Beneath the Radar

An Interview with Ed Lovette Lovette Hunting

Interview by Gila Hayes

Network members commit a fair amount of time and money to training to defend against violent crime. Generally, their trainers advise them to do all in their power not to go to guns unless absolutely necessary, but often that’s said in passing without much actual instruction about how. It goes without saying that slipping beneath the predatory criminal’s radar is best, yet it is assumed that folks just naturally know how to fade into the background. Not so!

Years ago, I met Ed Lovette at an event hosted by SIG Academy in NH and was impressed by his common-sense instruction. Lovette is a retired CIA paramilitary operations officer, who also served as a captain in the U.S. Army Special Forces and worked for a decade in domestic law enforcement. [Photo: Right–Now retired, Ed Lovette enjoys hunting and other quieter pursuits than in his military and CIA careers. He now volunteers to keep schools safe and is working on the third update of his book on the snubby revolver.]

How, I wondered, had Lovette adapted the safety skills he used in hostile foreign countries, to the daily practice of safety in private life? Fortunately, Lovette very generously answered my questions and contributed a number of additional ideas about running beneath the radar. Our conversation follows.

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President’s Message

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A Big Thank You

by Marty Hayes, J.D.

I want to start by saying thank you to those who contributed to the GoFundMe page I set up for Spencer Newcomer and thank you also to those who sent in money to help Spencer. At time of publication, we had raised over $12,000. I had originally set a goal of $20,000, with the money to go toward first paying off his legal bills of approximately $8,000 and if there were additional funds, we wanted to help Spencer get his feet back on the ground.For those who missed this, please go back to the March newsletter ( ) and read the lead article.

I would like to ask one more time, for those who found Spencer’s willingness to share his story with members valuable and if it helped you understand many of the issues surrounding legal self-defense, then please consider dropping a few bucks at or send us a check payable to Spencer Newcomer and we will forward it to him.

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Vice President’s Message

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NRA Returns to Indy

by J. Vincent Shuck

Join the Network staff and about 80,000 other like-minded patriots at the Indiana Convention Center in Indy, April 26 – 28 for the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. The Network will be among the 800+ exhibitors in the 15 acres of guns and gear, shooting accessories, knives, hunting outfitters and priceless firearms collections for you to see.

Enjoy a little Hoosier hospitality and attend exclusive seminars, luncheons, and celebrity and political speaker presentations. Exhibit hours are:

Friday – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission is free to NRA members and family.

We will be in Booth #3136 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday focusing on our primary missions of recruiting new members and saying hello to current members. If you are a Network member and attending, please stop by the booth and say hi, or if you are rushing to another event or exhibit, at least wave on your way by.

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Attorney Question of the Month


Many states are considering or already have “red flag laws” to allow a police agency to confiscate guns from an armed citizen if someone believes they pose a danger and can get a judge to issue an order to remove their firearms.

Network President Marty Hayes, in response to many members’ questions about extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) and Red Flag Laws, sought out our affiliated attorneys’ opinions on the following questions–

1. What are a citizen’s options when the police knock on the door with a warrant and want to confiscate the citizen’s guns?

2. Assuming the guns are securely locked in a gun safe, do you advise the citizen to comply and open the safe?

3. What consequences do you anticipate would result from refusing to open a safe?

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Video Review

Up Close with John Farnam

Panteao Productions, 2015
49 minutes
$19.95 per month for streaming

Reviewed by Gila Hayes

The absence of true high-speed internet in my area makes me forget the extent to which videos have replaced books and that’s reflected in this column. That changed this month when I saw on Panteao Productions’ website, a video biography of our own Advisory Board member, John Farnam.

Myself a devotee of Farnam’s instruction, I pledged to keep my cool despite the latency in the streaming (a constant curse at my end of the broadband cable and absolutely no fault of Panteao’s) and enjoy listening to Farnam talk about his life’s work. I enjoyed it so much that I’d like to recommend it through this review.

Introducing himself to video viewers, John Farnam explains that as a young man, he earned his third purple heart on his 51st day in Viet Nam a Marine 2nd Lieutenant. The war shaped “how I looked at things for the rest of my life,” he states.

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Editor’s Notebook


by Gila Hayes

In a month, over half of the Network crew will head to Indianapolis to meet with old friends and new at the NRA Annual Meeting. Our VP Vincent Shuck gave all the exhibit details in earlier pages of this edition so let me concentrate on some of the people with whom we’re hoping to reconnect. One reason we’ll be looking up our friends is to say a big “Thank You!” You see, from the beginning, the Network has been blessed with the support of a lot of the leaders in the industries that supply the guns, ammo and accessories used by armed citizens.

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About this Journal


The eJournal of the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc. is published monthly on the Network’s website at Content is copyrighted by the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc.

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