Monthly Archives: March 2012

Portantino At It Again With AB 1527

California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D. – La Cañada) must be really feel emboldened since the passage of his AB 144 last year because he is at again with a new bill that would expand on it.  Open Carry is under attack again with Assembly Bill 1527 which will make it illegal to openly carry long guns in addition handguns as is now because of AB144, and in general, make more changes to California Open Carry Law.

After the passage of AB 144 last year, the South Bay Open Carry organization, which has now morphed into the Responsible Citizens of California, staged a long gun protest to point out the absurdity of the ban on open carry of hand guns.  They met at two locations in California – in Northern and Southern California simultaneously, all carrying rifles to point the fact that carrying long guns is the only way of legal open carry remaining.

But this sort of ‘in your face’ tactic is what got Portantino fired up in the first place after the South Bay Open Carry group kept holding monthly meetings at restaurants in his district.  They would purposely hold their meetings at different restaurants in Portantino’s district to demonstrate their deference to his stated opposition to open carry and intent to pass a law banning it.

I, on the other hand, have never believed that it is a good idea to poke a sleeping bear that could turn around and attack you.  That is just what Portantino did by authoring AB 144 and successfully getting it passed and now again with AB 1527 this year.

Now in response to their ‘long gun protest’ he is at it again with AB 1527 wherein he wants to make it illegal to open carry long guns in addition to handguns.

Of course, both of these bills are illegal themselves as they are blatant infringements of the Second Amendment.  Ultimately they will be overturned in court to satisfy the Second Amendment or at least be the instrument by which we get a more permissive concealed carry law and become a “shall issue” state.  Either way we will prevail in the end.

Liberal gun grabbers in the California legislature will eventually get the message.  Their free run with 2-1 odds in California will end.  Of course, your help is always necessary to let your legislators how wrong this is.  Please call and/or write them to express your opposition.

GE

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Spike TV Casting New Gun Show

Metal Flowers Media has begun casting a new show to be aired on Spike TV.  It is not yet on the schedule but they are looking for groups of three gun enthusiasts who can speak with knowledge about guns to host the new show.  Metal Flowers Media is also involved with American Guns, Sons of Guns and The Colony.  If you are interested in a chance to be on a new show about guns, read below and contact the Casting Directors listed below.

A nationwide search has begun to find enthusiastic, energetic groups of friends who love everything about guns!  This new series will celebrate friendship, camaraderie, skill and technology.  These gun-slinging dudes will have their dreams come true as they get the chance to host their very own show!  If you eat, sleep and breathe all things firearms – if you are a “gun-tard”! – then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Casting Directors at Metal Flowers Media (The Colony, American Guns) are currently seeking a group of guys who together become an encyclopedia of firearms.  This “A-team” of gun enthusiasts will have an amazing dynamic and the knowledge to blow your typical gun fanatic away.

If you and your friends appear to be between the ages of 30-50 years old, are able spit a wide range of “gun talk” and host a series all about GUNS, then we want to hear from you!

For more information or to apply for the show email janelle@gmail.com or log on to www.metalflowersmedia.com for details.

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Maryland Restrictive Concealed Carry Law Ruled Unconstitutional

Maryland’s Concealed Carry Law that requires applicants to submit a “good and substantial reason” along with their application has been ruled Unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court.  According to U.S. District Judge Benson Everette Legg, Maryland’s goal to control the amount of firearms carried by residents is therfore unconstitutional.

Maryland’s law is similar to the California CCW law in that California requires applicants to provide a reason of “good cause” as to why they should be granted a permit to carry a weapon concealed.  With this ruling in Maryland, California may soon be ordered to change their law.

The U.S. District Court upheld that the Second Amendment “right to bear arms is not limited to the home.”   Therefore citizens should not be required to submit a “good and substantial reason” when applying for a concealed carry permit.

Attorney Alan Gura made a statement to the AP for the plaintiff Raymond Woollard saying, “People have the right to carry a gun for self-defense and don’t have to prove that there’s a special reason for them to seek the permit.”

The case of Woollard vs. Sheridan was brought against the state police superintendent and members of the Handgun Permit Review Board for putting the burden of proof on a citizen and wrongly denying Woollard’s application in 2010.  Raymond Woollard had previously obtained a concealed carry permit after a struggle with a thief at his home in 2002.  However, his license renewal application was denied by the state of Maryland because he could not prove he was subject to “threats occurring beyond his residence.”

“A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” Judge Legg wrote.  “The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”

We applaud Judge Legg and his decision that upholds the Second Amendment right for law abiding citizens of Maryland, or of any state for that matter, to own and use a handgun in defense of themselves and their family.  Unfortunately, this decision currently only covers Maryland residents, but we stand ready to persevere in our liberal state of California when this comes before justices for ruling here.  This ruling is precedence and can only help to overturn the oppressive laws established by liberals who are only interested in control and who are currently running amuck in our state capitol with almost no opposition.  

California’s AB144 which passed last September went into law this past January, virtually disarmed all of us who cannot obtain a CCW permit, by making it illegal to carry a weapon openly.  Open carry had previously been legal since before the State was a State.  And as we know CCW permits are nearly impossible to obtain, except for a few friends of the local sheriffs and politicians.   

By making it illegal to open carry a weapon coupled with the restrictive CCW law of the land, California gun law is ripe to be declared “unconstitutional” as the Second Amendment cannot be satisfied.  Therefore, the court can only rule one way and still uphold the Constitution.

Maryland is showing us the way and we are sure to follow.

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