Score this one as a success! AB 286, the bill that would have banned guns first on pretty much all private property with just a tiny sign, then casino properties, passed the Assembly on a party line vote. It goes on to the Senate. The BIG WIN here is that the trespassing while armed portion of the bill was removed! It is not only about 80% unfinished receivers or so-called "ghost guns."
Many thanks are owed to the NVFAC PAC for their help in getting us this far and they will work in the Senate to get the remainder of the bill taken care of. On a side note, the federal government is probably going to ban that stuff anyway, but, it is still a huge win.
See the current amended version here.
As you recall, the original bill would have allowed private property owners pretty much anywhere to ban even permitted concealed carry. This was toned down to just premises with unrestricted gaming licenses.
No one deserves to be disarmed anywhere they go. Casinos cannot protect innocent citizens from violence inside their casinos, on the Strip, the parking garage, etc. Heck, you aren't safe within rifle range of a hotel window. The persons causing violence on the Las Vegas Strip are not law-abiding citizens or even permitted concealed carriers (though we loathe the idea of permission slips).
We do not believe the power of the state should be extended to ban firearms on private property. If a property owner does not want armed patrons, the existing trespassing statutes, which require a verbal warning and not just a sign, are sufficient. We know that signs don't protect anyone and don't dissuade criminals from carrying guns. All signs do is give police a reason to arrest after an incident has happened while good people are defenseless.
At a bare minimum, concealed firearm permittees should have been exempted from the bill. If hotels want to disarm permittees, let them exercise their existing prerogatives. Hotels, if they are going to disarm customers, need to provide secure storage in the rooms. Laws shouldn't prohibit someone who is picking up fares or dropping off friends at the entrance, or storing the gun in a locked car, from those behaviors.
Sandra Jauregui is clearly off the reservation within her party and unsupported by her collogues. The left knows that gun control is unpopular right now and something like banning guns in a majority of public spaces would be very risky to re-election. Keep up the pressure!
No more gun control!
Jorge Gomez brings his rifle to downtown Las Vegas last spring during the George Floyd/Black Lives Matter riots. Something happens with police, he appears to run away, police claims Gomez raises his rifle, police shoot him. Apparently no video evidence was found to corroborate their statement, but body cams weren't issued to that unit and local security footage didn't quite capture the incident (IIRC).
Right, wrong, or indifferent; we disagree with brining a rifle to an incident like this. Even truly non-violent political protests (2A rallies) we have conflicting feelings about openly carrying rifles.
Riots are events that quickly go beyond the law (for both sides) and is basically a return to uncivilized behavior. Anything can happen and expecting protestors, innocents, or police to play by the rules of a calm, sunny day is stupid.
Don't bring a rifle to a riot unless you expect to use and you also accept the risk of being shot. If you want to play "good guy, bad guy," Kyle Rittenhouse is on trial for his life after shooting three actual bad guys who tried to kill him during the riots in Kenosha.
If it isn't your revolution (that you're willing to die for) or your home/business you're willing to kill and die for, don't bring a rifle to this stuff. The first rule of surviving dangerous situations is don't be there. Whatever Metro might have done wrong, Mr. Gomez would be alive if he didn't openly carry his rifle that night.
I was reading the trial coverage of the Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, on trial for the “murder” of George Floyd. Basically the reports from legal reporters who are actually at the trial show that the prosecution is doing a terrible job proving the case and is essentially making the defenses’ case. This is the kind of detailed reporting that we got during the OJ Simpsons case.
Last night I caught a segment talking about it on the evening TV news and they basically edited some of the statements and to portray the situation that Chauvin was in the wrong and guilty which is completely out of context with the actual testimony. The use of force expert for the prosecution was an LAPD sergeant who happened to be black. Seems to me they found an expert of convenience who of course called the use of force “excessive.”
That clip is pretty much what LA saw. Compare that against the reports from Legal Insurrection, above. The real testimony shows a complex, nuanced cause at a minimum, and at the other end of the spectrum, that Chauvin was not kneeling on Floyd’s neck and that Floyd had just ingested a fatal dose of Fentanyl. Regardless of perspective, this isn’t an issue that can be dealt with in two minute clips on the evening news. People died and cities burned because of this stuff last year.
Whatever the outcome of the trial is, the media is not accurately reporting what’s going on at the trial and is putting out this narrative that regardless of the evidence, Chauvin is guilty. Instead of accurately reporting on the facts and testimony, they are creating the expectation in the public’s mind that Chauvin will be convicted when in reality that’s a chancy thing. The media is fomenting riots and insurrections with their misleading coverage.
In a few weeks, if Chauvin is acquitted, brace for riots worse than we’ve seen. The unintelligent public has been primed to expect a guilty verdict of murder and it is highly probable he will receive an acquittal or a lesser included charge.
If you don’t believe in evil, you should.
2015: Nevada's Only Topless Open Carry Bar
The tiny Elko County city of Wells, Nevada, isn't known for much. In 2021 it's known for two things: a real estate boom and it's controversial Sixth Street Bar that made waves in 2016 over it's topless bartenders who were openly carrying. With COVD-19, the bar in this forgotten corner of Nevada has struggled badly with the loss of business, brought on by Governor Sisolak's bar closure and mask mandates.
This did not bide well for new owners Mike Oxbig and Anita Koch who remodeled the bar, brought back the topless, gun-toting girls, and started posting tantalizing phots on Instagram. After a sixth month hiatus, Oxbig and Koch re-opened the bar and hoped for the best. One thing they didn't go for were shirts and masks.
Elko County health officials fined the bar twenty-seven times for mask related violations alone, adding on public indecency charges that led the female staff to "cover up" with pasties and masks that insulted the governor. Anti-mask supporters from all over Nevada, and even travelers dipping off I-80 for a drink, came to support the bar throughout 2020.
However, this support and the defiant stance, only doing the bare minimum to "cover up", infuriated new residents of Wells. Two of those new residents happened to be from California.
The 2020 pandemic brought a revolution to the nation's work force. Many people began to work from home remotely from anywhere in the country. This is what brought Max C. Pads, a human resources manager from the San Francisco Bay Area, to Wells. He wanted to trade is $3,000 a month 1,500 sqft apartment for a sprawling 2.5 acre lot.
Unemployment is what brought Jackie Mehov, a feminist studies major and diversity coordinator, back home to live with her grandmother, Norma Stits. What did Mehov and Pads have in common? They desire to help lead their new, rural community into the 21st century through progressive politics.
After a contentious election, in November 2020, Mehov and Pads were declared the winners of the two council seats up for election. Vote counting took three days and was won by a margin of 734 and 735 votes respectively, all new residents who took advantage of same-day registration and mail-in ballots.
The new pair led a challenge to the old variance from city ordinances prohibiting nudity that the Sixth Street Bar gained back in 2015. Suddenly the big draw for this little bar was under threat.
Mehov told Nevada Carry that: "While female toplessness should be permitted wherever male toplessness is allowed, businesses shouldn't be exploiting its female workforce as a show piece to draw in business. This is degrading to women and objectifies them, glamorizing not only weapons, but also the resistance to the governor's order that we all wear masks to stop the spread."
Pads attempted to pass an ordinance outlawing open carry, but found himself in hot water after the city attorney advised that the city would probably be sued if they did so. Someone also kept lighting bags of dog poop on fire on Pads' porch.
Karen, 44, a buxom mother of two who carries a pair of magnums, states that she feels very empowered taking her top off at work. "I get double the tips I got before and I get to stick it to the governor? What's not to love?"
Owner Anita Koch said: "We welcome customers who appreciate the freedom that we celebrate in this bar. They aren't coming here for the burgers or the video poker, that's for sure."
Currently pending on the Wells city council agenda is a motion to ban the use of pasties in businesses. This ordinance is supported (ironically) by Sixth Street Bar's owners and staff as it would make the bar a full-topless one again. Pads and Mehov, who sponsored the proposed ordinance, admit that it was flawed, and rather than promote the nudity they abhor, intend to modify the language to require at a minimum bras.
The two anti-boobs and anti-gun councilpersons requested that state legislators ban openly carried firearms in nude establishments, but were ignored by their local Republican legislators. Reportedly, they didn't have enough money for a campaign donation to Democrats in Reno and Las Vegas to get one of them to sponsor their "no guns with boobs" legislation.
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