Monday, February 19, 2018

Florida State Fair - GUNS!!! © 2018 Phillip Evans

Just when you thought it was safe to go out in public, this happens. "What happened?", you may ask.

Well, this may be a little difficult to handle, so put on your reality hard-hat. Make it an extra-strength one if you are a hard core snowflake, as opposed to an ordinary snowflake.

Photo by Ramchandran Maharajapuram

Yes, guns at the Florida State Fair held each year in Tampa, Florida. And... I'm NOT talking about guns carried by law-enforcement officers. I'm talking about guns carried by non-badged citizens. Hey, didn't I warn you about the extra-strength reality hard hat? It's not my fault if you didn't put it on.

And they're sky-rocketing, SKY-ROCKETING I tell you! No, not the actual guns; they are staying put in their holsters. I'm talking about the number of guns being carried at the fair each year.

So who needs a gun at a fair? To be fair, you can ask that question about most any other place. Who needs a gun at a grocery store? Who needs a gun at a barber shop? Who needs a gun at a restaurant?

The answer is... no one does. Well, that is, until they need one anyway. If good folks could accurately predict when and where criminals might strike, they are pretty much stuck with carrying anywhere crime might strike, if they want to be sure they can defend themselves when it does.

People can be attacked going to and from their vehicles at a state fair. Citizens have also been attacked by armed criminals in grocery stores, barber shops, restaurants, and other places.

Florida is not unique to gun carry at state fairs. It's never been illegal in Georgia to my knowledge, and you can't be ordered to disarm if the fair is on publicly owned property. 


The fact is, bringing your firearm to a state or local fair has been legal in most states for many years. And so far the ONLY issue with it is merely the fact that people carry guns at fairs. BIG DEAL. 

ABC Action News may as well breathlessly report on the SKY-ROCKETING of firearms carry in Walmart stores. Concealed carry by law-abiding citizens does seem to be on the rise, and that's a good thing. The more people able to defend themselves means less crime victims. Duh!

Has there been a rash of shootouts at state or local fairs by legal carriers of firearms?

I recently posted this comment on Facebook:

"What???!!! 146 guns a day (in reference to the Florida State Fair) brought into a public fair with thousands of people around, and no standing-in-line rage shootouts, no ride-rage shootouts, no pulling of guns when people lose money playing for prizes, no shootouts from sugar overload, no shootouts from... well, you get the point. Where is Moms Demand Action on giving us these dire warnings? Looks like they have they dropped the ball on this, LOL!"

If you want to be unarmed at a fair, that's your business. If I want to be armed at a fair, that's my business. To the anti-liberty zealots I say, your fear of being around firearms carried by "ordinary" citizens does not trump my Constitutionally guaranteed human right to bear arms for the defense of myself and my loved ones. And if you avoid fairs because you can't handle the thought of being around firearms, you may as well avoid a rather large selection of other places where people are armed.

I have no problem if someone chooses to be a sheep and go out deliberately unarmed. I do have a problem with a rabid sheep that wants to use the force of government to not allow me to be armed in public. People like me are not a problem to society, criminals are.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fox News' Statist Solution to Mass Murder At Schools © 2018 Phillip Evans

On my car radio today I happened to catch the Fox News Sean Hannity show at 3:07pm EST. Naturally, I knew the topic would be the massacre that occurred on Valentine's Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

I also absolutely KNEW that since Sean Hannity's audience is nationwide (too much opportunity there not to waste), and since Hannity works for Fox "statism lite" News (as opposed to CNN "statism full strength" News), that NO WAY would the SIMPLE solution of just letting armed citizens carry in schools be proposed by him.

Photo by Gage Skidmore


I  was correct 100%. 

His laughable solution? In a nutshell, it would be a two-part deal:

1. Every school gets a comprehensive security analysis and threat assessment plan prepared by local law-enforcement experts. 

2. Every school then gets sufficient hired professional security (retire law-enforcement or military) to stand guard over the children.

He prefaced his solution by stating, as predicted, that it "has nothing to do with the Second Amendment". Do you see my shocked face? 

In his solution prologue (you've got to have a build up before the finale), he offered that arming teachers in general would not be a good option, since well, "teachers just want to teach". Sort of in the vein of "girls just want to have fun". Perhaps Weird Al Yankovic could do a parody on it sometime to illustrate the idea of poo-pooing adult teachers being first responders for the children that they love and teach.

And of course, we should not burden them with professional training (they are not professional enough, I suppose. He then goes on to brag about his extensive firearms and martial arts training and experience as if to show he is an upstanding guy that understands our rights BUT...), since as implied, such training would be too comprehensive and difficult for the average teacher, and since they "just want to teach" (did I mention that?)

But if teachers REALLY wanted to be armed (I imagined a begrudged look on his face as he said it), then it would be okay, darn it.

So let's looks at the ultimate solution he proposed. Firstly, whether or not they have the money, schools will not pay for any comprehensive security analysis, period. Mr. Hannity has the answer - schools would not have to pay for it because local law enforcement is already paid to go to schools and do it! Really? What world does he live in?

Secondly, many schools ALREADY have armed resource officers, and those that can afford them won't spend additional money to hire any more. And those that can't afford to hire any won't hire even one. We always see that in these cases, the "professional" first responders are TOO LATE to save lives.

They arrive just in time to count the bodies and oversee survivors all come out with their hands up.

Hannity opines that since 100 story buildings in New York City can effectively secure their property, that local schools in heartland America (and elsewhere) should be able to do the same. Me thinks he has either been into too much of the good stuff, or has breathed too much NYC air until it has fogged his brain. How many LOLOLOLOLs can you put in a row before it's considered unsporting?

Here's my non-million dollar solution:

LIBERTY. That's all. No need to add this or that. No need to add salt, no need to stir.

Let every adult American citizen (you know, "We The People") who is vetted and  licensed to carry a firearm have the freedom to carry their concealed pistol in schools. That includes admin staff, teachers, janitors, lunch ladies (and men), and of course, parents. 

But such a solution is too obvious, too simple, too much smacking of what helped to found us as a nation to be seriously considered. We are, after all, too "progressive" to allow average citizens to have such a great responsibility as self-preservation. We are not "professional enough" for that.

As if I need to beg you (do you value liberty or not?), PLEASE contact your state politicians and DEMAND your God-given right to bear arms for the defense of self and others, even while on school property and in school buildings.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Blood-Bath At Parkland Florida High School © 2018 Phillip Evans

Today, as school was ending for the afternoon, 17 innocent lives ended at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida.

It didn't matter that the state law-makers in Florida have long banned firearms at schools, one was brought in anyway by a man with murder in his evil heart, and he did what murderers do.

How ironic that the Florida Legislature has a Republican majority, and the state has a Republican Governor. All of whom voice their "support" of the Second Amendment.

Yet, the South Florida high school in Broward County had no armed citizens to help save lives.

They were SITTING DUCKS, sheep for the slaughter.

Innocent blood is flowing this year, as in years past. First Kentucky, and now Florida. 

Folks, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. Posting signs and threatening to jail licensed-to-carry citizens for being armed in schools isn't working. So let's STOP it.

Licensed citizens are SIX times more law-abiding than police, according to 20 years of statistics from Florida and Texas.

So let them carry their concealed pistols in schools! Let them be their own first and best responders. If murderers know they can be shot before they tally up enough of a kill count to get widely infamous, they will think twice before committing mass murder at a school.

Or will we keep hearing the Second Amendment "support" from lilly-livered politicians while they do nothing and pretend we will get a different result?

If it please the king, may we have back our liberty to save our own lives and those of our loved ones, even at a school we beg to dare ask?

The state mandates school attendance knowing that most parents cannot do homeschooling, and crowds our children into target-rich zones, then forbids them the security to be truly safe.

If that does not garner the justification of a blood-on-their-hands accusation against state law-makers, I don't know what does.

My home state is Georgia. It's only a matter of time before it happens here. I have a son in a public middle school. I have a Georgia Weapons Carry License, and I want to be able to carry my pistol at the school at any time I have business there. 

Georgia General Assembly (and Florida), are you listening? Do our children deserve protection or not? Do you trust licensed carriers or not?

Monday, February 12, 2018

National Reciprocity In The News © 2018 Phillip Evans

CBS News' 60 Minutes recently did a story on National Reciprocity.

On CBS News' website I posted the following comment:

"Free American Citizens protected by the Bill of Rights should not be persecuted merely for crossing state lines while carrying their self-defense firearms. That is simply immoral! 

Human beings should NOT be locked behind bars like wild animals just because they want to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from predatory criminals! Where is the U.S. Senate on H.R. 38? Where is the President? Enough is enough!"


Rep. Richard Hudson (N.C.) had introduced H.R. 38, and it has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Senate now needs to pass it and send it to President Trump for his signature.

Why the delay on this bill? The longer the wait, the more opportunities for vicious criminals to rape, rob, and murder hard working Americans who are UNARMED when they cross state lines over the FEAR that a state GOVERNMENT will steal their money in fines and steal their freedom by putting them in jail and prison.

We have a Republican President and a majority Republican U.S. Congress that both tell us they "support the Second Amendment". 

Therefore, there is NO REASON to not get this done NOW!

Contact the President and ask him to ORDER the U.S. Senate to value LIBERTY and pass H.R. 38!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Evans Towne Center Park - Weapons Carry © 2018 Phillip Evans

Up until recently, the Columbia County, GA Evans Towne Center Park's website had a prohibition of weapons carry during concerts held there. I got into a little argument on the phone with a Columbia County Parks official trying to explain that was contrary to state law.

Columbia County, GA Amphitheater (Photo by Stacie Wells. Creative Commons License)

So I called and left a message for the County Commissioner. 

I received a call back from County Administrator Scott Johnson, and we had a very pleasant conversation. He is a true American Patriot, and is retired from the Georgia State Patrol.

Like me, he understood state law to allow weapons carry on public property, unless it was a "government building" with screening (though certain public buildings are off-limits even without screening - see OCGA 16-11-127 to get the full listing), and the park didn't meet any exceptions under state law to ban lawfully carried firearms and other legal weapons.

He assured me that the website would be edited to remove the prohibition, and he kept his word, as I was confident he would do.

Now lawful carriers of firearms and other legal weapons may carry openly or concealed when attending any public event held at the park, ticketed or not.

Folks, when we get involved and bring these things to the attention of the powers that be, we can get things done! 

You can help by joining Georgia Carry. Your $20 per year membership will help strengthen the best grass-roots organization fighting for your rights in Georgia. I've been a member since 2010. If you're in Georgia and value your rights, then join us!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Chatham County, GA - Weapons License Delays - Follow Up © 2018 Phillip Evans


I later followed up with a call to their newsroom and spoke to a gentleman (I didn't record his name) about the story, to request that they run with it.

Sample GWCL

While I'd like to take the credit, I'm sure several others have been in contact with WTOC, and so here is the link to their story:


While neighboring counties issue a Georgia Weapons Carry License well within the time-frame specified by state law, Chatham County is sometimes taking five months to issue a new or renewal weapons carry license.

In Georgia, one must be licensed to carry a pistol on their person in public, either openly or concealed. There are a few exceptions such as when hunting or at one's place of business. Vehicle carry is also legal without a license if it's in one's own vehicle for those 18 and over.


At Chatham County's last commission meeting Jan 26th, one topic of discussion was a possible increase in funding to hire temporary workers to process the applications.

Here's how County Chairman Albert J. Scott responded to the issue:


"I'm reluctant to recommend we dip into emergency funds for this process. I see it as a privilege, not an emergency."

Per OCGA 16-11-129, if a citizen's application is not processed with the hard time-frame set by state law, a mandamus action may be brought against the probate judge of the county, and the prevailing party is entitled to recovery of attorney fees.

Here's my advice to Chairman Scott

"Sir, you ALREADY have the money from the people which was paid at the time they submitted their license applications. Dip into THAT money to hire workers to process the applications; that's what it's for.

But be penny-wise and dollar foolish if you want, because the attorney fees are going to start coming due for your county mishandling and mismanaging tax-payer money, and not prioritizing what needs to be done to comply with state law."

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You know, his "privilege" and his "not an emergency" statements smack of something a little tyrant would say.

Chairman Scott, it's called a RIGHT, and We The People DEMAND our RIGHTS!

And to someone about to be harmed by criminals, it IS AN EMERGENCY when a citizen is unarmed due to WAITING beyond the time state law says they must wait. 

This illegal and unwarranted delay only hurts law-abiding citizens. Criminals carry their guns without worrying about being licensed. And they hurt innocent people, people that would like to be able to defend themselves, if they can get PERMISSION from the government to do so. And get the PERMISSION SLIP in a timely fashion!

Have you waited beyond 45 days since applying? Contact an attorney and start a mandamus action against them! I suggest the best there is in Georgia for gun carry rights: John R. Monroe of Roswell, (678) 362-7650.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Chatham County, GA - Weapons License Application Violations © 2018 Phillip Evans

If you live in Chatham County, GA and have applied for a new or renewal Georgia Weapons Carry License in order to carry a handgun, be prepared to wait. A long time. (There are some things you can do, so stick with me until the end of the article).


Image by Arkyan


Normally, the NICS check comes back immediately from FBI and is time-stamped. From that time-stamp, the Probate Judge, per state law, has 10 days (not weeks) to issue the license.

A few forum member comments:


Dated May 27th 2017:

"Wife finally received it, after leaving four messages for the person who does the licensing and then a fifth phone call to the general probate court and asking for that person, who supposedly had 'laryngitis'. Anyway, applied Feb 17th, received May 26. 14 weeks.":mad:

Dated Aug 22, 2017:  "11 weeks now, and they refuse to answer the phone. My license expires tomorrow, and the temporary is apparently good for 90 days from date of renewal application... which has it running out September 3."

Dated Aug 25, 2017: "So the probate judge himself called me today! He was very apologetic about the delay, but said my license had 'gone to print' today. Apparently they had a pretty bad manpower shortage when he took the position in January (2017), and on top of that the chief clerk apparently died suddenly in his sleep a couple weeks ago. They hired someone specifically to do weapons license processing and she is in training this week 'to learn ways of doing them better and faster'."  ***

Dated Nov 21, 2017:  "Well by some miracle I finally got a hold of someone there that could tell me what is going. I applied for renewal on June 20th and they are supposedly going to finally mail my new permit out on Monday. So much for following the law about the time frame they have to work with."

Dated Feb 5th, 2018:  For the 30 mins I was there to get my renewal done, they must have done at least 10 marriage licenses. They mentioned they had a backlog of over 400 firearms licenses in the system. I got the impression that those were not a priority, the focus seemed to be on other things.

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I used the form at: https://www.chathamcountyga.gov/Government/RecordsRequest/ to submit the following open records act request to them:

"I'd like electronic copies emailed to me of any documents from 2017 and 2018 pertaining to the delay citizens are having trying to obtain either a new or renewal Georgia Weapons Carry License. This is getting ridiculous, and the excuses are rather hollow. The fact is, you are violating state law. If you prioritized, you would not be this far behind. Someone needs to be fired, and you need to get within the law pronto.  I will be encouraging people to call you to get answers about their license application, and to sue you if they do not get some satisfaction. Enough of this foolishness!"

On their website they have the following:


"We simply do not have a sufficient number of staff or a sufficient amount of space to handle the high number of Weapons Carry Applications which come to this Court.  Our best estimate is that it takes five months to process your application.  We find both this delay and your inconvenience totally unacceptable, and I apologize to you for them. " (emphasis mine)

Here is their contact info:

(912) 652-7266 - Licenses
(912) 652-7265 - Judge Thomas C. Bordeaux, Jr.


You can also call Attorney General Chris Carr to log a formal complaint against Chatham County at (404) 656-3300.

To initiate a mandamus action suit against them, contact Georgia Carry Atty. John R. Monroe at (678) 362-7650.


*** They've had a year since their chief clerk died to get their act together, but to this date have not. Their excuses now hold no more water than a bucket filled with holes.

Be sure to contact your local news media in Chatham County to ask them to run with this story. Embarrass them into coming into compliance with state law!

Update at:

http://pursuitofpatriotism.blogspot.com/2018/02/chatham-county-ga-weapons-license_8.html

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Florida Open Carry Activities? SB 1242 and HB 739 © 2018 Phillip Evans

Although Florida has a general ban on the open carry of firearms, there are certain activities that temporarily exempt citizens from this tyranny. And ironically, you don't even need a license to carry to do so, even though you do need a license to conceal carry at other times.

The exempted activities are fishing, camping, target shooting, and hunting, or directly going to or from.


SB 1242 and HB 739 would add several other outdoor activities to the list. And that makes a great deal of lot sense (thank you, Patriot Senator Greg Steube!). Florida has hazardous wildlife, such as gators, sharp-tusked wild pigs, bears, bobcats, and venomous snakes. 

While out hiking in a state park or other area where such critters can get too close to human flesh, you may not have time to fumble with your cover garment or fanny pack to get to your pistol. Seconds sometimes count, a lot.

Let's see if the "gun-rights-friendly" Republicans in the Florida House and Senate agree. 

They have the majority and could just legalize normal open carry as is the case in 45 other states. But short of that, having open carry legalized when out about on foot in dangerous areas would be a good consolation prize.

Those Florida Republicans are so enamored with Janet Reno's memory, er, I mean the Second Amendment, that surely this outdoor activity open carry bill will get passed. Right? 

Or it could be that they are just bags full of hot air. The sponsors and co-sponsors of this bill excepted, of course.

As long as Backstabbing Traitor Anitere Flores and her equally traitorous lying comrade, Senate President Joe Negron remain in power, don't hold your breath. Most of the Republicans are thankful to have those two giving them cover in order to avoid real votes that restore liberty.

Sadly, I believe 2018 will be dirty rotten Florida politics, as usual. "If it pleases the crown" sounds a little too cozy to the overlords to forego.

So get out those t-shirts with a gun pic and the words, "Lawfully Carrying", and walk the public beaches filled with tourists to let them know that the ban on open carry doesn't remove your right of peaceful FREE SPEECH.

And if your handgun bulges underneath your clothes, that's perfectly legal under state law in Florida as well.


And don't forget to have video and audio going to catch any law-enforcement on the record for violating your right to do so!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Reidsville, GA "No Guns Allowed" Magic Signs! © 2018 Phillip Evans


This piqued my interest partly because I am a gun-carry-rights-for-citizens activist. And partly because Reidsville is a small city with a small budget. I pretty much knew they would not be spending any money to hire a POST Certified law-enforcement officer to handle or even oversee any weapons screening of people as they enter. 

Map highlighting Tattnall County by David Benbennick

As Ms. Szilagyi correctly pointed out, local governments per state law (OCGA 16-11-127), cannot enforce any ban in "government buildings" on weapons carry by citizens who are licensed to carry, unless screening is in place

The exception to this requirement are certain government and other buildings specifically off-limits under state law such as court houses (or any building which houses a courtroom), jails, mental institutions, nuclear facilities, etc.

There is one small bone to pick with Ms. Szilagyi, however. Reidsville may not be breaking state law by posting the signs, as long as they do not try to enforce them by excluding or ejecting lawful carriers of weapons. 

On the other hand, one might argue the signs constitute a "policy". If a judge happens to agree, then state law would be in violation, as local governments are forbidden by the state to institute any policy banning weapons beyond what state law does. 

“We’ve had some people come in up front there with two or three firearms on them and all that and we don’t need nothin’ like that here” - Mayor Sydney Clifton.


So to get to the bottom of this, I submitted an open records act request to get copies of any documents related to the signs.

I received a copy of their city council planning meeting held Jan. 2nd at 5:09pm, which indicated that Councilman Jim Waters made the suggestion to buy and post signs that stated, "No Guns Allowed."

The purchase price of the three 8x12 aluminum signs was $48.00. No vote was taken on the measure to commission the signs because, as City Clerk Britney Fountain explained in an email to me: "No voting or motions are made in the Planning Sessions, only the Regular Scheduled Council Meetings." 

Mighty nice of the city to spend tax-payer money without voting on it. Did they even take bids? I don't know, I just didn't think to ask about that. 


Now for the punch line!


"The signs have been placed on the building (City Hall) at all three doors. The Mayor said the signs will remain in place, but the City of Reidsville will not prosecute anyone for bringing a gun inside the building. Per Mayor Clifton, the signs are in place to deter people from actually bringing the guns inside City Hall" - Britney Fountain speaking for the Mayor in her email reply to me.

There you have it: MAGIC SIGNS!

These signs which will NOT be enforced, are designed to DECEIVE law-abiding citizens into thinking they cannot be lawfully armed inside Reidsville City Hall for the protection of themselves and their families.

Not many folks are lawyers, and even many lawyers are not always well acquainted with the finer points of the law. So I'm sure Mayor Sydney Clifton will thank me for educating folks that you can INDEED CARRY inside their city hall building if you possess a valid weapons license (issued either by the State of Georgia or a reciprocal state).

No security measures are being put in place to keep out illegally carried weapons, mind you. Only disarmament-by-deception of citizens who have spent the time, money, and taken the trouble to be vetted by the state to be trusted to carry firearms and other lawful weapons, by obtaining a license to carry.

Perhaps the citizens of Reidsville should wonder why the Mayor has such a low view of their public trust, to use such shenanigans in an attempt to control them.

The city does not want you carrying your self-defense firearm there, even if you are a law-abiding citizen, and even if legal under state law.

Here's how you can show the city that the emperor has no clothes: 

Whenever you have business there in city hall (and if licensed to carry), OPENLY carry your holstered pistol there, and have a friend take a photo of you carrying right next to the gun-buster door sign. Then send the photo to local city and county TV news and newspapers. Embarrass the city. 

Perhaps they will then think twice before uncovering their raw arrogance again, at tax-payer expense.

Reidsville's Mayor and City Council certainly are not doing anything to dispel the notion that small-town, backwoods politics still exist in Georgia. Boss Hogg would be proud.