Why This?

I like to fashion myself as a cowgirl lawyer.  I love to shoot.  I love cowboy boots.  I love stories of the Wild West, and I love all things country…cattle ranches, rodeos, rolling pastures, blankets made of stars, mesmerizing sunsets, mason jars, horseshoes, and even the occasional smell of “money” coming from the stock yards.

My move to Amarillo was a serendipitous opportunity arising from a need of something different for my life. It is a different life here—no 45 minute commute to and from work, a small town feel, and wide, open land with the ever present reminders of the Wild West, and the backbone of agriculture.  However, when it comes to the law and being an advocate, it is the same or better.  We have incredibly talented lawyers and judges.  We are loyal and driven for our clients.  We get results.

My love of firearms and involvement in firearms law evolved over time. I have family in the firearms industry who gave me a bit of insight into the laws and regulations.  It also made me passionate about protecting those individuals and companies exercising their Second Amendment rights.  It was once said to me, “You love guns, and you are a good lawyer.  We need good lawyers.  Why aren’t you involved in this?”  And, from there, a path began.Long range rifle training

I also have a family member and several friends who are law enforcement and former military.  I truly respect what they do, and my connections in the firearms industry and in the legal field have generated law enforcement work. It lead to my own journey to join the JAG corps for the Texas State Guard.

One thing you will learn reading this blog is I love Texas, and I am proud to be a Texan. I love words, and I love to write. While my mother did her best to beat the sarcasm out of me, it didn’t happen. So, I hope you will find this blog informative and entertaining.

Despite the ever-increasing involvement of women in the firearms industry and in law enforcement, it stills seems to be a bit of a novelty when people learn I am a woman, a lawyer, and a gun owner.  I get some strange looks, but I also receive some high fives and “you go, girl.”  I have included some of the most popular questions I’ve received and my answers.

Popular questions and answers I get on a frequent basis

How many guns do you own?

A lady doesn’t talk about how many guns she owns.

Are you one of those gals that likes pink guns?

Yes.  Yes, I am.

Why? They aren’t toys. Do you not take it seriously?

I take owning a gun and shooting a gun very seriously.  In my personal opinion, you should not own a gun if you do not know off the top of your head the rules of gun safety and know how to load your gun, unload it, and shoot it safely.  They are not toys and never should be treated as such.

However, as to the color of guns, in a growing industry, individual tastes and preferences are important.  A gun is a huge investment.  If someone wants to invest in a gun and has learned the rules of gun safety, knows how to properly and safely use it, why shouldn’t they be permitted to make a selection that suits their individual taste and preferences? Do I think you should carry a pink gun for your EDC? No.

I certainly respect the opinion of those who disagree.  And, because I can have my opinion and you can have yours, this is why America is so great.

Can you recommend a gun for me?

No, but I will give you some ideas of ones you may want to try.  A gun I can manage and shoot comfortably may not be the gun you can manage and shoot comfortably.  I have fired more than one pistol I said I’d never shoot again.  It is not a criticism of the manufacturer.  It is the fact it wasn’t comfortable for me.  And, you need to be comfortable with your gun.

That said, my favorite pistol is a Sig P226.  It fits my hand.  I can change the magazines quickly, and I can shoot it well.  I even have custom grips to add my personal style made by my friend, Tracy at Brilliant Backstraps. Yes, those are burnt orange grips. Hook ’em!


My favorite carry gun is a Sig P238.  It also fits my hand, carries easily on my hip, thigh and ankle and shoots very well.  Yes, I like Sigs, and they are my personal preference.

I also have some other personal favorites, and if you give me a chance to shoot something new, I am going to take it.

Do you hunt? Are you a plinker? What’s your favorite type of gun to shoot?

For the most part, I am a plinker.  A little range time makes the day a whole lot better.  I have been doing more training and practicing, and I recently obtained my USCCA certification as a firearms instructor. My goal is to obtain my NRA credentials, as well. To provide the best representation this industry, it is my goal and duty to keep training, learning, and improving.

Are you one of those gun nuts?

You say that like it’s a bad thing.

What is your best recommendation for a gun owner?

Follow the rules of gun safety every single second of every single day. Train. Practice as much as you can. Learn as much as you can.

Too many people obtain their License to Carry and think that’s all they need. It isn’t. Invest in good training. Your life may depend on it.