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  • 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...
  • Constitutional Carry possible in Tennessee?

    04/14/2014 5:29:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Knoxville Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 8 April, 2014 | Liston Matthews
    Today, the Tennessee Senate passed SB2424, a Vermont* style, permit-less open-carry bill. This bill would further restore the basic human right to self-defense in Tennessee. The question is, will the House follow suit? The companion bill, HB2409, if passed, would give Governor Haslam the opportunity to make good on the promise he made in a Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA) meeting on October 18, 2010, on Vermont Style Carry.Here is a transcription of part of that meeting:TFA member, If the legislature were to pass a Vermont style carry, and bring it to you, would you sign it? Candidate (Knoxville Mayor) Haslam,...
  • Consequences for Those who Falsely Accuse Open Carriers

    04/14/2014 7:15:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open Carry Event in Texas, where open carry of modern handguns is not legal in most cases In July of 2013, an open carrier in Wisconsin narrowly avoided being "SWATted" by police.  He was well known in the area and had friends on the local police force.   They contacted him after he was accused of flashing a gun at the clerk of a convenience store. In the same incident, another innocent citizen was stopped by police at gunpoint and ordered out of their car because of bad information supplied by the clerk. Here is updated information: The open...
  • TX:Open Carry in Arlington meets Public Approval

    04/10/2014 8:31:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Photo Credit Star-Telegram Rodger Mallison The open carry movement in Texas is becoming mainstream.  Texas is one of a few states where openly carrying a holstered, modern handgun is barred by law from most public places.  This anomaly in the law occurred because Texas was on the losing side of the Civil War, or War Between the States, if you prefer.  There is a convoluted history to explain it, but before the war, the Texas Constitution guaranteed an absolute right to carry arms, even for slaves.  After the war, the change through two Constitutional conventions resulted in losing the...
  • AR:City Council Opposition to Constitutional Carry/Celebrate Act 746 Walk a Damp Squib

    04/06/2014 6:19:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Safety Breifing Before Eureka Springs Constitutional Carry/Act 746 walk Open Carry Walkers in Eureka Springs As has become the norm in Arkansas, the open carry/constitutional carry/ celebrate Act 746 walk in Eureka springs did not cause any drama or trauma. Dozens of people participated in the event on 29 March.  In spite of concerns, and some hostility expressed during a city council meeting prior to the event, there did not appear to be any significant opposition to the walk.   No one protested the open carriers.   One of the event participants actively looked for signs in businesses banning guns or...
  • Kansas lawmakers OK bill to void local gun rules

    04/05/2014 4:17:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it's legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power. The House approved the legislation, 102-19, a day after the Senate passed it, 37-2. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. He hasn't said whether he'll sign it, but he's a strong supporter of gun rights and has signed other measures backed by the NRA and the...
  • AR:City Council Opposition to Constitutional Carry/Celebrate Act 746 Walk a Damp Squib

    04/05/2014 9:07:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Safety Breifing Before Eureka Springs Constitutional Carry/Act 746 walk Open Carry Walkers in Eureka Springs As has become the norm in Arkansas, the open carry/constitutional carry/ celebrate Act 746 walk in Eureka springs did not cause any drama or trauma. Dozens of people participated in the event on 29 March.  In spite of concerns, and some hostility expressed during a city council meeting prior to the event, there did not appear to be any significant opposition to the walk.   No one protested the open carriers.   One of the event participants actively looked for signs in businesses banning guns or...
  • San Antonio Police Deploy Taser Against Man Lawfully Carrying Firearm ~ Video(link)

    04/03/2014 8:24:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 2 April, 2014 | Open Carry Texas
    San Antonio, TX --(Ammoland.com)- On March 31, 2014, a member of Open Carry Texas was exercising his right to self defense while on a walk near his home in San Antonio. San Antonio Police Department officers from the West Substation responded to what they claim was an individual waving his rifle around and pointing it at people. Nothing could be further from the truth. After approaching and recognizing that Henry Vichique wasn’t a threat and that the call was a hoax, officers still attempted to disarm a law-abiding citizen walking home from a friend’s house. As officers were about to...
  • Wisconsin Carry Promotes Second Amendment Door to Door

    04/01/2014 5:26:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a brilliant bit of second amendment promotion, members of Wisconsin Carry went door to door in a bad part of Milwaukee, offering free training required to obtain the Wisconsin concealed carry license.  The south side of town does not have a good reputation, and it has a high crime rate.   Milwaukee has 10 percent of Wisconsin residents and 60 percent of Wisconsin murders. Wisconsin Carry has been giving free classes so that people can obtain the Wisconsin permit since 2009.   The Wisconsin shall issue law went into effect in November of 2011.  Wisconsin exceeded 200,000 permit holders in...
  • (Freeper) Master Sergeant Christopher Grisham found guilty in right to carry trial

    03/31/2014 12:40:49 PM PDT · by Altariel · 45 replies
    BREAKING: Master Sergeant Christopher Grisham has been found guilty of interfering with police duties, a class B misdemeanor. Grisham could face a possible $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail for the offense. The retrial of Fort Hood soldier C.J. Grisham began Monday after a jury was unable to come to a verdict in the case last month. Monday, the jury heard two witnesses testify including the Temple police officer who arrested Grisham as well as the woman who made the call to police. Temple police officer Steve Ermis took the stand to give his account of what...
  • AR:Eureka Springs City Council (almost) Conspires against Open Carry March Scheduled, 29 March

    03/26/2014 4:56:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Eureka Springs, Arkansas city council had a special meeting on how to deal with a planned open carry/celebrate Act 746 walk in the city.  Some of the discussion is disturbing, as a council member openly seems to suggest ways in which to conspire to chill the exercise of the second amendment.  The video is 42:40 long on YouTube.   The most chilling comments are these, beginning about 22:30: "What I think I have, I think I have heard you say, that, our only recourse of action is then, is what you are going to do with the signs, which...
  • AL: Gun Reform Bill Passes Senate 20-7

    03/24/2014 8:49:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Alabama SB 354  passed the senate on Wednesday by the wide margin of 20 - 7. The bill includes vehicles as an extension of the home for purposes of carrying firearms, recognizing the right to bear arms extends to a person's vehicle, where a great deal of time is spent in modern society.  This is especially helpful to the growing number of people who live in recreational vehicles and travel about the country. The bill makes clear that open carry of firearms is not disorderly conduct.  In the section dealing with definitions of disorderly conduct, the bill reads: "The...
  • Arkansas Has Constitutional Carry Walks in Russleville and Mountain Home

    03/22/2014 1:54:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Constitutional/open/Celebrate Act 746 Walk in Russelville, Arkansas Two separate open carry/ constitutional carry, or celebrate Act 746 walks, took place in Arkansas last Saturday, 15 March.   One of the walks was in Russelville, the second was in Mountain Home.   Both walks were peaceful and relatively uneventful, as has come to be the norm.  No one was arrested and a good time was had.  From Arkansascarry.com: The Russellvile open carry celebration walk on March 15th, 2014 was another huge success. The Russellville police department was very easy to work with and Fat Daddy's BBQ did an excellent job feeding all of...
  • TX:Open carry march on Dowlen draws approval

    03/19/2014 6:51:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    beaumontenterprise.com ^ | 15 March, 2014 | Sarah Moore
    1 of 12 Ryley Franklin, 13, carries a Texas state flag during Saturday's rally. Come and Take It Beaumont held a march down Dowlen Road on Saturday. The participants carried long arms as well as Texas and United States flags from Sertinos Cafe to Lowes. Photo taken Saturday, 3/15/14 Jake Daniels/@JakeD_in_SETX Photo: Jake Daniels The threat of rain dampened attendance at the most recent Come and Take it Beaumont rally and march, but not the ardor of those present.About a dozen people, including three children, toted long guns as they walked a short distance up and down Dowlen Road...
  • WI: Open Carrier Exercises Rights in Germantown

    03/18/2014 4:07:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open Carry in Arizona A man in Germantown was accosted by police for exercising his rights on Saturday.   William Polster was carrying a holstered pistol and a shotgun on a sling on his back.   He says that he carries the firearms to educate the public about their rights and for personal protection. Police claim that some people called them and were upset.  This is certainly possible, but in other cases, such as with the Culver 5 in Madison, and with open carrier in Michigan, calls turned out to be mostly asking the police whether open carry was legal or...
  • UT: Legislature says: Open Carry is not Disorderly Conduct

    03/14/2014 9:20:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There has been an ongoing debate in the Utah legislature about the open carry of firearms.   Some people have been arrested for openly carrying holstered firearms.  Open carry is legal in Utah.  The charge has been, as it was in Wisconsin five years ago, "Disorderly Conduct". Disorderly conduct tends to be a catchall phrase that is used to crack down on conduct that is not illegal, but that the police disapprove of.  Being arrested can be a significant punishment.   The Wisconsin AG eventually ruled that openly carrying a firearm is *not* disorderly conduct by itself.   Police departments paid out...
  • AZ:Strange Encounter with an Armed? Cyclist

    03/13/2014 1:07:28 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Pistol and holster rig Author was wearing.  Clothes were as described in story I was out running this morning with my usual rig when I am exercising: a Glock 17 in a Fobus paddle holster.  After experimenting with a number of combinations, this is the one I usually use.  In the last 15 years I have worn out two of the holsters and am working on the third. I was headed south on the right hand sidewalk alongside a moderately busy four lane boulevard.  I was wearing a mostly white t-shirt with a nondescript design on it, and light...
  • FL:Open Carry Prompts Curiosity

    03/12/2014 10:29:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida is one of five states that generally ban the open carry of firearms.  As with all such states, exemptions to the general ban are included in the law.  Florida second amendment supporters are pushing for a restoration of open carry rights in the state.  They have organized a number of open carry events under the exception for open carry to, from, and during fishing in the State.  Spacecoast321 at opencarry.org relates what happened when he attempted to join one of these events a few days ago (March 2014): Well after a lengthy hiatus I was finally able to...
  • Senator Larry Martin, South Carolina

    03/04/2014 12:00:11 PM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 3-3-2014 | Herschel Smith
    Senator Larry Martin was responsible for heading the effort to kill the legislative efforts in support of open carry in South Carolina. During this effort, he said the following. “If the 2nd amendment has been as you interpret it, why hasn’t SC law reflected that for the last 140 years? I’m sorry but you are describing an ‘unlimited’ right that has never been the case with the 2nd Amendment. My view of the 2nd Amendment has always been the right to own guns and keep them in our homes, business, and property and not to wear a gun whenever to...
  • Bogus Arrest of Open Carry Activist in Temple Texas

    02/27/2014 11:15:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 54 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 February, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Jason Orsek, on Right, With Chief of Police in Gonzalez, Texas, October, 2013 A little after midnight on the morning of February 20th, Jason Orsek was parked in the parking lot of Trinity Christian Center in Temple, Texas.  He had every right to be there; he had received advance permission from the pastor.  The center has a fast wi-fi connection, and he had been given a password and permission to use it.   He was uploading an instruction video that he had created to show the differences between black powder percussion pistols and modern handguns.  Police had complained that they...
  • AR: Law Journal: Meaning of Carry Law Plain, Legislature Screwed up

    02/26/2014 3:59:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Constitutional Carry Walk in Little Rock, Arkansas An article in Arkansas  Law Notes by Associate Professor Laurent Sacharoff and student Jacob Worlow, expresses their understanding and concern with Act 746 (formerly H.B. 1700), the act that made constitutional carry the law in Arkansas.  The law went into effect in August of 2013. The authors deserve credit.  They clearly state what the law does, rather than attempt to use sleight of hand to discredit it, as did Attorney General McDaniels.   They mention that the vast majority of prosecutors in the state agree with their interpretation of the plain language of...
  • TX: Andrews Open carry March Doubles in Protest of Arrests

    02/24/2014 5:55:27 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The 15 February open carry march in Andrews Texas more than doubled the size of the last march of a month ago.   Two arrests that appear to be motivated by legal open carry have occurred in the city.  No charges have yet been filed, and the men arrested remain in legal limbo.  James Franklin of the Midlands/Odessa CATI has told me that they are applying for several more permits, in order to educate the people of Andrews about their Constitutional rights. Over 80 people participated in the 15 February march, in a small town near the Texas panhandle.  ...
  • AR: Pine Bluff Constitutional Carry Walk 15 February

    02/17/2014 7:08:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Second amendment supporters march in Pine Bluff A couple of dozen second amendment supporters marched with openly carried firearms in Pine Bluff Arkansas on Saturday.  The march was in support of Act 746, the legislation that reformed Arkansas law, removing language that made it illegal to carry arms without permission from the government.  The change in the law specifies that it is only illegal to carry arms if the purpose is to use them for illegal activity.   This is the same standard that has been in Vermont  law for the last hundred years.  Vermont is the only state that...
  • Texas open carry group seeks spotlight on harassment of veterans and gun owners

    02/14/2014 6:14:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 February, 2014 | David Codrea
    “Recently we've unearthed some sickening corruption in a nearby town and it's led to unlawful arrests and gun confiscations from two veterans that are also Oath Keepers,” a Friday Facebook message from James Franklin, Regional Director for Come and Take It Texas - West Texas Region, began. “Over the past week this issue has gotten even more complicated as the police in the town refuse to file police reports about one of their residents making terroristic threats against our group's members.” Franklin was referring to a local resident who opposes lawful open carry of long guns to the point of...
  • Ninth Circuit: The Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry a gun in public

    02/13/2014 2:27:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 13, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Gabe Malor, who’s already found the tastiest chestnuts in the opinion. The novelty here isn’t the ruling itself but the court issuing it. It’s the Ninth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the west coast and typically leans left thanks to liberal all-stars like Stephen Reinhardt. (He wasn’t part of the panel that heard this one, thankfully.) With today’s ruling, the Ninth joins the Seventh in holding that the Second Amendment, just as it says, includes a right to “bear” arms. States can regulate that right but they can’t ban it altogether. Three other federal appellate courts have ruled the...
  • Kansas: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Passes in House Federal and State Affairs Committee

    02/13/2014 8:51:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    NRAILA ^ | 12 February, 2014 | NRAILA
    Today, the state House Federal and State Affairs Committee passed House Bill 2473 by voice vote, sending it to the House floor.  HB 2473 was approved with the addition of a critical self-defense amendment offered by state Representative Michael Houser (R-1), which would allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm in their vehicle without having a concealed handgun license (CHL).  Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to support this comprehensive legislation! If passed and enacted into law, HB 2473 would expand Kansas’ firearms preemption provisions to open carry and prohibit municipalities from implementing local...
  • TX:Dozens Open Carry Rifles in Dallas

    02/11/2014 7:13:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Courtesy myfoxdfw.com Dallas had a significant open carry event on 9 February. Dozens of open carriers participated. Myfoxdfw.com estimated 60. The demonstration by about 60 members of Open Carry Texas was meant to bring awareness to their cause, which is for the Texas Legislature to allow any citizen to carry a pistol in the open just as the law allows carrying of long guns. Weird that the reporter did not mention that both likely candidates for governor, Greg Abbot (R) and Wendy Davis (D), have come out in support of open carry. CBSDFW.COM did a better job. They estimated...
  • Open Carry March Planned for Andrews Texas on 15 February

    02/10/2014 10:11:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Andrews, Texas, has become a focus of activism for the restoration of the right to openly carry sidearms.  Historically, the right was lost in the rewriting of the Texas Constitution in 1871 by the reconstruction government.    After the reconstruction government was voted out, then driven from office by an impromptu militia, the Texas Constitution was rewritten again, but a loophole was left in that allowed the wearing of sidearms to be regulated.  The reconstruction law was never repealed, so the current Texas Constitution only protects the carrying of long arms such as rifles and shotguns.  Definitions in the law do...
  • Wendy Davis’ Open Carry announcment may cost her any chance of winning

    02/09/2014 2:42:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 8, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Start from the premise that Wendy Davis probably was going to lose the election against Greg Abbott no matter what. But probably wasn’t a sure thing. Abbott never was in Edwin Edwards territory: “The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.” It didn’t help that Davis’s narrative of being a struggling teenage single mom who brought herself up by her bootstraps all the way to Harvard Law School fell apart. Davis always had the base, and maybe if she got lucky, if Republican turnout was...
  • Wendy Davis Outrages Democrats with Open Carry Support

    02/07/2014 5:23:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 6, 2014 | Frances Martel
    Last week, amid a host of questions about her ideological commitment and personal integrity, Texas Democrat Wendy Davis revealed a new, unexpected issue on her campaign platform: securing Second Amendment rights. The move has been met with some outrage from Democrats who see "no justification" for open carry laws. Davis first announced her new stance last week to the Associated Press, suggesting that her campaign would "expand where people may carry handguns." The position is not on Davis's official campaign platform, and, from a legislator with an "F" rating from the NRA, appeared to surface out of nowhere. Davis did...
  • Texas Veterans Illegally Arrested, Guns Confiscated

    02/06/2014 4:03:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 78 replies
    CATI ^ | 30 January, 2014 | James Franklin
    Texas Veterans Illegally Arrested, Guns Confiscated in News, Uncategorized, Video8 days ago 6 Comments 2,966 Views   On the evening of November 30, 2013 Joey Posey, a veteran of the Army’s 101st Airborne was arrested and jailed by police in Andrews, TX. He had taken a walk with his children to get ice cream and french fries and decided to openly carry his AR-15 in addition to his legally concealed handgun. Although the open carry of a longarm is legal in Texas, it was for this reason that he and his children found themselves forced to the ground as soon...
  • Open Carry is Coming to Texas

    02/06/2014 8:19:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    For those who do not pay close attention to insider politics in Texas, both parties' likely candidates for governor have now endorsed the policy of restoring the legal open carry of sidearms to Texans.  The open carry of sidearms was banned by the  reconstruction government after the civil war (war between the states), when the reconstruction government effectively neutered the state constitutional guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms by writing a new constitution. After the reconstruction governor was forced to flee the governors mansion (he lost the election, refused to concede, and an impromptu Texas militia...
  • Colorado legislators propose repeal of anti-gun laws as local district ends ban on open-carry

    01/31/2014 5:41:20 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 39 replies
    Guns ^ | 1/31/14 | Max Slowik
    With two anti-gun Colorado state legislators recently voted out of office and a third retiring facing another recall election it’s clear that gun control isn’t the non-issue so many in office assumed it would be. Now several legislators are working to repeal the laws passed early last year in Colorado, with a new package of house bills that would roll back the recent changes. Although Colorado citizens recently voted to recall two proponents of the gun control package, including then state senate president John Morse and senator Angela Giron, the Democratic Party still holds a majority by one vote. A...
  • Proactive v Reactive: A Comparison of MS and OK Open Carry Planning

    01/27/2014 2:52:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    mississippigunnews.com ^ | 23 January, 2014 | RICK WARD
    The State of Oklahoma passed its Open Carry Law in early 2012, one year prior to the Mississippi law. By all appearances it would seem that Oklahoma did an outstanding job in looking ahead with a proactive plan to limit challenges for the future. Sadly, Mississippi’s approach has been more reactive than proactive. Shortly after the Oklahoma legislative session ended, law enforcement authorities began to develop plans to deal with their new open carry law. Stories began to surface as early as a month or so following the end of the session and up to the effective date of the...
  • Open Carry March in Andrews Texas Successful

    01/27/2014 4:48:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Members of Come And Take It Assemble for Their Rally Image courtesey  newswest9.com The open carry rally in Andrews, Texas, went off without a hitch on Saturday, 25 January.    The local newswest9.com headline was: Gun Rally in Andrews Had Message of Education, Peace Members of Come and Take It in Andrew, Texas Image courtesy  newswest9.com This occurred in spite of the arrest of a member of the organization, Michael Keoghan when he was scouting out a route for the rally.   In spite of the controversial arrest, Police Chief Bud Jones insisted that he supported the rights of everyone.  From...
  • Texas: Another Bogus Open Carry "Disorderly Conduct" Arrest

    01/26/2014 7:04:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 60 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Michael Keoughan was exercising his right to bear arms in Texas last Wednesday (22 January).  He is part of a Texas group of second amendment supporters that demonstrate that the second amendment means something by legally carrying rifles slung across their back.   They openly state that they are educating people about their rights under the Texas and Federal Constitutions. Before the Civil War (or War Between the States), Texas had a strong right to keep and bear arms clause in its constitution.  After the Confederacy lost the war, the reconstruction government created a new Texas constitution.  The new Texas...
  • TX:Open Carry Rally in Beaumont

    01/20/2014 6:40:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Texans continue to march in support of second amendment rights.   After Derek Poe was arrested for disorderly conduct while carrying a rifle slung over his back with the muzzle down, to his firearms related shop in the Parkdale mall a month ago, supporters organized an open carry march for Beaumont, Texas.  From 12newsnow.com: BEAUMONT - Marching along Dowlen Road in Beaumont Saturday with rifles slung on their backs and signs in the air, dozens of Southeast Texans exercised their right to openly carry long arms.  It is a right they feel is being attacked. "The United States Constitution...
  • WI:Open Carry of Rifles in Fond du Lac, Police Respect Constitution

    01/16/2014 6:15:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry of a rifle at a Phoenix event. The open carry of rifles appears to be having the effect desired by second amendment supporters.   A half dozen second amendment supporters openly carrying rifles generated a handful of calls in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  Earlier this year, two second amendment activists were harassed at gunpoint by police in Appleton, Wisconsin, in spite of strong state protections in the law. Last Saturday, the 11th of January, the response in Fond du Lac was completely different.   From the fdlreporter.com, the City Council President Sam Meyer explains: “It was basically just...
  • Texas Mall that Banned Guns over Open Carry Losing Business

    01/14/2014 10:56:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Israel, no one complains about the open carry of rifles Parksdale mall in Beaumont, Texas banned guns from their establishment after one of their renters open carried a rifle slung over his back to his firearms business in the mall, and someone complained.  Police arrested him for "disorderly conduct".  The mall said that they have always been anti-gun, but they never bothered to post the legally required signs before.  There may be a reason for that "lapse". Remote Control Hobbies is the second to leave, after Golden Triangle Tactical, the shop that belongs to Derek Poe, who open...
  • MI:Grand Rapids Open Carry Lawsuit Unedited Video: No evidence of "Talking to Nobody"

    01/11/2014 12:49:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Yesterday I posted the story where mlive.com had obtained the dashcam video of the incident where Grand Rapids police Officer Moe drew his firearm and aimed it at Johann Deffert, who was walking on a sidewalk from a local restaurant to his home about noon of March 3rd, 2013.   Mr. Deffert and his attorney have filed a lawsuit against Grand Rapids for violation of his rights. In the video that was edited by mlive.com, it seemed that Mr. Deffert was confirming that he had been talking to himself as he walked down the sidewalk.  Mlive.com reporter John Agar reported that...
  • MI:Video Released in Grand Rapids Open Carry Lawsuit

    01/10/2014 3:49:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a previous article, the issue of whether Grand Rapids police were harassing a person openly carrying a holstered handgun, or if the police were justified in their actions, was discussed.   Much depended on what was shown in the dashcam video, which at least one city supporter questioned the existence of.  From the mlive.com article comments: The city supporter wrote: "Umm, no one is taking Tim's comments as to a secret video that only he has seen seriously." From my reading of the comments, Tim Beahan, who used his real name, never said the video was secret or that...
  • TX:Man who carried AR-15 on his back inside mall says charges not warranted

    01/07/2014 6:06:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 38 replies
    12newsnow.com ^ | 3 January, 2014 | Agustin Garfias
    BEAUMONT - A Beaumont store owner charged with disorderly conduct insists he never broke the law and was just exercising his second amendment rights. On Dec. 28, Derek Poe stopped by GameStop in Parkdale Mall before going to the store he owns in the mall, Golden Triangle Tactical. While at GameStop, he was stopped by police officers and the AR-15 that was slung around his back was seized. Poe says he was just exercising his right to open carry a long rifle. Police have charged him with disorderly conduct because he displayed a firearm "In a manner calculated to alarm."...
  • Disorderly conduct bill expected to return at Utah Legislature (open carry)

    01/05/2014 2:03:28 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    standard.net ^ | 2 January, 2014 | Antone Clark
    The image of a man openly carrying an assault rifle in a Riverdale store last year will spark renewed discussion of disorderly conduct and how it applies to Second Amendment rights in the upcoming legislative session. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton and Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, are both running separate bills to define the ability of law enforcement to charge a person openly carrying a weapon in public places with disorderly conduct. Both were co-sponsors of legislation that cleared the House in 2013, but died when compromise language raised opposition to the measure. For Ray, this is the third consecutive session...
  • Watch what Happens when a Pair of Girls Open-Carry in a Walmart

    Polioce officer is totally ignorant of the 2nd Amendment
  • MI:Lawsuit says Open Carry is Political Speech, Police Knew Carry was Legal

    12/31/2013 11:12:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carrier in Arizona at Political Rally I have often made the case that openly carrying guns is political speech of the first order.   Criminals almost never openly carry, because they do not want to draw attention to themselves.   Police virtually always know that open carriers are engaged in political activism.  An open carrier who had a loaded gun pointed at him by Grand Rapids Police, when the police knew that he was not breaking any law, has filed a lawsuit charging violation of his rights on first, second,  and fourth amendment grounds.  From the complaint:  38. Plaintiff's act of...
  • AR:Gun Law Questions Sidestepped

    12/26/2013 9:36:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Hot Springs Arkansas Act 746 Open Carry Walk The Harrison City Council was asked about the cities position on Act 746, which seems to have brought Arkansas law in line with the State and Federal constitutions.  The law reformed previous Arkansas law, which made it illegal to carry weapons in Arkansas, with exceptions, to one that made it illegal to carry weapons with the intent to use them illegally. Attorney General McDaniel, a Democrat, issued an opinion that the the new law does not allow open carry.   That opinion is dissected here.   The local media in Arkansas is starting...
  • MI: Open Carry Lawsuit; Police Report or Dashcam Video?

    12/24/2013 3:15:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Open Carrier With Revolver Johann Deffert is suing the Grand Rapids Police for their treatment when he was stopped while openly carrying a handgun.  Now, two versions of events are being put forward.   In the official police version, as reported in mlive.com: “Deffert was alone, and was loudly talking to himself,” Moe wrote. “Based on the area, and Deffert’s unusual behavior, R/O (responding officer) was concerned Deffert may have mental issues and was about to commit a violent crime. The responding officer then elaborates: He secured Deffert in handcuffs. He then secured a .40- or .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol with...
  • Crazy about Open Carry

    12/19/2013 8:19:15 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/19/2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    The University of Texas’s resident “writing and photography” guru, Matt Valentine, has identified for your delectation a vexatious “new craze.” The worrying trend, Valentine reported yesterday on Salon, is nothing less than the open carrying of firearms, and it “is more dangerous than you think.” Crazy libertarians, you see, have opened up a “new front line in the battle over gun rights and public safety in American culture,” and they are demanding the “liberty to display their guns in public rather than keep them concealed under clothing.”
  • WI:Update on Arrest for Open Carry on "Disorderly Conduct" and "Obstructing"

    12/15/2013 5:47:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 December, 2013 | 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. Here is the original Gun Watch article. Now it is reported that the charges were dropped by the DA. A blogger was able to get an interview with the police chief. Here is the report: On July 24th, 2013, a Somerset Wisconsin man narrowly avoided becoming case law after being stopped by police while openly carrying an AR-15 slung over his shoulder and a handgun in a hip holster. I spoke to Chief Doug...
  • Bang! Payday for man suing cops over guns

    12/12/2013 4:02:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 38 replies
    WND ^ | 11 December , 2013 | Joe Kovacs
    A man who sued police in Colorado Springs, Colo., for violating his Second Amendment rights has reportedly won more than $23,000 from the city, as local officers apparently did not know it was legal to “open carry” firearms at public parks. The saga of James Sorensen began in July 2012 at a homosexual-pride festival, just one day after the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 people dead and 70 others injured. He was openly sporting a handgun on his hip, which prompted police to take him into custody. Sorensen’s arrest was caught on camera by...