RSWC #122 Jon Anderson

Riding Shotgun With Charlie
Jon Anderson
Sandhills Media
Nebraska Firearm Owners Association

Jon Anderson reached out to me a while ago to be a guest on his show. The panel that night included a number of other folks in the 2A community that I knew so I was really looking forward to it. Then he had me on a few more times. He did express an interest in Riding Shotgun should I ever get out to Nebraska. I was finally able to make it out that way and had to have Jon on the show.  

Being from Nebraska, Jon has been around firearms all his life. Firearms are just tools that everyone in that section of America has and owns. It’s how they live. But he didn’t get more involved in the activist side of the gun community until he purchased his first handgun. 

While attending the Tulsa Arms Show, Jon met some folks from Nebraska Firearm Owners Association (NFOA) and several YouTubers and podcasters.  He knew many of them from being an avid listener and watcher.  He made several new friends, including TravisP11, CloverTac, and Gun Websites, and started connecting with them. Jon eventually started a 2A Tuesday show, but when the show wasn’t always firearm related, he decided to rebrand as Sandhills Shooter and the Get Off My Lawn! Podcast.  Some of his highly viewed videos on his YouTube channel are his unboxings. 

Recently Jon ran for and was elected to the NFOA Board.  The president of NFOA congratulated him for being the only person to run a campaign to get elected.  Being on the board has really opened Jon’s eyes to how many things in government are done. We all want to think that politicians have their constituents in mind, but he said it is often a lot of quid pro quo that happens. Much like the making of sausage, you don’t want to see how the government works. 

Jon takes some time to tell us about some things that have been going on in Nebraska.  There are several counties that have adopted the 2A Sanctuary County status.  And in Lincoln, there have been several bills chipping away to make Nebraska a permitless carry state.  Even though they’re surrounded by 5 of permitless carry states and much of the state is a 2A Sanctuary, Nebraska is still fighting to get permitless carry status.  We also get into depth about some of the transportation laws they have. For example, bringing home a long gun in a box from the store could be a violation if you’re in a van or SUV, but in a truck or the trunk of a car, it would not be an issue. So there are more states with confusing laws than we realize. 

The Get Off My Lawn! Podcast is currently on Thursdays at 8 pm central on YouTube. You should tune in and check it out.  They have a number of folks on the panel and sometimes I have been on, too. Jon is a great guy, working hard to get folks educated, and he’s a stand up husband who keeps his wife in mind when he gets involved in new projects. 

Favorite quotes:

“NFOA isn’t a thing, it’s a who. And we’ve seen that really come to light this year.”

“We’re voters. We’re citizens. We want this done. You need to listen to us.”

“Guns are a way of life here. In Nebraska to say, I have a nose, two eyes, and two ears. Doesn’t everybody?”

“If they were confiscated, its not just personal defense that gets affected.”

“Whatever I’m a part of, I’m a ‘we’ not a ‘me’.”

“If you understood how laws get passed, it would turn your stomach to know… some of it is compromises, some of it is literally quid pro quo.”

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