Open Carry groups ask their members to stop carrying longarms into private businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Come and Take It Texas, Texas Carry, Gun Rights Across America and Open
Carry Texas Joint Statement on OC of Long Arms

May 21, 2014
Over the past year, our members have done what no other organization has been able to do – put open carry at the forefront of the fight to restore gun rights for all Texans. As we have grown, we have had to adjust our efforts based on lessons learned through hundreds of open carry events, big and small.

Looking back, it has become clear that there is one area in which we have gotten the most resistance and suffered the largest setbacks: open carry of long arms into private businesses. This is not a new phenomenon. Early on, because of our efforts, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) sent a message to all TABC licensees warning them about allowing our members to open carry into their businesses. This resulted in places like Smashburger asking us to leave our guns at home. Since then, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, Applebees and most recently, Chipotle have come out asking we not carry our firearms into their establishments.

Whereas, our mission is to get open carry of handguns passed in Texas, we must once again adjust in a way that shines a positive light on our efforts, our members, and our respective organizations. We have decided the prudent path, to further our goals, is to immediately cease taking long guns into corporate businesses unless invited.

Black Powder revolvers have proven to be very effective and align with our goal of
legalizing open carry with a handgun. We do understand that not everyone will be able to afford one, but if you can, we are requesting you do so. Almost every leader has gone to Black powder for a reason. It works.

For all further open carry walks with long guns, we are adopting the following unified protocol and general policy to best ensure meeting our respective legislative mission to legalize open carry:
1) Always notify local law enforcement prior to the walk, especially the day of
2) Carry Flags and signs during your walk to increase awareness
3) Carry the long gun on a sling, not held
4) Do not go into corporate businesses without prior permission, preferably not at all
5) If asked to leave, do so quietly and do not make it a problem
6) Do not post pics publicly if you do get permission and are able to OC in a cooperate(sic) business
7) Do not go into businesses with TABC signs posted with a long gun (Ever)
8) If at all possible, keep to local small businesses that are 2A friendly

We ask that members take a step back and make an objective assessment of what we are trying to accomplish and help us to get open carry passed for everyone. We must be willing and able to recognize what works and what doesn’t, but we need your help to make these efforts a success. It will be very difficult to spin holstered, black powder revolvers into a negative story. This is the goal we are currently striving for, open carry of handguns. We know everyone is working hard for this cause. It is simply time to focus on what has been proven to work. The conversation has shifted from open carry of handguns to rifles in businesses, negating our efforts and distracting us from our mission.
We are winning. Because we are winning, we have come under increased scrutiny by media and politicians. Let’s use that spotlight and make the most positive impact we can!

Carry on!

C.J. Grisham
Open Carry Texas

Terry Holcomb Sr.
Texas Carry

Murdoch Pizgotti
CATI-TX

Eric Reed
GRAA

Detroit woman wounded in shootout with would-be robbers | News – Home

“If I wouldn’t have had my gun I would be dead today,” she said.

It was late Saturday night when she arrived home after working a double shift. She saw two men moving closer to her as she was about to get out of her car. Before she got out, she put her .45 caliber handgun in her pocket.

“He said, ‘Don’t pull it,’ and he shot immediately,'” said Ainsworth.She was hit three times in the side and once in the hand. It was not her shooting hand.

“I said, ‘You mother (expletive),’ and pulled out my gun and started shooting. One, he was right in the middle of the street. The other one was right here on the side of the street,” she said.

via Detroit woman wounded in shootout with would-be robbers | News – Home.

Thanks to “The Well Armed Woman” for posting this on Facebook. Paris Ainsworth apparently isn’t foolish enough to follow advice from the likes of Joe Biden, The President, or Michael Bloomberg. By the sound of it, she never even got the chance to comply with her attacker’s request before he started shooting her. Even after being wounded, she stayed in the fight and returned fire.

Folks, THIS is why continue to advocate an armed citizenry. You will not be given a chance to call 911 BEFORE a problem arises. Chances are, like Paris, you will have the rest of your life to solve that problem once the fecal matter hits the spinning impeller. Deal with it.

-GM

Well that didn’t take long…Chicago has it’s first concealed carry permit arrest.

The state police have revoked O’Connell’s permit based on a provision of the concealed carry law that says permit holders can’t be the subject of a “proceeding for an offense or action that could lead to disqualification to own or possess a firearm,” said Monique Bond, a spokeswoman for the agency.

via NW Side man is first concealed carry permit holder arrested in Chicago – Chicago Sun-Times.

 

As much as I hated Chicago’s gun laws, this does us no favors and as expected, the mainstream media is all over it.  It would be interesting to know why Mr. O’Connell felt the need to pull a gun in a dispute over rent money. There may be more to it. I hope there’s more to it. There really needs to be more to it. Otherwise, Mr. O’Connell is living proof that for every stupid rule/law, there was some idiot who made it necessary.

-GM

Off-duty Houston firefighter shot dead by neighbor – CBS News

“No one did anything wrong. It was just a confluence of events that provoked a tragedy,” 0Parker said. “My understanding is that the firefighter, off-duty, had been out. He did what he was supposed to do: He took a cab ride home, got dropped off in the wrong place and wasn’t aware of it. [He] tried to get into what he thought was his house and was tragically shot.”

via Off-duty Houston firefighter shot dead by neighbor – CBS News.

 

I’m actually rather impressed that Houston’s mayor, or any liberal Democrat, is actually capable of taking this stance on such things. Of course, they nearly all make exceptions when it’s actually their own home. Anyone else needs to be a good victim.

All the political BS aside, it is indeed a tragedy.  There will be those who scream “murder!” because they believe she should have called 911 and waited until he was in her home and sobered up to do anything about it. After all, he didn’t mean to harm anyone one.  But, how many home invasions, robberies, rapes, and murders start under seemingly identical circumstances for the poor woman whose home he tried to enter? Is she supposed to assume all the risks and just see what happens once he’s in?

GM

Long Island Man Facing Manslaughter Charge For Shooting, Killing Alleged Armed Burglar « CBS New York

“The DA’s office indicated they didn’t think it was necessarily clear that a shot was fired, but you can actually see a flash and see the gun pull back after he pulls the trigger,” said defense attorney Anthony Rutkowski.

via LI Man Facing Manslaughter Charge For Shooting, Killing Alleged Armed Burglar « CBS New York.

[sarcasm] Way to go New York! Keeping citizens in line by prosecuting them for self-defense. [/sarcasm] What’s really interesting is these folks have video of break-in that shows what looks like a gun shot from the suspect’s gun. But, prosecutors maintain that they didn’t find any bullets and they think the guy was shot while running away. I am glad I live in Texas.

-GM