Wild West not so wild after all

Photo by Sean Newton

Photo by Sean Newton

By Alwin Roe ⓒ 2009

Starting at about 8:10 a.m. on February 28, 2009, a group of what would eventually grow to be approximately 35 law-abiding citizens with openly-carried unloaded pistols and revolvers, including a grandmother-and-grandson team, met at the main lifeguard tower at Mission Beach. CA Penal Code 12031 practically prohibits carrying of loaded firearms in any public place in incorporated cities.

According co-organizer Nathan W., their mission was “to protest the lack of CCW [Concealed Carry Weapon] permit issuance, to inform the public of their civil rights, to educate LEOs [law enforcement officers], and to better enhance the image of a gun owner and patriot.”

Most were San Diego County residents and members of the premiere Californian firearm enthusiasts forum, Calguns.net. About 25 friends, family members, and a few UCSD students were on hand to lend their support, as well as CA 52nd Congressional District candidate Mike Benoit.

A SDPD captain and her officers initially wanted to inspect weapons en masse, but eventually followed PC 12031 and did individual spot checks on those who had separated from the larger groups. No laws were broken, and no arrests were made.

For more information on Open Carry, visit Nathan W.’s website: http://caopencarry.blogspot.com/

Writer’s Note:
This story and photo (of which I attempted to act as the photographer’s sales agent) were submitted to multiple publications and never made it to print.

The first publication, which advertised $50 per article, decreased the fee to $10. Due to false advertising, I withdrew it.

The second publication unfortunately could not afford to pay for it at all.

The final publication’s editor made it seem like it would go to print under my byline. Instead it was rewritten completely in favor of at least one glaring factual error (the penal code number was changed to an irrelevant one), as well as unchallenged bias and hyperbole.

As I never did get this story published for profit, nor did the photographer seem to be compensated when his photo was used, I’ve decided to release them here.

All materials contained herein are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Alwin Roe or in the case of third party materials, the owner of that content, Sean Newton. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.

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