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  • Rifle-Carrying Troy Teen's Trial Begins Today (MI open carry)

    07/11/2012 11:52:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 11 July, 2012 | Laura Houser
    The trial for Sean Combs, the 18-year-old from Troy found carrying a rifle through downtown Birmingham, begins today. Combs' trial begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in front of Judge Marc Barron at 48th District Court. Combs is charged with brandishing a firearm, disturbing the peace and obstructing an officer after an April 13 incident at the corner of Merrill and South Old Woodward. Combs was arrested around 10 p.m. after refusing to show police officers identification after they asked about the WWII-era M1 Garand .30-caliber rifle strapped to his back, police reports state. Under Michigan law, as an adult, Combs...
  • Gun Rights Group in Court of Appeals(MI)

    07/11/2012 10:26:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 11 July, 2012 | NA
    Open Carry Inc., a Michigan Gun Rights Group, was in the Court of Appeals Wednesday to fight a ruling that upheld the capital area district library's right to ban guns in the library. Last year, a circuit court judge decided the library could ban guns. Open Carry Inc.'s lawyer expects an opinion from the judge in a few weeks. The group's president says if they have to, they'll go all the way to the Supreme Court.
  • Open Carry thoughts(Guns)

    07/11/2012 9:20:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 10 July, 2012 | Richard L Johnson
    Open carry of firearms in the United States is a source of regular debate among Second Amendment advocates. Some people see open carry as a social or political statement, while others merely see it as a convenient way to carry a self defense tool. Depending on who you talk to, you can get anything from zealot-like support to Brady-ish condemnation of exposed carry. Even if you don’t personally think open carry is a good idea, I believe there are some good reasons to consider it. For example, in some states obtaining a concealed weapon permit is not a reasonable option,...
  • With Pistols and a Rifle, Group Gathers Again to Support Troy Teen (MI)

    07/08/2012 5:51:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 7 July, 2012 | Jen Anesi
    Despite the triple-digit heat, a small group of open carry advocates gathered Friday evening at Birmingham's Shain Park to support Sean Combs, the 18-year-old Troy resident who was arrested in April after he was found carrying a loaded rifle through downtown Birmingham. A similar group of open carry advocates also met at Shain Park on June 11 to support Combs, later attending the Monday night meeting of the Birmingham City Commission. Combs, who is heading to trial Monday following an evidentiary hearing on June 20 at the 48th District Court, was present at Friday's gathering along with his mother, brothers...
  • Erie Group Walks to Demonstrate Second Amendment Right(PA)

    07/02/2012 7:28:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 1 July, 2012 | Ashley Doerzbacher
    A group on Sunday afternoon walked through parts of downtown Erie, demonstrating their Second Amendment right of bearing arms. Around twenty individuals met for this Open Carry of Fire Arms walk, organized by Justin Dillon. Dillon had an encounter with an Erie police officer last week, after he was seen carrying his weapon. Pennsylvania state law does not prohibit openly carrying a weapon. Dillon said he did not organize this to cause any conflict with the police, he just wanted to public to be aware of the laws, along with their constitutional rights. "I just wanted to do this to...
  • RI Open Carry Day One: The Ocean State Has Its Privileges

    07/02/2012 4:00:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 28 June, 2012 | Rober Farago
    So there I was in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office, actually in the office, behind security glass, standing next to a desk, picking up my Pistol Permit. “I had to jump through a lot of hoops to get this,” I told to the woman assembling the laminated card. “It’s a privilege,” the guy-in-charge opined, in no uncertain terms. “It’s a right,” I countered, failing the STFU rule by a large margin. The big guy didn’t even blink. “That’s only for the militias,” he said, ignoring decades of Supreme Court rulings. After an uncomfortable pause he asked why I applied...
  • Michigan Court of Appeals Strikes Down Stun Gun Ban, Says Second Amendment Applies to Open Carry

    07/01/2012 6:51:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 27 June, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    People v. Yanna (Mich. Ct. App. June 26, 2012) holds that Michigan’s stun gun ban violates the Second Amendment. I filed an amicus brief on behalf of AWARE (Arming Women Against Rape & Endangerment) in this case, and also wrote a law review article on the subject (Nonlethal Self-Defense, (Almost Entirely) Nonlethal Weapons, and the Rights To Keep and Bear Arms and Defend Life, 62 Stanford Law Review 199 (2009)), so I’m especially pleased by the result. I hope also that this leads to similar results in some of the other places which ban stun guns — D.C., Hawaii, Massachusetts,...
  • Follow-up: Bass Pro Shops responds to Editorial (and publishes concealed carry policy

    06/27/2012 8:55:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Aaron Samsel recently published an editorial by long time writer David LaPell about a string of customer complaints regarding Bass Pro Shop’s concealed carry policy. The article concerned carriers being asked to check their arms before entering the store and it created quite a stir online with folks messaging us coming from across the country both verifying and refuting Mr. LaPell’s insinuations that Bass Pro Shops policy, whatever it was, appeared to be arbitrarily enforced by employees depending on the store location and also not readily available to him in print. Well, Bass Pro Shops responded immediately and, as you will...
  • Gun-Toting Michigan Teen’s Arrest Angers Gun Rights Advocates

    06/26/2012 12:24:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 25 June, 2012 | Josh Crank
    What does it mean to “brandish” a firearm? A Michigan jury will have to answer that question in next month’s trial of 18-year-old Sean Combs, who was arrested in April after being stopped by police while carrying a loaded M-1 Garand rifle strapped to his back. An armed Combs was walking with his girlfriend through downtown Birmingham, an affluent Detroit suburb with a popular nightlife district. It was about 10 p.m. on a Saturday and sidewalks were crowded when police spotted Combs and suspected him to be under 18 — too young to legally carry a gun. According to a...
  • Tell Us: Are You OK With Guns on the Rail Trail? (PA)

    06/26/2012 8:40:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Josh Popichak
    A comment thread recently begun by an individual on the Pennsylvania Firearms Owners Association's (PAFOA) online forum focuses on a "no weapons" rule in effect along the Saucon Rail Trail. A bench dedicated to the memory of fallen Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso--who was shot to death by George Hitcho in August 2011--is located along the trail in Hellertown's Water Street Park. A PAFOA user from Northampton County named Micky writes that when walking the popular trail in the borough, he stopped to read a sign that outlines rules for its use. "Now, for once, I did not have my...
  • Judge allows [rifle] brandishing case to proceed

    06/22/2012 8:30:20 AM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    Livingston Daily (MI) ^ | June 22, 2012 | Jay M. Grossman
    An Oakland County District court judge has decided to allow a criminal case to go forward against a Troy teenager accused of brandishing a rifle in downtown Birmingham. "This is not a gun-rights case," Judge Marc Barron said during an evidentiary hearing held Wednesday in the case against Sean Michael Combs. Rather, the case hinged on the city of Birmingham's brandishing ordinance and whether the city has a legal right to regulate firearms. Defense attorney Jim Makowski had filed a motion to dismiss all the charges, saying his client never should have been stopped in the first place. Michigan is...
  • County board passes concealed carry ordinance for parks(WI)

    06/21/2012 5:26:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 20 June, 2012 | NA
    (WEAU) - The Eau Claire County Board passed a new ordinance allowing loaded guns to be carried in parks. In the past guns were only allowed if there were unloaded and encased. Mike Torud with the Eau Claire County Parks and Forestry Department says people carrying a gun need to have a valid concealed carry permit to do so and cannot shoot guns in the park unless it is in self-defense. Violators can be fined up to about $263. Torud says signs should be up in parks in about the next two weeks.
  • Charges won't be dropped against 18-year-old Troy teen arrested for carrying gun in Birmingham

    06/21/2012 4:49:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 20 June, 2012 | Mara MacDonald
    BIRMINGHAM, Mich. - 18-year-old Troy teen Sean Combs An 18-year-old Troy teenager is heading to court as a poster boy for the fight over open carry gun rights in Michigan. Sean Combs, 18, of Troy, was arrested back in April after he was spotted with a loaded 1942 M-1 Garand military rifle slung across his back in downtown Birmingham. The legal question at this time is if what Combs did was allowed, because Michigan is an open carry state, or was he, as the police say, brandishing a firearm. Tonight, it will be up to a jury. A judge says...
  • Open carry confusion(OK)

    06/20/2012 5:48:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 19 June, 2012 | Frank Wiley
    When Gov. Fallin pulled the trigger on the open carry law, Evan Wilbanks started predicting problems. He's a firearms instructor, and while he stands for the Second Amendment, he also believes carrying a gun openly goes too far. "I'm not a big advocate of walking into an establishment with a firearm. I feel it makes you a target,” said Wilbanks. The bill prohibits carrying firearms on city, state, or federal property. You can't pack heat in schools or sporting events either. "I’m not a gun enthusiast personally," said Bill Hermann. Hermann patrols his South Tulsa neighborhood daily for anything that...
  • Attorneys' Debate Charges Ahead of Rifle-Carrying Teen's Hearing (MI open carry)

    06/19/2012 4:52:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 19 June, 2012 | Laura Houser
    Sean Combs, the Troy 18-year-old who was arrested in April after he was found carrying a loaded rifle in downtown Birmingham, will be back in court Wednesday for a hearing to determine whether charges of brandishing a firearm, disturbing the peace and obstructing an officer will move forward or be dismissed. Combs was arrested around 10 p.m. April 13 after he refused to show police officers his identification after they asked about the M1 Garande rifle strapped to his back, according to police reports. The rifle was loaded with one round in the chamber, police say. As an adult under...
  • Learning our way on open carry(OK)

    06/18/2012 4:31:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 17 June, 2012 | Janet Pearson
    Sean Michael Combs is probably like a lot of 18-year-old young men, except maybe for the M-1 rifle slung across his back. The Troy High School student was arrested April 13, according to the Detroit News, after strolling down the street in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham with the weapon strapped on his back. He now faces three misdemeanor charges, according to the newspaper, "for brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police, and disturbing the peace - each punishable by up to 93 days in jail." After the arrest, Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt acknowledged Combs had a legal right...
  • Michigan Protestors Carry Guns to Public Meeting

    06/14/2012 4:43:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 13 June, 2012 | dabneybailey
    Gun rights advocates attended a public meeting while openly carrying their firearms in order to express their support for a young man who was arrested for open carry. Sean CombsA few weeks ago, we featured this story about Sean Combs, a Michigan teen who was arrested by police because he was openly carrying an M1 Garand. Combs has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which includes brandishing a firearm and obstructing an officer. And for those of you who aren’t fully up-to-date on Michigan carry laws, yes: it’s legal to openly carry a firearm. A few Michiganders made use of...
  • Advocates protest charges against rifle-carrying teen (MI)

    06/13/2012 6:32:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 13 June, 2012 | Elizabeth Reed
    BIRMINGHAM, MICH. -- "Open Carry" advocates took to Monday's Birmingham City Council meeting with their guns displayed to support a high school student who was arrested for exercising his Second Amendment right. According to The Detroit News, 18-year-old Sean Combs was arrested in April for walking downtown with an M-1 rifle strapped to his back. Combs was charged with brandishing a weapon, resisting and obstructing police and disturbing the peace. Combs' supporters say the arrest was illegal because it violated his civil rights and the charges need to be dropped. "I'm in support of anyone who gets into trouble for...
  • Protesters pack heat in Birmingham public meeting(MI)

    06/12/2012 7:01:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 85 replies ^ | 11 June, 2012 | NA
    BIRMINGHAM, Mich. - Gun carrying protestors let their voices be heard during a Birmingham City Commission meeting. A number of protestors came armed with AK-47’s, a variation of rifles and pistols during Monday night’s meeting. The advocates of Michigan’s open carry law attended the meeting to support a young man who was arrested for openly carrying a weapon. “We understand that it’s not something that’s apart of the public norm or something you see in everyday life, but there is not a law against it,” said open carry advocate Phillip Hofmeister. Sean Combs, 18, from Troy was arrested back in...
  • Va. AG says 18 year olds may keep hidden guns in cars without permits

    06/10/2012 7:17:49 PM PDT · by open carry · 6 replies ^ | June 10, 2011 | Mike Stollenwerk
    In Virginia, like most states, adults aged 18 and over may own and openly carry firearms, including handguns, in public without any need to register their guns or obtain a permit to open carry. But in a little noticed attorney general opinion last month, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) issued a formal opinion on concealed carry in which he said that “provided the handgun is properly secured in a container or compartment within the vehicle, persons who may lawfully possess a firearm but have not been issued a concealed weapons permit may possess, in a vehicle, a handgun that...
  • OCDO Press Rel. - Oklahoma Police-State Style “License Checks” Will Not Be Tolerated!

    06/07/2012 4:06:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 3 June, 2012 | John Pierce Welcomes Oklahoma as America’s 44th Open Carry State But Police-State Style “License Checks” Will Not Be Tolerated ---------’s 28,000+ members join the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association (OK2A) in welcoming Oklahoma as America’s 44th open carry state. Though we are disappointed that the Oklahoma legislature saw fit to require a license to open carry, this reform is still a great step forward for freedom and self-defense rights. But we are also alarmed that some Oklahoma law enforcement officials seem ready to hijack the license requirement as an excuse to violate gun owners Fourth Amendment rights. For example, “Midwest City...
  • Woman faces unusual charge(NC)

    06/06/2012 11:30:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 3 June, 2012 | Colin Campbell
    SMITHFIELD - When a Caswell Street woman whipped out a rifle during a fight outside her home, she committed an unusual crime, according to police. Tandra Shernette “Tan” Staton, 23, of 502 Caswell St., Smithfield, was arrested Monday and charged with going armed to the terror of the public. The North Carolina law makes it illegal to carry guns or other “dangerous and unusual weapons” for the purpose of terrifying others and to go about on public highways in a manner to cause terror to others. Staton’s arrest came after what Police Lt. Keith Powell called a “large fight” around...
  • ASK US: What does the law say about carrying unconcealed weapons?(AL)

    06/04/2012 2:22:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 3 June, 2012 | Chris Welch
    Q: What are the state and local laws regarding open carry of weapons? A concealed carry permit is required to carry a concealed handgun on your person or GUNS.JPGThe Birmingham News/ File PhotoPistols on display at a gun shop in Birmingham a loaded handgun in your vehicle. What are the laws regarding having a holstered handgun visible in public? Let's assume we are all smart enough to know that you can't openly carry a loaded gun into the courthouse, a bank, or a school. If open carry is legal, what venues are exempt? A: Brent Patterson, investigator with the Madison...
  • Gun law changes take effect Nov. 1(OK)

    06/04/2012 5:18:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    The Edmond Sun ^ | 31 May, 2012 | Mark Schlachtenhaufen
    OKLA. CITY — Someone using the handle “bronathan” posted a question on a Web page dedicated to Senate Bill 1733, an open carry bill. The author of the post wrote that he and his family relocated to Oklahoma more than nine months ago. After relocating, he notified Texas about it so he could change over his concealed carry license to out of state now that he is a resident here. His question: Will my Texas permit allow me to open carry or will I need to have an Oklahoma license to open carry? A fellow poster supplied what appeared to...
  • June 2012 – Playboy discovers the right to bare arms

    05/31/2012 8:04:45 PM PDT · by open carry · 34 replies ^ | May 26, 2012 | Mike Stollenwerk
    The open carry of properly holstered handguns, an old American tradition, is on the rise in many states. And now comes the June 2012 edition of Playboy featuring on page 60, sandwiched between Tom Cruise’s interview and Danish model Stephanie Corneliussen’s Mojave Desert pictorial, a centerfold-like cartoon of a man in an aloha shirt open carrying a holstered handgun on his right hip while carrying a Starbucks cup in his left hand and ominously staring down an empty parking lot. . . .
  • Six-Shooter Swagger More phoney-baloney from the majority(Uberbarf alert OK)

    05/29/2012 2:34:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 23 May, 2012 | ARNOLD HAMILTON
    Say what you will about the Oklahoma Legislature, but your elected officials are remarkably adept at one thing: offering solutions in search of problems. At a time when the state faces significant challenges, some lawmakers insist on ignoring the obvious and obsessing over the preposterous. You might call it the Straw Man approach to leadership. It's much harder, you see, to tackle real problems -- such as improving inner-city public schools or ensuring health care for 600,000 insurance-less Oklahomans -- than it is to offer faux solutions to ominous-sounding, but wholly contrived crises. Thankfully, cooler heads squelched the lawmakers' worst...
  • My yearly detainment in Portland.(ME open carry)

    05/27/2012 7:20:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies ^ | 26 May, 2012 | boyscout399
    I guess it's that time of year again. It seems every spring I get stopped by the Portland PD. I got video this time I also wrote an email to the police chief: Chief Sauschuck, On 26MAY2012 at about 17:15 I was stopped by Officer J McDonald. I recorded a video of the stop for my protection. You can view the video at Officer McDonald claimed to have received calls that I was walking around with a holstered firearm. This is a legal activity in Maine. He stopped me, put on gloves, and removed my weapon from me. I...
  • Open Carry Advocates to Protest Rifle-Carrying Troy Teen's Arrest in Birmingham

    05/24/2012 7:19:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 24 May, 2012 | Laura Houser
    A group of open carry advocates plan to make their sentiments known about the recent arrest of a rifle-toting 18-year-old Troy student during a protest at the June 11 Birmingham City Commission meeting. Sean Combs was arrested by Birmingham police on April 13 after he was discovered carry a M1 Garande rifle on South Old Woodward Avenue. The rifle — a birthday gift, Combs said — was loaded with one round in the chamber. Though 18 and legally able to carry the rifle, police say Combs refused to show identification when asked and was arrested for brandishing a firearm, disorderly...
  • Gun group formed to help people get used to new open carry law(OK)

    05/24/2012 8:59:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 23 May, 2012 | April Hill
    It may take a while to get use to someone next to you in the grocery store with a visible gun. That’s why a newly-formed group is launching a public awareness campaign before the new open carry law begins on November 1st, 2012. Franklin Smith is a former police officer, veteran and one of the founders of the Oklahoma Open Carry Association. He says the people who openly carry are law-abiding citizens. Smith says, "The truth is that criminals just don't open carry their firearms." Hear Smith's entire interview. He says he knows because he was part of another start-up...
  • Open Carry Teen Optimistic About his Day in Court (MI)

    05/23/2012 3:58:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 21 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    A Michigan teen is optimistic about his chances in court after being charged with brandishing a firearm, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. Eighteen-year-old Sean Combs (not 'Puffy') was arrested last April by police because he was walking around town with a rifle slung over his shoulder. He'd just received his M1 Garand for his birthday and he was showing the gun to several other teenagers. Cops showed up on the scene and asked to see his ID. Combs declined, but after a few more police showed up Combs decided to give in. The police moved to arrest him the...
  • 'Open carry' activist packs heat to make a point in Redondo Beach

    05/22/2012 5:57:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 21 May, 2012 | Douglas Morino
    A man carrying a shotgun strolled through the Redondo Beach pier and Veterans Park on Monday, followed closely by news reporters and the police. But he didn't have violence on his mind. He was just making a point. Charles Nichols is an "open carry" activist who was looking to further a lawsuit against the city of Redondo Beach while demonstrating against restrictive gun-control laws. Toting an unloaded 12-gauge Harrington & Richardson shotgun he purchased about 30 years ago, Nichols temporarily broke the afternoon calm as families and curious tourists looked on. Bullets were fastened to the end of the gun...
  • Many questions remain about open carry bill (OK)

    05/22/2012 5:02:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Can anyone seen openly and legally carrying a gun be stopped and asked to show their open-carry license? Who is or is not authorized to stop and question a person seen carrying a gun and ask to see the license? Does the open-carry bill make such provision? Many people will feel intimidated or made uncomfortable in the presence of openly carried weapons. I have an Oklahoma concealed weapon license and shall continue to carry a concealed gun unless a new law makes concealment unlawful. As a combat veteran, I learned that it's good military strategy to keep your enemy (including...
  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Signs Open-Carry Gun Bill Into Law

    05/20/2012 2:34:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Fairfax, VA --( NRA-News is a valued partner that continues to cover breaking gun rights news with a new and improved short video format in the “NRA News Minute” videos. To view the current firearms or gun rights news video, please click above: Cameron Gray and John Popp talk to Ashley Varner, NRA-ILA Oklahoma and Missouri State Liaison on the recent signing of a New Open Carry Law by the Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Read More on these topics: * Open Carry Becomes Law in Oklahoma * Open Carry is the Law in Michigan About: Established in 1871, the National...
  • Openly Carrying Marine Vet Excluded from Voting Booths, For No Real Reason (IN)

    05/17/2012 7:25:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 16 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    A Marine veteran was unjustly turned away from a voting booth because he was openly carrying a handgun. If you ever wonder why the phrase "I support our troops" gets thrown around so much, it's because of people like Clay Edinger. This man showed a level of principle and calm composure that few people would have been able to maintain in such a frustrating situation. A former Marine, Edinger carries a firearm with him just about wherever he goes. Indiana law lets him do that, of course, as long as he stays out of places like schools and courthouses where...
  • More California Gun Control: Bill to Ban Open Carry of Rifles & Shotguns

    05/16/2012 3:44:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 14 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    The California state assembly approved Anthony Portantino's bill that would make it illegal to openly carry unloaded shotguns and rifles on the streets. So, more gun control laws in California. Who here is surprised? Anyone? Anyone? An earlier bill spearheaded by Portantino banned the open carry of handguns. This new bill is just finishing what he started. There will be a few exceptions, of course: hunters and police will be able to carry weapons, and there will be select locations where the ban does not apply. For the most part, though, you won't be able to openly carry a gun...
  • Rifle-Carrying Troy Teen 'Pretty Confident' at Tuesday Pre-Trial Hearing (MI)

    05/16/2012 5:01:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies ^ | 15 May, 2012 | Jen Anesi
    Sean Combs, the 18-year-old Troy High School senior who was arrested by Birmingham Police last month while walking through downtown Birmingham with a rifle slung over his shoulder, is set to attend an evidentiary hearing in three weeks after attending a pre-trial hearing Tuesday afternoon in front of Judge Marc Barron in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills. Combs pleaded not guilty May 1 on charges of brandishing a firearm, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer – all misdemeanor offenses that each carry a maximum 93-day sentence and $500 fine. Combs' attorney, Jim Makowski, said he plans to file a...
  • How Oklahomans feel about new "Licensed Open Carry" gun law

    05/16/2012 4:42:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 15 May, 2012 | Kristen Shanahan
    BRYAN COUNTY, OK -- Come November, Oklahomans with a permit will be able to carry their guns out in the open in most places. Governor Mary Fallin signed the open carry measure into law Tuesday. The open carry law not only allows people to have their guns out in plain sight, but it also allows property owners without a permit to carry openly on their lawn for self defense. We talked to several people who all had strong and very different opinions about open carry. Raymond Coats has his concealed weapon's license and says he is excited about the new...
  • Oklahoma senators approve open-carry gun bill

    05/12/2012 6:19:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 10 May, 2012 | Steve Olafson
    OKLAHOMA CITY, May 10 (Reuters) - A bill to allow Oklahomans with a concealed-carry permit to openly carry their handguns is headed to the governor, who is expected to sign the legislation that passed the state Senate on Thursday. The bill, approved by a 33-10 vote, would allow those with a concealed-carry handgun permit to openly carry their firearms in holsters from Nov. 1. Those without such permits could obtain a gun permit and openly carry a firearm if they meet legal criteria, pass a background check and undergo firearms training. Republican Governor Mary Fallin, a member of the National...
  • California Assembly OKs measure to ban carrying unloaded rifles in public

    05/06/2012 7:28:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies ^ | 4 May, 2012 | Jim Sanders
    Carrying unloaded rifles in public would be prohibited under hotly contested legislation that passed the Assembly on Thursday. Assembly Bill 1527 cleared the lower house, 44-28, with no Republican support. Proposed by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, the bill stems from the "open carry" movement in which gun-brandishing people protest against gun-control laws. The movement sparked headlines in 2009 for a rally outside an Arizona convention center where President Barack Obama was speaking. California cracked down on carrying unloaded handguns with a new law that took effect Jan. 1. Portantino's bill would expand that prohibition by targeting rifles. "Sooner...
  • CALIFORNIA: Assembly passes bill to ban open carry of unloaded rifles

    05/03/2012 3:36:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 45 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 5/3/12 | Jim Sanders
    Legislation that bans carrying unloaded rifles in public was passed Thursday by the Assembly. The measure, Assembly Bill 1527, cleared the lower house 44-28 with no Republican support. Proposed by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, the bill is similar to a new state law banning the open carry of handguns that took effect Jan. 1. AB 1527 takes aim at a movement that encourages people to show up at public places with unloaded weapons. Supporters contend that openly displaying firearms can startle onlookers, scare children and provoke violence. Portantino said the appearance of gun-wielding people in public can escalate...
  • Virginia takes final action to legalize open carry in state parks

    04/30/2012 6:46:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    DC Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Mike Stollenwerk
    In an announcement posted today in Virginia's Regulatory Town Hall, the Virginia Department of Conservation served notice to the public that the "[r]epeal of § 4VAC5-30-200 [which] prohibits the open carry of firearms in Virginia State Parks" will be published as a final rule on May 7th in Volume 28 Issue 18 of the Virginia Register of regulations. The usual practice of the Virginia Registrar is to make such final rules effective 60 days after publication in the Register. This action by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's administration is the final chapter in a decade long regulatory fight to legalize gun...
  • Open Carrying of Firearms(MO)

    04/29/2012 6:20:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 28 April, 2012 | NA
    The Washington City Council is considering a ban on open carry of firearms. Police Chief Ken Hahn has asked the council to pass an ordinance that would prohibit people from openly carrying a firearm in the city. There is no need for anyone other than a law enforcement officer, or the military, to openly carry a firearm in the city. We do have in Missouri a law that permits the carrying of a concealed weapon as long as a permit is obtained. To obtain a permit, the process includes a degree of training in the use of the firearm. The...
  • Oklahoma advances open carry, multiple gun bills

    04/27/2012 7:37:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 27 April, 2012 | MICHAEL McNUTT
    Oklahomans with concealed handgun permits would be allowed to carry their weapons in the open if a bill that easily passed the House of Representatives becomes law. But members defeated an amendment Thursday that would have allowed for the open carry of handguns anywhere without a permit. Senate Bill 1733 would allow anyone with a license to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act to carry the weapon either openly or concealed. It passed 85-3 and is headed for a conference committee. It also would allow a property owner to openly carry a handgun on his or her...
  • Open Carry Laws Benefit Public Safety

    04/26/2012 9:23:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 25 April, 2012 | John Pierce
    The first thing I noticed about the question for this debate was the way it is worded. "Should people be 'allowed' to carry guns openly?" Using the phrase 'allowed' implies that open carry is a privilege that the state grants to citizens. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The right to openly bear arms for security and self-defense is enshrined not only in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution but also in a majority of state constitutions. [See the latest political cartoons.] While concealed carry is seen today by much of the populace as synonymous with the...
  • Should People Be Allowed to Carry Guns Openly?

    04/26/2012 9:17:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies ^ | 24 April, 2012 | NA
    A bill currently making its way through the Oklahoma state legislature would allow citizens of the state to openly carry loaded handguns without a permit. Only six states and the District of Columbia expressly prohibit this practice, with the remaining states either specifically allowing open carry or having no law on the books prohibiting it. In recent years, the practice of openly carrying a gun has grown in popularity, as legislation that would permit it has been introduced in places like Texas, South Carolina, and Arkansas—some of the last states that have held out against it. Proponents of open carry...
  • Witness: Troy Teen Arrested for Carrying Rifle 'Was in His Legal Right' (MI)

    04/24/2012 12:01:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 63 replies ^ | 17 April, 2012 | Jen Anesi
    Troy High senior Sean Michael Combs, 18, was arrested Friday in downtown Birmingham after he was found carrying a loaded M1 Garand rifle. It was a warm Friday night in April, and Troy High School senior Sean Michael Combs was enthusiastic about the rifle he received a month earlier as a gift for his 18th birthday, so he decided to carry it with him when he headed to downtown Birmingham with a friend. Combs' choice to carry the M1 Garand slung over his shoulder resulted in his arrest by Birmingham Police – an experience his close friend Lia Grabowski calls...
  • California’s Shameless, Anti-Gun Political Theater Opens Again

    04/23/2012 7:56:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 April, 2012 | CRPA
    Sacramento, CA --( Once again the shameless attacks against your Second Amendment right continue at the political theater known as the California State Capitol. The 2012 curtain is up and the anti-gun tragedy is playing out in the form of NINE ANTI-GUN BILLS. One of the worst is AB 1527 (Portantino) which is an attempt to ban the open carry of rifles and shotguns. DON’T SIT AND WATCH THE ANTI-GUN SPECTACLE PLAY OUT! Help CRPA bring the curtain down on bad-acting politicians and the relentless attacks on your Second Amendment right. Please don’t leave it to others to take action....
  • Two Open Carry Bills Moving Through Legislature(OK)

    04/11/2012 5:34:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 11 April, 2012 | NA
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Right now, two open carry bills allowing people to openly carry firearms are moving through the state legislature. Click Like For Oklahoma News Updates: Lawmakers are debating them, but first they want to clarify the rules. Rep. Steve Martin says the open carry law was stopped in 1971. However, it could soon be back. "It is an open carry for people with a permit," said Martin. Martin spearheaded the idea with House bill 2522. Then a similar bill proposed in the Senate changed some language for specific rules. For instance if passed, this bill will not allow...
  • Sen. Kevin Bryant seeks to revise S.C.'s concealed carry law

    04/11/2012 9:17:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 10 April, 2012 | AP
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Republican senator wants residents to be able to carry a gun openly. Sen. Kevin Bryant of Anderson introduced legislation Tuesday revising the state's concealed carry law, saying the Second Amendment doesn't use the words concealed permit.
  • We support a right to bear arms, but you don’t have to show them off in plain sight(OK)

    04/07/2012 10:55:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 5 April, 2012 | NA
    We fully support the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. However, the possible expansion of Oklahoma’s open carry laws for handguns is off target. What’s the status of the legislation? The House of Representatives recently approved a bill to allow anyone who has completed conceal and carry qualifications to be able to openly carry weapons. Then the bill was sent to the Senate, where an amendment that may eliminate the requirement for a conceal and carry license was added. However, state Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, believes a bill that allows only those with the conceal and carry license...