credit to the author and/or copyright holder. Furthermore, you may not suggest that someone engage or participate in acts that you know, or should know, are illegal.
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