Tuesday, April 25, 2017

COC (Concealed Open Carry) - A Florida Protest! © 2017 Phillip Evans


COC, "Concealed Open Carry", is a quiet and peaceful First Amendment Protest, and it's coming to Florida. 

It's a manner of firearms carry that can legally be exercised by any citizen who possesses a weapons carry license issued by Florida or issued by any other state that is recognized by the state of Florida as a reciprocal state.

How Does One Do COC?

It can be something as simple as wearing a t-shirt in a public park or at any other publicly owned property * or building where licensed firearms carry is legal, which states: "Lawfully Armed".


Or wearing your spare ammo carrier or pouch openly. Or wearing Paul Schaller's "pistol dust cover" (pictured below on the left) over your outside-the-waistband holster and pistol. Or openly wearing any holster which fully covers your handgun - all of these things are legal in all places where concealed carry is legal, under current state law.


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All of the above activities are also legal on private property, but you have to leave private property if asked, or risk being arrested for armed trespass, a felony.

Why Do COC?

Because once again, Florida (with a Republican majority in both state houses and a Republican Governor) has failed to restore the right of open carry of sidearms that citizens in 45 other states enjoy.

"Republican" turncoat and traitor, Senator Anitere Flores, the Senate President Pro Tempore in the Florida state legislature turned against almost two million licensed-to-carry citizens (after begging the NRA for a good rating in a personal letter when running for reelection), and used her position on the Senate Judiciary Committee to keep SB 644 (Open Carry) blocked in committee to keep it from a full vote in the Senate.

So far, she has not been over-ruled by Senate President Joe Negron (as he has the power to do, who is A+ rated by the NRA) in her decision to oppose this and other pro-liberty bills that would also legalize campus carry and airport carry (in non-sterile areas).


And Senator Greg Steube (good man and patriot), who sponsored those pro-freedom bills has not yet publicly called out Sen. Negron on his dereliction of duty, nor scheduled any hearings for the bills in his own committee.

Here we have tyranny and a defeatist attitude working together to again deny us the restoration of our rights. Typical for Florida these days.

But citizen patriots are starting to wake up, and we have a plan. If Florida politicians don't get it into gear this session, there will be some embarrassment for them until they get settled into their next legislative session.

Up to this point meek, mild, implorative petitions to have our Constitutional Rights honored and restored have so far fallen on the unconcerned ears of Republican state politicians who enjoy high ratings from the NRA, but who are loath to do anything substantial to actually earn their good grades.


Yes, we have had a precious few true friends from time to time in the Florida Legislature working to restore our basic self-defense firearms carry rights. As mentioned earlier, Senator Greg Steube is one such patriot and friend.

But the animosity runs so deep against licensed-to-carry citizens, that even Senator Steube (he should be raising Cain and publicly calling out Senator Negron) has fallen prey to some degree to a defeatist attitude. How deep, might you ask?

In Florida, you can be fined and jailed for not covering over your holstered pistol, even if you have submitted an application, paid the government fee (poll tax), passed the background checks, taken an approved training course, have been finger-printed and photographed, and finally issued a weapons carry license by the state.

And this infringement has been going on since 1987, when Democrat Janet Reno rallied the antis to make peaceful open carry a criminal act. That's a lot of deep.

After jumping through all the hoops Florida forces you to jump through in order to exercise your Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms as guaranteed by the Supreme Law of the Land, the U.S. Constitution, you have to keep your firearm HIDDEN under clothes or in a fanny pack or purse, or ELSE! The else is the threat of armed and badged agents of the government putting you in handcuffs and stuffing you into a patrol car for a free ride to jail, rudely interrupting your day.

The shame to Florida is that wearing a holstered pistol in broad daylight (or nighttime) uncovered in public is legal in 45 other states, with about 30 of those states not even requiring a carry license!

That's so sweet of Florida to protect people from themselves. If only licensed-to-carry citizens were responsible, law-abiding adults, Florida would not have to treat them like children who cannot handle that much freedom (have I laid on the sarcasm thick enough here?).


People will wonder if there is any real difference whether you see someone's handgun or not, as long as you clearly know the person is armed.

The public will know at that point that Florida having a general ban on carrying a holstered pistol openly is like someone loudly "whispering" a secret. What will be the point of the secrecy? Just because the government says it should be that way?

COC is likely to garner more attention than actual open carry, because it is a manner of carry that is a little unusual, in that people usually either carry concealed with no indication they are armed, or they carry openly.

But this quiet, non-confrontational protest is precisely what we need to demand our rights back. The reason to carry in a COC manner in the first place is because Florida is an unusual state. It's firearms carry laws are strange.

You see, in Florida, open carry of handguns is no legal trouble at all if you do so while fishing, hunting, target shooting, or camping - or directly going to or from those activities, WITH NO CARRY LICENSE REQUIRED!

To put a licensed-to-carry mother or father in jail for not covering their holstered pistol in any other circumstance, such as when walking on a trail in a park or down the street, after jumping through all the hoops to receive a carry license is immoral, especially in light of Second Amendment protections against such abuse.

Licensed-to-carry citizens in Florida have been proven to be six times less likely to commit crime than law enforcement. Why should law-abiding citizens be barred from publicly exercising their right to be armed?

Why does Florida have to be the odd-ball among supposedly liberty-loving Southern states?

South Carolina is the only other Southern state to generally ban open carry of handguns, but it looks like their H.3930 bill is on the way to success, having recently passed their House, which will legalize open carry for them if it becomes law.

To Florida I say: Remove the infringements and let citizens carry as they choose - concealed or openly. Liberty Demands It!

At the very least, RINO politicians need to stop pretending they support our rights while they maneuver to backstab us. At least be honest about it like the Democrats who oppose our freedoms.

So far, their excuse has been tourist dollars, but where are the tourists going to go when Florida removes criminal penalties for open carry, to the 45 other states where open carry is legal now?

I routinely open carry in Georgia, in the Metro Atlanta area no less, where tourists abound, with no issues. Even during crowded festivals. The tourism argument measured against our rights is like weighing a feather against a brick.

The good news is that FloridaCarry.org, of which I am a member, has now endorsed COC as a valid means of exercising our First Amendment Rights along with our Second Amendment Rights. Folks, this means the kid gloves are off! The politicians will now know we mean serious business.

Certainly, those of us who COC will use our freedom of speech to speak with a voice loud enough to finally be heard. Here's to victory!


The advantage of COC style carry in and on public property (unless courthouse, school, etc.) is that you cannot be trespassed for being armed and peacefully advertising that fact, due to the protections of firearm state law preemption, and the First Amendment.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Florida Tourism Dollars Trumps Open Carry Rights © 2017 Phillip Evans

4.9 Billion Dollars - Florida state tax revenue for 2014 with 98.9 million visitors.

In 2015, there were 105 million visitors, which translates to 5.2 Billion Dollars in state tax revenue if spending still averaged the same for each person.

Folks, we are talking BIG Tourist Bucks!

Photo by Pat Williams

When Florida Governor Rick Scott said he would sign a bill legalizing the open carry of holstered pistols by licensed-to-carry citizens, he surely had those dollar signs in his eyes making sure there would never be a bill to sign.

How do I know this? Virtually every bill he has wanted passed, the Governor has worked with the Florida Legislature to get it done, or at least strongly signaled to them to get it done.

Time after time, open carry bills have failed in Senate committees - at the hands of Diaz de la Portilla (backed up by Senate President Andy Gardiner) in 2016, and Sen. Anitere Flores (backed up so far by Senate President 
Joe Negron) this year, and others in prior years, and the Governor has never opened his mouth and made one peep about it. 

Not one single word that I've seen anywhere. Why?

Too many other things on his mind to focus just a little time on repairing the damage done in 1987?

To him, things are going as planned. I believe he has either explicitly told Senate leadership to keep those bills off his desk, or he has subtly signaled it by other means, at least by his silence and contentment at what has been happening year after year.

To the Governor, our Second Amendment Rights are NOT A PRIORITY, or he would have said something, anything about the pro-liberty gun carry bills being continually shot down in the Senate.

For some reason, the vast majority of Senate Republicans in Florida seem to feel the same way. Patriot Senator Greg Steube is certainly an exception, and maybe a small handful of others, if that.

This majority of Republicans proclaim their love of liberty, but in reality too much liberty gives them a stomach ache. Their appetite for liberty goes only so far, and no more.

Even now with a U.S. President who promised, "No more gun-free zones", they STILL can't muster the courage to restore the Second Amendment Right of open carry, even for vetted and licensed-to-carry citizens!

Think about it - were most guns so small as to be easily concealable when the Second Amendment was written, especially with the outfits that were worn then? At that time it was considered sneaky to only carry concealed firearms. 

The Founding Fathers understood "bear arms" to obviously mean primarily out in the open. And although Federal Courts have ruled there is no Second Amendment Right to carry concealed firearms, they have ruled that the right applies to openly carried arms. 

Although I disagree that concealed firearms do not enjoy Second Amendment protections, at least the courts have understood that open carry is a manner of carry clearly under the protection of the Second Amendment

However, the Florida Supreme Court disagrees! Let's hope the U.S. Supreme Court slaps that ill-informed decision down. But that could take years, unfortunately.

Janet Reno orchestrated the open carry ban in 1987 in Florida. Why are these Republicans who give us lip service about Second Amendment Rights so enamored with her legacy? She's dead now, and it's high time her infringement legacy died as well.

We might not get open carry this year, but until we do, we can put a thumb in the eye of backstabbing politicians by using our First Amendment Rights to peacefully show we are lawfully armed with a firearm in public, even though we have to cover the hardware itself with a piece of cloth.

Does anyone with a modicum of common sense believe that tourists will avoid Florida if open carry is legalized, only to go to 45 other states where open carry is legal now?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Florida: Hiding Your Gun In The Open © 2017 Phillip Evans

"Liberty loving" Republicans in Florida get A+ ratings from the NRA, and talk a good game of supporting our Second Amendment Rights.

But for some reason they can't seem to stomach something so mild as to allow licensed-to-carry citizens to carry their holstered pistols uncovered without facing fines and jail, and a criminal record.

Right now, open carry, campus carry, and airport carry bills are languishing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, supposedly dead for the year, once again, because Republican leadership in the Senate is giving timid RINOs the political cover to avoid taking a public vote on these bills.

Turncoat Republican Senator Anitere Flores so far is not being over-ruled by her boss, Senate President Joe Negron (die-hard "supporter" of the Second Amendment), who has the authority to bring the bills to the floor for a full and honest vote, in spite of the committee. So much for their "support" of liberty.



So we are going to protest in a peaceful and open manner to help educate the public that open carry will not be the panic inducer that the antis make it out to be. After all, 45 other states have licensed or unlicensed open carry of handguns. And plenty of Florida tourists live in those states. Plenty of foreign tourists also visit those 45 states in spite of legal open 
carry.

If you want to carry openly in Florida, under current law, it is permitted only if fishing, camping, hunting, or shooting, or going to or from those activities.


So the next best thing is to wear a dust cover on your gun hiding it from view, satisfying the concealment requirement of the law, but not hiding the fact you are armed, as a graphic print of a pistol is on the cover leaving no doubt what it is for.

What a great way to use our First Amendment Rights to get around Florida's infringement of our Second Amendment Rights!

So far, it looks like law-enforcement understands that this product is legal.

Click here if you'd like to order one for yourself or a friend.

From the product's creator:

"The '2nd Amendment Dust Cover' was created from the idea of getting into the public eye information about concealed carry and how it relates to the Florida 790 statute.  This medium allows me to express my views on how the current Florida 790 statute relates to Florida's over 2 million licensed, concealed carriers.

The "2nd Amendment Dust Cover" has an image on it of a firearm in a holster. This allows those around you to know that you are carrying. This is the prelude to open carry and will hopefully ease any tensions with people when and if open carry is passed in Florida. The cover is created of a cloth material that when used correctly, will cover the firearm completely thus complying with the Florida 790 statute."

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO PROTEST! CLICK HERE!

Breaking News as of 04/24/2017 - It appears as though Paul's "dust cover" or as one commenter stated, "Cheetos cover" is starting to go viral.

Unfortunately, many who are supposedly pro-gun rights are denigrating the product on a tactical basis or a looks basis.

For those who are, you are MISSING THE POINT. We'd rather not wear these things, and yes, they do look silly. But the fact is, they are a means to an end. They are meant to show tourists and the general public in Florida that we want to carry openly in a normal fashion, but since 1987 that will get us arrested, jailed, and fined.


So at least keep talking about it to help spread the word, and maybe one day we will all have the CHOICE to carry openly or concealed as liberty dictates.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Florida Open Carry: A Thumb In The Eye! © 2017 Phillip Evans

Tourism Dollars: The number one reason Florida Republicans REFUSE to recognize our Constitutional Right to peacefully carry our holstered sidearms in public openly.


Don't tell me that Governor Rick Scott isn't in on it. If he truly wanted open carry legalized, he would have told the Legislature to get it done, and it would have happened by now. But he has tourist dollars dancing in his eyes.

If we licensed-to-carry citizens don't hide our pistols underneath a shirt or coat, or in a fanny-pack or purse, we get arrested, fined, and jailed - and a permanent criminal record, while the criminals who hide theirs until they are ready to use them get no penalties at all, unless they get caught.

When you have about 32 or so states that allow open carry of pistols WITHOUT a license required, the UNFAIRNESS tends to stick in one's craw.

When all but about five states allow open carry of pistols whether with or without a license, one wonders what is wrong with Florida.

It's that tourism thing, I'm pretty sure. Democrats and RINOs both have said so openly.

Where are those tourists coming from to Florida? From those 45 other states where open carry is legal. And don't get me started with foreign tourists. I've carried around thousands of them in Georgia at crowded parks with no issues. No one ran and screamed, and no one posted on the Internet that they will never return to Georgia because they saw a holstered pistol on someone's hip who wasn't wearing a shiny badge.

So here's the plan: Stick a big fat thumb in the eye of lip-service politicians who pretend to support our Second Amendment Rights, but who refuse to actually do it.

While legally concealing your pistol, wear t-shirts with the free graphic images below that I created (I did not create the pistol portion of the graphic - it was free also, but I did improve it a little).

Embarrass the politicians! Wear these on publicly owned property such as at city and county parks and beaches where you cannot be ejected or trespassed merely for being armed, due to Florida's state preemption law on firearms - especially during large public events. 






You will need to convert these graphics to PNG format and add transparency, but that is easy with free graphics programs such as Gimp and Inkscape.

You can then print them out on iron-on paper and put them on your own t-shirts, or you can upload the files to Zazzle and order your t-shirts from them.

Share the link to this blog post all over Facebook, Internet forums, Blogs, and email these images to all your family and friends that would like to see open carry legalized in Florida!

Also, email these images to TV News and Internet News Sites to let them know that we will use these as a means of peaceful protest whenever we can.

Hopefully, these images will give you some ideas to make your own!

Monday, March 27, 2017

1st Amendment: Open Carry Protests! © Phillip Evans

Florida and South Carolina have a general ban on the open carry of pistols. A few exceptions allow the open carry of handguns such as while hunting or fishing. 

But wear a peacefully holstered, unhidden pistol on your hip walking down a public road, or into a Walmart, and you get cuffed, stuffed, and jailed by the police, thanks to those Republican politicians that "value" liberty.



However, they can NEVER prevent your exercise of your First Amendment Rights! Well, they could after they'd thoroughly destroyed the Second Amendment, but I digress.

I created this graphic using a free pic of a Beretta pistol (after improving the pistol somewhat). It is free to use for your personal use to put on t-shirts, hats, etc. 

It's the next best thing to Open Carry!

You may need to convert it to PNG format and change the white background to transparent. That's easy with free graphics programs out there.

I also put it as a direct PNG download at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FLopencarry/ where I'm a member. If you join this Facebook group, you will have access to download the file. Please also consider joining FloridaCarry.org and SouthCarolinaCarry.org as paid members if you are in those states, or even if not.

The goal is to embarrass lawmakers into seeing the stupidity of their laws that force us to hide our sidearms under pain of jail and fines, EVEN IF LICENSED TO CARRY!!!

For crying out loud, it's a Constitutional Right! Can anyone name ANY OTHER right that must be practiced in SECRET???

Some believe open carry deters crime. It certainly doesn't make it worse, as 45 states have made it legal, some with a license, and some with no license at all needed, such as Alabama and North Carolina.

Download and share this graphic on Facebook, email it to your friends, post it on Internet forums, etc. Make this graphic go viral! I get no money from it.

EMAIL and CALL your lawmakers in Florida and South Carolina and tell them you are going to do wear this message until they RESTORE YOUR LIBERTY!


Tell them you are TIRED of your Second Amendment Rights being treated like a SECOND CLASS right!

Time to lawfully PROTEST!!! It got Texas open carry of handguns!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Florida Senator Anitere Flores - How A Traitor Makes Empty Excuses © Phillip Evans

Today, I posted the following on Senator Flores' Facebook page (with minor edits here to correct grammar and spelling):


Senator Flores,

Three weeks AFTER the Orlando Pulse shooting, you wrote NRA's Marion Hammer essentially begging for a good NRA Rating and support for your 2016 election. 

And then later you turn around and used that tragic mass shooting as the excuse for you flipping a 180 to turn against our Constitutional Rights. Your traitorous, backstabbing reversal of what you wrote below constitutes a violation of your oath to defend and uphold the U.S. Constitution.

Sounds like you want to pick up some Democrat voters when you run for Mayor of Miami.

Senate President Joe Negron had to have known in advance that you were planning to oppose open carry, campus carry, and airport carry - and used you as a convenient tool to give cover to timid RINO Senators that merely want to give lip service to our rights, but no public votes on bills that restore them. 

He thinks you'll take all the heat, but I will educate people that he is ultimately to blame if he does not overrule you, as he has the power to do. 

It looks like he wants to be forever linked with a traitor, thus becoming one himself. His loyalty to you in supporting your flip-flop sure looks greater than his loyalty to those who desire liberty.

The ultimate head of this monstrosity is Governor Rick Scott, who has no desire to see Senator Greg Steube's pro-carry rights bills on his desk, even though he hypocritically promised to sign them if they got there. Senator Negron is doing the Governor's bidding to make sure those bills die in committee, or that the clock runs out on them.

I know the game you all are playing to derail Senator Steube's pro-freedom, self-defense bills, that once again denies citizens their Constitutional Rights.

“I have always been and will continue to be a fierce defender of our constitutional rights, the Second Amendment, in particular, guarantees a fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms that government has no right to infringe upon. During my years in public service, my record shows that I have acted in accordance with these beliefs and values. It is with that in mind that I humbly seek to be re-elected into the Florida Senate so that I may continue to be a strong advocate for our rights in Tallahassee.” - Anitere Flores, in a July 6th, 2016 letter to NRA Executive Director Marion Hammer where she asked the NRA for its enforcement and support for her 2016 Election. (emphasis mine)


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You think that putting people in JAIL for peacefully wearing a visible, holstered pistol in public, even though they are licensed to carry, MIGHT be a government INFRINGEMENT, Ms. Flores? How about you, Senate President Joe Negron?
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Here is a link for a terrific article by Cuban American Luis Valdes, along with a comment I posted on the article at Ammoland:

Excellent article, Luis Valdes! You laid out all the points just right.

One thing we cannot forget is that Senate President Joe Negron has the authority to overrule her and put Senator Steube's pro-liberty, self-defense bills directly on the Senate floor for an honest, full up or down vote.

I fear that just like the last Senate President (Andy Gardiner), he has his marching orders from the RINOs in the Senate (as well as Gov. Rick Scott), to keep bills like that from getting a full vote and moving forward.

The timid RINOs only want to give us lip service, but not actually restore our open carry rights. Tourism is always the excuse. To them, dollars are more important than the right of The People to carry their arms in the way they best see fit to protect themselves and their loved ones.

People should be flooding Sen. Negron's email and phones to demand that he not let the same "FIX" happen again this year. If he does, we will not forget it! And we will visibly and vocally protest!
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One can only hope that Senator Negron will do the right thing and prove me wrong. I'll be glad to apologize for doubting him if that happens. That means open carry, campus carry, and airport carry undiluted and on the Senate floor for a full up or down vote this session.

Monday, March 20, 2017

South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida Gun Rights Push © 2017 Phillip Evans

Here are some recent posts of mine and quotes by others on Facebook and other places compiled here for your enjoyment!


Graphic by Kaz Vorpal
(While I wouldn't exactly say it causes "gun violence", it sure makes for more victims for armed criminals)


South Carolina has the WORST gun carry laws on the books in the South. (H.3930 and H.3700 are trying to correct some, but not all of this)


1. No open carry (unless hunting or fishing), or you get put in JAIL - even if licensed to carry. 

Forty-five other states don't do that to open carriers (though some states require a license to carry openly, but at least there is no outright general ban). 

2. You must take government mandated training in SC to get your carry license. The expense of training, time off work, and the cost of the license together means some people are just excluded from exercising their human right of self-defense in public. Too bad for them, huh? 

3. ALL public buildings are off-limits to handgun carry, even if licensed - under pain of a FELONY charge. That means even unguarded public libraries, museums, theaters, buildings in parks, buildings in zoos. etc. - if government owned, BEWARE! 

The South Carolina Legislature has made it a practice for YEARS to stomp on the Second Amendment Right of The People. The People have had ENOUGH! Throw the RINOs out of office and get men and women in there that are REAL Americans! Those that merely give lip service to our rights are like a smiling traitor with a knife behind their back. They begrudgingly vote to give us crumbs, but bills that restore too much liberty are blocked with political games.

I think those good ol' RINO boys are still enamored with Jim Crow. They don't want regular citizens, especially Black citizens carrying guns in public openly, or without a license.

That's the very SAME reason ALL public buildings are off-limits in SC, under pain of a FELONY, even if licensed to carry. They don't trust Blacks carrying a pistol into government owned library, park building, theater, etc.

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Regarding HB 280, Campus Carry in Georgia:

http://savannahnow.com/opinion/letters/2017-03-19/letters-editor-monday

"Residents of Virginia, Colorado, and Texas have all experienced the horror of mass shootings on college campuses in their states. Surely we don’t want to add Georgia to this list...Let’s be sensible about this in Georgia. Don’t make guns legal on campuses that don’t want them to be carried there. Keep college a sanctuary for learning." - Lynne Gilfillan, Savannah, GA.

Lynne Gilfillan, do you not realize that all the places you listed where mass shootings occurred at college campuses were places where students were disarmed by the government and unable to fight back against their attackers?

Now please explain to me how disarming adult college students kept ANYONE safe at those times. With campus carry, adult students 21 and over who have a license to carry will have a fighting chance to SAVE their lives and the lives of others.

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Is there any other right in the Bill of Rights where a citizen must purchase a license first, in order to exercise it?

But GUNS!!! Aaaaah!

Sheeple need to focus their fear of weapons on criminals, not good guys who carry weapons. Folks, criminals don't apply for a license to carry. Why should a law-abiding citizen who carries a concealed firearm or any other personal self-defense weapon be feared?

Under SB24 (bill in the Alabama Legislature), criminal acts using weapons will still be criminal acts. But sheep have a hard time thinking rationally when they're terrified of even touching a firearm.

Politicians should stop enabling the fears of irrational people. But votes, you know. Apparently, that's a disease that is well represented in the Republican party, not just the Democrat party.
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Looks like the only path to get the bills to an honest vote in the full Florida Senate is for Senate President Joe Negron to get control of the situation.

He can place the bills (campus carry, open carry, airport carry in non-sterile areas) in other, more favorable committees, or just yank them out of committee and put them on the floor for a vote.

He supposedly supports our Second Amendment Rights. We'll know by the end of this session if it was merely lip service from another RINO, or if he is a real patriot who did the right thing.

Senator Greg Steube has done his part, and I thank him. At this point I can see nothing more he can do, other than to maybe start publicly calling out Senator Negron on this. Perhaps he is hopeful Negron will do the right thing.

What is Senator Joe Negron waiting for? The outcome will now be squarely on his shoulders. Is Senate Pro Tempore Anitere Flores too much of a friend and ally for Negron to honor our rights?

Does Sen. Joe Negron really want to defend Anitere Flores, a turncoat who begged the NRA for a good rating and talked up our rights, only to STAB us in the BACK right when we had some good pro-liberty bills in the works?

Call and email Sen. Negron to ask him what he is waiting for:

negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov
negron.joe@flsenate.gov


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Friday, March 17, 2017

"No More Gun-Free Zones!" © 2017 Phillip Evans

At a rally in Vermont in January of last year, then Presidential Candidate Trump stated he would get rid of gun-free zones.

You know what a gun-free zone is to a sicko? That’s bait. ‘Gun-free zone?’ And then they walk in with whatever the hell they’re carrying..I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools — you have to — and on military bases. My first day it gets signed, okay? My first day. 
There’s no more gun-free zones.” [Bold mine]


Though President Trump did not specifically mention all Federal "gun-free zones", one should be safe in saying he also supports allowing law-abiding citizens wearing their pistols in many (hopefully most) of those places as well, since he recognizes that any "gun-free zone" is a signal to criminals that unarmed victims are available:

1. Army Corps of Engineers Land (several state parks occupy this Federal land). In fact, his administration is currently paving the way for citizens to carry firearms for self-defense purposes on ACOE land. We should get word on this soon.

2. Post Offices - Ever enter one with armed guards or metal detectors? 

3. Federal Park Buildings - currently firearms carry is allowed in national parks, but the buildings in the parks are off-limits. What if there are no separate restroom buildings or port-a-potties? Then you'll have to disarm before going into the visitor center to find a restroom.

4. Federally owned libraries and museums - Most such Federal buildings do not have armed security and metal detectors at the entrance checking visitors.

5. Federal Cemeteries - Not just buildings here - firearms are prohibited even on the grounds and in the parking areas. So if you want to pay respect to your loved ones buried there, you have to be unarmed while driving to and from the property.

The same ones who died to defend your right to bear arms are mocked by the very government they served. Those that gave the ultimate sacrifice would want their loved ones to be protected while traveling to and from National Memorial Cemeteries.

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There is a Federal code section that seems to allow the interpretation that carrying for self-defense inside a Federal building is legal if self-defense counts as a "lawful purpose", but the courts have not ruled on this. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court IGNORED it in the Bonidy Post Office case:

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/930

"(3)
the lawful carrying of firearms or other dangerous weapons in a Federal facility incident to hunting or other lawful purposes." [Bold mine]


What can President Trump realistically do? 

He can issue an executive order stating that carrying a firearm for self-defense constitutes a "lawful purposeunder 18 U.S. Code § 930.

Then, he can ask Congress for a bill that codifies it.

And please, with any bills to help us, PLEASE leave out the word "CONCEALED". Just have the bills state "CARRY". Period. Let us have the liberty to carry our holstered pistols in plain view or concealed. Some of us prefer not to appear to be unarmed. The public, open exercise of our Second Amendment Rights is also an exercise of our First Amendment Rights. 

My visibly holstered firearm is my statement that I choose to not be a victim, and that you can make the same choice. Carry lawfully in the manner you are comfortable with, and let others do the same.

What can you do?

You can write and call the President, and respectfully remind him to follow through on his promise to get rid of "gun-free zones", and remind him of all the various ones such as noted above. He may not even be aware of the myriad of places citizens are forbidden the means to defend themselves.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Open Carry Protests! © 2017 Phillip Evans

In 45 of these United States, open carry of holstered pistols is legal, though some of those states require a license to carry openly or concealed.

Photo by Debra Jean Dean

Two of the states that currently bans the open carry of pistols, except when hunting or fishing, are Florida and South Carolina - even with a carry license.

Those two Southern states are the only Southern states that ban the open carry of sidearms.


And, those two states both have a Republican majority in their Legislatures and Republican governors. The reason that's significant, is that the Republican party has generally been the party that favors, or at least says it favors Second Amendment Rights.

Yet, if you carry a pistol on your hip that doesn't have a piece of cloth over it while shopping in a Walmart or walking down the street in Florida or South Carolina, those Republicans will put you behind bars as if you're a dangerous animal that can't be trusted to be in public.


They talk a good game of supporting our rights to get elected, but then pass and keep laws in place that infringe on our rights.

If you want your rights honored and restored, contact your lawmakers and governor in your state via email and phone, and politely demand that they uphold the U.S. Constitution. We The People have a say in this!

If they won't listen and restore our rights this year, there are ways we can openly protest while remaining within the letter of the law. Don't be content to stay in the back seat!

In both Florida and South Carolina, all of these activities are legal under current law:

1. You can allow the bulge of your pistols to show under clothing while wearing messages on your hats and t-shirts that you are lawfully armed.

2. You openly carry antique black powder revolvers and their replicas. (Be careful of city and county laws in Florida that can restrict the carry of these type of firearms, as they do not enjoy state preemption there).

3. You can put a fabric covering over the grip of your pistol that has a graphic of a pistol printed on it, while the holster itself is visible.

4. You can openly carry your spare ammo magazine holsters.

We can do all of this to show the stupidity of laws that forbids under pain of imprisonment the visibility of our firearms. And we can do it in groups at large public events on public property to make our message even more forceful.

If liberty makes those RINOs in Florida and South Carolina that uncomfortable, they need to switch to the Democrat party. At least that party is upfront about wanting to destroy our rights.


Even if you personally would prefer to not open carry, if you believe it's a right, then help spread the word! Everyone's efforts would be appreciated!

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Together, we can all make a difference!