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  • The Fascinating Unexpected Thing That Happened to Kroger After They Told MDA to Get Lost

    03/25/2015 1:53:26 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 100 replies
    You’ve got to love it when a corporation who’s intimately involved with everyday Americans decides to stand up for their rights.Not all corporations  will, in fact, many large corporations have caved in and told Moms Demand Action they’ll do anything they want so they can keep their gun hating credit cards in their stores.Well the interesting thing is that’s actually not a good way gain business.Check out the story below about what Kroger told Moms Demand Action and then notice the interesting results from their refusal to cave. During a March 25 appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Kroger CFO Michael Schlotman...
  • Straight Talk from Senator Knox

    03/18/2015 1:41:25 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 9 replies
    Forest Knox - State Senate ^ | 3-15-2015 | Senator Knox
    Straight Talk from Senator Knox Dangerous Tools March 15, 2015 What’s the most dangerous thing you will do today? You will drive your car. Today I drove about 150 miles on two lane highways. Multiple times I came within a few feet of a head on collision with another vehicle, traveling at relative combined speeds of well over 120 miles per hour. A car is a tool, an object used to help us accomplish a given purpose. Why do we use such a dangerous tool that puts us so often, so close to certain death? We consider the risk worth...
  • TX: Open Carry Passes the Texas Senate

    03/18/2015 10:21:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Texas Senate passed an open carry bill on Tuesday, 17 March, 2015.  The bill removes restrictions on the open carry of weapons that dates back to reconstruction, when radical Republicans changed the Texas Constitution to disarm former confederates, and which Democrats kept in place to disarm freed slaves and Hispanics.   The bill passed on partisan lines, with 20 Republicans voting for it and 11 Democrats voting against it.  A minimum of 19 votes was required for the bill to make it out of the Senate.  From woai.com: The vote was 20-11, right along party lines, for a measure...
  • TX: Amarillo Open Carry in the Snow

    03/04/2015 1:37:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry Texas is keeping the heat on the Texas legislature.  This time with an open carry march in Amarillo, in the snow.  More than 2,300 open carry marches have been conducted in Texas in the last 18 months.  No other social movement has been as effective in organizing and gaining followers in the last few decades.  Open carry has struck a cord with the Texas gun culture.  Many became educated as to the state of the law.  Some could not believe that they did not already have rights that are commonly in place in most of the other...
  • TX: Cross Border Open Carry March scheduled for Texarkana 28 March

    03/03/2015 2:00:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Arkansas became a constitutional carry state in August of 2013.  It took about a year and a half, dozens of open carry marches, and a change of the Attorney General, for that fact to be generally recognized.  The picture above is one of the marches taking place in Little Rock.  I do not recall a single marcher ever being arrested for carrying a firearm.    From thv11.com: In 2013, former attorney general Dustin McDaniel issued an opinion saying he did not consider Arkansas an open carry state under act 746. We asked new attorney general Leslie Rutledge about her interpretation...
  • AR: 'Controversy' about Constitutional Carry Over

    02/25/2015 9:13:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The questions about whether Arkansas is a constitutional carry state are over.  The result was never in any real doubt.  On April 4th, 2013, the Governor of Arkansas signed Act 746.  The law clarified a definition in Arkansas law, that had been abused over the years.  The change likely returned the law to its original meaning.  I wrote about it on 25 April. I wrote: This change clarifies the meaning of the law to what was likely the original intent; that a person may not carry a weapon with the intent of using it for unlawful purposes. There does...
  • Abbott: Texas Must Double the Budget for Border Security

    02/18/2015 1:02:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | February 17, 2015 | Bob Price
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State Address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature and a packed gallery in the Texas House Chamber. During his address, the new governor laid out his agenda for the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature. He stated, as one of his emergency action items that Texas will more than double state spending on border security. His plan will add 500 new state troopers for border security. Governor Abbott opened his remarks by laying down the foundation of Texas’ success upon which he and the Legislature will build “an...
  • TX: Dallas Morning News Publishes Article on Open Carry

    02/16/2015 6:15:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    As second amendment supporters appear close restoring some of the freedom to open carry modern handguns, the Dallas Morning news has published an article, just before the crucial vote on the issue.  The paper has an editorial policy against open carry reform. This illustrates that the media has a great effect on the outcome of political decisions.  The article seems designed to lessen the force of one of the most important facts of the open carry movement: most states already have it, and do not have problems.  The article attempts to reduce the impact of that fact; but the...
  • TX: Campus Carry and Open Carry Pass Senate Committee 7-2

    02/15/2015 5:33:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Texas moved a bit closer to passing campus carry and open carry bills out of the Texas Senate yesterday, February 12.   The Senate has been the bottleneck for these bills because a  super majority is needed to get them out of the Senate.  That majority used to be 21 votes out of 31.   It was amended early this session to become 19 votes out of 31.   It is still a high hurdle, but Lt. Governor Dan Patrick heads the Texas Senate.  He has promised to pass both campus and open carry.  I am convinced that he is working hard...
  • Texas Tribune pushes attack on Patrick and Open Carry

    02/13/2015 5:11:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Texas Tribune is a left wing publication out of Austin, Texas, so it is not surprising that it takes a disarmist position against open carry.  Still, it is interesting to see how it is done.  All of the state wide office holders involved came out for open carry during the election.  While she did not become an office holder, even the Democrat candidate for governor, Wendy Davis, came out in favor of it.  This helps explain why the left wing media in Texas were not too outspoken against open carry during the election.   Now that the election is...
  • “Open Carry versus Campus Carry: what should be the priority”

    02/12/2015 7:41:43 AM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    With well over 700,000 concealed handgun permit holders in Texas, there is a good chance that someone next you in a grocery store or restaurant is carrying a concealed handgun. But some are only satisfied if others actually know that they are carrying. They think that by openly carrying guns they can make others comfortable with guns. They want to make a statement. Texas lawmakers are now wrestling with the questions of campus carry and open carry. They couldn’t face a clearer choice between enhancing safety or making political statements. Open carry advocates carry rifles because they can’t legally openly...
  • Where Open Carry is Dangerous

    02/04/2015 5:22:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There are places in the world where the obvious, open carry of firearms is a dangerous thing to do.  This occurs where life becomes cheaper than the value of a modern firearm, legal firearms are hard to obtain, and the police are held in low esteem. I first heard of this in the early 1980's in graduate school when an erudite colleague, Norman Whisler, showed me articles from India where officers were murdered for their service firearms on a fairly regular basis.   The harder a society makes it to obtain modern firearms, the more police who openly carry are...
  • TX: Patrick Continues Support for Open Carry

    01/31/2015 11:56:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Lt. Governor Dan Patrick was quoted as saying that open carry bills might not come up for a vote this session on Tuesday.  From dallasnews.com:  “Open carry is important, but I don’t think there is support in the Legislature to pass it,” Patrick said. “The votes have not been there.”  Wednesday he reiterated his support for that legislation.  From texastribune.org: After noting that he had referred a bill to committee allowing concealed weapons to be carried on university campuses by those with appropriate licenses, Patrick said in a statement, "Now that [Senate Bill] 11 has support and is moving...
  • Open Carry Activists in Texas Gain Ground

    01/30/2015 4:38:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry activists at the State Capitol in Austin. The movement to restore open carry to Texas has heated up in the last year and a half.  It arguably accelerated with  C.J. Grisham being accosted by a police officer in rural Bell County.  An army veteran whose family owns thousands of acres in Bell county,  Grisham was eventually convicted of "interfering with police duties" after a second jury trial.  He is paying a $2,000 fine.  On the installment plan.  In nickles.   The results are still under appeal.  Many who have watched the video of the event think the police...
  • WA: Lt. Gov. Brad Owen notices that Open Carry is Protected Free Speech

    01/21/2015 8:04:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from spokesman.com A couple of days ago, on the 16th of January, 2015, Washington State Lt. Governor Brad Owen (D) publicly announced that the open carry of firearms is a form of free speech, protected by the first amendment of the Constitution.  He did it as a way to crack down on and destroy that speech, but he did it none the less, and what he said is true.  The Democrats objected to the open carry of firearms in the Senate chamber's gallery.   From seattletimes.com:  "We're just noting that open carry is a form of demonstration and it's...
  • MI:Open Carrier Accused of Concealed Carry in Detroit: Jury Trial, Not Guilty!

    01/19/2015 5:01:40 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Several months ago, Elijah Woody was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.   Elijah Woody is an active member of an open carry group, Hells Saints, in Detroit, that was featured in an MSNBC video about open carry.  I wrote about Elijah's arrest and allegations of misconduct by the Detroit police officers, all of whom are black, as is Elijah.  The trial ended yesterday, Friday, the 16th of January, 2015.  I found the story riveting.  It makes you appreciate juries.   This is the sort of story that Eric Holder should be concerned with, but will never be investigated by...
  • Chris Johnson (Jets RB) arrested on misdemeanor gun charge

    01/10/2015 2:14:09 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 34 replies
    NFL.com ^ | 1/10/2015 | Conor Orr
    Jets running back Chris Johnson was charged and booked in his native Orlando, Florida, on Friday on a second-degree misdemeanor charge of open carrying of weapons/firearms, according to the online records of the Orange County Clerk of Courts. Orlando Police Department Sergeant Wanda Ford confirmed to NFL Media that Johnson was arrested Friday night. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the 29-year-old was pulled over for rolling through a stop sign, per a source close to the player. The police officer asked to search his car. Johnson cooperated, as he had nothing to hide. The police found his licensed...
  • Are Legally Armed Black Men being Targeted in Detroit?

    12/28/2014 1:23:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Not a video Elijah Woody circled Are black people who legally carry guns discriminated against?  There is anecdotal evidence to indicate that it happens, particularly in crime-ridden urban centers.  Students and retired police friends and acquaintances have told me that when guns were found in the possession of black men, in most urban centers, three or more decades ago, the guns were confiscated, legal or not. That was before the concealed carry revolution, when only a few states issued concealed carry permits, and they were often issued only at the discretion of the police chief.  Many of the gun...
  • LA: CCW Fail: Gun Stolen in Armed Robbery

    12/26/2014 12:24:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 40 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Another concealed carry failure happened that might have been prevented by open carry.  In this rare event,  a concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit holder was robbed of his defensive firearm.   He was pistol whipped to the head before he could draw, indicating that his attackers did not wish to draw attention with a shot, and/or they did not wish an obvious murder.   It is likely that if the victim had been openly carrying his firearm, the robbers would have chosen less dangerous prey.   From uptownmessenger.com: The victim, a man in his 40s, was near Henry Clay and Coliseum...
  • TX: Open Carry Advocate Finalist for Texan of the Year

    12/24/2014 7:58:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The open carry movement existed in Texas before C.J. Grisham was set upon by a Temple police officer in rural Bell County.  Grisham was eventually convicted of "interfering with police duties" after a second jury trial.  He paid a $2,000 fine.  Many who have watched the video of the event think the police officer is the one who should have been reprimanded.  The video went viral, and Grisham's zeal for open carry has blossomed into thousands of armed Texans marching to demand their second amendment rights. Texas is one of only six states that mostly ban the open carry...
  • Texas Poll: Should Open Carry of Arms Require Texans to Have a License?

    12/20/2014 7:16:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On December 9th, radio station KFYO ran an Internet poll on whether or not Texans should be required to have a license in order to openly carry arms in Texas. Here is the question from kfyo:  If Open Carry passes, should you have to get a license to carry? Let us know in today’s KFYO Poll of the Day. The poll still appears to be open.  I do not see absolute numbers, but the sentiment that Texans should not have to pay for a license to exercise a right is winning by nearly five to one. Here is a...
  • OH:Concealed Carry Fail; Rapist Disarms Realtor

    12/17/2014 1:16:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    No discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of open and concealed carry used to be complete without the obligatory theory that open carry was more dangerous.  It was asserted that a criminal will target the open carrier because they are armed.   Here is an example from freerepublic: Why would anyone want the bad guy to shoot him first? Fortunately, the gun culture is becoming educated in the matter.   People now realize that open carry promotes tactical deterrence.  There have been two known instances where open carriers have been targeted, but they are very rare.  The other side of...
  • AZ: Open Carry in Tacna

    12/15/2014 2:00:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Tacna, Arizona, I saw this fellow openly carrying what appears to be a stainless Colt Mustang in .380.  I asked, and he said that he had served in the Marine Corps, as indicated by the tattoo.  He was driving the four-wheeler, which can be licensed for dual use, on and off road, in Arizona, a capability not available in many Eastern states.  Notice the folding, lockback pocket knife clipped in his front right pocket for ease of access, one handed opening, and safe use while the blade is locked. It is a snapshot of freedom that has been...
  • Texas to vote on open carry of firearms rolling back 140-year ban

    12/15/2014 12:30:53 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 December 2014 | By Associated Press Reporter
    "Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns. That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expanded gun rights. 'If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough for the state of Texas' Abbott said the day after his election last month."
  • Texas weighs allowing open carry of handguns

    12/14/2014 9:54:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 14, 2014 | Jim Vertuno
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns. That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expanded gun rights. "If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough for the state of Texas," Abbott said...
  • FL: Open Carry Ban may be Unconstitutional; 4th District Court to Rule

    12/13/2014 11:29:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    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 issue went all the way to the State Supreme Court, which ruled for Norman, to allow the 4th Circuit to hear the case. The 4th Circuit has...
  • VA: Alexandria Police Misinform Businesses about Open Carry

    12/10/2014 9:12:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The above flyer was being handed out to local businesses in Alexandria Virginia  recently.   A VCDL member observed it and was able to take a picture of the flyer, with the cooperation of the local business owner.  From an VCDL email: The flyer particularly endangers 18 to 20 year olds as it incorrectly tells a store owner that if they see someone under 21-years-old with a handgun on their hip, that is illegal! That is NOT true and having the police show up on a bogus “man with a gun” call endangers everyone unnecessarily. The flyer also makes these...
  • AZ: Open Carry at Yuma Yummy Yummy Chinese Restaurant

    12/10/2014 4:48:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    My favorite restaurant in Yuma is the Yummy Yummy at 2241 Avenue A.  It is in the corner of the strip mall and easy to miss.  It isn't a fancy place, rather utilitarian, with ridiculously low prices and excellent food.  The service is good, but as the place is litterally a mom and pop (the mother speaks English, Spanish, and Chinese fluently), do not expect to have her hovering over your table.   For the cost of a drink at most bars, you can get a complete meal, if you drink water.   They have $5 specials that are always available,...
  • MI: Detroit Open Carry, Hip and Cool

    12/05/2014 11:42:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An open carry group in Michigan has done a remarkable thing.  True, they built on the accomplishments of a great many before them.   They have made the open carry of long guns in Detroit cool and hip on an MSNBC video. Here is a link to the video: The video is done by Ronan Farrow, featuring 22 year-old activist James Baker.  He is well spoken, photogenic, and persuasive.  He and a couple of other people formed the group, Hell's Saints, in July of 2014.  He comes across as cool and hip.  He narrates much of the video.   He reminds...
  • MO:Ferguson: Where Open Carry Leads

    12/03/2014 1:33:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Sign during the chaos of Katrina. One of the primary purposes of the second amendment is the ability to form militias in to enforce public order.   The formation of informal militias during times of disorder, such as during natural disasters and riots is a completely natural and expected act.   Productive people have invested their lives in their property; when that property and their lives are threatened, neighbors band together to protect themselves and each other. You do not see riots and looting in the suburbs and small towns, because there is no incentive to destroy what has been painstakingly...
  • Three Reasons Why Black Men Should Openly Carry a Gun after Trayvon, Ferguson, and John Crawford

    12/01/2014 2:05:23 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 56 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/01/2014 | H. A. Goodman
    I never thought I'd be an open carry advocate. However, I'm a firm believer in working within the American political system in order to change the status quo. If the 2nd Amendment is cherished by millions of Americans, then why not use it to further certain liberal ideals? Protecting African-American lives and alleviating tensions between the black community and law enforcement should be a top priority of all Americans and especially Congress, however this is not the case. It speaks volumes that African-Americans vote over 90% Democrat during national elections, yet our future nominee in 2016 still hasn't addressed an...
  • AZ: Open Carry on the Mountain

    11/30/2014 12:58:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Earlier this week, I climbed a mountain.  It is a locally popular way for people  to get some exercise and a nice view.  As usual, I was openly carrying a Glock 17.  I carry primarily for political purposes, so I wore a "Gun Guy" hat given to me by Dan Baum at the Shot Show a couple of years ago.  Another reason is that it can get windy on the mountain, and I have had broader brimmed hats blown off. As I arrived at the top, a pair of young ladies asked me to take their picture, to commemorate...
  • TX:Charges Dropped Against Seven Texas Open Carriers

    11/29/2014 1:00:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Arrest in Austin September, 2013 The State Trooper, center, has a holstered antique revolver in his left hand. About a year  ago, Open Carry Texas held a demonstration at the Texas State Capitol at Austin.  Several people were arrested.  Charges were slow in coming.  It appeared that they might be charged with the catch-all of "disorderly conduct".  The open carriers repeatedly said that they were doing nothing illegal. There is breaking news on opencarry.org.  It has been reported that seven people who were arrested over a year ago, in conjunction with open carry, have had all charges against them...
  • NC:Warning Shot Works for Open Carrier Outside of Asheville

    11/20/2014 7:08:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Warning shots are always controversial.   I generally caution against them, but I keep finding instances where they are used to good effect.  Here is one that was related on the opencarry.org North Carolina forum by tiggy1190.  It occurred in Buncombe County, NC: Forced to pull, and discharge outside of Asheville. I wont go into all the details, but long story short. Drunk, and drugged up moron threatens me with a knife, then a gun, and advances towards me. I never saw the weapon, but his hands were behind his back the whole time. I knew I was just in...
  • Florida Carry - Open Carry Court Case, Oral Arguments

    11/19/2014 6:07:22 PM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video on YouTube Florida Carry has been litigating a case through the Florida court system, a case about whether a ban on open carry in Florida is constitutional under the State and Federal constitutions.  It is quite an accomplishment that the case is being heard by the Fourth District Court.   A few days ago, the oral arguments were heard by a three judge panel.  The video above, just under 39 minutes, is of the opposing counsels giving oral arguments before the three judge panel.  The case is State v. Norman.   From a discussion of the case on...
  • Texas Republican Party Supports Restoring Full Right to Bear Arms

    11/19/2014 10:10:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 83 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Texans marching in support of the right to keep and bear arms Some people may not know that the Texas revolution for independence against dictatorial rule, like the American revolution, started with an attempt to disarm the citizens.  It is not surprising that when Texas became a state, they had written the right to to keep and bear arms into their constitution. Prior to the losing the Civil War, or if you prefer, the War Between the States, Texas had one of the strongest right to keep and bear arms protections in its 1845 constitution.  It was:  "Every citizen...
  • Open Carry is Coming to Texas: Governor Elect Abbot to Keep Promise

    11/07/2014 8:13:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Both Governor candidates in Texas endorsed the concept of legal open carry of modern pistols.   The open carry of long guns is protected by the Texas Constitution, and the open carry of antique pistols is allowed under current Texas law.   The conventional wisdom is that once elected, candidates avoid campaign promises.   Governor elect Abbot did not back away form his promise on open carry.  From dailytexanonline.com: Abbott also said if legislation allowing firearms to be carried openly in public came to him, he would sign it into law. “If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough...
  • MI: School Advocating SWATting as Policy?

    11/06/2014 6:01:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Michigan, it is legal for people who have a concealed carry permit to openly carry firearms on school grounds and into schools.   It is illegal for them to carry concealed firearms on  school grounds or into schools.   Some second amendment supporters have exercised their rights by carrying their personal defensive firearms openly while picking up their children or visiting schools for other reasons.  Banning guns from schools is a relatively recent  phenomena.  The idea started being pushed about 1990.   There was never any validity to it as a safety measure.   Mass shootings in schools have only gone up...
  • TX Governor-Elect Abbott: I'll Sign Open Carry Handgun Bill As Soon As It Reaches My Desk

    11/05/2014 3:18:18 PM PST · by forbushalltheway · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 5 Nov 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott (R) says he will sign a bill to legalize the open carry of handguns as soon as the legislation reaches his desk. Abbott spoke to reporters in Austin the morning after he won the Lone Star State's gubernatorial election. According to WFAA 8 ABC, Abbot said: "If an open carry bill is passed by the House and Senate, I will sign it into law." Abbott added, "If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough for Texas." It is interesting to note that open carry of rifles is already legal in Texas. Moms Demand...
  • Abbott affirms support for open-carry

    11/05/2014 1:48:26 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 8 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 11/05/2014 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN - Attorney General Greg Abbott affirmed his support for allowing Texans to openly carry handguns at his first press conference after being elected governor. “Throughout the campaign I announced my support for open carry in Texas,” said Abbott when asked about the issue at the Texas Capitol. Abbott said Texas is one of only a handful of states that doesn't allow open carry of handguns. “If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough for the state of Texas,” Abbott said. “If an open carry bill is passed by the House and Senate and arrives at my...
  • TX Governor-Elect Abbott: I'll Sign Open Carry Handgun Bill As Soon As It Reaches My Desk

    11/05/2014 1:45:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 5, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott (R) says he will sign a bill to legalize the open carry of handguns as soon as the legislation reaches his desk. Abbott spoke to reporters in Austin the morning after he won the Lone Star State's gubernatorial election. According to WFAA 8 ABC, Abbot said: "If an open carry bill is passed by the House and Senate, I will sign it into law." Abbott added, "If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough for Texas."(continued)
  • VA Open Carrier SWATted

    10/29/2014 7:11:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Author with Bike and Gun Moms Demand Action (MDA) disarmenters have threatened to make false 911 calls to police,and encouraged others to do so.   In at least one case, perhaps more, an innocent man was killed by police as a direct response to false allegations in 911 calls.  Last week, in Virginia, an open carrier was falsely accused of robbing a 7-11, in a 911 call.   Fortunately, he was not harmed. Here is his account, from Robert Dickens, as related to the Virginia Citizens Defense League, recounted at opencarry.org:  (PVC stands for  Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia...
  • MO:Open Carry March in Downtown St. Louis

    10/29/2014 5:31:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The open carry march in St. Louis went off without a hitch on Saturday, 25 October.   In stark contrast to unruly and violent Ferguson demonstrators, the open carry marchers, who celebrated the restoration of constitutional rights under the newly passed amendment 5, were polite, considerate, peaceful, and had no violent interactions with the police.  From stltoday.com, a counterprotestor complained: Counterdemonstrator Tef Poe, of Hands Up United and the Organization of Black Struggle, said the calm police reaction was in contrast to police behavior at protests in Ferguson.“When we protest in a similar manner, without guns, they proceed with aggression...
  • Would you Provide Security to a Disarmenter who Mocked You?

    10/27/2014 5:22:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open Carry at an Arizona Gas Station A poster at opencarry.org, Southern Covenanter, recounts an ironic experience in Charlotte, South Carolina.    From opencarry.org: I made it a point to stop and meet my parents for lunch in Pineville while I was passing through town, and after I left, I stopped at the QT on Woodlawn Road (right off I-77 where Woodlawn turns into Billy Graham Parkway) to gas up the Blue Bullet. This QT is in a somewhat sketchy part of town, so I was already on high alert when I pulled up to the pump. About the...
  • Armed demonstrators stroll through downtown St. Louis

    10/26/2014 1:37:54 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 34 replies
    STLToday.com (St. Louis Post Dispatch) ^ | October 26, 2014 | Jim Gallagher
    About 40 demonstrators armed with pistols and rifles — and a 19-month-old toddler with a toy gun — took to the streets of downtown St. Louis on Saturday afternoon to assert their right to carry guns openly in public. The crowd walked peacefully along sidewalks from Citygarden to the Gateway Arch, surprising tourists along the route. The heavily armed crowd shouted “Congrats!” to surprised wedding parties posing for pictures in Kiener Plaza. They carried pistols in holsters and long guns slung from their shoulders. About 10 St. Louis police officers watched the gathering at Citygarden but didn’t interfere or follow...
  • Open Carry at the San Simon Rest Stop

    10/23/2014 3:38:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On my way back to Yuma, I switched from concealed carry (open carry of modern handguns is illegal in Texas) to open carry.   Just past the New Mexico border, in Arizona, is the San Simon rest stop, at exit 388 on I-10.   I have been to this rest stop many times.   The Rest Area Guide is old and weatherbeaten.    There is no prohibition on the carry of arms, because of open carry activists actions at the Sacaton rest stop in 1998.   No one had a problem with me having a pistol in the rest area.  A friendly truck driver...
  • OR:Gun Stolen from Open Carrier was not Loaded; as Required by Law

    10/17/2014 4:33:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A week ago I wrote an article about the unicorn event of an open carrier having his firearm stolen by an armed robber.   It is only the second event that has been documented.   Numerous pundits sided with those who want their political opponents disarmed.   An important detail was left out of the story. Multnomah County, where the robbery took place, requires that openly carried guns must be unloaded.   The ordinance makes it an offense to possess a loaded magazine or speed loader if you do not have a concealed carry permit.  As the open carrier was barely old enough...
  • Are Black People Carrying Guns Public Enemy No. 1?

    10/13/2014 5:58:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    So claims Charles Gallagher, a sociologist at La Salle University.  From CNN: "Whites walking down Main Street with an AK-47 are defenders of American values; a black man doing the same thing is Public Enemy No. 1," says Gallagher, a professor at La Salle University in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, we know that Charles Gallagher is wrong.  See the picture above?  It was taken in August of this year.   The article reports that members of the gun cub went to a restaurant and ate while openly carrying their guns... next to a group of police officers.   Nothing happened. Not exactly what...
  • Dan and Pat: False Narratives from the old Media

    10/09/2014 3:58:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While visiting Wisconsin, I went out to dinner with some of my favorite relatives.   Pat is my cousin, and Dan is her husband.   They are wonderful people, competent, smart, careful, considerate and polite.   Dan retired a couple of years ago.  Pat is still working.   Dan is a boating enthusiast, keeps himself in great shape, and participates in 50 mile bike races.   They have a vacation home on a nice lake only a few miles from the property where I grew up.   I made a point to contact them when I came up to Wisconsin, and we made a point...
  • Another Unicorn: Open Carrier Robbed by Armed Criminal

    10/09/2014 7:05:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry event in Colorado In a nation of over 300 million people, rare events happen.   Yesterday, another rare event happened.   A person openly carrying a gun was held up at gun point and their gun was stolen.  It last happened, that I know of, in Milwaukee in 2010, before the state passed their shall issue concealed carry law in 2011.   In the Oregon event, 21 year old William Coleman had just purchased a pistol the previous day, and was openly carrying it in the Portland metropolitan area, in the early morning hours.  From oregonlive.com: According to Gresham police,...