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  • Open Carry at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Dallas

    10/21/2017 7:29:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    At the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in Dallas, Texas, I noticed a significant amount of the open carry of sidearms. This would not have been legal as late as December of 2015. The open carry of a Bowie knife would have been illegal up until then end of August this year!In addition to the licensed open carry of handguns, edged weapons with blades of more than 5.5 inches can now be legally carried in most places. One participant carried an iconic Bowie knife at the GRPC. He graciously allowed me to take a picture. Knife Rights deserves much...
  • Wisconsin Carry in Truck Case Dismissed by Prosecutor, Avoids Precedent

    09/03/2017 9:31:02 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In June of 2016, a 53 year old truck driver, Guy A. Smith was arrested for having a loaded revolver in the cab of his truck. Smith did not have a Wisconsin concealed carry permit. He held that he did not need one. The Wisconsin Constitution is very clear. The arrest took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1998, the people of Wisconsin voted for Constitutional Carry in a state referendum amending the state constitution. The amendment, which created Article I, Section 25, is very clear. It received 74% of the vote. From Article I Section 25:  The people have...
  • Open Carry and Protesters at NRA Carry Guard Expo in Milwaukee

    09/01/2017 1:04:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Protesters in Milwaukee want repeal of the Second Amendment.  The signs at the NRA Carry Guard Expo show the intentions of those who want a disarmed society. They are not talking half measures. They want to repeal the existing Constitutional right. At Milwaukee, they did not make much of an impression.From fox6now.com: Inside the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, thousands are learning from instructors, and checking out new products at the expo. Outside the convention center, a small group gathered in opposition.“We don't need a provision in our constitution saying anyone has a right to have a gun,” said...
  • Gun rights groups concerned over protestors carrying firearms at rallies

    08/23/2017 9:00:10 AM PDT · by Mafe · 50 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 22, 2017 | Andrea Noble
    They’ve represented gun owners in some of the highest-profile cases to hit the courts in recent years, but the Second Amendment Foundation won’t defend groups that hold public armed protests, saying that crosses a line. “We are not a fan of armed protests and highly discourage that,” said Alan Gottlieb, the founder and executive vice president of the SAF. “Firearms serve a purpose, and the purpose is not a mouthpiece. It’s to defend yourself. If you are carrying it to make a political point, we are not going to support that.” In the wake of recent public protests by neo-Nazis,...
  • Local Militiamen came to Charlottesville as neutral First Amendment protectors, commander says

    08/15/2017 4:17:37 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2017 | Paul Duggan
    Of the harrowing images televised nationwide from Saturday’s white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, one of the more chilling sights, amid hours of raging hatred and mayhem, was of camo-clad militiamen on the streets, girded for combat in tactical vests and toting military-style semiautomatic rifles. Photos and video of the heavily armed cadre — a relatively small force commanded by a 45-year-old machinist and long-ago Navy veteran from western Pennsylvania — spread rapidly on social media, raising fears the clash of hundreds of neo-Nazis and counterprotesters might end in a bloodbath. The show of strength was about “allegiance . . . to the...
  • Truck Open Carry Case offers Chance to Validate Wisconsin Constitution

    07/25/2017 4:47:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In Wisconsin, a truck driver, Guy A. Smith, is contesting an arrest for carrying a concealed weapon. The handgun was on the floor of his truck, and was visible to an outside camera. Smith made no attempt to hide the firearm when the truck was inspected by a Wisconsin State Trooper. Open carry has always been legal in Wisconsin, but case law from 2003 found that carrying a loaded handgun concealed beneath a seat or in a glove compartment, was carrying concealed. The Supreme Court found the ruling to be correct, in spite of the passage of the strong...
  • Florida Open Carry Case Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

    07/17/2017 12:02:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    ammoland ^ | 13 July, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Dale Norman open carry case in Florida has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Most cases that are appealed to the Supreme Court are refused. The case started back in 2012, when Dale Lee Norman walked down the street with his pistol showing.  He had recently obtained his concealed carry permit, and did not realize that his firearm was completely exposed.  He was convicted of the open carry of a firearm.  His case was appealed to the 4th Circuit court of appeals. The state Advocate General fought very hard to keep the case from being appealed. The...
  • KKK marchers say they will be armed Saturday at Charlottesville rally

    07/08/2017 8:27:30 AM PDT · by gattaca · 58 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | July 7, 2017 | Joe Heim
    <p>A Ku Klux Klan chapter holding a rally in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon says it expects 80 to 100 members and supporters to take part in the protest and that most will have guns with them.</p> <p>“It’s an open-carry state, so our members will be armed,” said James Moore, a member of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which is headquartered in Pelham, N.C., near the Virginia border. Moore said that if members are attacked, they will defend themselves.</p>
  • Open Carry at the Yuma Regional Medical Center

    06/18/2017 8:36:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 June, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On the morning of June 8th, 2017, I was openly carrying a Glock 17 in a Fobus retention holster. I had to get some medical tests done. I did not have any problem where I had blood drawn. There were no "gun free zone" signs on the door. Next I went to the Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) to get a chest X-ray.  It serves as a place to have medical tests done for the entire area. It is part of the Yuma hospital complex.  They have banned guns on their facility ever since the concealed carry shall issue...
  • MI: Judge rules for Open Carry Organization, Enforces State Law

    06/10/2017 5:24:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In March of 2016, members of Michigan Gun Owners and Michigan Open Carry were illegally expelled from a booth they had rented at the DeVos Place Convention center. They were expelled because they were openly carrying holstered pistols. The organizations filed a lawsuit against the DeVos Place Convention Center and its management company for violation of Michigan state law. On Friday, May 26, 2017, Judge Joseph Rossi of the Kent County Circuit found for Michigan Open Carry (MOC) and Michigan Gun Owners (MGO). It did not take long. The Judge listened to the arguments for about an hour, and...
  • Eighth Circuit: Open Carry not Reasonable Suspicion for a Police Stop

    05/31/2017 6:02:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 May, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2011, on November 2nd, The Lincoln City Police Department received a call about a young man displaying a firearm in an Astro van outside of a convenience store. The call lead to the felony stop of an Astro van about 4 hours later.In the van was 58-year-old black pastor who was a double amputee. The officers forced the pastor, Leroy Duffie, to exit the van with his hands held up, after he had told them that he could not do so because of his disability. At gunpoint, Duffie opened his door, and twisted his body in an attempt...
  • Open Carry at the NRA Meeting 2017

    05/01/2017 3:45:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    For the last three NRA Annual Meetings, open and concealed carry have been legal and practiced on the premises.  In 2015 it was at Nashville in Tennessee. In 2016, it was at Louisville in Kentucky.  In 2017, it is in Atlanta, Georgia. Today in the press room, there were a few open carriers. From the printing that I noticed here and there, there were a significantly greater number of concealed carriers. I was one of those. The Press room was rather chilly for a Yuma, Arizona resident. I kept my jacket on.  Out on the floor, there were few...
  • Carry at the NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia

    04/28/2017 4:28:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    ammoland ^ | 25 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    This year, 2017, the NRA Annual Meeting is being held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. 80,000 people are expected to attend.  There will be 450,000 square feet of exhibits. As with the past two annual meetings, attendees will be able to carry firearms in accordance with state laws. In Georgia a carry permit is required.Georgia recognizes carry permits from 32 other states. Handgunlaw.us lists the states.Virginia is not listed on the official Georgia.gov page, but I understand that Georgia reciprocity with Virgina has been restored. You are responsible for validating your own information.From handgunlaw.us: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona,...
  • Few Gun Free Signs To Be Found at Texas Shopping Center

    04/16/2017 6:10:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    ammoland ^ | 12 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Texas has very specific requirements for “gun free” zones.  When the legislature passed the shall issue concealed carry permit law, they included specifications for signage if establishments were to ban people form carrying guns on their property.The signs are called 30.06 signs, from the section of the law, and are large, obvious, and in both English and Spanish.When the legislature reformed the law to restore some open carry rights, they expanded the signage requirement to include a separate sign for premises to legally prevent people form openly carrying handguns on their premises. Those signs are 30.07 signs.They are also...
  • CT: Bill to Require Carry Permit Holders to "Show Their Papers" Defeated

    04/13/2017 7:49:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Second Amendment supporters won another victory, this time in Connecticut. On Thursday, 6 April, 2017, HB6200 was defeated. The bill would have required individuals who open carry handguns to present permits to law enforcement on demand. This was the second year that such a bill was stopped. It never made it out of committee. In Connecticut, a resident is not allowed to carry a handgun outside of his home without a permit. Permits are not exactly "shall issue" but are granted to most people who apply. Here is the summation of  the bill, from ct.gov: AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION...
  • TX: Open Carriers Stop Armed Robbery?

    03/28/2017 5:02:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 March, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    There are two accounts recorded of the incident pictured above. It happened on 12 March, in Tyler, Texas.  One account is from the eye witness who captured the video.  Audio is included with the video. On the audio, someone joins the videographer. The videographer explains what has happened. From the audio in the video: He tried to knife em, and rob em, and we had two open carrys, and the open carrys took him down. (snip) And that is what an open carry state is all about.Link to video In Texas, one license is required for both concealed and...
  • Florida Supreme Court upholds ban on openly carrying guns

    03/02/2017 7:42:34 PM PST · by aimhigh · 33 replies
    Orlando Weekly ^ | 03/02/2017 | Bloggytown
    Rejecting arguments by Second Amendment supporters, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a longstanding state ban on people openly carrying firearms in public. Justices, in a 4-2 ruling, said the state law "regulates only one manner of bearing arms and does not impair the exercise of the fundamental right to bear arms."
  • Open-Carry Stunt in Police Station Ends with Arrests(DOH!)

    02/08/2017 11:01:49 AM PST · by rktman · 33 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 2/7/2017 | Liz Sheld
    So two idiots sauntered into a police station jacked up with ammo and weapons to test the open-carry law in Dearborn, Michigan. James Baker had body armor on and a semi-automatic pistol strapped to his hip as he slung a short-barreled rifle over his chest and pulled a black ski mask over his head. His buddy, Brandon Vreeland, a fellow open carry advocate, also had on body armor but left his gun in the car, instead bringing along cameras to videotape the encounter that was about to take place. The two men wanted to file a complaint about being pulled...
  • Metal detectors, and firearms ban, returning to the Missouri Capitol

    01/05/2017 8:13:37 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 2 replies
    St. Louis Public Radio ^ | 1/4/17 | Jo Mannies
    The Missouri Capitol is restoring security procedures, and metal detectors, that have not been in place at the complex for almost 14 years. As of Tuesday, most visitors to the Missouri Capitol – including journalists and lobbyists – will be subject to security searches and be required to go through metal detectors. The new procedures won’t apply to elected officials. The number of entrances open to the public will be largely limited to those where security equipment and police are present. According to the statement by the Capitol Police, visitors will be barred from bringing in firearms, along with other...
  • Florida Committee Assignments Positive for Open and Campus Carry

    12/28/2016 2:49:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 December, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida has been flirting with licensed open carry for several legislative sessions. Some of the flirting has become rather provocative, to the point of teasing. Last legislative session, open carry passed the house with large margins, but was blocked in the Senate by Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, a "moderate" Republican committee chair from Miami. Portilla lost his seat in the 2016 election. Some have suggested the Republican leadership was using Portilla to accomplish what they wanted. From a comment by Bob at The Truth About Guns: Miguel Diaz de la Portilla was a Republican for those that...