Technically, these are called "weapon carrying conditions", but I didn't want people to think this was an article about "under which circumstances" you would carry a firearm.
Not all firearms are capable of being in all of these conditions. For example, if your firearm does not have a mechanical safety lever, the gun can be in Condition Zero, but not Condition One.
WEAPON CARRYING CONDITIONS
Zombies are a fantastic topic to help make your training and disaster preparedness efforts more fun. In the firearms training industry, the attitude is usually very stoic and professional, and zombies are often considered a taboo or unprofessional topic to use. Personally, I find that creative and novel ways to teach are precisely the hallmark of good instructors.
Many firearms training topics are highly technical and dry. We can discuss for hours best magazine speed reload approach, for example. This can become tedious and boring, especially for individuals that don't yet subscribe to the seriousness of using their technical shooting skills in competition or defensive situations.
Zombies are a popular culture phenomenon these days. Zombie movies, video games, and TV shows are coming out regularly, and draw fantastic numbers of fans. These topics are also very popular with teens and young adults, which are often an under-represented demographic in the shooting sports [and disaster preparation field].
Making "Zombie Apocalypse" plans, and disaster preparations, is a great tongue-in-cheek way to add some excitement to your efforts, for yourself, family, and friends:
I've heard some people, including other instructors, say that the whole zombie fad is "ridiculous". They are absolutely right, it is ridiculous! It's exactly the kind of ridiculousness we need to put a novel spin on our otherwise very-serious topics.
At this time, we're even looking into the possibility of providing zombie-themed versions of some of our family readiness and defensive shooting courses. We love what we do, and want to embrace any opportunities to help spread responsible gun ownership and personal disaster preparedness.
* Banner image courtesy of the CDC. http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies.asp
NOTE: This article is true for Colorado, and the majority of other states. There are a few states (e.g. CA, NY) with very strong anti-gun laws on the books, where they may be required to request and store additional information, in more privacy-intrusive ways.
I have a lot of customers that are concerned, or have misinformation, about what the government is tracking related to their gun purchases. The fact is that very little information is permanently tracked, or "registered", about your firearms transactions.
Let me take a moment to explain how the dealer's transaction paperwork happens.
Now that you know the full process, you can see that the government has access to very little of your information, typically. What information it does have (e.g. background check info), it is required to destroy within 24 hours. The two major events that would trigger the BATFE having access to your firearms' specific information (e.g. make, model, serial number) is if you bought two or more pistols within a 7 day period [from the same dealer], or if the dealer goes out of business within 20 years of the sale/transfer.