AP's newest business venture opened its doors officially for the first time today, and this reporter was there to see if the inside services matched the brightly colored signage on the outside.
Upon arrival at the storefront at 10 2nd Street in Lowertown, you'll be greeted with what first appears to be an American Flag stretched out horizontally across the width of the building. Upon closer inspection, the flag resolves into letters that are in fact part of the business' banner. They declare in patriotic technicolor the services offered within - Firearms and Bail Bonds.
Derric Bravin is the shop's owner. He is a Title 1 Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer, as well as a licensed bail bondsman and fugitive recovery agent.
When asked about the company name he chose, he had this to say:
"I grew up in a very patriotic family. We were taught to respect the flag, and those who fought to defend it. I myself served in the Army for eight years, and try to live up to the ideals our country was founded on, and that I fought for, every day. As a patriot, I believe firmly in the second amendment, and that law abiding citizens have the right to bear arms and to be able to adequately defend themselves. So some may see the name as a joke, and partially, in some small way, it is, after all the 'Murica meme's that started popping up several years ago, but mainly I named the business to show my deep love for my country and all it stands for."
As for why he chose Asphyxiation Point, Mr. Bravin continued with:
"I was looking for a change of venue, and I liked what I saw when I arrived here. You see, I was running my business out in California. But... the regulations are insane there. A law-abiding citizen has to jump through hoops to buy a gun. They shouldn't have to do that. The criminals certainly don't. But really, the gun business is only part of what I do. I also have run a very successful bail bonds business, which I will be doing here as well. In fact, I just reached an agreement earlier today with Chief Oakleaf of the APPD for 'Murica! to provide monitoring services for people who have to wear an ankle monitor while awaiting trial. We'll be sure that they stick to the conditions of their bond, and not violate it in anyway, and if they do violate it, then I'll go find them and drag them back to jail."
And finally, when asked whether or not he himself has had needed a bondsman in the past...
"If you look me up, you'll find that I'm a decorated veteran, who served his country faithfully, received an honorable discharge, and had good relationships with all law enforcement agencies that he's worked with."
Overall, Mr. Bravin sounds like the honorable kind of person you want on your side. But should you manage to skip bail, I wouldn't put it past him to drag you back... In his own words, "By the ankles if need be!"