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Every gathering is a gun related gathering . . . :wink:
 

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"And how would you distinguish an open carry rally from the kind of Second-Amendment rallies that the Black Panthers used to hold in the late 1960s? They were legal under the law as it existed then, but when the Panthers pulled that stunt more than once or twice in the same state, those states would change their laws to criminalize that type of conduct . . ."


Ronald Reagan signed exactly this type of law when he was governor of California, and for precisely that reason.
 

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Malum Prohibitum said:
"And how would you distinguish an open carry rally from the kind of Second-Amendment rallies that the Black Panthers used to hold in the late 1960s? They were legal under the law as it existed then, but when the Panthers pulled that stunt more than once or twice in the same state, those states would change their laws to criminalize that type of conduct . . ."

Ronald Reagan signed exactly this type of law when he was governor of California, and for precisely that reason.
The Black Panthers had a real talent for getting themselves publicity, and at times it seems that they operated on the long-held belief that, "It doesn't matter what you say about me, as long as you spell my name right." While the lower house of the California legislature was debating a bill banning open carry of firearms in cities, the Black Panthers decided to demonstrate in support of the right to keep and bear arms. Where they did it guaranteed passage of the bill.

"Two dozen armed ******* entered the State Capitol at noon today and 10 made their way to the back of the Assembly Chamber before they were disarmed and marched away by the state police." Their weapons (including "pistols, rifles, at least one sawed-off shotgun") were returned to them, after they were escorted from the building. The bill, which became California Penal Code § 12031, almost certainly benefitted from the Panthers' actions. Governor Ronald Reagan was on the steps of the statehouse at the time the Panthers' were escorted from the building: "Reagan also said it was a 'ridiculous way to solve problems that have to be solved among people of good will.' He added he was against 'even the implied threat weapons might be directed again fellow Americans.'"

Clayton Cramer, Washington State's Open Carry Ban, Shotgun News, March 1, 2006, pp. 26-27.

http://www.claytoncramer.com/PopularMag ... ryBan.html
 
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