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Someone should nominate Alan Gura

17 Jan
Bar Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards at Celebration of Leadership

Nominate Alan Gura, the attorney for the Heller decision.  (Or other libertarian lawyers of your choice.)

Bar Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards at Celebration of Leadership

The D.C. Bar is seeking nominations for outstanding projects and contributions by Bar members that will be recognized at the 2015 Celebration of Leadership: The D.C. Bar Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting. The deadline for submissions is March 27.

Bar members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following: Bar Project of the Year/Frederick B. Abramson Award, Section of the Year, Pro Bono Award Law Firm of the Year, and Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award.

Nominations may be submitted in one of the following ways: (1) online (2) by e-mail to annualawards@dcbar.org; or (3) by mail to Katherine A. Mazzaferri, Chief Executive Officer, District of Columbia Bar, 1101 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005-4210. Electronic submissions are encouraged.

The winners will be honored on June 16 at the Bar’s Celebration of Leadership at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW. The Bar also will present its Beatrice Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Government Service and its William J. Brennan Jr. Award for excellence in the pursuit of equal justice and opportunity for all Americans at the event.

Women disarmed by DC gun control, bike against government failure, tragedy of the commons

17 Oct





















FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Renee Davidson Communications Director Collective Action for Safe Spaces renee@collectiveactiondc.org

Over 250 DC Women Expected to Participate in Grassroots Anti-Harassment Bike Event This Saturday, 10/19“19th Amendment Alleycat” will benefit local anti-street harassment group, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS)
Washington, DC — This Saturday, October 19, over 250 women are expected to participate in “19th Amendment Alleycat,” or what might be the District’s first all-women alleycat. Organized by two women bikers who are active in the city’s cycling community, the grassroots event aims to help women feel comfortable and confident on the DC streets, especially when faced with public sexual harassment. The event offers a unique spin on alleycats, or “urban checkpoint races” which are similar to scavenger hunts and are traditionally dominated by men. Registration is $5 and benefits Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), a local grassroots group that works to empower people in the DC metropolitan area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault.

Less about speed and more about strategy, the 19th Amendment Alleycat will include checkpoints throughout the city that center around events and locations related to DC’s role in the women’s rights movement. Participants will also be able to enter a raffle to win prizes from a range of sponsors. Male allies are encouraged to volunteer at check-points and join participants at the finish for a raffle (see raffle sponsors below) and an official after party.

“The 19th Amendment Alleycat aims to help raise awareness and foster dialogue about public sexual harassment, which is a widespread problem that severely limits women’s safety and restricts their mobility,” said CASS’s founder and executive director, Chai Shenoy. A study by CASS conducted this summer found that 90 percent of respondents report experiencing public sexual harassment in DC, including verbal harassment, leering, stalking and groping. “Since CASS was founded in 2009, we’ve received hundreds of stories of street harassment faced by DC residents, including by female bikers,” said Shenoy, pointing to stories of women being forced to change their bike routes to avoid sexual harassment, fearing sexual assaults along local bike trails and being stalked and dangerously harassed by strangers in cars. The event comes exactly one week after a similar all-women’s cycling event was held in Cairo, Egypt, in response to public sexual harassment.

In preparation for the DC alleycat, CASS collected stories of sexual harassment faced by women cyclists, as well as statements on how biking helps women feel empowered. At the same time that women cyclists often face street harassment, biking can be very empowering, and we look forward to women reclaiming the streets of DC this Saturday,” said Shenoy.

Sponsors and those donating items and raffle prizes to the 19th Amendment Alleycat include: Retail: All-City Cycle, Anhaica Bag Works, Ass Savers, Fabric Horse, Fiks:Reflective, Harlot Clothing Co., Knog, Kozie Prery, Oury Grips USA, Po Campo, Pure Fix Cycles, Road Runner Bags, Rockinoggins, Vaya Bags; Local Bike Shops: BicycleSPACE, CycleLife USA, Proteus Bicycles, The Bike Rack, Velocity Bicycle, Cooperative; Food and Bev: Honest Tea, KIND Bars; With support from: The Bike House, WABA Women & Bicycles.
The 19th Amendment Alleycat will begin at 2:00pm Saturday, October 19th, at Meridian Hill Park in NW DC. The event will last approximately two hours and will culminate with an official after party. Interested parties should RSVP on Facebook. More information can be found on CASS’s website: www.collectiveactiondc.org.
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Founded in 2009 as HollaBackDC!, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) works to empower people in the DC metropolitan area to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault. It does this through both online and offline activism, including workshops, innovative direct services, policy advocacy, and community outreach. Volunteer-led and -run, CASS utilizes the creativity and energy of the DC community to further its mission and vision. Follow CASS on Facebook and on Twitter.
Renee D. Davidson
Communications Director
Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS)
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reneeddavidson@gmail.com  

[w] www.collectiveactiondc.org
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Take action to help empower people in the DC Metro area to build a community free from sexual harassment & assault.

Toy Gun March Today

3 Jul
Mission Statement
The Toy Gun March is a gathering of liberty loving people and their families to promote responsible gun ownership, private charity and to bring public perception of gun owners into a better light.

In order to best communicate the importance of 2nd Amendment rights to the citizens of the District of Columbia, Freedom Fighters around the globe will descend on Washington D.C. armed with toy guns on July 3rd, 2013.
Activists are encouraged to bring fake pistols with orange tips, water guns, nerf guns, anything peaceful to make a statement about our 2nd amendment rights. Due to the fact that it is currently illegal to carry a loaded firearm into the District of Columbia, we liberty lovers have decided to tweak the nose of big government and show Obama what a clown he is for trying to restrict our natural rights. Join us as we march on DC fully armed with toy guns!

We’re locked and loaded for a great event on July 3rd at 9AM. Participants for the march will be expected to adhere to certain structural guidelines in order to provide for our safety and security during the event. If you have any questions about any of the items below, please feel free to ask. We want everyone involved to have a safe and fun event.

The Plan:

The Toy Gun March begins at 9AM on Wednesday, July 3rd. If you are planning on parking, there is paid parking in the Arlington Memorial Cemetary lot near the bridge. That is where we will meet with the Toys for Tots representative who will take our toy donations so that we don’t have to carry them across the bridge.

We will then assemble on the North side of Memorial Drive by 9:15 where we will meet our escort from the National Park Service. The NPS will inspect all realistic looking guns to ensure that they are in compliance. Remember, AIRSOFT guns are NOT permitted. Realistic looking toy guns with orange tips are permitted. After the inspections are complete, we will then begin our march across the Arlington Memorial Bridge by 9:30AM at the latest. Participants are strongly urged NOT to point guns at officers or squirt them. They are acting as our security and we should treat them with respect. This is also important because it is possible that a lot of anti-gun social democrats are looking for any opportunity to paint us in a bad light. You can squirt me all you want, but please be respectful of the park police who are going out of their way to provide us with adequate security.

There will be camera crews and media at the event. Participants are urged not to talk to the media as the Toy Gun Martials will be designated to handling the press in order to keep us on message. (Pro-gun, Private charity). Toy Gun Martials will be able to be identified by wearing an American flag bandanna on their arms. These are the people you should direct questions to if you need anything.

Please keep an eye on children. The National Park Service officers will be on hand to direct traffic, but we need to be vigilant to make sure that no children end up running into traffic or being harmed as we cross into Washington D.C.

Also remember, there will not be an option for refills of your water guns during the march until we arrive at the destination. It is a good idea to bring some fun “lights & sounds” guns (with orange tips) as backup should you quickly run out of water ammunition. It also would make sense to have a canteen, camelbak, or water bottle refill on your person in case you get hot, or need to make an emergency ammo refill while on the march.

The Route: We will cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge on the North side and cross around the Lincoln Memorial, proceeding around the Lincoln Memorial and down Constitution blvd. We will arrive at the Washington Monument at the corner of Constitution and 14th Street where the rally will begin at 10:30AM.

The Rally: When we arrive at 10:30AM, people who do not wish to participate in the march can meet up at the rally at this point to enjoy a day of games and fun with friends and family. Elderly or the very young can meet us at the corner of Constitution and 14th at 10:30AM and bring a toy to give to charity. The Toys for Tots representative will be there and the newcomers to the event can then give their donations to the SSgt who will take them for us. It is at this point that we will be able to begin refilling our water guns from a 160 gallon tank that will be standing by. Then after facepainting for anyone who wishes is complete, we will stage a braveheart style gun battle that will be filmed for the cameras. After that is complete, we will then break up into activities for the day including kickball and ultimate frisbee or any random watergun fight that you find yourself falling into. At 2PM the official event ends but people can come and go as they please at anytime of course.

What to bring: Donation of toys, books, art supplies, stuffed animals, board games, anything unopened for Toys for Tots.

For yourself: Water guns, Toy Guns with orange tips, festive attire, sunscreen and a sense of humor!

Thanks everyone! If you haven’t already, please donate to the event atwww.toygunmarch.com and encourage others to do so! Even $5 goes a long way for underprivileged kids. If you have friends in the media, please send them the attached press kit and encourage them to blog or do a story on the event and encourage everyone to bring cameras as well.

As always, if you have questions please ask. Looking forward to seeing you July 3rd!

Permitting Process is complete! We are cleared for launch!

Toy Gun March

3 Jul
The Toy Gun March is a gathering of liberty loving people and their families to promote responsible gun ownership, private charity and to bring public perception of gun owners into a better light.

In order to best communicate the importance of 2nd Amendment rights to the citizens of the District of Columbia, Freedom Fighters around the globe will descend on Washington D.C. armed with toy guns on July 3rd, 2013.

Activists are encouraged to bring fake pistols with orange tips, water guns, nerf guns, anything peaceful to make a statement about our 2nd amendment rights. Due to the fact that it is currently illegal to carry a loaded firearm into the District of Columbia, we liberty lovers have decided to tweak the nose of big government and show Obama what a clown he is for trying to restrict our natural rights. Join us as we march on DC fully armed with toy guns!

We’re locked and loaded for a great event on July 3rd at 9AM. Participants for the march will be expected to adhere to certain structural guidelines in order to provide for our safety and security during the event. If you have any questions about any of the items below, please feel free to ask. We want everyone involved to have a safe and fun event.

The Plan:

The Toy Gun March begins at 9AM on Wednesday, July 3rd. If you are planning on parking, there is paid parking in the Arlington Memorial Cemetary lot near the bridge. That is where we will meet with the Toys for Tots representative who will take our toy donations so that we don’t have to carry them across the bridge.

We will then assemble on the North side of Memorial Drive by 9:15 where we will meet our escort from the National Park Service. The NPS will inspect all realistic looking guns to ensure that they are in compliance. Remember, AIRSOFT guns are NOT permitted. Realistic looking toy guns with orange tips are permitted. After the inspections are complete, we will then begin our march across the Arlington Memorial Bridge by 9:30AM at the latest. Participants are strongly urged NOT to point guns at officers or squirt them. They are acting as our security and we should treat them with respect. This is also important because it is possible that a lot of anti-gun social democrats are looking for any opportunity to paint us in a bad light. You can squirt me all you want, but please be respectful of the park police who are going out of their way to provide us with adequate security.

There will be camera crews and media at the event. Participants are urged not to talk to the media as the Toy Gun Martials will be designated to handling the press in order to keep us on message. (Pro-gun, Private charity). Toy Gun Martials will be able to be identified by wearing an American flag bandanna on their arms. These are the people you should direct questions to if you need anything.

Please keep an eye on children. The National Park Service officers will be on hand to direct traffic, but we need to be vigilant to make sure that no children end up running into traffic or being harmed as we cross into Washington D.C.

Also remember, there will not be an option for refills of your water guns during the march until we arrive at the destination. It is a good idea to bring some fun “lights & sounds” guns (with orange tips) as backup should you quickly run out of water ammunition. It also would make sense to have a canteen, camelbak, or water bottle refill on your person in case you get hot, or need to make an emergency ammo refill while on the march.

The Route: We will cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge on the North side and cross around the Lincoln Memorial, proceeding around the Lincoln Memorial and down Constitution blvd. We will arrive at the Washington Monument at the corner of Constitution and 14th Street where the rally will begin at 10:30AM.

The Rally: When we arrive at 10:30AM, people who do not wish to participate in the march can meet up at the rally at this point to enjoy a day of games and fun with friends and family. Elderly or the very young can meet us at the corner of Constitution and 14th at 10:30AM and bring a toy to give to charity. The Toys for Tots representative will be there and the newcomers to the event can then give their donations to the SSgt who will take them for us. It is at this point that we will be able to begin refilling our water guns from a 160 gallon tank that will be standing by. Then after facepainting for anyone who wishes is complete, we will stage a braveheart style gun battle that will be filmed for the cameras. After that is complete, we will then break up into activities for the day including kickball and ultimate frisbee or any random watergun fight that you find yourself falling into. At 2PM the official event ends but people can come and go as they please at anytime of course.

What to bring: Donation of toys, books, art supplies, stuffed animals, board games, anything unopened for Toys for Tots.

For yourself: Water guns, Toy Guns with orange tips, festive attire, sunscreen and a sense of humor!

Thanks everyone! If you haven’t already, please donate to the event atwww.toygunmarch.com and encourage others to do so! Even $5 goes a long way for underprivileged kids. If you have friends in the media, please send them the attached press kit and encourage them to blog or do a story on the event and encourage everyone to bring cameras as well.

As always, if you have questions please ask. Looking forward to seeing you July 3rd!

Permitting Process is complete! We are cleared for launch! 

The Heller Ruling, Five Years On

4 Jun

Policy Forum
June 4, 2013 12:00PM

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Hayek Auditorium
Featuring Alan Gura, Gura & Possessky, Lead Counsel, District of Columbia v. HellerRobert Levy, Chairman, Cato Institute, Co-counsel, District of Columbia v. HellerClark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice, Co-counsel, District of Columbia v. Heller; and Emily Miller, Senior Editor, Washington Times, Author, Emily Gets Her Gun (forthcoming, Regnery); moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
Five years ago, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. By a 5-4 vote, the Court ruled that the strict gun-control laws in the nation’s capital—which amounted to a complete ban on any usable weapon for self-protection, even in the home—were unconstitutional. The Court finally confronted a long-simmering controversy over the scope of the Second Amendment and declared that, yes, that amendment does secure an individual the right to keep and bear arms. Now, five years later, with gun controls being debated both in the Congress and state legislatures, it is a good time to assess the impact of theHeller precedent. Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion of the Second Amendment, self-defense, and the right to keep and bear arms.
If you can’t make it to the Cato Institute, watch this event live online at www.cato.org/live and follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

Guns, Congress and the Press

30 May


Guns, Congress and the Press

June 5, 2013 10:00 AM
 
Speakers NPC 
 
Guns, Congress and the Press
 
Dick Heller,  the litigant in District of Columbia v. Heller – which resulted in the landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision affirming the individual’s right to own firearms – will appear at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on  Wednesday,  June 5,  to make his case that many in the media and Congress have purposely confused the public with proposed and implemented gun legislation. He will also speak about potential new litigation to preserve gun ownership right.
 
Gun ownership rights activist Heller asserts that press bias and congressional actions are aimed at confiscating guns and that more balance is needed in presenting gun control and ownership issues to the public.
 
District of Columbia v. Heller was an historic case in which the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense, within the home and within federal enclaves. As a result, over 200 lawsuits have been filed nationwide challenging Second Amendment Rights infringements. Long-standing gun control regulations have been amended in many states in order to comply with this landmark decision.
 
This National Press Club Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for 
10:00AM, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 in the 
Club’s Lisagor Room on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 
529 14th St, NW, Washington, DC, 20045.
 
Contact:     Anthony E. Gallo, Newsmaker Event Host
                    202 -544-6973,   AGallo2368@verizon.net

Beretta shrugged

25 Feb

“We literally are part of the arsenal of democracy,” said Reh, sweeping his hand toward the production floor, where on a recent afternoon more than 1,000 of the military version of the pistol sat in various stages of assembly. “That’s why we consider this so insulting.”
To fulfill the contract, Beretta expanded the plant by the length of a football field, installed an underground shooting range and hired 500 people. By 1990, during the peak of the first Gulf War, the company was the second-largest employer in Southern Maryland and had a supply chain of contractors that employed hundreds more.

O’Malley takes swipe at NRA in Maryland gun-control debate

O’Malley takes swipe at NRA in Maryland gun-control debate

The governor says the ‘propaganda machine’ is trying to douse support and takes his case to hunters.

Gun rights advocates make voices heard at Md. Senate hearing

Gun rights advocates make voices heard at Md. Senate hearing

Crowd descends on Annapolis to oppose Md. plan to institute some of the nation’s strictest gun-control laws.

O’Malley details gun proposals, including new registration rules

O’Malley details gun proposals, including new registration rules

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Today, the company produces more than 100,000 guns annually, supplying the militaries and police of the United States and its allies, including the Iraqi army. It has shipped an additional million for purchase by private citizens, including some on display at its high-end galleries in Dallas, London, Milan and Paris. There, Beretta has turned firearms into a luxury accessory with its $130,000 Montecarlo shotguns, $1,000 hunting jackets and sweepstakes to hunt with the Duchess of Rutland.
The company’s new rifle, which it is reluctant to call an “assault” weapon, could add to that profile. It would be the first civilian version of a machine gun that is now available only to militaries, and that is configured with a clip-on grenade launcher for many special operations units.
Beretta plans to sell the semiautomatic, .223 caliber version as the ARX-100. It is expected to sell for about $2,000.
Uncertain future
The assault-weapons ban isn’t the only part of the governor’s bill Beretta dislikes.
In Maryland, gun manufacturers are required to register as firearms dealers, which some say could expose the company to lawsuits for selling and shipping weapons as dealers do. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which passed the governor’s bill 7 to 4 late Thursday, spelled out an exemption for Beretta and a handful of other smaller manufacturers in the state.
But the company said it is still not clear how it would handle warranty and repair issues for its many lines of guns, which are also serviced in Accokeek. The bill does not specify if the company could charge to fix guns that would be deemed illegal for sale, or if it could legally ship them back to their owners. Lawmakers said intermediary gun dealers would likely have to facilitate the transactions.
O’Malley aides say the bill could have outright banned manufacturing of assault weapons in the state but did not in part because of Beretta, which has agreed to meet with the administration on Monday to discuss the bill.
“We think getting assault weapons off the streets and keeping this company can both be accomplished,” said Raquel Guillory, O’Malley’s spokeswoman.
But some lawmakers said Beretta will have to be a bigger part of the discussion before the bill passes.
Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr. (D-Prince George’s), whose district encompasses the Accokeek plant, said he would do everything he could for the company.
“We want to keep those jobs,” said Vallario, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which has a key role in approving the legislation.
As he walked along the production floor recently, Reh said Beretta officials say they do not want to leave their U.S. headquarters in Maryland.
Relocating high-tech machining equipment and vats of chrome used to plate Beretta barrels would be costly and out of character for a company that is still based in the Italian town where it began in 1526.
The company’s Italian patriarch, Ugo Gussalli Beretta, visited the plant shortly after O’Malley introduced his gun-control bill, and the two discussed the issue. But Reh declined to say if the two reached any decisions about what would happen if the governor’s bill passes.
“All I can tell you is, Mr. Beretta said, ‘There always seems to be a problem with Maryland.’ ”