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Gun owners call off bringing weapons to neighborhood events
StarTribune.com ^ | 6/20/13 | Paul Walsh

Posted on 06/20/2013 11:27:47 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

Citing intimidating reaction from opponents, a gun-owners group said Thursday it has shelved its intention to gather at Twin Cities neighborhood family events with their weapons in full view.

The gun owners “meet-up” events, in which the promoters suggested that so-called “concealed-carry” permit holders carry their handguns openly, came as a surprise to some city officials and organizers of the Open Streets neighborhood gatherings.

Shelley Leeson, the gun group’s director, explained that she called off the meet-ups because “people kind of freaked out and didn’t understand that we were just meeting up. It wasn’t trying to be some sort of demonstration. ... I understand the concerns, but I think they are truly unwarranted.”

Leeson, 51, of northeast Minneapolis, said she was concerned about putting her fellow members “in a situation where they would be intimidated” by opponents who went online in recent days and threatened to “get in our face” at the gatherings. She pointed to one person’s threat to “bring a bullhorn and stand next to us.”

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 2ndammendment; banglist; guncontrol; opencarry; secondamendment
This is a follow-up to thread I posted yesterday...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3033191/posts

From what I'm hearing, social media (Homey don't play that) is all abuzz about what is going to happen to any gun owner that shows up. Typical. What irritates me about this particular gun owners group (I'm not a member) is that they felt it necessary to ANNOUNCE their intentions to carry openly in advance. Stupi. If the is an event that you wish to attend, then, by all means go. Carry your gun. Or don't.

Be sure to not miss the comments section following the article...

1 posted on 06/20/2013 11:27:47 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Citing intimidating reaction from opponents,

Bad-deal, now they know that you're intimidated into leaving aside your guns.

2 posted on 06/20/2013 11:32:34 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

I’m sure that some folks would be intimidated. Some.


3 posted on 06/20/2013 11:33:36 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: OneWingedShark

“get in our face”

isn’t that what Hussein told his minions to do?


4 posted on 06/20/2013 11:42:05 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Exactly.


5 posted on 06/20/2013 11:49:01 AM PDT by matt04
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To: OneWingedShark
Doesn't mean you can't bring 'em concealed.

That's an intimidation factor.

6 posted on 06/20/2013 11:54:09 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Religious faith in government is far crazier than religious faith in God.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

So Leeson just surrendered. Really, really stupid move.


7 posted on 06/20/2013 11:55:08 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: GilesB

Yup.


8 posted on 06/20/2013 11:57:19 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
You have a concealed carry permit and you carry openly you are breaking the law and are subject to the penalties of such. Period. End of story.
9 posted on 06/20/2013 12:14:36 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Sounds like a potential for some really bad publicity.


10 posted on 06/20/2013 12:18:12 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: TheRhinelander

Not in Minnesota. It is a permit to carry a pistol. “on or about one’s clothing or person.” The word “conceal” doesn’t appear anywhere in the statute.

End of story.


11 posted on 06/20/2013 12:28:06 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: TheRhinelander
"You have a concealed carry permit and you carry openly you are breaking the law and are subject to the penalties of such. Period. End of story."

I think it depends on state specifics. Certainly any CCW owner who lives in an "open carry legal" state certainly should NOT be violating any law by carrying openly.

12 posted on 06/20/2013 12:31:39 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: TheRhinelander

Bingo! It’s a concealed carry rally... Not an open carry extravaganza.


13 posted on 06/20/2013 12:34:04 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Same in Georgia.


14 posted on 06/20/2013 12:45:45 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: Cobra64

Nope. It was to be an open-carry gathering of like-minded folks in a public place. Perfectly legal and perfectly normal.


15 posted on 06/20/2013 12:49:12 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

IMHO, the gun group should go anyway. As individuals. Open carrying.


16 posted on 06/20/2013 12:58:50 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: TheRhinelander

Legal to open carry here in MN.


17 posted on 06/20/2013 12:59:38 PM PDT by CygnusXI (Im back!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

People who are afraid to exercise our civil rights don’t still have them.


18 posted on 06/20/2013 1:03:07 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Standing Wolf

Nailed it.


19 posted on 06/20/2013 1:41:28 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!)
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To: TheRhinelander
You have a concealed carry permit and you carry openly you are breaking the law and are subject to the penalties of such. Period. End of story.

Check the punctuation rules on that period you just used. MN law indicates that open carry is legal when you have a concealed carry permit.

20 posted on 06/20/2013 1:57:55 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Standing Wolf
People who are afraid to exercise our civil rights don’t still have them.

That is correct. I think the 2a is the 2nd amendment on purpose. The 2a allows us to protect the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

I don't give a damn if some one gets up set when I carry openly or concealed. I generally do not open carry, but I do occasionally in the heat of summer and technically speaking in my neighborhood (walking down the street to neighbor's house to go shooting, etc.).

I think an open carry event where people peaceably assemble would make an excellent statement. All of the gun owners that I know are law abiding individuals. They would be presentable, peaceful, polite and leave the protest area cleaner than it was before the event. And yes, I like the idea that it would really piss liberals off and show them that we mean business.

21 posted on 06/20/2013 2:42:52 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Wonder Warthog

MN allows open carry.

it’s the MPPA (Minnesota Personal Protection Act)


22 posted on 06/20/2013 2:51:24 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: ozzymandus
whenever freedom lovers exercise their rights it's 'trouble'

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23 posted on 06/20/2013 2:56:53 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: TurboZamboni
"MN allows open carry. it’s the MPPA (Minnesota Personal Protection Act)"

MANY states allow open carry. Once upon a time, open carry was considered typical public behavior, and concealed carry was considered criminal (gives the concealed carrier an unfair advantage). Thus open carry was legal, and CCW rendered illegal.

Now CCW is becoming the norm, and open carry, even if legal, is objected to, even by some gun owners......."it might frighten the natives"

24 posted on 06/20/2013 3:09:37 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: TheRhinelander

Are you a lawyer with knowledge of the firearms laws in MN, or do you just play one on TV?

I am neither, but I know your assertion is entirely incorrect in my state. In fact, you *must* *have* a CCW to open carry a handgun in my state.


25 posted on 06/21/2013 3:55:21 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Being forced to retreat by progressive fascists only emboldens them.

I appreciate the courage of the open carry who have successfully attended events.

Those without the courage, not so much.


26 posted on 06/21/2013 8:21:35 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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