Tuesday, May 6, 2008

If you're coming to the NRA convention in Louisville, here's something you should know...

I'm going to be attending the NRA convention next week in Louisville, Kentucky since I live just up the road in Frankfort, and have been doing some digging around about the situation vis a vis concealed carry in the area.

As you may or may not know, Kentucky has an excellent concealed carry law. We recognize permits from other states and we have liberal restrictions on where you can carry. Since it passed in 1996 it's been a great success. There have been over 60,000 permits issued, and permit holders have an excellent safety record. The Violence Policy Center, the Brady bunch and their mindless minions predicted that blood would flow in our streets if the law was passed but once again, as ever again, they were wrong. Now more Kentuckians, and our guests, are guarded by the armed citizen, the best protection you can get.

Unfortunately, some few places still haven't gotten the word and they prohibit legal CCDW on their premises and in their buildings. Sadly, one of those is the Louisville Slugger museum, where they show you how they make the famous hardwood baseball bats.

Their website is at http://www.sluggermuseum.org. They have signs posted on their doors prohibiting lawful citizens from exercising their right to carry in their building. Sounds to me like a reason not to go there, if that's what they want.

The organization that I helped found and used to help run, the Kentucky Coalition to Carry Concealed (KC3 - http://www.kc3.com), has gone missing in action so they're not putting out the word on this like they should be. The most recent president and vice president abandoned ship in a most unseemly manner, like rats going overboard, leaving the outfit rudderless just as the NRA convention approached and this issue loomed large. Pity, since if it wasn't for KC3 there wouldn't be CCDW in Kentucky in the first place. It's a shame that our organization fell into the hands of some people who were too lazy to carry on the fight, and who tried to cripple it as they headed for the lifeboats.
So I'm passing this on to you in cyberspace so that you'll know that if you come here for the gathering, please do NOT spend your money visiting the Louisville Slugger museum if you believe in self-defense and the preservation of your rights. And please be sure to contact them via their web site to let them know why they're going to be missing out on their share of the estimated $15,000,000 (15 MILLION!) that NRA members and attendees are going be spending in Jefferson county that week. It does no good to avoid them if they don't know why you're doing it.

The GOOD NEWS is the the Frazier Historical Museum, just down the street from the Louisville Slugger, has now taken down their "no weapons" signs and informs us that they welcome CCDW permit holders as long as they observe the laws pertaining thereto.

Their web site is http://www.fraziermuseum.org and if you love edged weapons, firearms of all types and all ages and the history that surrounds them they you're going to LOVE this place! They even have a large section of arms on loan from the Tower of London armory!

By all means, if you love history and guns and knives and swords, take the time to visit the Frazier museum, you'll have a ball. They have fencing demonstrations in addition to the static displays, and the layout is as modern as it gets, very nicely done.

This is a perfect opportunity for gun owners to use the power of the purse both to reward our friends and punish our foes. Don't let it pass by. Every time we flex our economic muscles we send the message that we won't be ignored or trifled with by the politicians and organizations who threaten our rights or impugn us.

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