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  • 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>Its 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 wont 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...
  • Winning the Gun Culture War, Kansas Man Pushes Back (video)

    12/26/2016 5:15:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 December, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video A Kansas member of the gun culture shows how to win the gun culture wars. A picture of him sitting on his front porch, holding a rifle, was posted on facebook. The claim was made that he was upset about people parking in front of his house. Kyle could have assumed a defensive posture by refusing to grant an interview. That method became the norm as media cut and edited interviews to make gun owners look bad. Refusing to go on camera used to be the prudent action. Many in the gun culture have had experience...
  • FL: Open Carry Bill Introduced by New Judiciary Committee Chairman

    12/18/2016 3:55:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 December, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Greg Steube was recently elected to the Florida Senate from the Florida House. In the same 2016 election where Donald Trump won Florida, one of the few Republican losses was Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla of Miami. Portillia had been the face of opposition to open carry and campus carry in the Florida legislature. Greg Steube has been a staunch Second Amendment, and open carry, supporter. Steube has been appointed to Portilla's former chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee. That was where Portilla stymied open carry and campus carry legislation that had strong support. Stuebe recently introduced open carry...
  • Florida Open Carry is Coming: Roadblock Removed

    11/17/2016 9:07:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A primary obstacle to Florida open carry has been removed. The person who was blocking open carry in Florida was Senator Diaz de la Portilla (R) of Miami Dade. Senator Portilla refused to let the open carry bill out of committee in 2015. Then he repeated the performance in 2016. The bill had passed the Miami House by an overwhelming margin, and had a large majority support in the Senate. From sun-sentinal.com: And yet he singlehandedly has killed in the Legislature this year bills that would allow concealed carry permit holders to openly carry firearms, to carry them on...
  • New York Times gets Gun Stories Wrong

    10/28/2016 4:20:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ammoland ^ | 23 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The New York Times produced another hit piece on guns, pushing for some sort of general increase in the current infringements on the Second Amendment. At Reason.com, Brian Doherty did a good job of taking apart much of the bias and ignorance displayed in the article. The Reason.com article is worth reading, and I recommend it. A fair amount can be summed up in these two paragraphs. From the nytimes.com: The findings are dispiriting to anyone hoping for simple legislative fixes to gun violence. In more than half the 130 cases, at least one assailant was already barred by...