About Bearing Arms


A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Our Founding Fathers recognized a preexisting and inalienable right of self-defense and knew well the inevitably tyrannical nature of governments that came before ours throughout human history. They made explicit their belief in this preexisting right by recording it as the Second Amendment of the United States. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed and must be yoked to responsible competence with those arms. The Founders did not believe that mere ownership of arms would keep Americans free unless those arms were mastered.

At Bearing Arms, we believe:

  • in a pre-existing, inalienable right of self-defense.
  • that this right includes the use of contemporary arms, ammunition, and accouterments.
  • that citizens choosing to exercise their right of arms owe a duty to society to master their arms and use them in a judicious and responsible manner.

Who we are:

Bob Owens: Editor 2013-17

A long-time shooting enthusiast, Bob began blogging as a North Carolina native in New York at the politics-focused Confederate Yankee in 2004. In 2007, he began writing about firearms, gun rights, and crime at Pajamas Media and added gun and gear reviews for Shooting Illustrated in 2010.

Bob was a graduate of roughly 400 hours of professional firearms training classes, including square range and force-on-force work with handguns and carbines and earned his Vehicle Close Quarters Combat Instructor certification from Centrifuge Training. He was also a volunteer instructor with Project Appleseed.


Jenn Jacques: Editor 2015-Present

Born and raised in northern rural Wisconsin, Jenn is an avid outdoors woman, target, and skeet shooter. As a Second Amendment supporter and defender as well as an advocate for concealed carry, Jenn is a proud member of the National Rifle Association and frequent guest on the NRA TV program Cam&Co.

Jenn is a wife and mother, former private detective, active in WI politics and an outspoken conservative gun owner. Her personal blog can be found at jennjacques.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @JennJacques and on Facebook at It’s Jenn Jacques!


Individual contributor biographies appear at the bottom of every article.