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Why Isn’t It Gay to Be Armed?

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A woman contacted me on a Facebook page I manage called LGBT for Gun Rights and asked me about being an armed gay man who likes to go to nightclubs. Do I carry into clubs? Would I violate the law to defend my life? What do I have to say to people who would have me disarmed? Find out here!
(Interview starts at 12:49)

NH Supreme Court Upholds Denial of License to Carry Discreetly | Free Talk Live

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In July 2014, I applied for a License to Carry a Firearm Discreetly. The local police chief claimed that I am not suitable for such a license and denied my application. I appealed to the local court, and the infamous Judge Burke upheld the decision. I then appealed to the NH Supreme Court, and this week I got news that they too upheld the decision.

Last night on Free Talk Live, hosts Ian and Mark shared my recent blog post on the subject. Here is the audio and video of that segment for those who missed it.

Burning Social Security Cards Like Bras

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Should Protesters Lose Their Gun Rights?

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SHOCK! Judge Burke Upholds KPD Decision: “Unsuitable” to Concealed Carry

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burkeLocal government bureaucrats in Keene are infringing on my right to bear arms.

In July I applied for a concealed carry license. One man, Ken Meola, denied it. I appealed, and this week the news came back: Judge Burke denied my appeal.

Judge Burke’s decision means that while it is perfectly legal for me to carry a firearm openly, it is a crime for me to conceal that firearm, for example by putting on a winter jacket.

The next step is to move on to the State Supreme Court. I haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to do that, but I’ll give another update when I speak with my attorney.

I’m disappointed about this decision, but I’m not surprised. The State is a many-tentacled beast, and the different facets of it protect each other. First the legislators did their part by camouflaging a restriction as a right: they call NH “shall issue” but ultimately leave the power of permission to one man working for the police. Then the police did their part to deny my rights, essentially arguing that they are restricting my freedoms because I don’t respect them. Finally, appeals are made to lawyers who also work for the State.

For those who missed it, here is a link to video of the full hearing.

Read Burke’s decision here. (PDF)

Read the Google Doc Version

Get Your Laws Off My Guns | Freedom Feens | Oct 5, 2014

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Derrick vs Keene Police | Free Talk Live | Sept 8, 2014

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Derrick Stands Up for Gun Rights in Court :: Unregistered Dead Dog :: Court to Punish Itself :: More Activism Than You Can Handle :: Expectations for Government :: Government is Force :: Economy of Scale and Monopoly Service :: Smart Statists :: Not Standing for the Pledge :: History of the Pledge :: Patriotism :: NAZI Pledge

Keene PD Denies License AGAIN??

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What do the Keene Police have to hide?

Today (Aug 7, 2012) I called the Keene Police Department to check the status of my Concealed Carry License application. I applied for the license on July 20. It’s my understanding that NH law requires that the local police department “shall-issue” all valid applicants within 14 days (10 business days) of applying. Applicants must call and ask for an answer–they will not call you. However, if a person has NOT been approved, they will mail that person with an explanation as to why they were denied, and they must do that within 14 days. The clerk (Pat) at the records department said that my application was not in the “approved” pile, and that the man in charge of applications (Michael Goodchild) was on vacation until Aug. 20. She gave me his voicemail, and I left a message. In his voicemail recording, he directs callers to contact Jim McLaughlin with any issues. When I phoned Jim McLaughlin and told him I was audio recording, he told me he did not consent to being recorded and redirected my call to Michael Goodchild’s voicemail again. The third time I called, I explained to the clerk what had happened and asked to speak with someone who would talk to me on the record. After waiting on hold for a few minutes, Pat returned and said that the “Chief of Police” Ken Meola told her that “Captain” Costa would call me back today regarding this issue. Very curious…

The law regarding Concealed Carry Licenses can be found here.