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  • Florida Vying to Become 46th State to Allow Open Carry

    11/21/2015 8:05:20 AM PST · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 11/20/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    With the Texas open carry law set to go into effect January 1, 2016, there are now 45 states with open carry laws, and Florida is vying to be number 46. The open carry push is separate from but simultaneous with a campus carry push moving through the Florida legislature as well. Ironically, this is exactly how open carry and campus carry both succeeded in Texas; they moved through in separate bills but during the same legislative session. Texas became the 45th state to pass laws allowing the open carry of handguns in May, and Abbot signed open carry into...
  • Open Carry in Yuma Medical Facilities

    11/19/2015 8:11:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I regularly open carry around town in Yuma, Arizona. A couple of months ago, my Doctor recommended that I undergo a series of tests, mostly as a precaution. My Doctor and I get along quite well. She has never offered any complaint about my open carry in her office, and it has become something of a joke with the receptionist that I have to remove a considerable amount of gear, including pistol, knife, phone, keys and other items before I weigh in.My first personal physician in Yuma never had a problem either; he is a competitive shooter and worked...
  • AL: Selma Gun Turn "buy back" in a Success for Private Buyers, Open Carry

    11/18/2015 2:48:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A small gun turn in event was held on 7 November, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. These events have been characterized by the propaganda term "buy back", but as the organizers never owned the guns in the first place, they cannot be "bought back". The events have become less popular in recent years as private buyers have arranged to offer more for the more valuable guns taken to these events. That was the case in Selma. Robert W. Kennedy, Jr. was a private buyer at the Selma event, and commented on it. From My name is Robert W....
  • Open Carry did not delay Police Response in Colorado Shooting

    11/10/2015 5:53:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 10 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The disarmists are claiming that the police did not respond to the shooter in Colorado Springs because the State has open carry rights, as do 45 states of the United States. From R Bruce Magee, a commenter on This past weekend. a man was seen wandering a Colorado Springs neighborhood brandishing a heavy weapon. Recognizing the man as a neighbor, a woman called 911. The dispatcher told her the police couldn’t do anything about the man due to the state’s Open Carry Law. Within a few minutes of that phone call, the man had shot and killed three...
  • Armed Biker Displays Gun to Open Carrier in Yuma

    11/09/2015 1:16:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I stopped to fuel up at a local gas station. The price was $1.93 a gallon. I was open carrying my old Glock 17. As I came out the door, the biker was standing beside this beautiful Indian motorcycle. I said "Nice bike", and he replied, "What are you carrying?"Glock 17, I said, and he pulled open his vest to show me his S&W M&P. He was an armed biker. His vest proudly proclaimed that he was a Vietnam Vet. I said that while I had been in service during Vietnam, my tour was in California, at...
  • Police Chief James Craig needs to Protect Detroit Open Carry

    11/09/2015 10:13:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Another case has surfaced where Detroit police officers are charged with falsely arresting a legally armed black man for carrying a concealed weapon. The man was openly carrying. In Detroit open carry is completely legal. The charge is a five year felony in Michigan, so this is no laughing matter.Having worked with a number of police agencies in the early 1970’s and later, and having talked with people inside the police culture of the time in large urban areas, I can report that racism and discrimination against black people in the 70’s was rampant. A lot has changed...
  • Open Carry did not delay Police Response in Colorado Shooting (ref coward at

    11/06/2015 10:31:53 AM PST · by rktman · 2 replies ^ | 11/6/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The disarmists are claiming that the police did not respond to the shooter in Colorado Springs because the State has open carry rights, as do 45 states of the United States. From R Bruce Magee, a commenter on This past weekend. a man was seen wandering a Colorado Springs neighborhood brandishing a heavy weapon. Recognizing the man as a neighbor, a woman called 911. The dispatcher told her the police couldn't do anything about the man due to the state's Open Carry Law. Within a few minutes of that phone call, the man had shot and killed three innocent...
  • AZ:More Open Carry at the Vertical Church

    11/05/2015 5:28:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I was on Security detail at my church again. They keep the temperature cool, so I was wearing a jacket. One of the difficulties of open carry is that it becomes awkward when you are wearing clothes to keep warm. So I was carrying casually concealed. Glocks are popular I did not mind the temperature. I am acclimated to warmer temps; but it is easier to for me to put on a jacket than it is for someone who likes it a bit cooler to remove their skin. I noticed five open carriers, and at least one other concealed...
  • Liberals harass St Louis Open Carry Advocate (Video)

    11/02/2015 12:15:04 PM PST · by beaversmom · 22 replies
    You Tube ^ | July 8, 2015 | Freedom Daily
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  • Florida Sheriff Supports Open Carry; Criticizes “secret vote”

    10/31/2015 7:39:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Sheriff Frank Mckeithen of Bay County, Florida, has come out in favor of open carry and the Second Amendment, and against the way in which the Florida Sheriffs’ Association conducted a vote to lobby against the open carry bill. The vote has been represented in the media as a “secret vote”. The accepted definition of a secret ballot is one in which the identities of the voters are kept secret from the people who count the votes. That way, reprisals against people who vote for or against a particular measure or person are prevented, and people have less to worry...
  • Florida Open Carry Bill Passes Committee

    10/26/2015 7:16:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida CS/SB 300 has passed the Senate Criminal Justice committee, 3 to 2. Florida is one of only five states where the open carry of modern handguns is routinely banned in public places. Texas passed a licensed open carry bill on 13 June of 2015. It will go into effect in January. The gun law reform bill that passed the Florida Senate committee still has quite a ways to go. It would reform several aspects of the current law that have been shown to have deleterious effects over the last few years. Here is a summation of the bill....
  • Israeli gun owners rush to shooting ranges amid wave of attacks

    10/13/2015 10:27:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2015 | William Booth and Ruth Eglash
    GIVAT ZEEV, West Bank The phones have been ringing nonstop at the Gun Hill shooting range, following a week of daily knife attacks by Palestinians and a clarion call by Israeli politicians requesting that permit holders should carry their pistols on their hips to help protect the citizenry against terrorists. Its a madhouse, said Yair Yifrach, general manger of the training center and gun shop here at a Jewish settlement north of Jerusalem. Perhaps not the best choice of words for a shooting range. But people are going a little crazy, Yifrach said. Israelis are frightened by violent demonstrations...
  • Texas Open Carry is Three Months Away

    10/02/2015 11:00:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    KXAS-TV ^ | October 1, 2015 | Julie Fine
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In three months, gun owners with a concealed handgun license will be able to openly carry in the state of Texas. Many North Texas gun ranges say they are doubling their education courses before the law goes into effect. At the Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville, they are just starting to see a small uptick in concealed handgun license classes. "It is a big change to openly carry. You don't want to make a mistake," said Eagle Gun Range president David Prince. Prince is adding classes so that people fully understand the new law. "We are putting on seminars at...
  • Open Carry at the 2015 Gun Rights Policy Conference

    10/01/2015 7:54:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I arrived at the 2015 Gun Rights Policy Conference on Friday afternoon, 25 September, at about 1600 (4 p.m.). I was openly carrying my old Glock 17, as I usually do. It was an unseasonably warm late September day, with the temperature at 103. There had been some Internet rumors about the Sheraton Crescent banning open carry; I had not seen anything in my contract with them or any sign on the door. When I was there a few years ago at the Arizona Citizen Defense League annual meeting, the room had been full of open carriers. I had...
  • AZ: Open Carry at the UPS Store

    09/17/2015 5:43:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I have been a customer of the UPS Stores in Yuma for years. I used their services to prepare targets and handouts for the concealed carry courses that I taught. They have always been open carry friendly and have been very helpful. A few days ago, I was having a few copies made. I had purchased their pre-paid copy cards, and had enough left over to last me for quite a while. Lupe Paz was behind the counter and asked me if I was carrying a Glock .40. I said no, it was a 9 mm. We had a...
  • Oath Keeper Who Called for #BlackOpenCarry March in Ferguson Leaves the Group, Plans His Own March

    08/31/2015 4:36:54 PM PDT · by windcliff · 4 replies ^ | 8-27-15 | Jesse Walker
    Two weeks ago, Sam Andrews announced that the Oath Keepers, a group of current and former members of the military and police who have pledged to refuse unconstitutional orders, were going to sponsor a march of black men armed with AR-15s in Ferguson, Missouri. Now Andrews has left the organization, charging Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes with holding a "racist double standard" for when it's acceptable to confront cops. Rhodes strongly denies this, calling Andrews a "lying sociopath." Andrews charges Rhodes with hypocrisy, complaining that the man "was perfectly willing to 'confront the cops' at Bundy Ranch, but is unwilling...
  • Video Footage outside the Open Carry Trial in Bald Knob Arkansas

    08/28/2015 6:51:02 AM PDT · by pulaskibush · 6 replies
    Youtube account keeparkansaslegal, Arkansas Act746 Activist & other media outlets | 08/28/2015 | me
    On May 4th 2015, Richard Chambliss was arrested by the Bald Knob Police Department (BKPD) for carrying a weapon, despite Arkansas Act 746, which allows the carrying of a weapon. After realizing the open carry charge would likely not hold, a madeup charge of disorderly conduct was added. The BKPD Chief of Police, Judge, & prosecuting attorney appear to oppose Act 746 & the 2nd amendment in general. The previous police chief was fired by Mayor Mary Beth Calhoun in January 2015, possibly due to politics, & replaced him with current Police Chief Erek Balantine. Balantine had been charged with...
  • AZ: Open Carry at the Vertical Church in Yuma

    08/28/2015 4:30:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I was on the security detail at The Vertical Church on Sunday. I noticed that Jeremy was open carrying, so I asked him if I could take a picture after the service. He was kind enough to wait with his lovely wife until I handed off to the next volunteer. Then we stepped outside to take the picture. The lobby was fairly crowded. We are having record numbers attend for August in Yuma! The can in his left hand is non-alcoholic, they are sold in the Church lobby. The pistol is a Sig Sauer P220 in .45 ACP. Carrying...
  • AZ: Open Carry at Harbor Freight

    08/25/2015 5:11:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The pistol range at the Ranch needed some trimming, so I stopped at Harbor Freight to pick up some inexpensive tools. That is a bow saw on the counter. The couple behind me were gracious and volunteered to take my picture. Hispanic? Black? Caucasian? Mixed? I could not tell, but they were the type of people that a civilization needs to thrive. I thought they might be immigrants, but their English was perfect and colloquial. Yuma is a pretty cosmopolitan place. They were polite, helpful, and friendly. Courtni, the clerk at the counter, was also helpful and friendly. She...
  • AZ: Open Carrier in Yuma Walmart

    08/20/2015 3:09:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I walked up to a checkout line at the Wal-Mart, and was pleased to see another open carrier ahead of me. I asked if I could take his picture. He was pleasant and accommodating. I heard him joking with the checkout lady. It was obvious that he was a regular customer. It looks like a real working outfit to me, not one worn just for style. He agreed to have another picture taken in the entrance, to show the pistol a bit more clearly. We talked for a bit about the few locations that still ban guns in Yuma....
  • Oath Keepers to Arm 50 Black Protesters in Ferguson with AR- 15s for an Epic Rights Flexing March

    08/16/2015 1:37:26 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 35 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | August 15, 2015 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    Ferguson, Missouri The Missouri chapter of the Oath Keepers are planning to hold an open carry march through downtown Ferguson, Mo., which will reportedly involve arming 50 black protestors with AR-15 rifles. The decision to hold the event transpired after St. Louis County officials, in violation of Missouris open carry law, insisted that members of the group could not open carry long barrel rifles within the city. In a video uploaded to YouTube, police chief Jon Belmar is seen warning a number of Oath Keepers that open carrying long barrel rifles would be a violation of the law. My...
  • Iowa Deputy Violates Permit Holder's Rights (video)

    08/14/2015 4:51:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On August 4th Plymouth County Sheriff's department Sgt. Rick Singer stopped a man legally openly carrying a holstered pistol while walking. Sgt. Singer asked for the man's permit, which was presented. Sergent Singer would not accept the legal permit. He persistently demanded a "paper permit" which he said was the "legal permit". He keeps saying that the permit is simply a "courtesy card" He was wrong, but he illegally confiscated the open carriers permit. The entire affair was recorded on video: Link to video The Sergeant claims that the picture on the permit is not recognizable, but wants...
  • MO: Oathkeepers in Ferguson 2015

    08/13/2015 5:33:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Oathkeeper protecting local businesses in Ferguson MO, 2014 The far left Southern Poverty Law Center has smeared the Oathkeepers as "fiercely anti-government" when in fact the core reason of the Oathkeepers is to protect Constitutional Government. Last year the Oathkeepers helped to protect private property and innocent people in Ferguson. Not surprisingly, politicians who wanted to divide the races were not happy about it. From Patricia Bynes, Democratic Committeewoman of Ferguson Township, went to check on the protests early Tuesday and was surprised to find the Oath Keepers amid a heavy police presence. "They just showed up, walking...
  • MI: Judge Upholds Open Carry rights against law-breaking School District

    08/13/2015 3:24:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Michigan allows people with concealed carry permits to carry guns in schools, with a twist; the guns have to be openly carried in the school. Michigan preemption law prevents local units of government from enacting a patchwork or local, contradictory laws, many of which violate basic Second Amendment rights. MCL 123.1101(a) and MCL 123.1102 preempt local units of government from regulating firearms. School Districts are local units of government. In Michigan, a number of school districts are unwilling to abide by State law, and routinely violate it. A lawsuit was filed in March. From Michigan As set forth...
  • Open Carry at Meteor Crater Rim

    08/10/2015 5:59:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    When I was on vacation to the Meteor Crater in Arizona, I open carried into the museum and display area, and on the tour. The guard/ticket seller at the front entrance never blinked. I listened to the tour guide tell us of some of the history, and I asked a question or two. I must have caught the attention of a presumably Navajo grandmother with her family. She might have been my age, give or take a few years. She asked me if I believed what the tour guide had told us. I said that I believed most of...
  • Michigan Officer Shells Out $35,000 For Open Carry Stop

    07/31/2015 12:21:32 PM PDT · by archy · 28 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 30 July 2015 | Bob Owens
    Michigan Officer Shells Out $35,000 For Open Carry Stop Posted by Bob Owens on July 30, 2015 at 2:03 pm  Somehow, I don’t think Flint Township Police will be stopping people who open carry firearms any time soon unless they have a darn good reason. A man who claimed he was wrongfully arrested on Christmas Eve while legally open-carrying his pistol has reached a $35,000 settlement with the officer who stopped him, according to the man’s attorney. John David McMorris reached the agreement Tuesday, July 28, after he sued Flint Township Police and Sgt. Russell Fries following his Dec....
  • Fl: Open Carry Event on Tampa Pier

    07/24/2015 5:01:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    ADulay, a regular contributor to, wrote about the open carry event that was held in Tampa over the weekend. From For those of you who could not make this meeting, here's a very quick synopsis of what you missed. Just over 50 guys, all open carrying, showed up with fishing gear, donuts, coffee and a great attitude. No police anywhere near the place. Lots of civilian people fishing and no problems with that at all. Several questions from curious people and most, if not all were amazed at the laws in Florida. I can only assume that...
  • Armed Marine vet standing guard outside recruiting center told to leave or hell be arrested

    07/22/2015 7:38:33 AM PDT · by Jacvin · 47 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 7/22/2015 | Tom Tillison
    A Marine veteran standing guard outside an Armed Forces Recruiting Center has been told he is no longer welcome and ordered off the property. Matthew Benack took up a sentry post outside the Center in Jacksonville, Fla., in response to the deadly attack on five members of the U.S. military last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., WNCT reported. Police said the vet was within his constitutional rights to have a loaded weapon outside the center as long as the unidentified property owner gave permission.
  • MA: Where lack of Open Carry Leads

    07/17/2015 8:40:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In some countries, such as Israel and Switzerland, it is common to see people walking around with slung military rifles. No one except tourists pay much attention. The United States is split. In areas where the gun culture is entrenched and accepted (most of the land area of the U.S.) nobody pays much attention, but it is more unusual than in Switzerland. In areas where the gun culture is reviled by the local powers that be, it can land you in trouble. There are five states that ban the open carry of firearms in most public places. They are...
  • Man Practicing Open Carry Law Robbed of Gun

    07/16/2015 11:09:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Gresham man robbed of gun he was openly carryingA man practicing his open carry right was robbed of the gun he was openly carrying. William Coleman III was robbed of his Walter- brand P22 just after 2:00 a.m. October 4 in Gresham by a young man who asked him for it and flashed his own weapon as persuasion. Coleman, 21, was talking to his cousin in the 17200 block of NE Glisan St., after purchasing the handgun earlier that day, when a young man asked him for a cigarette, police said. The man then asked about the gun, pulled...
  • Open Carry Cell Phone Holder Concerns NJ Prosecutor

    07/10/2015 4:56:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    This model is carrying the "edgy" cell phone holder in about the worst or *best* way to make it sensational. The choice of black holder, black phone and black shorts does the most to make the holder look as though a pistol is in the back pocket. It does not hold up to close inspection. From More a piece of equipment than a regular "cover," the Gun Grip Case transforms your iPhone 5 into a handgun! Available in black, white or pink, this fake "pistol" works with an app so you can interact with a digital version of...
  • AZ: Open Carry at Rest Areas Socially Accepted

    06/27/2015 6:06:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On my recent vacation to Meteor Crater and environs, I stopped at the rest areas along the way to check and see if the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) had done its job. They needed to replace old signs that illegally banned guns in the rest areas. When other travellers were available, I had them take my picture for use in this and future articles. After the pretty young woman holding the child took my picture, I asked if I could take hers. She was happy to pose for me. Here is the picture she took of me at...
  • Judges ruling threatens upheaval of Puerto Rico gun laws(Open-carry, no permit for purchase, CCW)

    06/22/2015 12:26:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies ^ | June 22, 2015 | Chris Eger
    local court in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico this month issued a stern ruling that could end some of the strongest gun laws in the country. Taking control of Puerto Ricos strict firearms statutes is Judge Lugo Anibal Irizarry, sitting in the Court of Salinas, who found the U.S. territorys Ley de Armas unconstitutionally prohibitive and in violation of the Second Amendment as part of a class action lawsuit brought by 850 plaintiffs. As Irizarrys 42-page (Spanish) ruling reads, explained by the Second Amendment Foundation, Puerto Ricans in the Commonwealth may now carry openly or concealed without a permit, and...
  • Open Carry Activists Win Victory!

    06/15/2015 6:23:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The open carry activists did not win the open carry victory in Texas because of public opinion, at least not on the superficial and transitory image of public opinion that is usually measured. It was won because the activists developed means and methods to communicate around the elite establishment, grew their own organizations and vision, and exerted raw political power to bend the government to their will. They had several advantages. The facts were on their side; the Constitution is on their side; and the culture is on their side. Against them were the big government elites, big media,...
  • St. Louis Zoo Obtains Restraining Order against the Exercise of Constitutional Rights

    06/14/2015 5:57:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The St. Louis Zoo has asked for, and Judge Joan Moriarty has issued, a temporary restraining order barring a Second Amendment activist from visiting the Zoo while armed. From ST. LOUIS (AP) A judge is barring a gun-rights advocate from entering the St. Louis Zoo with a gun as he pledged to do this weekend.St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty issued a temporary restraining order against 56-year-old Jeffry Smith of Cincinnati. Its in effect until a hearing June 22.Smith planned to go armed to the St. Louis Zoo on Saturday afternoon to test the legality of the...
  • Did Michigan Court Violate Sixth Circuit Decision on Open Carry?

    06/13/2015 5:52:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In March of 2014, Johann Deffert was exercising his second amendment rights by peacefully openly carrying a holstered handgun in Grand Rapids. As he passed a Church, someone called 911, perhaps to harass the open carrier. Such harassment has become common, and is advocated by disarmists. When the police arrived on the scene, Deffert was already well past the Church. The officer drew his pistol and pointed it at Deffert. The most threatening activity appears to be something the 911 caller never mentioned, and which the officer characterised as "talking to nobody", certainly an innocuous activity in these days...
  • AR: Bizarre Article Attempts to Discredit AR Constitutional Carry

    06/09/2015 7:15:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Act 746 went into effect in 2013. The law was clear at the time, and is clear now. The Democrat Attorney General when the law went into effect, Dustin McDaniel, expressed an opinion about the law which seemed designed to cause confusion about the issue. In the opinion, former AG McDaniel simply ignores the most important change in the law. Here is the relevant section, ignored by McDaniel: 5-73-120. Carrying a weapon.(a) A person commits the offense of carrying a weapon if he or she possesses a handgun, knife, or club on or about his or her person, in...
  • GA: Rockdale Sherrif Calls Open Carrier Hero

    06/07/2015 10:09:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carrier Todd Scott. In the attempted mass shooting at the Conyers Magnet Package store, customer Todd Scott was openly carrying his Smith & Wesson 4013STW. When the active shooter opened fire, Todd took cover, evaluated the situation, and returned fire. At that point the active shooter left the store, returned to his parents home, and shot and wounded them. Rockdale Sheriff Eric Levett said that Todd Scott was a Hero. From There were three customers, who weren't injured in the incident, inside the liquor store. One customer, Todd Scott, returned fired from a handgun from the back...
  • AZ: Open Carry at Bank in Yuma

    06/05/2015 11:04:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I had to do some business at a local bank today. I was reminded that some people find it unusual to openly carry holstered guns into banks. Of course, we have been conditioned to pay no attention to the practice when someone in a uniform does it. In the early 1980s, in military uniform, I and a brother-in-law carried full flap holsters into a bank in Madison, Wisconsin. It was difficult to tell if there were 1911A1 .45 pistols in the holsters or not, and no one blinked. In any case, it was not against the law. Here in...
  • GA: Open Carrier Stops Mass Killing

    06/02/2015 10:02:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video of start of shooting In Conyers, Georgia, a citizen, openly carrying a holstered pistol, returned fire at a man who had already killed two people. The attack appears to be a planned mass shooting. The attacker was armed with a semiautomatic pistol, which he is seen firing in the video. When the open carrier, Todd Scott, returned fire, the active shooter stopped the attack, and fled the store. He returned to the home where he lived with his parents, and shot and wounded them both. At this point the police arrived at the...
  • AZ: Open Carry on top of the Mountain

    06/02/2015 5:53:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I feel mostly recovered after a lingering virus with a nasty cough. As related in another post, I was able to experience what it is like to be old, sick, and tired (while open carrying). I had not conducted my usual exercise regime for nearly two months, being interrupted by travel, care for the new Grandson, and illness. Yesterday morning I did a hundred crunches, then drove back to Yuma from Las Vegas. I have found crunches to be helpful in strengthening the core and relieving lower back pain. I usually climb a mountain twice a week as part...
  • Open Carry While Old, Sick, and Tired

    05/28/2015 6:39:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 47 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | Dean Weingarten
    I am mostly recovered from a nasty virus that I caught from my six month old grandson. At times I was sleeping, or attempting to, 20 hours a day, I could handle necessary chores, but simply trying to avoid coughing enough to breath comfortably, left me weak, and feeling too tired to exert myself. Walking a couple of hundred yards was exhausting. I had to go to the store a couple of times for off the shelf medicine and some ice cream, which I normally eat little of. I became acutely aware of how vulnerable I was. I could...
  • AZ: Open Carry in Bullhead City Gun Shop, McDonald's

    05/26/2015 2:52:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I was traveling up Arizona highway 95 from Yuma to Las Vegas to take care of some business. I follow 95 through Bullhead City, to avoid crossing a little, but inconvenient, strip of California. Just outside the southern city limits of Bullhead city, there is a gun shop, N.P. Gun Sales, on the east side of the highway. I was looking for some 16 gauge buckshot loads, which are not that easy to come by. It was a good excuse to check out the store. The first thing that I noticed as I approached the door, was this sign....
  • Moms Demand Action Witness Caught Misleading Texas State Senators During Testimony

    05/23/2015 4:37:18 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 18 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 5-22-2015 | Lana Shadwick
    A woman testifying for Moms Demand Action has been called on the carpet for misleading the Texas Senate for implying by omission that the tragic killing of her husband by her son resulted from the use of a firearm. In reality, her son killed his father with a pipe wrench and a knife. The fact that her son owned what she called an arsenal had no bearing on the murder. Open Carry Texas (OCT) has produced a short video which contrasts the womans testimony at the Capitol with newspaper and television reports about the murder, and her sons trial.
  • TX: Open Carry Passes Senate, with Dutton Amendment, on to Governor Abbott

    05/22/2015 8:40:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Senator Whitmire, D Houston, during his non-filibuster filibuster. I just watched hours of debate in the Texas Senate on Committee Substitute HB 910. The Senate Committee had removed the Dutton amendment, that stipulated that the police could not stop you for merely exercising your right to carry openly, and ask for a permit or license. Here is the amendment: CERTAIN INVESTIGATORY STOPS AND INQUIRIES PROHIBITED. A peace officer may not make an investigatory stop or other temporary detention to inquire as to whether a person possesses a handgun license solely because the person is carrying a partially or wholly...
  • Open Carry, HB 910 Substitute, in Texas Senate now

    05/22/2015 2:38:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    HB 910, the Texas licensed open carry bill, passed the House by 2/3 margins. The bill went through the Senate State Affairs Committee, where the Dutton amendment was stripped from it. Now, being debated on the floor of the full Senate, the debate is whether to put the Dutton amendment back in. The Dutton amendment specifies that peace officers may not detain open carriers simply to ask if they have a license, but must have probable cause to suspect criminal activity, just like they need for any Terry stop. The amendment is designed to protect open carriers from police...
  • Move to attach Campus Carry to the Texas Open Carry Bill

    05/22/2015 5:25:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The group "Students for Concealed Carry on Campus" is organizing a call to have campus carry added to the open carry bill, HB 910 now being debated in the Texas Senate. Their proposal would attach the Senate version of campus carry, SB11 to the bill. They have 20 Senators that they are asking people to email. From their facebook page: Please send an email to these twenty members of the Texas Senate, telling them you want to see House Bill 910 (open carry) amended to include Senator Birdwells campus carry language. You dont have to email each member individually;...
  • Open Carry in Lordsburg, NM

    05/21/2015 9:08:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 5/21/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On my way to the NRA annual meeting, I passed through Lordburg, New Mexico on I-10. It is a convenient place to fuel the truck and myself, so I pulled into a truck stop to grab a sandwich. Open carry is protected by the New Mexico Constitution. I was carrying a Glock 17 (9mm for those who have not kept up with Glock nomenclature). The young woman behind the counter had a streak of purple hair, multiple piercings, a sizable tattoo on her right forearm, and was friendly, courteous, helpful, efficient and pleasant to speak with. I could not ask...
  • Video: Moms Demand Someone Tell Them What to Think (Texas Committee Testimony)

    05/20/2015 1:54:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video This is what astroturf looks like in action. Imagine what the Senators are thinking. It goes on for ten minutes, with the "activists" reading from the same script, over and over. It is quite humorous to watch. There is a good sum up at the end by Open Carry Texas. Dean Weingarten:Link to Gun Watch
  • TX: Open Carry Passed out of Senate Committee, Amended

    05/18/2015 5:12:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Early reports from observers at the Senate State Affairs committee in Texas have written that HB 910, the licensed open carry bill, has been passed and sent to the whole Senate. From Texas Gun Legislation - 2015 84th Session Game on, they're back. Substitute approved. It appears that the Dutton Amendment, which would prohibit police from stopping open carriers without probable cause, has been stripped out They removed the cop stop amendment. That's why they called it HB 910 Substitute. The Senate might be able to pass an amendment returning HB 910 to the form passed by the...