Tag Archive: Gun Rights


Stockman Touts Bill Defunding Gun Registries

 

 

 

 

” Conservative firebrand Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) on Wednesday touted his bill to dock federal funding to states with gun registries, amid controversy over New York’s newly passed gun control law.

” In states like New York, gun grabbing politicians are using gun owner registries to hunt down law-abiding gun owners and demand they surrender their personal firearms,” Stockman said. “My bill ends anti-gun tyranny by cutting off the funds gun grabbers use to implement their tracking and confiscation schemes.

  Stockman’s legislation, introduced earlier this month, would withhold National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) or Community Oriented Policing Services Program funding to states that maintain gun registries or confiscate guns from people who are not legally allowed to own firearms.”

 

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Haslam’s ‘Policy Maneuver’ Kills Tennessee’s Open-Carry Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Last week the Tennessee Senate passed SB2424 by a landslide vote of 25-2 last week. The bill would allow Tennesseans to openly carry handguns without a state-issued permit.

  It’s reported the governor’s administration attached what was called a “$100,000 anchor” to the pending open-carry bill that’s stalled the legislation.

  The reason for the cost would cover the state’s vendor to modify the design of the handgun permit cards. They would remove the open-carry language from the layout of the card. State permits currently allows Tennesseans to either carry openly or concealed. It’s reported the state has already pretty much finalized it’s budget and ”shoehorning the extra expenditure into its ledger is unlikely.

  Haslam’s move goes against the apparent stance he took while campaigning for governor in 2010. Knoxnews.com reports:

“ The final days of that campaign were dominated by the furor created by candidate Haslam after he told the Tennessee Firearms Association that he would sign legislation into law to eliminate Tennessee’s requirements for carrying handguns in public.”

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Gun Rights Group Protests San Antonio Law

 

 

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” Dozens of armed San Antonians gathered outside the San Antonio Police Department’s west substation Sunday to protest the treatment of one of their members by officers and to take aim at a controversial city law.

  On March 31, Henry Vichique was walking home with his loaded rifle slung over his shoulder. Someone called 911 and when police arrived they asked the 19-year-old to put his weapon down. Vichique did not comply with the order and officers used a Taser to subdue him.

“ I kept (the rifle) on me. I did not want to make any attempt to look like I may be aggressive because they could have shot me on site,” Vichique said. “I just told them I was within my rights. I didn’t argue with them.”

 

 

    This is a continuation of Mr Vichique’s story and brings to light a widespread problem that is being addressed in some states like Kansas and needs to be dealt with nationwide . 

 

   For readers unfamiliar with Mr Vichique’s run-in with the San Antonio PD we invite you to view our post from last week and view the video of the arrest made by Mr Vichiques which is posted below …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kansas Lawmakers OK Bill To Void Local Gun Rules

 

 

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” 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 nationwide 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 Kansas State Rifle Association.

  Kansas law doesn’t expressly forbid the open carrying of firearms, and the attorney general’s office has in the past told local officials that some restrictions are allowed. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., has prohibited the practice, but the bill would sweep any such ban away, except to allow cities and counties to prevent openly carried weapons inside public buildings.”

 

 

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Some Videos From The Web From CCDL Rally @Hartford Statehouse Saturday April 5th

 

   We are still trying to process our large collection of photos from the pro-gun rally in Hartford this weekend . WordPress does not seem to like our high resolution photos very much as it takes in excess of twenty minutes to upload a single photo . We are thinking that perhaps we should host the pictures elsewhere and just post a link to them . Does anyone have any helpful hints to offer ? Should we use Imgur , Instagram , photobucket ? 

   Any advice would be very welcome as up to this point we have not tried to post many of our own original photos at one time . We are open to all suggestions as we have a couple hundred photos from the event and while many are similar we would prefer to post them all and let our readers decide which to view . 

   Another question for the masses: We are starting to photoshop and desire to label our original photos with a YouViewed tag . Up til now we have put text on each photo individually and this is very time consuming . Does anyone know if we can save our “YouViewed.com” layer in Photoshop and simply add it to each photo instead of having to type it out and arrange the type size and location on each photo ?

 

 

 

Gun Rights Rally Hartford Connecticut 4 5 2014

 

 

 

2014 CCDL Hartford 2nd Amendment Gun Rally

 

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2014 CCDL Gun Rights Rally in Hartford Connecticut

 

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    We hope these videos will keep your interest as we try to put together our collection of photos of the event . Again , if anyone has some tips for us to deal with our large collection of pics please leave a comment . Thanks , hope to have more for you all soon . 

 

 

 

Raw video of David Codrea’s Address

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    Posting will be light this afternoon folks as we are off to support the Second Amendment in Hartford today and will hopefully be able to offer our readers some original video , commentary , pictures and perhaps interviews from the Connecticut statehouse . We hope that any of our readers that are in the Connecticut area make an effort to attend as well . See our sticky post at the top of the page for details , directions and parking info … Molon Labe !

Warning Shot Bill Passes Senate Floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Florida Senate has approved the so-called ‘warning shot’ bill, which now heads to Gov. Rick Scott to be signed into law.

The bill passed 32-7 on Thursday.

  Sponsored by Sen. Greg Evers, a Republican from Pensacola, the bill has garnered attention due to the Marissa Alexander case in Jacksonville. Alexander is out on bail and awaiting a new trial after originally being sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a gun near her estranged husband during an altercation.”

 

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Idaho Latest State To Stand Against Federal Assault On Gun Rights

 

 

 

 

” Idaho may soon become the latest state to stand up to the Obama administration’s attempt to infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.

  Earlier this week, the state House of Representatives approved a pro-gun-rights bill already passed by the state Senate. The measure now awaits action by Governor Butch Otter.

  The published purpose of SB 1332, the Idaho Federal Firearm, Magazine and Register Ban Enforcement Act, makes clear the intent of state lawmakers:

  This legislation is to protect Idaho law enforcement officers from being directed, through federal orders, laws, rules, or regulations enacted or promulgated on or after January 1, 2014, to violate their oath of office and Idaho citizens’ rights under the Idaho Constitution, Article 1, Section 11. This Constitutional provision disallows confiscation of firearms except those actually used in commission of a felony, and disallows other restrictions on a lawful citizen’s right to own firearms and ammunition.” “

 

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Yolo County Concealed Weapons Law Overturned

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In the latest victory for firearms advocates, a federal appeals court has tossed out Yolo County’s policy requiring citizens to prove they face a threat of violence or robbery before they can get a concealed weapon permit.

  In an unpublished memorandum issued Wednesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a three-judge panel found Yolo County’s “policy impermissibly infringes on theSecond Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense.”

  The memorandum reversed a 2011 decision by a Sacramento federal judge who upheld the policy. His action, however, came nearly three years before a circuit opinion last month laying down definitive Second Amendment law in the nine Western states.

  Wednesday’s appellate ruling rests on that much broader February opinion in a similar lawsuit challenging San Diego County’s policy, which essentially found that county’s sheriff and other officials throughout the sprawling circuit cannot demand proof that a citizen has “good cause” before a concealed weapon permit can be obtained.”

 

 

This cannot help AG Kamala Harris in her request to appeal the Ninth circuit’s ruling …

 

 

” California Attorney General Kamala Harris already has appealed the 2-1 appellate decision in the San Diego County case, urging the court to reverse its ruling, arguing that local law enforcement officials must be allowed to determine who can carry a concealed weapon in their jurisdictions.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

     But of course in typical liberal fashion , she has the issue exactly backwards ; It’s not up to law enforcement to determine who is ALLOWED to possess/carry a gun , that is a birthright . No , all are entitled to the right to self-defense unless they have in some way proven that they do not deserve that right any longer and that is a determination to be made by the courts .  

     It is law enforcement’s job to see to it that those who have been found to have legally forfeited their right do not continue to prey on the honest citizenry . Police , in a free society , are by nature and design a strictly reactionary force , since as they remind us they have no obligation to protect us , and as such have no business being pro-active in denying the citizens their rights .

     The burden of proof lies with the accuser not the accused and as such our right are ours by our very nature of being and not based on which the authorities may choose to bestow . 

 

 

” Today’s ruling reinforces the Second Amendment’s application to state and local governments, and will help clear the way for more California citizens to exercise their right to bear arms,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “California officials have been put on notice that they can no longer treat the Second Amendment as a heavily regulated government privilege.”

 
 
 
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2nd Amendment Rally – April 5th

 

 

 

 

” So, the rally we’ve mentioned before is now only a month away. Time to kick things into high gear!

  On April 5, 2014, we’ll be gathering on the North side of the State Capitol Building at high noon to mark the first anniversary of the the signing of one of the most unconstitutional gun laws in the nation. Our keynote speaker will be noted gun rights activist and writer David Codrea. David has been featured in Guns and Ammo, Handguns, and Guns Magazine, where he writes the monthly “Rights Watch” column. He is also the National Gun Rights Examiner for Examiner.com, and writes the blog “The War on Guns”. He and Mike Vanderboegh (who spoke at our rally last year) were the ones that originally broke the story of Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious scandal.

  We’ll have other speakers yet to be announced, as well as some candidates who we are hoping will oust the gun grabbers in November with your help.”

When: April 5, 2014 from noon until 3pm
Where: Capitol Building, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06106

 

 

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      Here is a link to parking information around the State House , a link for directions , and a link to the Cross Sound ferry should any Long Islanders want to make the trip . Please attend if you are able . Connecticut has become the front line in the battle for our rights and liberties and they need all the support we can muster .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kamala Harris Uses Dirty Tactics To Get Peruta v. San Diego County Reversed

 

 

” Just when residents of San Diego thought they finally had won back the right to bear arms in the county, state politicians used dirty tactics to try to block it.

  Late Thursday, California State Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a petition on behalf of the state to ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review and reverse its decision in Peruta v. County of San Diego. That ruling two weeks ago said the county’s restrictive concealed carry permit laws that required “good cause” were unconstitutional.

  This comes just one week after San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said he would not seek en banc review and would start issuing permits based on self-defense once the appeals court decision was finalized.

  Ms. Harris wrote in the filing that the state should be allowed to intervene in the case because “this case draws into question the constitutionality of the State’s statutory scheme regulating the public carrying of firearms.” She added that the “existing parties will not adequately represent the State’s interests.”

  Chuck Michel is the west coast counsel for the National Rifle Association, which funded the lawsuit. He said Ms. Harris‘ motion to intervene was far out of line because her office wasn’t part of the lawsuit, despite repeated requests from both plaintiffs and Sheriff Gore to get involved. ” 

 

Emily Miller has more on Barack’s “best looking AG” trying to make her own laws instead of upholding the court’s decisions as is her purview .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/27/california-attorney-general-tries-overturn-gun-car/#ixzz2uiNoK2i0
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Open Carry Little Rock Arkansas

 

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” Taking on the task of educating the public in spite of a hostile media has fallen to Arkansas Carry,  a group that has been organizing marches featuring the open carry of arms to show that such is legal throughout the state.  Some local media are beginning to understand that the law actually says what it says.   From arkansasmatters.com:

LITTLE ROCK, AR- Saturday one of the many open carry walks being staged across the state went off without a hitch.

More than 100 gun toting Arkansans walked through down town Little Rock.”

 

These walks around the state stem from a dispute in the interpretation of Act 746 between law-abiding gun owners and the state’s anti-gun Attorney General Dustin McDaniel . The Baxter Bulletin offers this report …

 

 

” “I do not interpret Act 746 as authorizing so-called open carry,” McDaniel wrote in his legal opinion. “To the contrary, the journey exception applies only to ‘travel beyond the county in which a person lives’ — a narrow range of activities inconsistent with the concept of open carry.”

 

 

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” While Pendergrass — who, in this week’s developing major local story, has endorsed his right and that of employees with the Baxter County Road and Bridge Department to carry concealed weapons on the job — disagrees with McDaniel’s legal opinion, it is Mountain Home Police Chief Carry Manuel who may first have to deal with the question locally.”

 

 

The act itself reads in part :

 

 

” BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
 
 SECTION 1. Arkansas Code § 5-73-119(e), concerning defense to  prosecution for possession of a handgun in certain places, is amended to read as follows:

 (e) It is a defense to prosecution under It is permissible to carry a handgun under this section that if at the time of the act of possessing a handgun or firearm:

 (1) The person is in his or her own dwelling or place of business or on property in which he or she has a possessory or proprietary interest, except upon the property of a public or private institution of higher learning;

(2) The person is a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or member of the armed forces acting in the course and scope of his or her official duties;

 (3) The person is assisting a law enforcement officer,correctional officer, or member of the armed forces acting in the course and scope of his or her official duties pursuant to the direction or request of the law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or member of the armed forces; 

 (4) The person is a licensed registered commissioned security guard acting in the course and scope of his or her duties;

(5) The person is hunting game with a handgun or firearm that may be hunted with a handgun or firearm under the rules and regulations of the Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission or is en route to or from a hunting area for the purpose of hunting game with a handgun or firearm;

 (6) The person is a certified law enforcement officer;

 (7) The person is on a journey beyond the county in which the person lives, unless the person is eighteen (18) years of age or less;.

 (8) The person is participating in a certified hunting safety course sponsored by the commission or a firearm safety course recognized and approved by the commission or by a state or national nonprofit organization  qualified and experienced in firearm safety;

 (9) The person is participating in a school-approved educational course or sporting activity involving the use of firearms; or

(10) The person is a minor engaged in lawful marksmanship  competition or practice or other lawful recreational shooting under the supervision of his or her parent, legal guardian, or other person twenty-one (21) years of age or older standing in loco parentis or is traveling to or from this activity a lawful marksmanship competition or practice or other  lawful recreational shooting with an unloaded handgun or firearm accompanied by his or her parent, legal guardian, or other person twenty-one (21) years of age or older standing in loco parentis. “

 

    Readers may examine the bill and/or download it in it’s entirety here in PDF format and decide for themselves as to which interpretation is correct .

 

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Supreme Court Asked To Clarify What It Means To ‘Bear’ Arms

 

 

 

” You might think the question would be settled by now, but the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to opine on whether the Second Amendment right to “bear” arms for self-defense extends outside the home.

  We may soon get an answer. Lyle Denniston, writing for the Constitution Daily, reports about two gun rights cases that may get a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court. Both cases, dealing with restrictions on the ability of minors to possess weapons in public, hinge on the difference between the right to “keep” a gun and a right “bear” one. The National Rifle Association thinks the issue is ripe for Supreme Court review. The justices are expected to discuss the cases next week and may then decide whether to grant review.”

 

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Florida Sheriff Shuts Down Piers Morgan’s Gun Control Discussion During Interview

 

 

 

” Piers Morgan had the chance to interview the sheriff, Chris Nocco, of the county where a man was shot in a movie theater last week.

  Rather than just trying to get some information from Nocco on the crime, Morgan, of course, has to try to steer the discussion on to the topic of gun control.

  However, Nocco wasn’t having any of it. Nocco repeatedly reiterated the fact that the victim in this case was killed by another person, not a gun.

  Nocco went on to point out that, yes, some people are killed by gun violence, but there are just as many, or more, people who use firearms for self defense everyday (as we document on this website).

Nocco also pointed out that if guns are outlawed, criminals will still get them through illegal means.”

 

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See A Shrink, Lose Your Gun

 

 

” In an end-of-week “information dump” often resorted to by political leaders to publicly release information they would like overlooked, President Obama formally has launched his much-feared expansion of the use of mental health diagnoses to crack down on gun ownership.

  The Obama Department of Homeland Security already is on record casting aspersions on the mental ability of returning veterans, third-party candidate supporters and people with pro-life bumper stickers – calling them potential “right-wing extremists.” It was also caught, through the IRS, targeting conservative organizations that might be critical of Obama.

  So critics of the administration long have warned the move would come. On Friday, it did.

  Obama announced that his Department of Justice is proposing a rule change that would “clarify” that being committed to a mental institution – a key red flag under gun ownership rules – would include receiving nebulous “outpatient” services from a professional, such as a psychiatrist.”

 

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” An overwhelming seven in 10 Americans say they would feel safer living in a neighborhood where individuals could own a gun for self defense, the latest indication that support for comprehensive gun control is fading.

  Rasmussen Reports found that 68 percent of voters polled would feel safer in an armed neighborhood. Just 23 percent said they’d feel safer in “a neighborhood where nobody was allowed to own a gun.”

  The poll is the latest to show shrinking support for the type of gun control President Obama and Senate Democrats sought after the December 2012 slayings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The president has put gun control on his 2014 agenda, but few in Washington expect action.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beretta Passes On Building Factory In Va Over McAuliffe Gun Control Stance

 

 

 

” Until Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) was elected on November 5, Beretta USA had the Old Dominion on a short list of states in which it could build a new factory. 

The USA side of Beretta has been based in Maryland, but Governor Martin O’Malley’s (D) gun control push convinced them to move to a more gun-friendly climate. “

 

 

Beretta walks the walk … show your support .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Is The New York Times So Upset With GOA?

 

 

 

” Of special note, the magazine reports how one week after you received an important email alert from GOA in April, the key players on Capitol Hill who were trying to pull off a compromise “suddenly and without notice backed away from the background-checks bill.”

  This is not a new revelation for the news agency that supports greater firearm restrictions. On April 3 of this year, the New York Times said that “Gun Owners of America, with its war chest, membership and lobbying strength dwarfed by the National Rifle Association, is emerging as an influential force….

“ The group [GOA] has already been successful,” the Times says, “[in] freezing senators, particularly Republicans, who have appeared to be on the fence about supporting bills to expand background checks.”

  You can read Sunday’s article about GOA here and the April article here.

  As you can see from these media reports, your loud voice convinced Republicans (and key pro-gun lobbyists inside the Beltway) to back off of gun control compromises — and that has safeguarded our gun rights through a very intense battle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colleges Can’t Ban Guns, Rules Florida Court In Major 2nd Amendment Victory

 

 

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” The Florida appeals court ruling that the University of North Florida was violating state law when it prohibited a woman from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class will spill over to cities and counties statewide, an attorney said Wednesday.

  And it’s one of many nationwide where anti-gun activists are trying to do at the local level what they can’t do in the statehouse – restrict Second Amendment rights.

  Florida Carry Inc. and  Alexandria Lainez vs. the University of North Florida centered around Lainez’s ability to store a gun in her vehicle while attending classes at UNF so she would have available for self-defense while traveling to and from campus.

  Lainez is a young mother, Friday said, “and she takes seriously her responsibility to protect herself and her child.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive: After Westgate, Interpol Chief Ponders ‘Armed Citizenry’

” Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble said today the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the wake of last month’s deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya – and suggested an answer could be in arming civilians.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Noble said there are really only two choices for protecting open societies from attacks like the one on Westgate mall where so-called “soft targets” are hit: either create secure perimeters around the locations or allow civilians to carry their own guns to protect themselves.

“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem,” Noble said. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”

Noble’s comments came only moments after the official opening of the 82nd annual gathering of the Interpol’s governing body, the General Assembly. The session is being held in Cartagena, Colombia, and is being used to highlight strides over the last decade in Colombia’s battle against the notorious drug cartels that used to be the real power in the country.”

Great stuff , and here’s the money quote …

“Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?” Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. “What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.”

“For me it’s a profound question,” he continued. “People are quick to say ‘gun control, people shouldn’t be armed,’ etc., etc. I think they have to ask themselves: ‘Where would you have wanted to be? In a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you’re in a Westgate mall, or in a place like Denver or Texas?’”

   If only more “leaders” in positions of great responsibility would suffer such epiphanies society would be much improved .

‘Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire’ Now Available On-Demand

 

 

 

” “‘Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire’ is the first theatrical film to present the facts on gun control. Narrated by the legendary rapper Ice-T, this film gives an eye-opening perspective on the true intentions of gun control laws and the remarkable role gun ownership plays in public safety.”

This documentary, which got its start as a crowdsourced Kickstarter project, is now available through a handful of streaming and video-on-demand services, including iTunes, Amazon Prime, Xbox Live, Google Play, AT&T U-Verse, Dish Network and Charter On Demand.”

Is There Any Limit To Law Enforcement A**holes ?

 

 

” A Keystone resident is stripped of his carry permit and firearm, detained and issued a city citation for possession of cutting weapons on a highway.

“The officer did not have the legal right to confiscate my firearm.  He also had no grounds to revoke my license to carry firearms,” said Edward Yealey, a professional audio engineer and production manager.

Yealey  said Oct. 8 at or around 11:30 a.m., he was standing outside a diner owned by a friend on Philadelphia’s East York Street, when he was approached by a city police officer concerning the .45 caliber Glock 30 he was open carrying.

“Instantly I turned the camera on, I had my arms crossed, so the phone is up in a good location. I don’t think he noticed it at first,” he said.”

 

 

Read the whole article to get a grasp of how convoluted the gun laws are from one place to another .

 

 

” While Pennsylvania has a specific law that requires a License To Carry Firearms for the concealed carry of a firearm, and the carry of firearms in vehicles, the law is silent on the legality of openly carrying a firearm in other situations, making it de-facto legal.

There is however a law that requires a License To Carry Firearms to carry either way in “cities of the first class”, which as defined by law is only the city of Philadelphia.

  • No person shall carry a firearm, rifle or shotgun at any time upon the public streets or upon any public property in a city of the first class unless:
    • (1) such person is licensed to carry a firearm; or
    • (2) such person is exempt from licensing under section 6106(b) of this title (relating to firearms not to be carried without a license).

To summarize, open carry is legal in Pennsylvania without a License To Carry Firearms except in “cities of the first class” (Philadelphia) and vehicles where a License To Carry Firearms is required to do so.

With that said, we would like to point out that there is much debate among firearm owners about whether openly carrying firearms is really a good idea. While we will leave that choice to the individual we will state that in many urban areas (namely Philadelphia) doing so will draw unwanted attention from law enforcement that may include (but not be limited to) the following repercussions:

  1. Being stopped and questioned by law enforcement.
  2. Having your License To Carry Firearms seized and sent back for revocation.
  3. Being arrested either improperly or for other charges like disturbing the peace or creating a public nuisance.

While this may not happen should you choose to carry openly, many urban law enforcement officers we have talked to have expressed a very negative opinion towards the idea. Some have suggested that law enforcement will do everything in their power to make your life difficult should you choose to.”

 

 

   This post would seem to indicate that the officer that harassed Mr Yealey was in fact wrong about openly carrying in Philadelphia : Packing Heat? You Can Show it in Philadelphia . Here is an excerpt …

 

 

” A police officer spots a citizen on a crowded city street with a handgun proudly strapped to his hip. The officer draws his own gun, and asks the gentleman to kindly get on the ground (using slightly stronger language.) The man insists that he has the right to carry his gun openly. Who’s right?

  • Open carry legal in Philadelphia with concealed carry permit
  • Man suing city for civil rights violations after being detained for openly carrying
  • Laws vary by state; know before you strap on

 

Get on the Ground

Gun rights activist Mark Fiorino is suing the City of Philadelphia after an incident last year in which he was detained for 40 minutes by police for walking around in public with a pistol holstered on his hip, for all the world to see. The altercation, which was captured on audio tape, features an agitated police officer telling Fiorino he can’t open carry in the city, and Fiorino lecturing the officer that he can, too. Backup soon arrives  and Fiorino is made to lay down on the ground, but eventually the police concede that he is right, and send him on his way.

It wasn’t over, though — Fiorino posted his audio to Youtube, and police were annoyed enough to arrest him after the fact for disorderly conduct and recklessly endangering another person. Fiorino spent 16 hours in jail before posting bail and eventually being cleared. Last week, he filed a lawsuit in conjunction with the ACLU for civil rights violations.”

 

 

 

 

The audio recording of Fiorino’s confrontation (contains profanity)

 

 

 

   These “public servants” need a course in the law and in how to deal with the people that pay their salaries . The arrogance is astounding and goes a long way towards explaining the general lack of respect for authority in this country today . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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