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Gun-Friendly Texas Prepares To Roll Back Ban On Open Carry Of Firearms

 

 

 

 

 

” Long depicted as the capital of American gun culture, Texas is actually one of the few states to ban outright the open carrying of handguns.

  That could change in 2015, when the Republican-dominated state legislature and governor-elect Greg Abbott are expected to push for expanded gun rights.

“ If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for the state of Texas,” Abbott said the day after his election, last month.

  If Texas, which allows concealed handguns, embraces open carry – rolling back a 140-year ban – it would be the largest state to have done so.

  Open carry drew wide support in the 2014 statewide election, and at least six bills have been filed for the upcoming session, which starts in January. Abbott has pledged to sign one into law if sent to his desk.

  Coni Ross, a 63-year-old rancher in Blanco, carries a handgun in her purse for personal protection and said she would like the option to carry it openly on her belt if she could. She already does when she is on her ranch and feels comfortable with her gun by her side.

“ In one-and-a-half seconds, a man can run 25ft with a knife in his hands and stab you before you get your gun out,” Ross said. “If your weapon is concealed you’re dead.” “

 

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New Texas Governor Says He’ll Sign Open Carry Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Lone Star State’s new governor-elect, Greg Abbott (R), fresh from his landslide victory, promised that he would sign an open-carry bill into law if it reaches his desk.

  Abbott, former state attorney general, bested his Democratic opponent Wendy Davis this week and is slated to take office in 2015. A repeated promise he had made while campaigning for his new job in Austin would be to approve an open carry bill if given the opportunity.

“ Throughout the campaign I announced my support for open carry in Texas,” Abbott told the San Antonio Express-News.  “If an open carry bill is passed by the House and Senate and arrives at my desk I will sign it into law.”

  Citing that many states already have similar legislation enacted, his should not be an exception, saying, “If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for the state of Texas.”

  Since the 19th century, it has been illegal for Texans to carry modern handguns outside of their home, which was only modified in 1995 when the state adopted a concealed carry statute. This leaves lawful gun owners in the state who do not carry concealed with a permit the option of either arming themselves with a primitive black-powder handgun or a long arm such as a rifle or shotgun.”

 

Guns.com has the details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Gun Movement Runs Out Of Steam In 2014

 

 

 

 

 

” For gun policy watchers in 2014, the game has become a one-sided affair. Gun rights advocates continue to rack up political and legal victories, while the anti-gun movement “seems to have run out of steam entirely” says John Pierce, co-founder of OpenCarry.org, and a Virginia gun rights attorney specializing in ‘gun trusts’ and the restoration of gun rights under Virginia and federal law.

  2014 looked promising for gun rights from the ‘get-go’ when in February the Federal Ninth Circuit held that the Second Amendment does not permit states to require citizens to justify their need to carry guns. The Court struck down California’s “may issue” carry permit scheme, generally following the precedent set by the Seventh Circuit when it struck down the Illinois ban on carrying handguns in 2012.

  July 1st then brought clarity to open carry in Kansas when a law took effect to clearly preempt localities from banning open carry.

  And then on July 29th, Federal District Judge Frederick J. Sculin Jr. struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns in public. For several days thereafter, citizens legally carried handguns about the District without causing alarm or crime. Judge Sculin later stayed his ruling to allow the District time to enact a reasonable scheme of gun carry regulations. The District’s response so far has been to draft a draconian may-issue permitting scheme like the one struck down by the Ninth Circuit early this year, and, adding insult to injury, ban gun carriers access to public transportation, not even allowing gun owners to sit in the back of the bus.”

 

 

Read the whole Examiner piece for a rundown on the year’s gun rights victories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Host Lays Out Plan to Get “Open Carriers Killed!

 

 

 

” Radical left wing Atlanta based radio show host Mike Malloy has allegedly devised a plan to get lawful “open carriers” killed intentionally!

   Malloy stated, “I guess what I’ll do if I’m ever in that situation and I see one of these half-witted yahoos walking in with a weapon, high-caliber rifle like that, I’ll just put on a berserk act.I will just start screaming Gun! Gun! Gun! Watch out, everybody hit the deck! Guns! Guns! Everybody! And then dial 911 and I will say, shots fired, which will bring every g**-damned cop within 15 miles. And then the half-wits with the long guns are going to panic and they’re going to run out of the store and if that rifle isn’t shouldered properly, the cop is going to take a look at that and put a bullet right in their forehead.”

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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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Watch What Happens When A Pair Of Girls Open-Carry In A Walmart

 

 

Published on Sep 13, 2013

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” Four young ladies went for a quick bite to eat in Marshfield Missouri at a local Walmart. Two of them were open carrying not knowing they would be confronted by a Nazi-styled “show-me-your-papers” local police officer.

  Of course, they bring out the big guns for these gun-toting “girl-thugs.”

  To contact the Marshfield MO Walmart and express your concern (outrage) that they don’t allow their customers to be armed, but rather defenseless, the Manager is Timothy Slavens and the number is (417) 468-6116. For those in the area, the address is: 14740 State Hwy #38 Marshfield, MO 65706

  All Military and Law-enforcement, PLEASE check out http://www.oathkeepers.org

  This video is NOT intended to discredit law enforcement in ANY WAY. It is posted as a reminder that there are those it WITHIN that field who, by disregarding the “unalienable rights” of the people, bring the discredit. It is hoped that, by viewing videos like this, we can begin to educate those within and without government what the true message of liberty actually is.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio Man Illegally Arrested For Open Carry Sparks $3M Lawsuit

 

 

 

 

 

” An Ohio man has slapped local government with a $3.6 million lawsuit after policemen allegedly violated his Constitutional rights. Police detained Ray Call and confiscated his weapon because he openly carried his firearm into a store.

According to reports, Call entered a store late one night with his gun openly on display. The authorities were alerted, and fairly soon two policemen arrived on the scene. The police officers held Call in the back of the police car, took his weapon, and demanded that he identify himself.

It appears that Call has a solid case. Police cannot detain citizens and demand identification with no good reason. Call was well within his rights and Ohio laws clearly backed him up. Police could not have taken action against Call unless it appeared that he was about to commit a crime, and the mere presence of a firearm does not constitute suspicion.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This site is owned by Steve Aikens and Gary Slider. We firmly believe in the Second Amendment, Concealed Carry and the fact that we have both a right and responsibility to take a pro-active position in our personal defense. Unfortunately, we recognize there are so many variances in our state to state laws, the average individual may have difficulty keeping up with those laws well enough to prevent them from breaking the law, especially as they travel. Since we have the ability to research those laws and create an informative Concealed Carry specific site, we have done so.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Love This Cop. Best Open Carry Stop Ever

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” I Love This Cop. Best Open carry Stop Ever .We meet up with Warren from Markedguardian and decide to take a stroll. 

   The  purpose of this video was to test the police atmosphere around firearms
for not only legal, but personal views. This police officer shows both,
and we later thanked him and the station.

We needed to test the area
because we were going to host the Patriot Party, which was an armed get
together at a park, which went very well.

With great police like this, aren’t you jealous of our police force?

At last a Cop that knows his job,the statutes of limitation and the Constitution.”

 

 

 

[Video] Law Student Open Carrying Teaches Uninformed Officer a Few Things About Rights

 

Portland Me Law Stud Schools Cop

 

” In the below video a Portland, ME law student teaches a local police officer a few things about rights.

The officer illegally stops the man, seizes his firearm, sweeps him with the loaded gun in the process, and refuses to return his gun for almost three minutes until his supervisor shows up and immediately says the student is free to go.

For those that aren’t aware, courts have ruled that the mere presence of a gun is not enough of a reason to stop and detain someone.”

By Staying Neutral In The Battle Over Gun Control Is Starbucks Pro-Gun By Default? (VIDEO)

 

 

 

” On Friday, it was “Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day” all across Virginia, according to gun rights activist Ed Levine, the founder of Virginia Open Carry.

Unlike some of its competitors, Peet’s Coffee for example, that have posted “No Guns Allowed” signs in states that permit law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for self-defense outside the home, Starbucks has made the conscious decision to remain apolitical, to simply follow local laws.

To Starbucks credit, gun control advocates have not made it easy for them to remain neutral.  On several occasions, organizations like The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence have made Starbucks the target of a national boycott.

In fact, as reported by the CS Monitor, efforts to boycott Starbucks are still ongoing, the latest is being led by the National Gun Victims Action Council, a Chicago-based pro-gun control organization.”

Another Small Victory ….

As I’ve said before , “good for them, good for us “

“Oklahoma will become the 25th state to allow the open carrying of handguns. Gov. Mary Fallin
signed into law Tuesday a measure that allows Oklahomans to openly carry handguns. The measure, Senate Bill 1733, allows those who are licensed to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act a choice: to openly carry a
weapon or conceal it.”

You have to love a Governor that can say this :

“As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and a gun owner myself, I’m happy to sign this bill into law and grant law-abiding citizens the ability to openly carry firearms,”

HT/Instapundit