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  • Open Carry at North Texas Love's

    08/20/2014 12:03:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a previous article, I mentioned that I was doing a favor by moving a lady and her possessions across the country.   The trip became a bit more memorable near the end.   In the last hundred miles before the drop off point, I was informed that a prominent outlaw motorcycle gang  had found out that she had been in Arizona, and now knew that she was moving back to the Midwest.   I was told that she had been instrumental in putting one of the officers of the group in prison for a few years.   I was assured that...
  • Target Reports Second Quarter 2014 Earnings (first rpt after NO GUN stance)

    08/20/2014 8:17:55 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 13 replies
    Target Inc. ^ | 20 AUG 14 | Target, Inc.
    MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 20, 2014-- Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) today reported second quarter Adjusted earnings per share1 of $0.78, a decrease of 20.6 percent from $0.98 per share in 2013, and GAAP earnings per share of $0.37. In addition to operating results, second quarter GAAP earnings per share reflect: Net pre-tax data breach expenses of $111 million, or (11) cents per share2; Pre-tax early debt retirement losses of $285 million, or (27) cents per share2; Pre-tax impairment losses on undeveloped U.S. land of $16 million, or (1) cent per share, and; A (1)-cent impact related to the reduction of the beneficial interest...
  • Open-carry fight moves to Kroger

    08/18/2014 11:57:39 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 22 replies
    Fortune via MSN Money ^ | 8-18-2014 | Ben Geier
    Kroger (KR +0.18%) is the latest retailing chain to be dragged into the battle over gun rights.The anti-open carry advocacy group Moms Demand Action has issued a statement calling on the grocery company to ban openly-carried firearms in its stores.
  • AZ:Open Carry at Meteor Crater

    08/16/2014 4:15:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I was on a mission of mercy.   A close friend needed a lady and her goods to be transported cross country.   I found myself hauling a good sized trailer on I-40, looking for a gas station with easy in and out.  I stopped at Meteor Crater rest stop to give everyone a break. As I came out of the facility, I asked a gentleman who was uniformed as staff, where the next truck stop was, because I was hauling a good sized trailer.  He graciously told me that there was one at exit 255, about 20 miles further east....
  • Gun rights group's Houston plan draws controversy

    08/13/2014 11:08:15 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    click2houston ^ | 8-12-14 | Robert Arnold
    A Texas gun rights advocacy group plans to hold a walk Saturday in Houston's historically African-American Fifth Ward. Members of Open Carry Texas told Local 2 Investigates that they plan to walk through Fifth Ward neighborhoods to educate people on their Second Amendment rights. "If they come with their weapons, I'm quite sure they'll be a lot of us with weapons also," said community activist Quannel X. After hearing Quanell X's statements, Open Carry Texas member David Amad defended the group's decision to hold the event in the Fifth Ward and said the organization's motivations are being prematurely misjudged. "We've...
  • Officers Four Times as Safe Checking Rifle Carriers

    08/13/2014 5:08:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch | 12 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carriers with rifles; neither hunters nor protesters, but private purchasers at a "buy back" event Most law enforcement officers do not interact with people openly carrying riles and shotguns, or long guns, as they are collectively called.  That has been changing in recent years as more and more members of the gun culture have exercised their first and second amendment rights by openly carrying long guns.  The movement has taken off in Texas, where the open carry of modern pistols is banned in public places.   Texas is one of only six states that bans the open carry of...
  • Bloomberg's PAC makes $150,000 ad buy against Clarke

    08/09/2014 12:41:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8-9-14 | Georgia Pabst
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's political action committee, Independence USA, has purchased $150,833 in television ads in an effort to defeat Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and support his opponent, Milwaukee police Lt. Chris Moews. In response to the news of Bloomberg's ads, Clarke said in a statement: "I trust the voters. The voters can't be bought." The ad buys by Bloomberg's PAC come on top of $400,000 in media ads purchased by the Greater Wisconsin Committee to try to beat Clarke, who is seeking his fourth term in Tuesday's Democratic primary election. Also on Friday, Citizens...
  • WI: Open Carry Activist Gets Law Changed

    08/06/2014 6:32:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The officer on the left pointed his rifle at Mr. Polster, who had broken no laws and had not threatened anyone. Bill Polster is a second amendment advocate and constitutionalist who has been educating people about their rights to openly carry weapons for years. A few weeks ago , Calumet County  Sheriff had said that he would enforce a county ban on guns in county parks, even though the State preemption law invalidated it.   Polster carried in the park, and had a rifle pointed at him by a deputy.   All parties remained calm, and fortunately the deputy did not...
  • Phoenix Anchor Says Arizonans should be able to "Blow Away" People with a Rifle on their Shoulder

    08/04/2014 6:34:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizonan with Rifle slung at local treat shop A controversial arrest in Phoenix, where police arrested a prominent local research doctor who was protesting, with a rifle slung on his shoulder, at the unsecured airport Starbucks, prompted this exchange between Mark Curtis, a 12News anchor and Marc Victor, the victims attorney. The exchange occurs in the video from 1:55 to 2:22: Mark Curtis, anchor, 12News: "Someones carrying a gun, and they're with their children, and they see a man walk into a Starbucks with a rifle on his shoulder.  What would stop them from blowing your client away? Marc...
  • Open Carry Activist Charms Media in Wisconsin

    08/03/2014 7:28:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    William Polster has been campaigning to educate people about their rights in Wisconsin for years.   He has been consistently open carrying, often handguns, often both handguns and long guns, handing out pocket constitutions, recording his interactions with people, and enduring considerable criticism from some and obtaining kudos from others. He is a big guy, probably 6'5, and muscular.   I met him at the Milwaukee turn in event this year, when he accompanied the Cease Fire walk, with an openly carried Glock 20.   The crowd was friendly and gave him some high fives.  He has had a number of police...
  • ‘My Parents Open Carry’ – a 2nd Amendment lesson for kids – has liberal heads exploding

    08/03/2014 1:34:16 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 20 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | August 3 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    (See Site for Tweets and Video Book Trailer) A children’s book published by the co-founders of Michigan Open Carry portraying a family day out while the parents sport holstered handguns has liberal tongues wagging all over the Internet. “My Parents Open Carry” was written by Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew to provide an overview of Second Amendment rights and the practice of openly carrying firearms. The book is described this way on its website: “Come join 13-year-old Brenna Strong along with her mom, Bea, and her dad, Richard, as they spend a typical Saturday running errands and having fun together....
  • OH:Successful Open Carry Defense

    08/03/2014 7:06:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There do not seem to be many defensive gun uses by people who openly carry guns.   This is understandable, as roughly 95% of defensive gun uses do not involve a shot being fired.   When the aggressor sees that the person defending themselves or stopping a crime is armed, the situation is defused, the criminal leaves the scene, and not much happens. It a person is openly carrying a firearm, most of those 95% situations will occur without the gun carrier even knowing that they happen.   This is known as tactical deterrence.  The criminal sees the gun, and chooses not...
  • Video: Doctor with AR15 at Phoenix Airport Falsely Accused

    08/02/2014 8:30:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Unnamed witness:  "at no time was anyone swept." (rifle pointed at them) Dr. Peter N. Steinmetz is director of the Brain Modeling Laboratory  at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.   He is a second amendment advocate who comments on firearms issues on his facebook page.  From his page, commenting on the Navy Yard Shootings in Washington D.C., where the carry of arms by anyone other than government agents is forbidden: Sadly, looks like this may be another case of a mass shooting in an area where all the victims are legally disarmed. He is a passionate supporter of freedom in...
  • Charges Against Phoenix Doctor with AR are Political Repression (Charges Dropped)

    07/31/2014 1:46:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The expected demonization of Dr. Peter Steinmetz has sprung full blown in the old media, in spite of everyone recognizing that the Doctor was engaging in protected strong political speech by carrying his AR-15 into the non-secured part of an airport.   From phoenixnewtimes.com: It seems Steinmetz, a Tempe resident, was doing nothing wrong up until the moment he pointed the weapon inadvertently at two women in the "B"-gate waiting area. Police tell New Times that, in general, it's not illegal to carry a semiautomatic rifle into an airport terminal. In this case, the problem was "the way he was...
  • Wisconsin Carry Chairman supports David Clarke for Sheriff

    07/29/2014 7:45:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Carry, Inc ^ | 7-29-14 | Nik Clark
    Greetings in Freedom, Ordinarily a County Sheriff's election wouldn't be notable for the larger state. In this case however, I'd like to share what is going on in Milwaukee County because the Sheriff's race here has drastic implications for the entire state and country. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke rocked the boat here in SE Wisconsin and nationally when he issued public service announcements in 2013 that encouraged people to take responsibility for their own safety including training to use a firearm in self defense. His public service announcements went viral because while self-defense is only common sense, its extremely...
  • Will Emily Miller Carry in DC?

    07/27/2014 2:59:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Emily Miller is the famous investigative reporter who wrote the series  "Emily Gets Her Gun" about applying for a permit to legally own a firearm in the District of Columbia.  The series led to her successful book of the same title.   An autographed copy sits near my elbow.   I met Emily a couple of years ago at a Gun Rights Policy Conference.   She is a sharp woman, intimately familiar with the insanity of D.C. gun laws, who owns a legally registered handgun in the District of Columbia. She recently tweeted: Stay tuned- I'm writing a story with the details...
  • Open Carry Marchers Draw Cheers on Independence Day in Colorado

    07/23/2014 7:21:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On Independence day, in Colorado, there was an open carry contingent in the parade.   The popularity of open carry in the area can be judged by the size of the contingent, which was an estimated 250 participants.   It was the most popular part of the parade.   From gazette.com: But the largest group of participants - and the one that got some of the most enthusiastic response from the crowd - were the estimated 250 advocates, many clad in red, white and blue, marching openly with guns holstered on their hips or slung over their shoulders. They carried everything from...
  • Arizona Stands with Open Carry Texas

    07/11/2014 5:09:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    At this time of year in Arizona, I open carry.   I was in a McDonald's, drinking coffee and using the Internet when I considered how ordinary this all was, and how much heat was being put on Open Carry Texas for merely working to obtain the same freedoms in Texas.   Freedoms that are part of the law in most states of the union, somewhere around 44 states, at last count.  It was particularly surprising how much of the heat was coming from within the gun culture.  So I decided to stand with Texas.   I saw a gentleman who did...
  • Media Campaign Against Chipotles Open Carry is Backfiring

    07/09/2014 2:27:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The marketing expertise of Moms Demand Action has created a media campaign to demonize the open carry of long guns, especially in Texas.   Shannon Watts, who heads MDA is a longtime professional at creating media campaigns:  She is not just Suzy Homemaker or some low-grade employee at a small company but a heavy Public relations hitter, savvy on the ways of media manipulation and making her clients look good. Basically she “grows” astroturf for a living. Open carry activism in Texas has become so effective that both Governor candidates have endorsed the legalization of the open carry of handguns,...
  • Can we open carry a machete ?

    07/07/2014 6:03:49 AM PDT · by knarf · 48 replies
    self | July 7, 2014 | knarf
    I was thinking the other day about otherwise law-abiding citizens, convicted in the past of a felony and what they could do to protect themselves ...
  • Target 'Respectfully' Asks Law-Abiding Citizens to Leave Guns at Home

    07/02/2014 1:36:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 2, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On July 2nd, Target "respectfully" asked law-abiding citizens to "not bring firearms" in their stores. The department store chain did this via an announcement posted on its website and shared by interim CEO John Mulligan. The announcement says: As you've likely seen in the media, there's been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit "open carry" should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target--even in...
  • Target asks customers not to bring guns to its stores

    07/02/2014 7:35:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 69 replies
    MPLS Star & SIckle ^ | 7-2-14 | evan ramstad
    Target Corp. on Wednesday took a stand against customers who bring firearms into its stores. “This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create,” John Mulligan, the company’s acting CEO, said in a statement. The matter became a surprising controversy for the Minneapolis-based retailer in recent months when activist gun owners in Texas and other states chose the company’s stores to demonstrate their belief in the right to openly bear arms.
  • Open Carry Texas Goes for 'In Your Face' Approach to Gun Debate

    06/25/2014 3:38:32 PM PDT · by koanhead · 32 replies
    ABC ^ | Byron Pitts
    Imagine sitting down to dinner at a restaurant with your family when in walks a handful of men armed with assault rifles. Are you frightened, maybe angry? Or do they make you feel safe? That’s the question at the center of a bitter and increasingly public battle surrounding a group of gun-carrying activists in Texas, who brazenly flex their legal right to bear arms by carrying around assault rifles in public. The group calls themselves “Open Carry Texas.” Their enthusiasm for packing heat in public has led national chains like Chipotle, Chili’s and Jack in the Box to ask customers...
  • ID: Moscow Restaurant Encourages Open Carry of Guns

    06/24/2014 6:16:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Moscow, Idaho, a restaurant offers a discount to people who openly carry firearms. In the vast majority of states, openly carried firearms are legal.   The right to open carry has been used in a number of states to push for the passage of "shall issue" laws to allow people to legally carry firearms concealed.  Virginia, Ohio, and Wisconsin are states that readily come to mind.  Texans are currently  using the legal open carry of rifles, guaranteed in their State Constitution, to push for the legal open carry of handguns.  Arizonans used the right to open carry to remove...
  • Radio Host Threatens to Call Police, Claim 'Shots Fired' in Hopes of Getting Open-Carry Killed

    06/23/2014 12:32:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | June 21, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    <p>Liberal radio host Mike Malloy is reacting to broadened firearm carry rights in Georgia and open carry demonstrations around the county by promising to cause a public panic, perhaps resulting in the death of the person lawfully--and openly--carrying a firearm, if he sees such an individual.</p>
  • Open carry activists armed and visible (ignorant bed-wetter alert)

    06/14/2014 9:28:01 AM PDT · by holymoly · 21 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | June 13, 2014 | Doug J. Swanson
    On street corners and in rallies, the Texas gun rights crowd aims to accustom the public to guns. DALLAS — “One of them said, ‘You’re going to wish you had a gun, boy, when I fill you full of holes.’ ” A 35-year-old former Marine, Henry was fresh from an encounter with an increasingly common phenomenon in North Texas: an Open Carry rally, where advocates gather in public places with semi-automatic rifles. Henry said he simply wanted to make a video of the Memorial Day demonstration by the small but well-armed crowd. Then tempers rose and some curses flew. He...
  • The 'Weird' And 'Scary' Open-Carry Movement

    06/11/2014 4:34:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Are people who assert their Second Amendment rights by bringing rifles and shotguns into stores and restaurants "weird" and "scary?" At least one staff member at the National Rifle Association (NRA) thought so, and he expressed that view in an online commentary that the organization felt compelled to retract last week after it caused an uproar among gun-rights advocates. To some extent, the episode reflects divisions among Second Amendment activists, many of whom view the NRA, despite its reputation for adamantly resisting gun control, as insufficiently zealous. But the brouhaha also highlights a shift in American attitudes regarding the public...
  • WI:Open Carry Has Become Acceptable in Milwaukee

    06/06/2014 4:35:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 June,2014 | Dean Weingarten
    William Polster on a Open Carry Walk On 17 May, I attended a gun turn in event in urban Milwaukee.  The neighborhood is known for its high crime rate.   One of the first things that I noticed was a person openly carrying a holstered handgun, who marched with those calling for an end to unjustified shootings. That was a special occasion, and one focused on guns.  A few days later, on Memorial day, I took a picture of a young man openly carrying at a busy McDonald's in Hayward, Wisconsin.   A commenter, "Secret Agent Man" on freerepublic.org, one...
  • Moms Want Target To Adopt Open Carry Policy

    06/04/2014 3:34:14 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 44 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 6/4/14 | Edgar Linares
    A national gun safety organization has set its sights on Minneapolis-based Target to stop gun-rights demonstrations in their stores. The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense launched a petition on Wednesday. They’re asking Target’s interim CEO John Mulligan to establish a policy to prohibit people from openly carrying guns in its stores. “Already we’ve had several different restaurants say that they will no longer allow some open carry…some guns all together in their establishments,” said Shannon Watts with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. Last March, several people from the group Open Carry Texas were photographed walking down the...
  • Unnamed NRA Writer Pulls a Zumbo

    06/04/2014 10:35:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 June,2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On May 30th, in a 1400+ word essay, an unnamed NRA-ILA writer ignited a firestorm against Second Amendment supporters in the opposition media.  In a few badly chosen words near the end of the essay, the unnamed staffer gave the opposition priceless ammunition to smear open carriers.    This should be a lesson to everyone to choose their words carefully.   I do not know if editorial control was exercised.   It is clear that the word choices were emotionally loaded and welcomed by those who desire a disarmed population. In other words, the unnamed writer pulled a Zumbo. Here are the...
  • WI:Open Carry Victory Picnic in Oconomowoc Park

    06/04/2014 3:05:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
     In early May of this year, TMJ4, a Milwaukee television station, set off a flurry of interest in Oconomowoc and Wisconsin open carry laws.   A Wisconsin mother was in the park, took the above picture, posted it on Facebook, and asked if open carry was a legal practice.   TMJ4 talked to Oconomowoc officials who told them that a local ordinance made it illegal.  TMJ4 broadcast that information to hundreds of thousands of Milwaukee homes. Local Second Amendment supporters were outraged.  Nick Clark, President of Wisconsin Carry, contacted the television station and reporter, and informed them that they had received...
  • NRA says Open Carry Texas demonstrations 'downright scary'

    06/03/2014 5:12:35 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 34 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 6/3/2014 | Foxnews
    The National Rifle Association has issued a strongly-worded criticism of a fellow gun rights group, calling its practice of so-called "open carry" demonstrations "downright scary." The criticisms of Open Carry Texas were noted in an unsigned post published Friday on the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action page. Open Carry Texas members have become known for gathering in public places, mostly notably restaurants, carrying large, high-powered rifles. Most recently, Sonic, Chipotle, and Chili's joined Starbucks, Wendy's, Jack in the Box, and Applebee's in banning firearms from their premises after protests by Open Carry Texas. "Let’s not mince words," the post on...
  • Fearing Rising Backlash, NRA Urges Gun Activists to Stand Down

    06/02/2014 8:27:47 AM PDT · by windcliff · 51 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 6-2-14 | Mark Fullman
    The last couple of months have been rough for proponents of open-carry gun laws. No fewer than seven restaurant chains have taken a stand against firearms being brought to their businesses, after activists in Texas conducted provocative demonstrations in which they toted semi-automatic rifles into various eateries. Texas law allows rifles (though not handguns) to be carried on display in public, but some patrons and employees were unnerved and angered by the demonstrations, and a national group advocating for reforms, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, pressured the companies using social media campaigns. After Mother Jones published videos...
  • Signs Banning Open Carry not Popular

    06/02/2014 6:30:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open Carry Walk in Eureka Springs Montgomery County is a rural county just Southeast of the center of Georgia.  The population of the county is under 10,000 people, so I was a little surprised to come across this account of a deputy accosting a person openly carrying a holstered pistol at the local Walmart.  From opencarry.org, SFCRetired relates:  A fun evening at Wal Mart on Atlanta Highway. When I walked in the door, the young deputy sheriff crooked his finger at me in a "Come here" gesture. That got my blood pressure easing up immediately as I am most...
  • TX:Action 10 Gets Open Carry Announcement Right

    06/01/2014 7:46:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An open carry march in Texas This is an interesting announcement at Action10 news in Corpus Christi, Texas.  What makes it interesting is that their is no castigation of the open carriers, no attacks on them as "frightening", no characterization of their event as a danger to society.   In addition, the short item accurately describes the motives of the event organizers, as they have stated them.   Here is the article, from kztv10.com: CORPUS CHRISTI - A group of gun owners across the state will continue peaceful demonstrations asking for change in restrictive open carry laws. The goal is to...
  • Missouri Gun Reform Bill Goes to Governor Nixon

    05/31/2014 2:54:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On May 16th the Missouri legislature passed a bill containing a number of gun law reforms.   The reforms were all passed as part of a bill that does not contain any provision for nullification of federal gun laws.   LMTD at opencarry.org has this to say about the possibility of Democrat Governor Nixon signing the bill:  Since this is the same as last year less nullification and nullification was his objection he is in a rock and hard place, I am wondering if he won't just ignore and let it expire and move along. Seems a veto might be bad...
  • Open-carry rally scheduled Saturday at Home Depot in North Richland Hills

    05/30/2014 8:20:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/ ^ | 5-30-14 | Stephanie Embree
    Open Carry Tarrant County is planning a rally Saturday in North Richland Hills, billed as the “greatest” the county has ever seen. Starting at 11:30 a.m. supporters will fill the back of the parking lot at the Home Depot on Precinct Line Road to listen to speakers, have an open-carry education session and hold a raffle. Prizes include revolvers, an AR 15 rifle, over 1,500 rounds of ammunition and Rangers tickets, according to the group’s Facebook page. Rally organizer Kory Watkins, 30, wants to make it clear that Saturday’s event is not a protest. “Protesters are angry; and we are...
  • WI:Memorial Day Open Carry at McDonalds

    05/28/2014 3:31:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Much of Memorial day weekend was spent in cleaning up my parents estate, now owned by my brother.   After hauling three pickup loads of priceless antiques, or barely valuable used property, depending on your viewpoint, to the Salvation Army; my able partner, driver, and recently married nephew deserved a break. We stopped by Micky D's for some needed refreshment.  As befits a Retired Uncle, I paid.   He is at least a fourth generation member of the American gun culture.    We know one greatgrandfather was in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War, or War Between the States, whichever you...
  • WI:Update on Open Carrier Mark Hoffman Trial

    05/24/2014 4:42:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On 23 July, 2013, Mark J. Hoffman of Somerset, Wisconsin, was arrested for legally openly carrying firearms. The charges were disorderly conduct (DC) and obstructing an officer.   Originally, Mark was told that he was under arrest for "being heavily armed".   Here is the  Gun Watch article.   The County attorney refused to press charges under Wisconsin statues. Mark Reported to Gun Watch that the charges were indeed dropped.  Then, out of the blue, three weeks later, he was issued two municipal citations from the Somerset Police Department.  Here are Mark's own words:  UPDATEThe St. Croix County DA did not...
  • Open Carry on Cease Fire walk in Milwaukee Receives Positive Comments

    05/19/2014 8:47:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
      Mayor Barrett posing for pictures before the walk I arrived at the Milwaukee gun turn in (buy back) event a little after 9 am on Saturday, the 17th of May.   I estimate that more than a hundred had gathered and were listening to speeches.    I was looking to see if there were any people exercising their Second Amendment rights, so I paid attention to the man openly carrying a Glock 21  in a retention holster.  His name is William  Polster, and he had no problem with me taking pictures.  The Glock, openly carried against his dark grey clothing, did...
  • TX: Story Changes on Open Carry Jack in the Box "Hoax"

    05/16/2014 3:32:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There is an interesting short paragraph in a wfaa.com/AP story from Arlington, Texas.   Arlington is next door to Fort Worth, where the widely reported story of Jack in the Box employees being so frightened of some open carriers that they locked themselves in the freezer.  From the Forbes version of the story, directly based on an email from the Fort Worth Police: In Fort Worth, Texas last week, employees took to the fast food outlet’s freezer, hiding among the frozen burger patties until squad cars arrived at the scene. “Officers spoke with Jack in the Box employees who reported...
  • Police/Media Hoax? Story of Employees Taking Refuge in Freezer from Open Carriers in Texas

    05/12/2014 1:20:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The widely reported story that Jack in the Box employees locked themselves in the freezer because they feared open carry activists is almost certainly a hoax.  The event was reported to have happened at a Jack in the Box in the Dallas Fort Worth area. This video report by NBC5 reporter Ken Kalthoff shows Irwin Harris saying that they entered the restaurant and were served without any fuss.  He said they ordered, received their food, and left.   The police told NBC5 that the employees then went into the cooler for protection.   That seems a little odd... lock yourself in...
  • Jack in the Box Caves to Gun Control Pressure, Restricts Open Carry

    05/10/2014 1:19:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2014 | Courtney O'Brien
    Jack in the Box, a popular fast-food restaurant chain, has followed Starbucks' unfortunate lead in limiting its customers' Second Amendment rights. Friday, the company announced it would start enforcing its no-firearms-in-stores policy. Jack in the Box’s Vice President of Corporate Communications Brian Luscomb released this statement: “The presence of guns inside a restaurant could create an uncomfortable situation for our guests and employees and lead to unintended consequences.” The company's decision comes a day after gun control group Moms Demand Action launched a petition to pressure the restaurant to enforce the policy. They started the campaign in response to...
  • “Look at my gun!” Why NRA’s scary “open carry” craze is not about freedom

    05/09/2014 3:07:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Salon ^ | May 7, 2014 | Heather Digby Parton
    Freedom for a man with a gun trumps freedom for parents of kids who feel endangered by him. Our scary new reality. Imagine you’re sitting in a restaurant and a loud group of armed men come through the door. They are ostentatiously displaying their weapons, making sure that everyone notices them. Would you feel safe or would you feel in danger? Would you feel comfortable confronting them? If you owned the restaurant could you ask them to leave? These are questions that are facing more and more Americans in their everyday lives as “open carry” enthusiasts descend on public places...
  • WI:Second Amendment Supporters Gain Victory in Oconomowoc

    05/09/2014 12:52:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It started when a mother posted a simple picture on Facebook, and asked a simple question: Is openly carrying a gun legal in an Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, park? TMJ4, a Milwaukee based, NBC affiliated television station, asked Oconomowoc officials, who said that they had a local ordinance forbidding the practice, and that it was enforceable.   In the process, they smeared Second Amendment supporters. WisconsinCarry President Nik Clark and other Second Amendment supporters wrote and told TMJ4 that they were wrong, citing the statutes in question.   The TV station went back to the city officials, who doubled down:  Both the city...
  • Quote of the Day (Open Carry)

    05/08/2014 8:48:17 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-08-14 | Wordsmith
    "Moms Demand Action continues to give a very emotional responseto open carry. Hillary Rand's basic argument is, 'My kids shouldn't have to lookat a gun,' which is based only on emotion. I don't want to look at Hillary Rand, but I'mnot going to force her out of the public eye." - CJ, battling over open-carry in Texas: Alice Tripp of the Texas State Rifle Association was the first person to testify at a hearing about open-carry in Austin on April 7. She said that Texas is one of only five states that outright bans the open carry of handguns....
  • WI: TMJ4 Reports Oconomowoc Gun Law Legal, Mislead by City Officials

    05/08/2014 8:02:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry is legal in Wisconsin.  The State has a strong state preemption law forbidding local governments from enacting a patchwork quilt of conflicting ordinances.   A local mother noticed that one of the people using a park, imagination station,  was openly carrying a holstered pistol.   She  posted a picture of it on facebook and wondered if it were legal.    The local Milwaukee television station, TMJ4, affiliated with NBC, saw the discussion of it on Facebook.   Steve Chamraz asked questions of local officials in Oconomowoc, where the park is located.  From TMJ4: While the sign in the park does...
  • NYTs Links to Gun Watch: Carrying Guns Protected Symbolic Political Speech

    05/07/2014 11:28:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I appreciate that there is a link to a Gun Watch article in the New York Times.  It is in the opinionator piece linked to here and below.   The link to Gun Watch is at the phrase this Michigan lawsuit:  According to open carry advocates, their presence in public space represents more than just an expression of their Second Amendment rights, it’s a statement, an “educational,” communicative act  — in short, an exercise of their First Amendment freedom of speech. (See this, from the group Ohio Carry, and this Michigan lawsuit.)  Could the New York Times be dragged into...
  • MI: MLive has Democrat Operative Write Article Critical of Open Carry Rally

    05/05/2014 4:51:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On April 29th, hundreds of Second Amendment supporters attended the Second Amendment rally at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan.   The rally has grown over the years and is now a major annual event at the Capitol.   These rallies are becoming more and more common around the nation.  There were numerous articles written about the Michigan event this year. MLive published an article complaining about the open carry practices of the rally members at the Capitol.  The writer, Mark Lawrence, is identified as: Mark Lawrence works for the Michigan Legislature and is a member of the National Rifle...
  • TX: 19-Year-Old was Likely Carrying Slung Mosin-Nagant Rifle when He was Tased

    04/19/2014 7:29:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Photo: Alma E. Hernandez, For The San Antonio Express News Henry Vichique, shown with his pregnant wife, above, is the 19 year old man who was tased by police for carrying a WWII Russian rifle in a San Antonio residential neighborhood while walking home.  From the Houston Chronicle: San Antonio police arrested him March 30 while he was walking home with a loaded Russian World War II-vintage rifle slung across his shoulder. The event occurred after dark.   Police at the scene told Henry that people had reported that he had been pointing the rifle at others.   Henry replied that...