You Don't Need Hands to Bear Arms

I’ve seen some pretty amazing adaptive technologies put to use in support of the Second Amendment rights of those with physical disabilities, including a modified breathing tube that allowed a quadriplegic man to hunt for the first time in decades, but a Texas man who recently passed his concealed handgun license course despite not having arms didn’t use any high tech equipment to help him in his endeavor.


Instead, firearm instructor and gun store owner Michael Cargill was the man’s guide on his journey to become a gun owner, and I’m thrilled that Michael could join me on today’s Bearing Arms Cam & Co with the inspiring details that amazing young man, as well as an update on the bump stock case known as Garland v. Cargill, which will soon be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

As Cargill relayed, the gentleman in question (whose name has not been publicly revealed) walked in to Central Texas Gun Works looking for help with getting fingerprinted for something unrelated to purchasing a firearm; a challenge when you don’t have fingers. Cargill was happy to help the man find a workaround for the paperwork he needed to complete, but then the conversation shifted to the guns on display in Cargill’s shop.

“He said also, you know, I’ve been wanting to shoot and get my Texas license to carry a handgun. So I said we do that here as well, and he asked ‘can you help me’? And I said ‘absolutely,” Cargill told Bearing Arms. The firearm instructor didn’t hesitate, though he’d never before taught someone how to shoot with their feet.

“My job, if someone walks through the door, is to help them and assist them with that to the best of my ability,” Cargill emphasized.


And that’s exactly what Cargill did, helping the young man figure out everything from loading a magazine to racking a slide before they headed to the range.

Cargill says the new gun owner has already submitted his paperwork for his carry license with the state of Texas and is planning on exercising his right to bear arms going forward, though the pair are still working through some aspects of concealed carry that most of us will never have to be concerned with.

Drawing from a holster, for instance, isn’t something that’s required as part of the concealed carry curriculum, but if you’re going to be carrying for self-defense it’s crucial to be able to quickly access your pistol if necessary. Cargill’s student uses his feet to manipulate the pistol, so drawing his gun is a little more complicated for him, but Cargill is confident that with more training and instruction it won’t be an issue.

“He has a bag that he carries with him, he wears slip-on shoes, and so that’s going to be one of the next steps that we also work on as well,” Cargill explained.


It really is an amazing and inspiring story, and I’m so glad that Cargill didn’t turn the young man away because of his disability. As Cargill says, the Second Amendment is for everyone, and this gentleman is living proof of that.

Be sure to check out the entire conversation with Michael Cargill in the video window below, including a sidebar discussion on the challenge to the ATF’s bump stock ban that bears his name and will be heard by the Supreme Court early next year. And if you’re ever in Austin, stop by Central Texas Gun Works and thank Michael in person for his activism and commitment to bringing the right to bear arms to as many people as possible.


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