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Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG)

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Charles.F.Phillips, Nov 12, 2009.

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  1. Charles.F.Phillips

    Charles.F.Phillips TS Member

    Oct 6, 2009
    Here in Virginia, we have a great organization called the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). If you have an equivalent organization in your state, support it, and if you don't, you should create one! Here's an example from the latest email newsletter of what they are doing:

    1. Yesterday's Portsmouth protest had to first overcome gun ban in City Hall

    Yesterday 24 VCDL members showed up at the Portsmouth City Hall to support VCDL urging the Mayor to drop his membership in the disgraceful Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) - a front for generic gun control run by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    The first problem we had was a requirement that you sign in and show photo ID. Board member John Fenter is working to get that fixed. Under the Freedom of Information Act they cannot turn someone away from a public meeting because they didn't bring any ID.

    John and I went up to the City Hall chambers to work that issue, only to be told by a police officer that guns were not allowed in City Hall chambers!

    WHAT?!?!?!! My reaction was to break into laughter and to tell John that this would be one heluva law suit. We explained 15.2-915 to the officer.

    The officer, to his credit, realized that perhaps he had best check this out. He told the other officers to just wait a minute and not turn away any armed citizens.

    Upon checking with the City Attorney, the officer returned in a couple of minutes and sincerely apologized for his error and he said we were more than welcome to enter the chambers.

    Dennis O'Connor was also involved and approached Sheriff Watson on the issue and filed this report:

    "Apparently, no one had ever carried firearms to a Portsmouth city council meeting before, because the security and police seemed not to know how to handle it, and at one point a city officer was attempting to deny us entrance. This was resolved by the city attorney, but thankfully, Portsmouth Sheriff Watson was also on site and was very aggressive about ensuring no one's rights were infringed. He was a shining example of a professional law officer who was well versed in both the law and the constitution, even making making numerours pro-second amendment statements throughout.

    He stated that as an elected constitutional officer, he would not allow anyone's right to bear arms to be violated. Sheriff Watson related to me that when someone initially approached him, exitedly exclaiming that people were coming in who had guns, he simply replied 'so do I.'

    Sheriff Watson make a point of giving me his personal cell phone number, saying if any of our group were excluded or harassed in any manner for carry of firearms to call him immediately and would intervene and correct the problem."

    Thank you, Sheriff!

    We had no further issues with the police or the Sheriff's deputies and we thank them for their professional handing of the event.

    Once inside 3 of us spoke, asking the Mayor to resign from MAIG.

    The Mayor did not comment, nor did anyone from City Council, but I'm sure Council, and perhaps the Mayor, didn't realize until last night the implications of the Mayor being a part of MAIG.

    As far as Portsmouth's illegal gun ban on their lakes and surrounding properties, Ken Richards got this email from the City today after contacting them about that ordinance:


    Mr. Richards,

    Thank you for bringing this concern to the members of the Portsmouth City Council's attention.

    It is the intention of the City Council to consider repealing the referenced ordinance at it's November 24th Meeting.

    If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Portsmouth City Council.

    Thank you,<br />
    Debra White<br />
    City Clerk
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Green Bay Wisconsin
    Nice going. You don't get a chance to beard the lion in his den very often.


  3. Charles.F.Phillips

    Charles.F.Phillips TS Member

    Oct 6, 2009

    Thanks, but I deserve no credit beyond paying dues and joining the occasional protest. Philip and many other members who can afford to take a LOT of time off from work go into the lion's den on a routine basis for us. I cannot express how grateful I am to them.

    R/s,<br />
  4. Quack Shot

    Quack Shot Active Member

    Mar 14, 2006
    VCDL (I'm a member) and the VSSA (Also a member) are two organizations worth belonging to! The VCDL Newsletter and "Alert" is a group effort done by volunteers, with a LOT of time and effort. It's worth subscribing to.



    To Subcribe to the VA-Alert, cut and paste this url:

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