Firearms In The News with Lee Williams of The Gun Writer – Ep. 24

Strap in for another episode of TacticalPay Radio! This week, our subject is firearms in the news. No matter if collecting and shooting guns is your hobby, or if you work in the firearms industry in some capacity, newsworthy events around guns can impact it. Joining Brett to discuss all this is a true expert… investigative journalist, blogger, and podcaster. Lee Williams of The Gun Writer.

Lee Williams is well-versed in firearms and safety; he’s a former police officer, Army vet, award-winning reporter and currently the lead investigative reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He’s also the founder of regular columnist for, and the co-host of the podcast “Think, Aim, Fire.”

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Episode Highlights

  • How Lee’s website evolved into a major source for news and information about firearm-related topics..
  • How Lee hooked up with decorated special operations expert Bob Keller to make the “Think, Aim, Fire” podcast
  • What Lee thinks should happen next in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting.
  • Whether Lee would rather train with a CZ 75 or an XD pistol.
  • And so much more!

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Industry Spotlight

The Gun Writer

Founded in 2013 and based in Florida, The Gun Writer covers the firearms industry, new products, and any other news of interest to gun owners. Their mission is simple: “to be the most trusted, ethical, and thorough national source for news and information about firearm-related topics. This includes firearms and accessories, training, the “gun culture,” shooting sports, the firearms industry and external factors such as proposed legislation, which can affect all of the above.”

The Gun Writer itself is the moniker of Lee Williams. Lee “can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting” and began typing up things for The Gun Writer blog in 2013. It wasn’t until 2016 that the blog evolved into a full site “dedicated to news and information about firearms and all related topics, from personality profiles to new products to continuing training to legislation impacting Second Amendment issues.”

In addition to news and opinion articles, one of the best things The Gun Writer offers is a podcast of their own. “Think, Aim, Fire” is co-hosted by Lee Williams and is about one thing — shooting. With 41 episodes under their belt, there’s no question that they are one of the most consistent podcasts out there.

When it comes to news, analysis, opinion, and just general firearms information – The Gun Writer is one of the best in all facets!

TacticalPay Featured Community Organization of The Week

Each week, we select a “TacticalPay Featured Community Organization of the Week” from our listener submissions! Created to showcase a community organization that is doing important on the ground work related to the firearms community, nominees are selected by our listeners from hundreds of local clubs, shooting groups, hunting and wildlife organizations, education and advocacy organizations, and other firearms related community organizations.

We want to hear about organizations that deserve to be recognized, so if you know of a community organization that you believe is doing excellent work on behalf of the broader firearms community that you’d like to see recognized, drop us a line!

We’ve got a great one for you this week!

The Newport Rifle Club (NRC)

The Newport Rifle Club, or NRC, is one of the oldest continuously operating gun clubs in the United States of America. It was founded in 1876 by W. Milton Farrow, said to be the best rifle shot in America during the last quarter of the 19th Century.

The club offers a wide variety of shooting options, training and competition. From Bullseye Pistol to CMP high power rifle to muzzleloaders, shooters ranging from youngsters to seniors, from beginners to advanced can learn the basics or advance their skills to nationally and internationally ranked levels.

As with many great clubs, the NRC also makes firearms education a priority, offfering numerous classes on firearms safety, introduction to firearms, gun care and cleaning and marksmanship. The NRC also hosts women only basic and advanced pistol safety courses. NRA certified instructors are available for 1-on-1 coaching.

When it comes to longevity and offering sustained firearms community, NRC is among the best. Huge congrats to them on their selection!