In 1967, Black Panthers in California began openly carrying around (primarily) the Oakland area. This was their response to police and often engaged in events, with openly carried weapons, to intimidate law enforcement. This culminated in the Panthers literally storming the state capitol in Sacramento and barging onto the floor of the Legislature. As a result of these activities, California banned loaded open carry in incorporated cities under the Mulford Act, effective 1986.
In the late 2000s to 2010, open carry saw a resurgence nationally. At this time, unloaded open carry was permissible within California incorporated cities. Precisely because activists practiced unloaded open carry, the state banned it, creating a plethora of exemptions so innocently transporting a gun wasn’t accidentally criminalized. Today, in urban areas of the Golden State, the only way to legally carry a loaded firearm for self-defense outside one’s home or business is while immediately engaged in self-defense or making a citizen’s arrest.
California’s method of unlicensed carry (only after you’re in danger) bears striking resemblance to post-Civil War Tennessee. In Tennessee, it was permissible only to carry an Army or Navy revolver (weapons issued and used by the military) openly in the hand. This was not meant to encourage people to walk around carrying their guns—an unquestionable provocative act—but to allow for legitimate self-defense in an emergency.
Richmond, Virginia, passed an ordinance that would ban firearms at any event, permitted or not, and applies to public areas like streets and sidewalks. Such an ordinance is clearly unconstitutionally broad. Some have argued that banning firearms at protests is permissible because the First Amendment guarantees the right to “peaceably” assemble and cite various state statutes that outlaw firearms on picket lines.
Oddly enough, the 12,000 or so gun owners who showed up bearing legally registered machine guns and destructive devices to the pro-gun rally in Richmond did so totally peacefully. Rather, it has been at Leftist “protests” (read riots) and events where murders, shootings, and negligent discharges have occurred. Even during the 2013-2015 open carry kerfuffle in Texas, the open carry events remained peaceful.
It is not the conservative gun owners gathering in public that anyone has to fear. Rather, it is the rioters, the race baiters, and the communist Leftists with guns, often concealed, that are the danger to public safety. And even now, the Left has remained remarkably restrained as to firearms, preferring to use lasers and other improvised weapons.
From Nevada to Virginia, politicians have maligned openly carrying conservative (or non-Leftist, freedom loving citizens) as terrorists for exercising their right to assemble peaceably while armed. Democrats love to ignore the behavior of their side while slandering conservatives as terrorists. Nevada Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui did all she could recently to compare peaceful gun owners who show up to protests with their guns to the weirdos, wackos, and outright criminals who have taken advantage of the Left-inspired unrest to cause trouble.
Open carry faces a new challenge. In the early days of the movement, open carry was called “suicidal” because someone may snatch the gun; gun snatches from armed citizens are extremely rare and uncommon. No open carrier has been “shot first” by a criminal. Self-defense gurus poo-pooed open carry because it might make other citizens nervous. Over the years, all those myths and empty fears have been disarmed by polite, dedicated open carriers.
The new challenge open carry faces is merely an old one; the government. As violence climbed in the years after the Civil War (mostly in the South and the West), carrying concealed weapons was increasingly outlawed and harshly punished. As a result, carrying a weapon for self-defense was so stigmatized that it became an uncommon practice. For legal as well as social reasons, those who carried anyway did so quietly and concealed, despite open carry being legal in most states. Only in the last thirty years has public opinion shifted back in favor of carrying weapons for personal defense.
With this shift in favor of self-defense, the gun control narrative has collapsed. The “blood in the street” arguments have been proven false and everyone knows gun-free zones are merely a farce, ignored by criminals and mass murderers. As riots roar through the country, turning into an incipient civil war (amid an overhyped pandemic), guns and ammo aren’t flying off the shelves—they aren’t even on the shelves. Many people who never thought of buying a gun now own several precisely because the government has shown itself worthless to protect us.
And now we come to the arguments of why open carry is so vital in this hour. Governments, especially those controlled by the Left, want to ban firearms at protests/rallies/riots (if not entirely) because they know that private ownership of firearms is the only thing that can guarantee an end to rioting. These riots are part of a revolutionary movement to overthrow the legitimate government of the United States. They are both a warning and a threat; if you vote for Joe Biden and Democrats, the riots stop; if you vote for Trump, you’ll get more riots and we’ll come to kill you.
The choice is a false one; vote for Democrats and get tyranny or vote for Trump and get a violent, communist revolution. The Second Amendment exists for the sole reason of killing tyrannical politicians, their police/soldiers, and the rioting communists in the street. That’s it. Thomas Jefferson laid out the rules for when rebellion is permissible and frankly, the Right has been very well restrained, as we should be. On the Right, our trouble is that the Left knows we have the guns, how to use them, and when the switch gets flipped to 11, that we will use them effectively.
Thus, the Right must be disarmed. Ostensibly, it seems like a good idea to keep guns away from protests, but as we know with “gun-free” zones and gun control in general, criminals and troublemakers never obey. If the Right is disarmed, Leftist thugs like Michael Reinoehl who murdered a Trump supporter in Portland will still be armed and still be killing conservatives. The Leftist revolutionary dream is a massacre of Trump-voters like the Hutus did to the Tutsis in Rwanda.
Banning guns at protests only keeps openly carried weapons away because police can see them and arrest the carrier (duh) or gives police another charge to tack on. It doesn’t keep the thugs away. With the Leftist DA’s failing to prosecute rioters engaged in seditious and treasonous acts but prosecuting 17-year old boys who were chased down and nearly killed by three men with criminal histories, is it any wonder that enforcement of “no guns at protests” laws will be selectively enforced?
No does any of this affect actual revolutionary violence. Some point soon, the violence will turn into open warfare. Revolutionaries ready to kill conservatives won’t care about the laws that weren’t really designed for them anyway, and if they’re busted, the DA will never follow through. Nor will the other side care when snipers ambush a horde of rioters. Like the October 1 shootings, someone will mag dump into a crowd and silly laws will no more prevent that than all the metal detectors at Route 91 stopped that massacre.
Back in California, in 1992 LAPD was totally overwhelmed (and uninterested) in putting their butts on the line to stop minority neighborhoods from burning. Tired of years of abuse and lack of support from a hostile black community, LAPD backed off as businesses were looted and burned. Many racist crowds turned on Korean-owned businesses whose owners were without police protection.
Spawning the “roof Korean” meme, many of these owners and their friends and family armed up an guarded the businesses. These people legally openly carried, unloaded, on the street, or stood watch on the roofs of their stores. Today, stepping onto the sidewalk with a firearm would be illegal, unless the owner had a reason to legally use deadly force. Merely standing around armed in front of the premises to deter looters would be illegal and might be twisted into a crime even if it was done in a privately owned parking lot.
Twisting a clearly written law was done to the McCloskeys in Missouri when they stepped into their front yard and pointed guns at a hostile crowd that breached their gate. In the Show Me State, such a display of force was clearly legal and within their Castle Doctrine laws, yet a Leftist prosecutor still went after the couple. In Kenosha, Kyle Rittenhouse is being prosecuted for murder despite multiple videos documenting what is probably the clearest case of self-defense ever recorded.
No open carry means that Kyle probably would have been unarmed and killed. The McCloskeys would have had to wait until the mob tried to kill them or break into the house before making their weapons visible. Armed citizens patrolling their business districts in the absence of police would be impossible. Guns banned at “events” and “protests” means innocent people who just don’t want to get mugged in downtown Las Vegas or Reno are disarmed under the threat of arrest. Meanwhile, actual terrorists get to keep doing what they are doing unmolested.
Americans need open carry to protect themselves against the mobs that police can’t or won’t protect them against. If standing outside your home or business with a gun is criminalized, deterrence is pointless. Politicians who claim to want peace are only allowing intimidating to escalate to violence and then a use of force.
In California this year, retired peace officers took to guarding several businesses with openly carried weapons because they are the one class of people who can openly carry in public. Average citizens don’t have that ability. After the wildfires and flooding in Montecito in 2018/2019, Santa Barbara deputies looked the other way at shotgun armed homeowners warning off thieves. Do politicians really mean to deprive us of that ability? Nevermind a citizen’s militia.
A handgun can only do so much. Yes, openly carried firearms are about comfort and political statements and we can conceal carry just as well, but why should I hide my gun because a legislator says so? It’s easier for me to access and easier to carry a larger gun openly. Carrying a cased rifle is also pointless or even legally impossible. For instance, in Nevada, even with a concealed firearm permit, it is illegal to conceal anything but a handgun. For long guns, open carry is the only way.
Furthermore, open carry at a rally or protest (or in general) is a form of speech the same way wearing a pro-gun t-shirt it. As an open carry activist, I have had more conversations about open carry simply by not hiding my holster under a shirt than anything else I could do. Part of standing outside the governor’s mansion, the statehouse, or anywhere else with guns is to remind our political opponents and our would-be masters that we possess the ultimate veto. I think the “you’re scaring people” argument of the Texas open carry days is a dead horse. The rioters are scaring people.
Laws regulating open carry and disarming citizens in public spaces as a response to 2020’s violence is nothing short of tyranny. The Second Amendment was intended for this hour. If legal open carry is taken away or regulated to death, when open civil warfare begins, it will initially be done with clandestine hits. The guns will still be there, just hidden. Nothing will change, but the stakes will be higher.
Now is the time for every gun owner and armed citizen to back open carry. Concealed carry is a personal and a tactical choice, but our long guns and ability to turn back mobs is threatened if politicians can take away our ability to carry openly. Open carry is so much more than wearing a gun on one’s hip. Today and in the near future, it will be absolutely vital to be able to carry your rifle visibly.
Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, District 41 (Henderson and Paradise)
LV Sun: Nevada must remain vigilant about gun violence
Sandra, thanks for telling us what you're going to do in 2021 so we can prepare responses now.
Also see Tuesday's post:
Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui (AD 41) is a Tyrant and Must Go
In this post, we will look at the gun control agenda of 2021, as telegraphed by Nevada’s crocodile tears assemblywoman. BTW, I know plenty of Route 91 survivors that hate gun control and chafe at the idea their tragedy is being used for political purposes.
Remember, Democrats cannot win on their ideas, so they must lie, cheat, and steal to get what they want. Popular support for gun control may be dead this year, but like vampire rising every night to drink blood, Democrats keep coming back to chip away at your rights.
We must vote Republican in November to save what rights we have.
An attempt to regulate open carry
Jauregui attempts to malign peaceful open carriers as domestic terrorists. She does this by trying to draw a parallel to the incompetent idiots in Las Vegas who recently were arrested for planning to exploit the riots to “accelerate” civil war.
Those riots lead Edgar Samaniego downtown (who was not their “casually”) to attempt to murder LVMPD officer Shay Mikalonis with a gun that was already used in a crime. That’s right: Democrat-supported, Leftist-led protests brought a criminal scumbag downtown, in an atmosphere filled with “F--- the police” to shoot a cop. These riots are supported and encouraged by Jauregui’s party.
She also brings up the peaceful open carry protesters in Carson City, trying to scare people with “tactical” and “assault weapons.” The right-wing and gun community protests were entirely peaceful and it must be noted that a negligent discharge occurred in August by a Black Lives Matter protester.
We expect to see a direct targeting of open carry being banned in some form, although we do not expect a total ban in the state. In the past, in the wake of the Laughlin biker gang shootout, there was an attempt to ban open carry at certain events that failed. Open carry is also far more constitutionally protected than concealed carry is.
Removal of state preemption of local firearm restrictions
This was attempted at the county level in 2019 but failed when NSSF threatened to pull SHOT Show and the unions cried foul at the loss of revenue they and the casinos would face.
Jauregui spins this as a way to allow local community to better provide safety, but this is false. Prior to the Legislature-forced repeal of local laws in 2015, it was illegal to carry a gun to protect oneself in a Clark County park. North Las Vegas banned open carry, more strictly regulate concealed carry, and used selective enforcement to target blacks and Hispanics. Increased gun regulations will make Nevadans less safe.
Likely proposals will disarm people on the Strip, in casinos, and around government buildings. Police, who have no obligation to protect you, will be responsible for arresting you if you dare want to carry a gun while paying your property tax. Downtown Reno and Las Vegas are shitholes and people who happen to visit a government building or want to gamble shouldn’t be prey for criminals.
Repealing state preemption will turn Nevada in to California on a city and county basis. Clark County could outlaw AR-15s if it wanted to.
AB 291, the most corrupt gun control bill Nevada has seen
AB 291 introduce “red flag” gun confiscation laws to Nevada using every shady tactic in the books. The bill actually died, but the corrupt Democrat-controlled Legislature resurrected it and passed the zombie bill.
Bump fire stocks were overhyped by a lying media and stupid people. They’re perfectly constitutional and frankly, the machine gun ban needs overturned as well. Nevada’s provisions were unnecessary because the ATF changed its definition of “machine gun” to include bump fire stocks. Jauregui and the Democrats merely wanted to virtue signal after the Mandalay Bay, October 1, 2017, mass shooting. This is why Sisolak complained, as a county commissioner, that state preemption laws prohibited them from banning the stocks.
Second, the blood-alcohol content limit for carrying was lowered from .10 to .08 for no reason at all. No evidence or data was cited that this was needed, it was just done. Nevada’s BAC limit for DUI was .10 until federal law forced them to lower it to .08.
And “red flag” laws? How long until “liking” a post for a guy like Kyle Rittenhouse, who dared fight back against rioters, puts you on a list as a “boogaloo boy” and is used to confiscate your guns?
On a site note, I have it on good authority that when the North Las Vegas police were briefed on red flag laws, they immediately and fiercely objected to them, refusing to enforce the orders.
Update: it has come to our attention that the Republican challenger may no longer be actively campaigning or running. In that case, WAY TO SUCK NEVADA GOP! Welcome to the one party state.
Henderson and Paradise voters; pay attention!
Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui of AD 41 (SW Henderson and part of the Paradise area) is deliberately trying to malign peaceful open carriers as violent thugs. She is the woman behind AB 291, the gun confiscation bill, and her own “kitchen sink” provisions where she tried to get state preemption of firearm laws removed. She is the worst enemy to the Second Amendment in Carson City.
In Carson City last month, it was a communist Black Lives Matter protester who negligently discharged their rifle. Her goal here is to make us look like the bad guys for actions of others. Let’s not forget that her party placed onerous restrictions on businesses that crippled Nevada’s economy. It was her party that supports riots.
Those riots lead Edgar Samaniego downtown (who was not their “casually”) to attempt to murder LVMPD officer Shay Mikalonis with a gun that was already used in a crime. That’s right: Democrat-supported, Leftist-led protests brought a criminal scumbag downtown, in an atmosphere filled with “F--- the police” to shoot a cop. Sorry Sandra, this might fly with some Xanax addicted soccer mom in Summerlin, but not the rest of us.
The purpose of the Second Amendment is to intimidate people of the government, hopefully to dissuade tyrants before we have to shoot them. And yes, the Second Amendment is about violent resistance to tyranny; nothing else. BTW, well disciplined means “well trained” or “well drilled” in content, but semantics never stopped tyrants before.
The so-called militia idiots looking to start trouble against the Democratic Party supported riots in Las Vegas? The gun community had nothing to do with it. Not that anyone with half a brain believes her lies, but this is the kind of garbage this woman will spew, without challenge, on the floor of the Legislature to get the tyrants in her party to vote for gun control. It’s their justification, not that they need any.
Sandra, why don’t you just come out and say you want to take our guns and kill us if we don’t give them up? Be honest. Stop lying.
Make no mistake about it: Jauregui will propose to outlaw open carry either at the state level or by allowing counties to restrict it by doing away with preemption laws. There, she will find herself in between a rock and a hard place known as the Constitution. Open carry is far more protected and has been upheld more often by courts than concealed carry is.
Jauregui is a member of a party that wants you brainwashed and utterly dependent on the government. Her gun control platform could never win on its own so she must lie and cheat
Anyone who paid attention to the 2019 Legislative session is aware of the games. Bills will once again be introduced overnight, over weekends, and the rules changed on a whim so gun control can pass.
The only chance of stopping gun control short of the courts or uglier options is by putting enough Republicans in office to act as a veto against gun control. Your rights depend on it.
Let’s target Jauregui for replacement in the Assembly and send up a Republican in Assembly District 41. End Jauregui’s political career here. Vote Republican in AD 41.
And no, none of this is a threat. I have no desire to engage in killing anyone or playing boogaloo games, nor do I encourage anyone to go out and kill anyone either.
The short versions is that state law prohibits emergency orders from interfering with Second Amendment rights, including use. Frontsight is arguing that the asinine restrictions promulgated by the dictator in Carson City and executed by his toadies at Nevada OSHA.
So basically this will wind up with a court fight over whether or not asking people to say 6 feet away, wear masks, etc. are "permissible" infringement on the Second Amendment. I'm sure the dumbasses at our Supreme Court will make up some excuse to permit this.
Frankly, all gun businesses need to tell the authorities to pound sand. Anyhow, an excerpt and then follow the link and read the whole thing.
As you know from my previous emails, even though Front Sight is considered "essential critical infrastructure" and is exempt from all of the Governor of Nevada’s COVID-19 Emergency Management Restrictions, we voluntarily closed Front Sight in the Spring and Summer to support the popular, but unproven notion that closing down the country would somehow flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections. I did this RELUCTANTLY.
Any Biden-come-from-behind win is illegitimate.
I'm not pulling this out of my butt: someone else agrees with me in spirit, if not quite the scenario.
Various scenarios about what happens after the election on November 3rd are out there. The mail-in ballot fraud has been pushed in Nevada and many other states specifically to allow the actual results of the election to be overturned. Many ballots for Biden will be "found" via harvesting if the November 3rd/4th results show Trump to be in the lead. Whatever Election Night brings us, we will be facing a bloody version of the 2000 election dispute.
If Biden (or any other Democrat) becomes president, draconian legislation will strip us of our fundamental rights and forever change America. It will be impossible to ever vote Republicans into power or the presidency ever again. Totalitarianism and anarchy will rule the day.
If Trump manage to retain the presidency, the Left will erupt into violence with the goal of fomenting a Communist-style revolution. Their goal will be to make things so bad (probably by goading Trump into a military suppression of an insurrection) that Democrats in Congress can impeach him with the help of weak-kneed Republicans. Republicans need to maintain their current lead in the Senate (and even gain a few seats) or take back the House to avoid this disaster.
Civil war, anarchy, and tyranny is coming. Just look at the leftist cities to see how they treat right-wing citizens who dare fight back against the mob. Expect to be prosecuted if you use your guns, even righteously in innocent self-defense. Read up on the Spanish Civil War.
Are you prepared for a famine? Food transportation into major cities, especially where rioting is on-going, will likely slow or stop. We will see panic buying and shortages. Jobs will be lost. What happened this winter/spring with the China virus was just a PG-13 preview of the coming horror show. Plan for a worst-case scenario. What we've feared is here. Harden your hearts and prepare.
This isn't doom porn. Anyone who has seen the storm clouds gathering know a hurricane is coming and the only real question is when it arrives and how much of your neighborhood it trashes.
The Firearms Blog
Read the linked article.
With "Live PD" off the air, is the footage going to be used to replace the publicity? /sarcasm off.
Good move, however I think that deputies and police officers may be better served by choosing their own weapon lights. On the other hand, does the weapon light type actually make any difference?
Pistol mounted cameras overcome the body cam's problem of often being blocked by the officer's arms. Of course, pistol cameras don't capture what lead up to the shooting, so they must be used in conjunction with body cams.
Anybody know if Nye County is paying for these or if this was some sort of deal?
Note this was BLM protester, who more than likely recently bought the gun and has even less familiarity and training with it than even the most casual conservative openly carrying activist. Not that it can't happen to us too, but how many pro-gun right-wing people have you heard of having negligent discharges at open carry rallies? BLM supporters in Kentucky dealt with a ND recently, making that two in a month.
Carson City sheriff Kenny Furlong said this:
“Please, guns have accidents. An accident can turn into a tragedy in two seconds. We were very fortunate today.”
No Sheriff, an untrained idiot screwed up and negligently discharged. There are no "accidental" discharges, only negligent ones. True firearm malfunctions are so rare as to be not worth mentioning.
This ND happened probably because:
1. Idiot had his safety off.
2. Idiot had a round chambered.
3. Idiot wasn't making sure his trigger guard was clear of obstructions.
4. Idiot has little/no firearms familiarity or training.
You simply don't carry with your safety off, period. That's like driving drunk. Second, having a round chambered at an open carry rally is a liability (many OC rallies ask or require participants to flag their empty chambers).
These leftists are not ready for what they're asking for. Guns are not props, but rather serious tools. Here at Nevada Carry, we're quite critical of long-guns at rallies, though we aren't entirely against them. Here's a reason why casual, angry people looking to "do something" and appear tough and resolute shouldn't be toting rifles in public.
Now remember who did this to throw any anti-open carry legislation back in the face of the Legislature if (when) they propose it in 2021.
Free Kyle. You could be next to be maliciously prosecuted for self-defense. And yes, it was self-defense. If you believe otherwise, you are stupid and misinformed.
As far as being there, well, the first way to avoid a gunfight is not being there. I heard he was asked by friends to guard their business; if so, being a Roof Korean is a personal decision. It's a little less crazy if the business is yours. Your home should be without question. While we all want to armchair quarterback this and say if he wasn't there he wouldn't be in trouble now, well sometimes you gotta show up to the battle to win the war.
So let's not criticize the kid, let's support him for an amazing shoot and standing up when the police won't. It'll be you and I (figuratively speaking) in the crosshairs next.
Self-Defense Legal Protection
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When the police have you in the interrogation room, who will you call? You do know not to talk to the police, right?
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On top of this, you get access to premium training materials.
Why join USCCA instead of somewhere else? If your legal and financial well-being isn't enough, one reason is doing so helps Nevada Carry.
RGJ story about the "controversial" statement
Carson Now about the protests
Douglas Sheriff Dan Coverly made national headlines when he told the library district not to bother calling 911 after the library made a statement in support of Black Lives Matter.
Coverly took heat because his facetious remark was taken seriously and used to criticize him. Apparently, only the left can make dramatic and hyperbolic statements.
As a result, a BLM protest is scheduled to take place near the sheriff's station between 10 AM - 5 PM Saturday, August 8. Counter-protests are planned as well.
We predict that the BLM supporters will be young college kids and mostly white liberals. It will probably not get out of hand. Even so, be aware and keep your head on a swivel.
Details are sparse. Apparently one suspect of at least two was shot on Marne Ct. in Pahrump Sunday night.