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Angel Shamaya, "Keep And Bear Arms" founder, arrested in Michigan on gun charges
The War On Guns ^ | March 3, 2006 | David Codrea

Posted on 03/03/2006 10:30:50 PM PST by Travis McGee

Angel Shamaya, founder of KeepAndBearArms.com is in jail in Michigan, having been arrested for possession of firearms not properly registered under Michigan law.

Angel's friends are working to help him with this problem, but we need your help, right now!

We need character references from you for Angel. There is a form letter for you to fill out and send back at: http://www.marbut.com/angel.

Be advised that Angel's problem is happening in the Detroit area, where a strong anti-gun sentiment exists in the criminal justice system. So, we are asking you to downplay gun-rights and gun-related comments. We will NOT deliver to the court any disparaging letters about Michigan or Michigan laws. Stay on the high ground.

Please, download a copy of the draft letter. Add one sentence of personal comment if you wish - no more.

This is for upstanding, legitimate citizens only. So, we want you to add your name, mail address, and phone number to the letter, so the judge seeing these will accept your letter and will not think you are some flake.

You may email your completed letter, either as an attached MSWord (.doc) file, or pasted into the body of your email, either to newslinks@keepandbeararms.com or to mssa@mtssa.org. So we can pick it out from our many other emails, PLEASE make the SUBJECT of your email: "Angel reference." We will see that these letters get to Angel's attorney ASAP.

Please pass this on to your friends for action. We need letters from everyone who knows or knows of, and appreciates Angel.

Thanks loads for your help.

Gary Marbut, President Montana Shooting Sports Association http://www.mtssa.org author, Gun Laws of Montana http://www.mtpublish.com

Personal note from David Codrea: I spoke with Angel at length last night, before this happened. He is a great patriot and friend. WarOnGuns visitors: I have never really asked you for anything. I am pleading with you to support our brother in his time of need. I will be monitoring things as they unfold--if and when we need to help Angel with more than words, I will let you know.

Please do this support letter now--and please spread this news far and wide.

More from Nicki Fellenzer:

Folks, most of you know how decent, passionate, intelligent and dynamic Angel Shamaya is. He has committed himself to freedom, and I know of few people who are as dedicated to the cause of freedom as Angel. He is also a personal friend to many of us, and now he needs our help.

Today he was arrested, and he is currently in jail. Please read the link below and take a few minutes to write the judge on his behalf. I have National Drill this weekend, and I'm sending this from my hotel room. I won't be around much until Sunday night, but I'm counting on you guys to spread the news and help Angel through this. Please!

http://www.keepandbeararms.com/nicki/Angel.htm

The link includes an address where to send your letters of reference. Please do so as quickly as you can!

Then, I urge you to pass this email to everyone you know. Post it on your websites and blogs, pass it on to fellow bloggers and help us ensure that this gets the widest possible dissemination. Yes, this is about freedom -- but right now, we need to ensure he is, first and foremost, released and that charges are dismissed, so please toe the line on this one. For Angel.

Thanks!

Nicki Fellenzer

UPDATE: I just got off the phone with the Oakland County Sheriff to see if I could help in any way with bail. Unfortunately, the attendant told me Angel has not been arraigned yet, so there is no public information they can share, and that the best thing to do would be to call back tomorrow night. I told the deputy he had a good man in custody and to please see to it that Angel was safe.


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KEYWORDS: banglist; bradywatch; detriot; donutwatch; guns; kaba; michigan; rkba; secondamendment
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1 posted on 03/03/2006 10:30:56 PM PST by Travis McGee
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To: adam_az; American in Israel; Ancesthntr; aragorn; archy; Badray; buccaneer81; cc2k; CodeToad; ...

I just received an email from David Codrea, the RKBA writer for GUNS magazine, informing me that Angel Shamaya was arrested in Michigan on gun charges. I reposted what is up on his "The War On Guns" blog.

http://waronguns.blogspot.com/2006/03/angel-in-jail.html


2 posted on 03/03/2006 10:33:18 PM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Travis McGee
What exactly are the charges?

L

3 posted on 03/03/2006 10:53:23 PM PST by Lurker (Cuz I got one hand in my pocket and the other one is flipping off a liberal.)
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To: Lurker; Joe Brower

I have no idea. I reposted everything posted on Codrea's blog. It's very early, no media reports or anything.


4 posted on 03/03/2006 10:56:26 PM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Travis McGee

hrmn.
I'd like to see what he's been charged with, followed by a full transcript of the laws in question - including their dates of inception.


5 posted on 03/03/2006 11:16:02 PM PST by King Prout (many accuse me of being overly literal... this would not be a problem if many were not under-precise)
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To: Travis McGee

sadly, I don't know the guy, so I can't serve as a "character witness"


6 posted on 03/03/2006 11:16:52 PM PST by King Prout (many accuse me of being overly literal... this would not be a problem if many were not under-precise)
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To: King Prout

Same here. I'm just trying to get the ball rolling.


7 posted on 03/03/2006 11:25:23 PM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Travis McGee; Neets; Darksheare; scott0347; timpad; Conspiracy Guy; NYC GOP Chick; MeekOneGOP; ...

okers... I'll ping my gang to this, but odds are none of them know the guy either.
otoh, if this turns out to be a deliberate targeting of an RKBA advocate rather than anything approaching a righteous collar, any who hold the 2nd dear should be aware of it.


8 posted on 03/03/2006 11:43:00 PM PST by King Prout (many accuse me of being overly literal... this would not be a problem if many were not under-precise)
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To: King Prout

Never heard of the guy, but I agree with your assessment.


9 posted on 03/03/2006 11:47:07 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Only angel I know is the one I'm married to, so I can't help there. HOWEVER, if this is NOT a righteous charge, PLEASE let us know. I, like a lot of others, would be VERY upset if isn't.


10 posted on 03/04/2006 12:49:40 AM PST by Old-Retired-Trucker ("Celebacy is a fruitless effort.")
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To: King Prout

Bump to find out what is going on. I do not know the guy,waiting for more info.


11 posted on 03/04/2006 12:53:52 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

same here bump


12 posted on 03/04/2006 12:56:18 AM PST by King Prout (many accuse me of being overly literal... this would not be a problem if many were not under-precise)
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To: King Prout; Travis McGee; humblegunner

I have been a member of the RKBA Web Ring for years and Angel Shamaya has done more than any of us to keep guns in our hands and not in a Federal warehouse or scrap yard.

Check the lower section of this page: http://www.tomeaker.com/Pages/Tpics1.htm


Prayers for you Angel!


13 posted on 03/04/2006 5:11:10 AM PST by Eaker (My Wife Rocks! - There's no problem on the inside of a person that the outside of a dog can't cure.)
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To: King Prout
Yeah. Same here. I've heard of him, but don't know him personally.

Need to know the "who, what, why, ect..." of this one. Right off the bat, I'd have to say that something smells here. Badly. From what I do know of this guy, he's straight up.

Keepandbeararms.com is almost daily reading for me. Angel's writings are pretty damn outstanding.

Why do I feel like I just heard that "shot heard 'round the world..."

14 posted on 03/04/2006 5:40:39 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.)
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To: Travis McGee

Bump for Angel.


15 posted on 03/04/2006 5:40:56 AM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: Eaker
Angel Shamaya has done more than any of us to keep guns in our hands and not in a Federal warehouse or scrap yard

That is the absolute truth.

16 posted on 03/04/2006 5:42:52 AM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: King Prout
Image hosted by Photobucket.com somehow i doubt "Character Letters" are going be of any help with a "Technical" aspect of some sillyass law...

better off judge shopping

17 posted on 03/04/2006 5:48:18 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Dead Corpse
Posted this over at ARFCOM as well...
18 posted on 03/04/2006 5:55:36 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.)
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To: Dead Corpse
Looks like Travis already posted this on the High Road. Not sure the guys at Sniper's Hide would be interested...

Hhmm...

19 posted on 03/04/2006 6:05:32 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.)
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To: Dead Corpse

I have been on ARFCOM almost 2 years longer than you and am still 800 posts behind you.

Thanks for spreading the news!


20 posted on 03/04/2006 6:09:41 AM PST by Eaker (My Wife Rocks! - There's no problem on the inside of a person that the outside of a dog can't cure.)
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To: Eaker
Yeah... ARFCOM is that kind of place. I think I have maybe three posts at teh Sniper's Hide and I got my account 2 years ago. I haven't posted on some forums in years. Truth to tell, I've forgotten how many I'm actually signed up for...

I spend most my time here or on ARFCOM though.

21 posted on 03/04/2006 6:12:01 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.)
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To: Travis McGee

hmm, I smell a coup... a coup against free speech & information & gun rights education... a lawyer backed image & gun rights laundering business by lawyers.


22 posted on 03/04/2006 6:17:04 AM PST by JudgemAll (Condemn me, make me naked and kill me, or be silent for ever on my gun ownership and law enforcement)
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To: Travis McGee

There should be no such thing as "registration" in this country for any firearm to anyone.


23 posted on 03/04/2006 6:44:25 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: Travis McGee; King Prout

I wish we had a 2nd Amendment in Ireland!


24 posted on 03/04/2006 7:05:02 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (~~~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~~~)
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To: Travis McGee
Be advised that Angel's problem is happening in the Detroit area, where a strong anti-gun sentiment exists in the criminal justice system.

They're a little testy thereabouts, of late.

25 posted on 03/04/2006 8:55:48 AM PST by archy (The darkness will come. It will find you,and it will scare you like you've never been scared before.)
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To: Travis McGee

The only reason I can see to help this person is so it didn't happen to others. I hope the NRA stays out of this. I don't want my NRA funds helping someone who doesn't support or even like the NRA.


26 posted on 03/04/2006 9:34:14 AM PST by Shooter 2.5 (Vote a Straight Republican Ballot. Rid the country of dems. NRA)
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To: Dead Corpse; Eaker; King Prout; Joe Brower

This is looking more and more like a setup, with a personal vendetta angle against Angel. I just want folks to be aware of the case, and help out if possible. You don't need to know Angel personally to know that he's been a longtime mover and shaker in the RKBA movement. If anybody thinks a letter will help, fire away. If not, just keep your powder dry and we'll see where this goes.


27 posted on 03/04/2006 9:47:03 AM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Travis McGee; Dead Corpse; archy; Eaker; Chode

do please keep me posted.
the best I can say of the man at this point is that several people I admire speak highly of him.
for me, that is enough - but I doubt a hostile government would give a crap.


28 posted on 03/04/2006 10:42:33 AM PST by King Prout (many accuse me of being overly literal... this would not be a problem if many were not under-precise)
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To: Shooter 2.5

"I don't want my NRA funds helping someone who doesn't support or even like the NRA."

Ditto that. The NRA has a way of selling us gun owners out and I wouldn't want the guy to be sold out, either.


29 posted on 03/04/2006 11:20:26 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: CodeToad

The NRA needs gun control to exist
JFPO is a better group IMO


30 posted on 03/04/2006 11:29:51 AM PST by vrwc0915
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To: Shooter 2.5

I know that you worship at the NRA Altar, but not all of us do. It's not the organization that's important, it's the right that we fight to protect. Angel is on the front lines of this battle and deserves support from anyone who cherishes freedom.


31 posted on 03/04/2006 12:32:20 PM PST by Badray ("Senator," like "Dog Catcher" is just a job title, not a rank.)
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To: Travis McGee

Where is the Michigan TRT? I am out of the TRT loop these days, but Angel's a player and a critical freedom resource for the good guys.


32 posted on 03/04/2006 12:39:23 PM PST by Robert Teesdale
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To: Travis McGee; Badray
CONSTITUTION OF MICHIGAN
§ 6 Bearing of arms.
Sec. 6.
Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.

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Both the state and the federal constitutions give him an unrestricted, enumerated right to bear arms, and the city of Detroit is a political subdivision of the State.

The city cannot legally posses a greater power than that from which it was created.

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To try to prevent him from exercising his Constitutionally enumerated rights is a deprivation of rights under color of law:

United States Code TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both;

If they do prosecute him, he can turn around and sue the doodle out of 'em.

33 posted on 03/04/2006 1:00:36 PM PST by MamaTexan (I am NOT a 'legal entity', nor am I a *person* as created by law.)
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To: AAABEST; wku man; SLB; Travis McGee; Squantos; Shooter 2.5; The Old Hoosier; xrp; freedomlover; ...
Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
34 posted on 03/04/2006 1:42:49 PM PST by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism. *NRA*)
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To: Dan from Michigan

Ping, in case you're not in any of the lists. Weren't you involved in RKBA issues up there?


35 posted on 03/04/2006 1:49:45 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Joe Brower
An Armed Citizen, Is A Safe Citizen!

The Second Amendment...
America's Only Homeland Security!

Be Ever Vigilant!


36 posted on 03/04/2006 2:08:27 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Travis McGee
I don't know him but wish him the best. In certain parts of the country it is just about impossible to exercise your second amendment rights without violating some ordinance.

If they really set out to get you, they probably will eventually.

37 posted on 03/04/2006 2:13:36 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Travis McGee
Bttt.

5.56mm

38 posted on 03/04/2006 2:34:34 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Blue Jays
- FREEDOM BUMP -

39 posted on 03/04/2006 2:35:16 PM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Shooter 2.5

So you'd rather support the organization than the ideal? Come on man... You are a better person than that. I know it.


40 posted on 03/04/2006 2:37:47 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.)
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To: albertp; Allosaurs_r_us; Abram; AlexandriaDuke; Americanwolf; Annie03; Baby Bear; bassmaner; ...
the only piece of paper he needs to legally possess a gun is the us constitution this is a b.s charge Libertarian ping.To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here
41 posted on 03/04/2006 2:40:56 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: King Prout
Heard of him, but I don't know him personally.

otoh, if this turns out to be a deliberate targeting of an RKBA advocate rather than anything approaching a righteous collar, any who hold the 2nd dear should be aware of it.

From what I've read on the Net--and the fact that I'm not a lawyer (at least, not yet...), it's a misdemeanor charge he's facing. Not sure on whether he broke the law--I can't find a statutory reference, but just on what I've read, I'm inclined to think this is little more a dog-and-pony show for anti-gun activists, or simply the old "Make an Example out of You" approach.

You're absolutely right--we need to be aware. More than ever.

42 posted on 03/04/2006 2:41:39 PM PST by rzeznikj at stout (This is a darkroom. Keep the door closed or you'll let all the dark out...)
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To: freepatriot32
Should need. Agreed. However, the current legal morass means that he is going to have a touch row to hoe to get clear of this mess. The Government has a vested interest in keeping our Civil RIghts under wraps.

Can't have the peasentry getting uppetty over things like Gun Rights. Next thing you know, we may take it into our head to resist them on things like taxes and land seizures.

43 posted on 03/04/2006 2:44:56 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.)
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To: Travis McGee; All
This what I know so far. Shamaya is in the Oakland County Jail and was incarerated yesterday. I do not know what he is charged with, or where he was arrested. What confuses me here is that unregistered firearms is usually considered a misdemenor here. I figured he'd just post a bond and be released. I looked up the local news links and found nothing.
44 posted on 03/04/2006 2:45:01 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?" - Darryl Rogers, former Lions Coach)
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To: freepatriot32; All

Perhaps contibutions to his attorney to help fight his case would be the most effective thing we could do.

Ten, twenty or even fifty bucks each might be a big help.

What address should we use to send the money? Who to make out the check to?


45 posted on 03/04/2006 3:14:28 PM PST by Supernatural (Lay me doon in the caul caul groon, whaur afore monie mair huv gaun)
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To: Dan from Michigan; Travis McGee; Lurker; Doug Fiedor

Doug,

You know some people around there.

Got any ideas?


46 posted on 03/04/2006 3:32:27 PM PST by the irate magistrate
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To: Irish_Thatcherite; Travis McGee; King Prout
I wish we had a 2nd Amendment in Ireland!

Hell, I wish we had one in the good ole USA! Blackbird.

47 posted on 03/04/2006 3:56:10 PM PST by BlackbirdSST (Diapers, like Politicians, need regular changing for the same reason!)
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To: the irate magistrate
Ping me again if you get any more info. I'll be happy to help.

L

48 posted on 03/04/2006 4:03:06 PM PST by Lurker (Cuz I got one hand in my pocket and the other one is flipping off a liberal.)
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To: MamaTexan

That old thing? Nobody in Michigan law enforcement is impressed, or apparently bound by that.

Sad, but true.

Thanks for that info. I would love to see him sue their asses off.


49 posted on 03/04/2006 4:29:28 PM PST by Badray ("Senator," like "Dog Catcher" is just a job title, not a rank.)
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; MozartLover; ...
If you'd like to be on or off this Upper Midwest outdoors list, please FRmail me.

A little off topic. I know nothing about the case, nor do I know Angel, but Keep and Bear Arms is a great website that I don't visit often enough.

50 posted on 03/04/2006 4:34:21 PM PST by SJackson (There is but one language which can be held to these people, and this is terror, William Eaton)
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