“I have to admit, initially I was a bit nervous about … the [open carry] law,
[b]ut to my surprise, we have not had one single incident as it relates to open-carry.”
Vicksburg, MS Police Chief Walter Armstrong, September 16, 2014

“OpenCarry.org [is a national] gun rights networking hub.”
The Atlantic, May 10, 2011

“There’s even an organization whose raison d’etre is promotion of open carry
. . . OpenCarry.org. These are the shock troops of the gun lobby. And, they are not going away.”
Ceasefire NJ Director Brian Miller, NJ.com, August 20, 2009

“I don’t think [legalizing open carry] change[s] much because it’s not . . . concealed carry . . . and frankly given the choice of the two, open carry is probably less dangerous because we know what we’re dealing with.”
Overland Park, KS Police Chief John Douglass, September 24, 2012

“In fact, a surprising number of states even allow open carry of handguns without a license. Contrary to the concerns of some opponents of open carry, such measures have not led to wild-West shootouts or other serious consequences.”
Tulsa World Editorial Board, February 25, 2012

“[G]ang members aren’t known to open carry.”
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Phelps, San Bernadino Sun, September 6, 2010

“We don’t suggest that people panic,
because there hasn’t been a problem with open-carry demonstrations in other cities.”
Palo Alto, CA police Lt. Sandra Brown, Mercury News, March 5, 2010

“The anti-gun rights lobby’s furor over the presence of guns
near the president . . . is an attempt to somehow reverse the normalization of guns.”
Professor Brandon Denning, Cumberland School of Law (Birmingham, AL),
Christian Science Monitor, August 8, 2009

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Open Carry Walk Planned For North Little Rock

Arkansas_CarryA gun-rights group says it plans to hold an open-carry walk in North Little Rock this weekend.

Arkansas Carry said in a statement that members will walk at 11 a.m. Saturday from Schlotsky’s Deli on JFK Boulevard to Cherry Hill Drive and then back again with their guns on display.

The group contends a law that went into effect last year allows the open carrying of firearms, although Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has contested that interpretation.

Excerpt…Read more at Arkansas Online.

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Is Open Carry Disorderly Conduct In Utah?

Disorderly_ConductA new bill would define when someone could be charged with disorderly conduct when they are openly carrying a gun in Utah. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, says it came after a picture surfaced last year of a man with a rifle across his back at a JC Penney in northern Utah.

Ray said his bill states guns have to be holstered.

So if someone is carrying a gun around in their hand they can be cited,” he said. “This bill really clarifies things and gives them an outline to go by of in this situation you can write a ticket and in this situation you can’t.

The same goes for people who openly display guns on their body. The man in JC Penney last year could have been charged with disorderly conduct, he said.

Excerpt … read more at Utah’s KSL.

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Petersburg, Va. Circuit Court Clerk backs down to gun group

Petersburg_VAVirginia resident Michael McNeill filed a petition with the Virginia Supreme Court requesting a Writ of Mandamus to compel Petersburg Circuit Court Clerk Shalva J. Braxton to follow Virginia law when it comes to concealed handgun permit application processing procedures.

A Writ of Mandamus is a judicial order compelling an official carry out a “ministerial duty,” i.e., a duty which is non-discretionary.

In Virginia, the legislature requires Circuit Court’s to issue concealed handgun permits if the applicant pays $50, submits proof of firearms training, and passes a background check.

Braxton initially told Petersburg NBC 12 News through her attorneys that “it’s not a big deal” to require citizens to submit applications for concealed handgun permit (CHP) renewals in person, even though state law requires Clerks of Court to accept CHP renewal applications by mail.

Read more at Mike Stollenwerk’s DC Gun Rights Examiner.

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Arkansas to become the nation’s 45th open carry state on August 15th

Ark_Carry

Arkansas will become the nation’s 45th open carry state on August 15th of this year.

This result arises from the Arkansas legislature’s enactment of HB 1700, a bill sponsored by Representative Denny Altes (R – Fort Smith) which amended Arkansas Code § 5-73-120 (Carrying a weapon).

The change to § 5-73-120 is straightforward.

For many years § 5-73-120 made it unlawful to generally “possesses a handgun, knife, or club on or about his or her person.”

But in 2008 the United States Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that “the Second Amendment provides a prima facie [and fundamental] right to keep and carry weapons in case of confrontation.”

Read more at Mike Stollenwerk’s DC Gun Rights Examiner column.

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Innocent Victims of Gun Control: The Eagle Scout

Cole_WithrowI would like for you to meet Cole Withrow. In addition to being an Eagle Scout, Cole is an honors student and high school senior in Johnson County North Carolina … at least he was until recently.

Now, he is charged with a felony, expelled from school weeks before graduation, and sees his college plans crumbling since he will not be allowed to graduate.

All of the hard work he has put into becoming a successful member of society is threatened.

Cole is the epitome of what I am talking about when I say that gun control does nothing more than victimize the innocent.

Read more at John Pierce’s Monachus Lex.

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A tale of two rallies

photo-1This morning I was reading the press coverage of last week’s Stop The NRA ‘rally’ in DC.

Despite the fact that it only attracted a whopping 60 attendees, it received quite a bit of positive attention from the mainstream media.

Now … let’s compare that to another rally that took place last week with practically no media attention.

On Tuesday April 23rd, I drove the 430 miles from Bristol Virginia to Harrisburg Pennsylvania for the 8th annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally.

Read more at John Pierce’s Monachus Lex.

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When quasi-celebrities attack: Jay Mohr blames Boston attack on the 2nd Amendment

Jay_MohrAging comedian/actor Jay Mohr managed to generate some publicity for himself on Monday by exploiting the Boston Marathon explosions to push his anti-Second Amendment agenda.

Mohr, who those from my generation might remember from Tom Cruise’s hit 1996 film Jerry Maguire, and younger readers might remember from absolutely nowhere, sent his first clueless tweet Monday night.

“What bothers me most about today is that we’re getting used 2 it. ENOUGH. 2nd amendment must go. Violence has 2 stop. Culture MUST change.”

When questioned on the connection between the Second Amendment and the Boston explosions, he kept digging.

Read more at John Pierce’s Monachus Lex.

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What does a traitor look like?

Pat ToomeySo what does a traitor look like?

That is a very good question.

After all, a traitor is different than an enemy.  An enemy declares himself and opposes you openly.  But in order to become a traitor, someone first needs to enjoy your trust.

Those of us in the gun rights community have plenty of enemies … people who have openly declared war on the Second Amendment and the Constitution.  Heck … practically every Democrat in the country seems to have signed up for a frontal assault on gun owners.

But to be betrayed by one of our own is not a common occurrence and when it happens, it never fails to hurt.

Today, Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania betrayed gun owners.  He betrayed us by caving in to pressure from Bloomberg and the Obama Administration and putting forward a supposed “compromise” bill with New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer and West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin.

Read more at John Pierce’s Monachus Lex.

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Innocent Victims of Gun Control: The welterweight champion

Robert_Guerro_4Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has beaten many opponents on his way to becoming the WBC Welterweight Champion. He has also beaten back leukemia and is known far and wide for his squeaky-clean lifestyle.

In short, Guerrero is a champion in every meaning of the term. He is truly an American hero and role model.  But once again, we see the gun control trap set by Democrats snap shut on an innocent, law-abiding citizen.

Guerrero is now facing a felony charge that could put him away for 15 years.

Read more at John Pierce’s Monachus Lex.

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Innocent Victims of Gun Control: The veteran’s pregnant wife

Beth_FerrirzziI would like for you to meet Beth Ferrizzi of Fargo North Dakota.  She is an average American women who considers herself a law-abiding and even upstanding citizen. She is married to Air Force Master Sergeant Joe Ferrizzi and they are expecting their second child.

Joe, who is deployed to Honduras serving his country, was recently able to meet Beth and their 6 year old daughter in Pennsylvania for a family visit.  He also wanted to show her the Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up.  It was to be a happy family reunion between a soldier and his girl.  What could be more American than that?

But now, she has an arrest record and is facing a felony charge that could imprison her for up to 15 years.

How could this happen in a supposedly ‘free’ country?

Read more at John Pierce’s Monachus Lex.

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