Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Defender Award - What a nice surprise

I went to the Gun Rights Policy Coference (GRPC) in Tampa this weekend, to meet and network with many folks in the 2A restoration community. This is a great event, giving the opportunity to meet with such giants in the movement as Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF); Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (GOA); and David Keene, former president of the NRA and Opinion Page Editor of the Washington Times.

Then there was Alan Gura, the attorney who won both the Heller and McDonald cases at the Supreme Court, Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk Radio, Mark Walters of Armed American Radio and Jeff Knox of The Firearms Coalition. These are some of the individuals who are giants in the right to keep and bear arms community.

GRPC had an awards luncheon on Saturday, where Alan Gottlieb presented awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to the cause. Imagine my surprise when Alan called out my name as one of the recipients of the SAF Defender of Liberty award for 2016. 

I think if anyone had been looking at me, they would have seen my shocked face. I was glad to see that Cheryl Todd of Gun Freedom Radio received this award, too. 

There were are others who are equally as deserving if not more so. Just to name a few that I know: Rob Morse (Slow Facts), John Richardson (No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money), Rachel Malone (Texas Firearms Freedom), and Dr. John Edeen of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO).

So . . . . what's next? Well, we still don't have Constitutional Carry in Tennessee. The City of Knoxville is still banning guns at Chilhowee Park, the zoo, and Ijams Nature Center; and shooting ranges within the City. Knox County still is banning guns at libraries, Farragut Town Hall's recreation area is posted . . . 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

University of Tennessee weapons policy explained

In my last post, I questioned some SEC coaches' suspension of the Second Amendment for their student-athletes.

As mentioned, that prompted me to take a close look at the University of Tennessee firearms policy. I sent some questions to UTPD. 

After several days wait, and a follow-up email, I received a reply. My questions are in  COURIER BOLD, BLUE, UT Answers are in Arial Orange. All other text is plain text.

Simsen, Karen Ann (Karen) <karen.simsen@tennessee.edu>
9:47 AM (13 hours ago)

Hi Mr. Matthews –
I apologize for the delay in our response.   Below are responses to your questions.  Please send me any follow up questions you may have.  Thank you  - Karen Simsen

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Can SEC coaches suspend a Constitutional Right?

A decade ago, in the aftermath of Katrina, the City of New Orleans violated both the 2nd and 4th Amendment rights of their citizens by confiscating lawfully owned firearms. You may remember THIS video from that time.

Officials, in their officialdom, seem to have a penchant for officially banning/confiscating guns here or there, and everywhere (they can get away with it). As you see from the NOLA* video, that sometimes includes your home. In Buffalo, NY, it is from estates. In California, well let's just say they've got a lot of Goldilocks gun bans in the works.

Then we learned last weekend from Jenn Jaques at Bearing Arms that some SEC football coaches have taken it upon themselves to institute a broad-based ban against firearms by student-athletes. She had picked up on a story over at the Montgomery Advertiser, Can SEC football players own a gun? Depends on each school's policy.

Matthew Stevens at the Advertiser reports that the Advertiser asked 12 different head coaches-
if they had a policy regarding restrictions on their players legally owning a handgun.