Wednesday, February 18, 2009

NRA News: Court Of Appeals Rules Employees May Store Firearms In Cars

The brouhaha isn't going away anytime soon but at least we've won the last few rounds...

From an NRA emailing:

Fairfax, Va. – "Today, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in support of allowing employees to store legally owned firearms in locked, private motor vehicles while parked in employer parking lots. This decision upholds NRA-backed legislation passed in 2004.

“This is a victory for the millions of American workers who have been denied the right to protect themselves while commuting between their homes and their workplace,” said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. “This effort was aimed at skirting the will of the American people, and the intent of legislatures across this country while eviscerating Right-to-Carry laws. This ruling is a slap at the corporate elitists who have no regard for the constitutional rights of law abiding American workers.”

In March 2004, the Oklahoma legislature passed an amendment holding employers criminally liable for prohibiting employees from storing firearms in locked vehicles on company property. A number of corporations subsequently filed suit in opposition to the new laws, alleging they were: unconstitutionally vague; an unconstitutional taking of private property; and preempted by various federal statutes. The lower court ruled in favor of the injunction.

“This issue was contrived by the gun control lobby who goaded corporations into doing their dirty work for them,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. “However, this ruling is a vindication for every hardworking and lawful man and woman whose basic right to self-defense was taken away on a whim by corporate lawyers. NRA is prepared to defend this right and to ensure the safety of every American worker.”

In October 2008, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry and Attorney General Drew Edmondson appealed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals the lower court decision to strike down the NRA-backed worker protection laws. Today’s proceedings handed down by Circuit Judges Paul J. Kelly, Bobby R. Baldock, and Michael W. McConnell reversed the lower court’s grant of a permanent injunction.

Rust never sleeps and neither does Mrs. Brady and her cast of thousands. And lets face it, there's really only one legitimate gun lobby force in America and that's the NRA. In the interest of full disclosure (like anyone gives a shit) I've let my NRA membership lapse, chiefly because they just don't represent my views often enough. But when they do fight for something as near and dear to my heart like being "allowed" to protect myself from the animals I encounter while to and from the yard where I pick up the bus to take my seniors shopping, credit given where credit is due.

Several months ago, two miscreants somehow thought it a good idea to make an illegal withdrawal from the Bank of Fits. It's something I've not spoken of, but something people should think about.

For most of my adult life, no one in their right mind has decided that fighting me for money and/or belongings was an occupation with a bright future, but the gist of all this is the irrefutable fact that NO ONE knows for sure what the criminal mind is thinking and where such thoughts will take them. Look, they make poor decisions all the time, duh, so the "it can't happen here" line of bullshit is just that, self-induced blindness in the face of reality. Luckily, my middle name is paranoia; I saw them coming a mile away and was ready when they made a move. Being a helluva lot bigger and stronger helped, but ANYONE will go down from a well placed sucker punch, and no, I didn't have to draw down but would have if an escalation of force was necessary.

Fact of the matter is, that choice should be mine and mine alone. Two punks could just as easily have been half a dozen and most of the people reading this heartily agree that running around in circles while trying to dial 911 is precisely the WRONG thing to do when the shit hits the fan.

Men and women of good will the world over have the right to self defense no matter where they are, and "letting" them carry to and from work isn't just a good idea, it's the only idea. Be aware, stay aware, and fight the gun grabbers wherever and whomever they might be. Sarah Brady is no better than Tyrone Jackhandle. He wants whats yours and she wants you to give it to him.

Yeah right.

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