Open Carry at the Second Amendment Rally at D.C. 2 November, 2019

Open Carry at the Second Amendment Rally at D.C. 2 November, 2019
Open Carry at the Second Amendment Rally at D.C. 2 November, 2019

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- At the Second Amendment rally on the second of November, 2019, two Second Amendment activists openly carried bananas in their holsters. They were making a significant point. On the public grounds of the nation's capitol, they were barred from bearing arms under the penalty of law. The law was enforced by armed agents of the government. The United States government was founded when the British government attempted to confiscate privately owned arms.  The United States government enshrined the right to keep and bear arms in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution.

It is a strange situation for the land of the free and the home of the brave. The author of the Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key, would not have believed it. While he lived, citizens could carry arms, openly or concealed as they wished, without legal hindrance, certainly in the District of Columbia.  Key died in 1843. The first infringements on the Second Amendment took effect after the Supreme Court ruled the Bill of Rights did not apply to the States, in 1833, in Barron v. Baltimore. From thirteen.com:

The Supreme Court, in a decision written by Chief Justice John Marshall, ruled that Barron had no claim against the state under the Bill of Rights because the Bill of Rights does not apply to the states.

At first, there were only a couple of states that infringed on the Second Amendment, and they limited their infringements to banning concealed carry.

The first four presidents of the United States owned numerous personal arms and used them regularly.

It wasn't until 1932, the year Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected, that Congress passed a law to require a permit for the carrying of concealed weapons in the District of Columbia. It was two years before the controversial National Firearms Act was passed in 1934. In 1943, in the middle of World War II,  Congress passed the first law banning open carry in the District.

The unconstitutional infringement of the Second Amendment, banning the open carry of arms in the District of Columbia, continued until July 27th, 2014. On that date, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier issued an order not to arrest people who could legally carry in their home state, or D.C. residents who could now legally carry in the District of Columbia. The return to respect for Second Amendment rights did not last long. The District of Columbia moved fast to pass a new ordinance after the existing ordinance had been ruled unconstitutional on July 26, 2014.

"We came un-armed this time".
“We came un-armed this time”.

One of the activists at the rally for the Second Amendment on 2 November, 2019, carried a sign. “We came un-armed this time”.

It is a disgrace on the nation, the legislature, and the rule of law that peaceful American citizens are forbidden from openly carrying arms in public spaces in the Nation's Capitol. It was a wartime policy that has been hanging on for 76 years, with the brief abatement five years ago.

Legal efforts to reverse this travesty are in progress. Scholars and lawyers have been pursuing a string of Second Amendment cases to restore the fundamental, enumerated, Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. American gun owners continue to show their law-abiding and peaceful nature, while enduring a long train of abuses.

The Supreme Court will hear another Second Amendment case this year. The opinion will not be issued until next year.


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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BigLambowski
BigLambowski
8 months ago

We are coming….☺️

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
8 months ago

Actually that banana thing leads to a good idea. Guns in the shape of a banana or any other non-gun shaped thing.

StWayne
StWayne
8 months ago

The banana holstered in the fore looks like it belongs to Oath Keepers Stewart Rhodes. I served with him on 10 OCT 2019 in Minneapolis at the Target Center for the Trump rally. He’s an intense man. This group has a legit cause: to be faithful to the oath that all police, fire, and military personal take when they swear in. “To protect the Constitution of the United States from all enemies be they foreign OR domestic.” I took this same oath when I served my country for eight years in both the Air Force and the Army. The enemy… Read more »

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen
8 months ago
Reply to  StWayne

All pro-2A rallies henceforth should allow attendees to be able to carry.

jack mac
jack mac
8 months ago

The action expressed by the “this time” sign should be heeded. Those who control the authority of our government believe they no longer need to heed private citizens. Not having to heed the population is a primary objective of tyranny. As evident by the court’s political makeup, it is not a separate independent branch of our government. Too many jurists consider court challenges to infringements of the 2nd Amendment as only an irritant. We cannot have faith in the court upholding the constitution; just hope and that is wishful thinking. While the citizens holding the right to arms have been… Read more »

The other Jim
The other Jim
8 months ago

“In 1943, in the middle of World War II, Congress passed the first law banning open carry in the District.” So the men were off in war, volunteered many, while the Democrats Lawmakers were secure at home thinking about how to take the rights of the men risking life and limb away from them, to arrest them when and if they returned from world war. Those Democrats back then sound as sleazy as now.

JFCrosby
JFCrosby
8 months ago

There will come a time when the people will have had enough and rise up in rebellion against a tyrannical government. The government will then be forced to kill its citizens. At this point, this government will go down in history alongside the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and Communist China. Of course, the useless Democrats will applaud the Government’s action, knowing that the victims were patriotic Americans, people that they have no use for.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
8 months ago
Reply to  JFCrosby

, Every new generation grows up in circumstances that they think is the norm because they have not experienced the freedom of the past. We have to win this in a way that prevents all government from enforcing unconstitutional dictates through the barrel of a gun. Restore the republic.

Charles Nichols
8 months ago

Dean Weingarten, you forgot to mention that nearly every speaker at the rally opposes Open Carry. Back in 2010, Dick Heller said he supported Open Carry but only with a government-issued permission slip, which is what the District of Columbia required in 1943 (not an outright ban as you wrote). I don’t know what Dick Heller’s feelings are today about Open Carry but you only have to Google the names of the rest of the speakers and organizers of the rally to learn that they are enemies of the Second Amendment.

Core
Core
8 months ago

I view this as part of the problem. Open carry is a right for all free citizens, period.

Will
Will
8 months ago

PATRIOTS VOTE/TRAITORS DON’T ! TRUMP/PENCE 2020 !

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen
8 months ago
Reply to  Will

Time to stop voting with pencil lead.