NPE 101: The Non-permissive Environment (NPE)

There exists a certain group of people in this world that insist on believing that (and forcing you and I to live as if) criminals and bad actors follow laws or rules.

These people insist that (despite a very long and sad list of events proving the contrary) if we just pass one more law, or post one more sign the bad people will not do bad things here. They believe that if they say a person cannot have a weapon in a certain place, that the place somehow magically becomes “safe,” and that no one will bring weapons into those places.

The technical term for these places is Non-Permissive Environment (NPE), a place where through policy or law, ordinary people are prohibited from possessing weapons.

The technical term for these people is Fucking Morons.

Unfortunately for the rest of us, we have to live with the consequences of these idiots ideals. In the immortal words of Dan Ackroyd: fuck that noise.

There are essentially two levels of NPE; places where it is illegal to carry a weapon (Type 1), and places where it is against policy for you to be armed, but not illegal (Type 2).

Type 1 NPEs are places like Gun Free School Zones, Post Offices, most Federal Buildings, airports, and Courthouses. The consequences for being caught with a weapon in these places vary from arrest, detention, fines, and jail or prison time depending on the laws you’ve broken and how serious the NPE is.

This is a sign indicating a Type 1 NPE


Type 2 NPEs are places like businesses with no weapons signs posted, event venues, and many places of employment. The consequences for being caught with a weapon in these places also vary, from being asked to leave, being escorted out by security, or losing your job.

This kind of sign MAY indicate a Type 2 NPE, depending on state law and where it is placed.


Before I go any further I need to make clear that I am not advocating, advising, or recommending that you violate any laws against the carry or possession of weapons. This is merely an academic musing of the stupidity of disarming the law abiding in the supposed attempt to somehow control the criminal.

I grew up in California, and largely because of this I have been surrounded by an ever increasing number of NPEs (though the rest of the country has not been immune to the increase in this idiocy either). At this point, most of the state is one giant NPE. The number of places that the average citizen can carry weapons has dwindled at an alarming rate.

I grew up in California’s Central Valley, which is (even today ) a much more right leaning area than most people think of when they think of California. I graduated high school in the early nineties, which if you recall was a time that was a peak of violence throughout the country, and because of this was the perfect breeding ground for the idiocy that led to Gun Free School Zones, and Zero Tolerance Policies. Sadly our society doesn’t seem to have learned from the many, many examples of how these policies do not work, and like the politically suicidal left of this country (where this idiocy started), it seems to have come to the unerring conclusion that doubling down on something that isn’t working is somehow going to work. Without fail these people are genuinely shocked when yet another miscreant walks into a gun free zone and opens fire on a crowd of defenseless, disarmed innocents.

Because I am a thinking and rational person, I can look around at the long string of incidents where a sign did nothing to stop a bad guy from carrying a weapon into NPEs and rationally conclude that these places not only aren’t any safer, they are actually more dangerous than when your average person could carry a weapon there. The reasons for this are many; lack of herd immunity, or criminals selecting places that are full of disarmed victims, take your pick. Factually, every mass shooting since 1950 with a single exception has occurred in an NPE. 

All of that being the case, I have carried a fairly broad and varied selection of weapons into a fairly broad and varied set of NPEs. I have carried a pocket knife of some kind nearly every day since I was nine years old (which was a hell of an accomplishment in school at the time I was in school). I’ve carried both guns and knives into event venues with security screening (concerts, county fairs, so on). I personally am not going to be an unarmed victim, and I know from experience that not only is a sign not going to stop someone from being armed, but that it is laughably easy to pass most security screenings with most weapons. Even beyond that, it is trivially easy to obtain or make weapons once inside most “secure” NPEs.

I’ve thought a lot about sharing my thoughts and experiences with NPEs for a long time now, and I can no longer sit silently as the idiots disarm the law abiding without sharing the knowledge I have about how to carry weapons in NPEs and how easy it is to do so. The criminals already have the information, the good guys are the ones being disadvantaged here.

This is the first in a series about NPEs, and I hope that the information that you will find in this series of articles will get you thinking about the realities of being in an NPE and what those realities mean for your safety, and the safety of others.

Wear Orange for gun control?

Wear Orange for gun control. So like this?

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Sadly, California is just that stupid.

Grab your helmets, it’s getting retarded here.

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