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2017 Texas Association of Defense Counsel Winter Meeting

2017 Texas Association of Defense Counsel Winter Meeting

Sabrina Karels will present her paper, The Wild Wild West: How the New Texas Gun Laws Affect Your Practice and Your Clients, at the 2017 Texas Association of Defense Counsel Winter Seminar in Beaver Creek, Colorado.


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USCCA Legal Advisory Board and Concealed Carry Expo

USCCA Legal Advisory Board

I am proud and humbled to serve on the Legal Advisory Board for the United States Concealed Carry Association. The USCCA is the first and largest member-owned association dedicated to educating, training, and insuring responsibly armed Americans.

Concealed Carry Expo April 7-9, 2017

As part of my role with the LAB, I am a presenter at the Concealed Carry Expo in Fort Worth, Texas on April 7-9, 2017. I hope to see you there.


Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Today is one my favorite days of the year, yet I often am surprised how the significance and import of today in history is missed by so many. Today is not simply the birthday of America. It is the celebration of independence over tyranny. It is the celebration of liberty. It is embracing the right to freedom from an unjust government.

If you have not read it in a while, you can read the Declaration of Independence here. The language is superb. The detailing of the rights of humans is exceptional. Unfortunately, most people only know the first few words…

When in the Course of human events

Or, they only know words repeated so often…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

I certainly do not mean to diminish these words, but the rest of the language, however, is the foundation of how the United States of America came to be:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Government only operates at the consent of the people.  Whenever any government seeks to take away our life, liberty or pursuit of happiness, we, as mankind, have the right to abolish that government.

Imagine, if you will, the British under the guise of safety for the American colonists, had by force disarmed the colonists to protect them from themselves, to protect them from invaders, to protect them from those wanting to do them harm. . . to subjugate them to their will. Would the United States of America even exist today? The revolution may never have begun. The revolution may have resulted in a slaughter of untold numbers for this to be just another day in history. Imagine, if you will, the British had outlawed muskets, pistols, rifles, long rifles, and cannons. In a bit of history not often repeated, that is indeed what the British attempted to do. The British banned the import of firearms and gunpowder to the colonists. The British seized hundreds of barrels of black powder from the Charlestown powder house. On October 17, 1774, Lord Dartmouth, the Royal Secretary of State for America, sent General Gage a letter urging him to disarm New England. Benjamin Franklin began arranging the import of firearms and ammunition from the Netherlands, France, and Spain. Under British law at the time, our Patriots, our founders, were, in fact, criminals.

The response of the colonists was not to accept the indignity and immorality of tyranny. Their response was to say no to despotism and say no to abuse.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

It is the duty of the people, of our people, to reject abuse by government. The Declaration of Independence cited a long list of abuses by the King, not the least of which:

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

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He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

When discussing freedoms and liberty, the history of this great nation and how it came to be is so important, particularly when it relates to the meaning and purpose of the Second Amendment. The government of our founders meant to disarm them. The colonists would have none of it. Those patriots violated unjust laws to secure the liberty and freedom they believed to be inherent to the very existence and breath of man.


So, I say to you, Happy Independence Day, freedom from tyranny, and the fight for Liberty.

If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.  ~ Thomas Jefferson


Sabrina Karels to Speak at Advanced Personal Injury Law Course

Sabrina Karels will speak at the upcoming Advanced Personal Injury Law Course 2016 and presenting her paper, Defending Against a Life Care Plan” on the following dates and locations:

July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

July 29, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.

September 16, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

19th Annual Firearms Law Seminar to be Held May 20, 2016

The 19th Annual Firearms Law Seminar will be held on May 20, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. This Seminar coincides with the 135th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. If you are an attorney and have an interest in firearms law, this is always an interesting and entertaining seminar.  I hope you see you there!