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  • Open Carry Stop in Middleton Wisconsin

    07/18/2018 5:34:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    I have been staying in Middleton, Wisconsin for a couple of months. After an injury a couple of years ago, and a serious case of pneumonia, I have changed exercise from running to brisk walking.  Wearing t-shirt and shorts limits the options for concealed carry. Most of my walking in the area started about 0500, but on Monday, July 9th, I had stayed up late, coming back from a play at American Player's Theater in Spring Green, Wisconsin. I slept in. I didn't get out to exercise until after 0800. It was a mistake. Instead of a few cars...
  • Miami Beach Police Detain Legal Open Carriers, Chill First Amendment

    07/06/2018 5:08:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 77 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 June, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On June 24, at about 10 a.m. citizens peacefully openly and legally carrying holstered pistols were detained by police for two hours. The police closed the pier where the Second Amendment activists were fishing. The legal open carriers were eventually released and allowed to continue their activities. However, police remained at the scene and actively discouraged other members of the public from making contact with the Second Amendment activists. From miamiherald.com: Police reopened the pier, but left a couple of officers there and stated, “We are encouraging visitors to use other portions of South Pointe Park.” The men cited...
  • Disconnected World Views at NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas 2018

    05/16/2018 6:51:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    At the NRA annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, in 2018, protests were held outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Saturday, 5 May, 2018.  By the time I arrived at the protest site, the main group of gun control supporters had left. I was told they numbered about 200-250 people. Their numbers were dwarfed by the attendees at the NRA annual meeting. An estimate for meeting attendance was not available at the time of this writing. The last NRA annual meeting, in Atlanta, was 81,836. In 2016, in Louisville, it was 80,452. 87,154  has been reported for attendance at...
  • Open Carry at the NRA 2018 Annual Meeting in Dallas

    05/11/2018 7:33:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    There was a long line of media waiting to register at the Press Office at the NRA annual meeting in Dallas for 2018. As I stood in line, watching the attendees walk by, there was a gentleman open carrying this five shot revolver in a cross draw rig. The thumb-break release, held in tight against the body, makes a casual snatch unlikely. In this type of carry, the left arm naturally guards the revolver. I have seen open carry at the last two NRA annual meetings. I snapped the picture shown and quickly dashed back to my place in...
  • Woman Calls 911 on Father with Kids at Park Due to His Pro-2A Shirt

    04/25/2018 10:26:20 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 110 replies
    A Texas dad playing with his children at a local playground got quite a surprise when the police showed up to question him, stating that his pro-gun shirt was “making other parents uncomfortable”. Troy Johnston and his two daughters, ages four and six, stopped at Castle Park on March 30, so the children could enjoy the park’s swings and maze, he told Blue Lives Matter. Several other parents approached Johnston while his daughters were playing, alerting him to the fact that a woman was very irate with the verbiage on his shirt and was threatening to call the police and...
  • Michigan Supreme Court to Hear Open Carry in Schools Case

    04/16/2018 2:04:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 11 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Michigan law protects the right of people with carry permits to openly carry guns in schools. The law also preempts local government entities from creating local laws and regulations that violate the state laws. People with carry permits are more law abiding than police officers. They make schools more safe, not less safe. Some school officials are perfectly willing to have law enforcement officers openly carry in schools, but not parents with carry permits. From foxonline.com: “Obviously, we don’t believe that individuals should open carry in our school unless they are uniformed officers of law enforcement,” says Fletcher Spears...
  • Open Carry Activists Demand a Police Chief Be Dismissed. Here's Why.

    04/08/2018 7:54:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 75 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/8/2018 | Beth Baumann
    Over the last couple of weeks, a dramatic saga has taken place between open carry advocates and Olmos Park police in Texas. The incident began on Monday, March 26 when CJ Grisham, the founder of Open Carry Texas (OCT), put in a call to Olmos Park Police Chief Rene Valenciano. Grisham questioned Valenciano's stance on open carry and whether or not open carry activists would have issues if a demonstration was held in the San Antonio suburb. On Tuesday, March 27, OCT held an open carry rally in Olmos Park, which resulted in the arrest of three OCT members, including...
  • Open and Concealed Carry are Protected by the Second Amendment

    03/12/2018 1:23:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 March, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The natural right to bear arms includes the right to carry them concealed as well as openly. Both types of carry were practiced at the time of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Flintlock “muff pistols” were widely available before 1791. Daggers, dirks and other assorted blades were commonly carried concealed. Sword canes conceal the blade inside of the cane, and are considered concealed weapons. They were commonly available.  They became popular, in part, to avoid any social reproach against the carry of swords, anticipating the condemnation of open carry today. Historic examples of choices for concealed carry.The Second...
  • Rare Event NC: North Carolina Open Carrier has Gun Stolen

    01/06/2018 4:53:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 January, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On the afternoon of 22 December, 2017, in the WalMart on Skibo Road, an open carrier had his firearm stolen from him. The precise circumstances remain unknown. No shots were fired. The thief  is reported to have ran away with the firearm. From fayobserver.com: About 3 p.m., Fayetteville police spokeswoman Asia Cannon said, inaccurate information based on radio scanner traffic began circulating about a shooting at the Walmart. Officers arrived and discovered that a man had grabbed a gun off another man who was open-carrying the weapon. The man who grabbed the gun then ran off.Image from wral.com Guns...
  • Open Carry Firearm Stolen In North Carolina Walmart

    01/03/2018 12:53:04 PM PST · by PROCON · 87 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | Dec. 26, 2017 | Tom Knighton
    There’s a lot of debate that takes place around the idea of open carry. Many argue that open carry is tactically stupid as it makes it clear to any potential bad guy who to take out first during a robbery. Others counter with arguments about how open carry initiates conversations about the Second Amendment and our right to keep and bear arms. Both are good points, but for one open carrier in Fayetteville, NC, open carry isn’t such a grand thing these days. An incident involving a stolen gun caused a commotion at Walmart on Skibo Road on Thursday afternoon....
  • Supreme Court shoots down gun cases, upholds ban on assault weapons and open-carry

    11/27/2017 9:16:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 120 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 27, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    The Supreme Court declined to take up two Second Amendment cases on Monday, which challenged laws banning assault weapons and open-carry in Maryland and Florida. Both cases were denied review without comment from the justices, which left the lower court rulings in place. In the Florida challenge, the state Supreme Court upheld Florida’s ban on open carry finding the Second Amendment doesn’t guarantee a right to open carry.
  • The State of Concealed and Open Carry in Churches

    11/06/2017 7:59:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    According to concealedcarry.com, there are two states that ban concealed carry in churches, Nebraska and Louisiana. Nebraska allows a church to authorize an armed security team if the team members have carry permits and if written notice is given to church members.  Louisiana law is similar but requires an extra eight hours of training every year. Seven states and D.C. that require the permission of a church leader to conceal carry firearms in church, and 41 states where carry in churches is treated the same as any other private property.Of the 41 states that treat churches the same as...
  • Open Carry at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Dallas

    10/21/2017 7:29:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 October, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    At the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in Dallas, Texas, I noticed a significant amount of the open carry of sidearms. This would not have been legal as late as December of 2015. The open carry of a Bowie knife would have been illegal up until then end of August this year!In addition to the licensed open carry of handguns, edged weapons with blades of more than 5.5 inches can now be legally carried in most places. One participant carried an iconic Bowie knife at the GRPC. He graciously allowed me to take a picture. Knife Rights deserves much...
  • Wisconsin Carry in Truck Case Dismissed by Prosecutor, Avoids Precedent

    09/03/2017 9:31:02 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In June of 2016, a 53 year old truck driver, Guy A. Smith was arrested for having a loaded revolver in the cab of his truck. Smith did not have a Wisconsin concealed carry permit. He held that he did not need one. The Wisconsin Constitution is very clear. The arrest took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1998, the people of Wisconsin voted for Constitutional Carry in a state referendum amending the state constitution. The amendment, which created Article I, Section 25, is very clear. It received 74% of the vote. From Article I Section 25:  The people have...
  • Open Carry and Protesters at NRA Carry Guard Expo in Milwaukee

    09/01/2017 1:04:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Protesters in Milwaukee want repeal of the Second Amendment.  The signs at the NRA Carry Guard Expo show the intentions of those who want a disarmed society. They are not talking half measures. They want to repeal the existing Constitutional right. At Milwaukee, they did not make much of an impression.From fox6now.com: Inside the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, thousands are learning from instructors, and checking out new products at the expo. Outside the convention center, a small group gathered in opposition.“We don't need a provision in our constitution saying anyone has a right to have a gun,” said...
  • Gun rights groups concerned over protestors carrying firearms at rallies

    08/23/2017 9:00:10 AM PDT · by Mafe · 50 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 22, 2017 | Andrea Noble
    They’ve represented gun owners in some of the highest-profile cases to hit the courts in recent years, but the Second Amendment Foundation won’t defend groups that hold public armed protests, saying that crosses a line. “We are not a fan of armed protests and highly discourage that,” said Alan Gottlieb, the founder and executive vice president of the SAF. “Firearms serve a purpose, and the purpose is not a mouthpiece. It’s to defend yourself. If you are carrying it to make a political point, we are not going to support that.” In the wake of recent public protests by neo-Nazis,...
  • 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>“It’s 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>