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Second Amendment Supporters Celebrate Independence Day with Open Carry Ride

SPRING HILL – A group of Second Amendment supporters are celebrating Independence Day with an open carry motorcycle ride from Spring Hill to Inverness.

About two dozen supporters gathered at Motorcycle Enthusiasts on Commercial Way this morning, where organizer Andy Hallinan explained the rules for open carry before beginning their ride to Citrus County. Hallinan explained that Florida Law allows anyone to carry a firearm in plain sight as long as they are traveling to or from a gun range. Under Florida Statute 790.25, A person firing weapons for testing or target practice under safe conditions and in a safe place not prohibited by law or going to or from such place.

Prior to today’s demonstration, a spokesperson for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said, “We don’t foresee any issues arising from this planned event.”

Most attendees were armed with an array of handguns but there was at least one rider carrying a semi-automatic rifle; a weapon that is largely mislabeled by mainstream media outlets as an “Assault Rifle.”

There are no reported incidents associated with today’s demonstration.

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  • Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country and absolutely not one gun store in Chicago. They have the highest gun crime rate in the world but in San Antonio Texas there are more gun stores per capita in the world and yet they have the lowest gun violence rate in the United States. Facts are facts .

    Friday, 7 July 2017, 8:59 pm
  • I am a gun owner. I have been a gun owner most of my adult life. Most placed I go, I have my firearm on me. Do my friends and family see it? No!!! Why? I am a responsible gun owner. I grew up in a large city and it was easier to obtain a firearm ILLEGALLY than it is to obtain one legally here in Florida. The thought process is we will be safer with more restrictions. How did that theory work out for drugs? The more you restrict the responsible citizen from owning a firearm to protect his property and family the more you empower the criminal. The bad guys will always find a way to obtain a gun, laws will not stop them……

    Friday, 7 July 2017, 8:36 am
    • @ Lou Finally a statement that was worth reading!!!!!!

      Friday, 7 July 2017, 10:14 am
  • Hey Andy does this mean I can get a group of friends and put them in the back of my pickup with all kinds of guns and its ok and ride around Spring Hill and Brooksville?

    Thursday, 6 July 2017, 5:47 pm
    • Reading comprehension is your friend, “Andy Hallinan explained the rules for open carry before beginning their ride to Citrus County. Hallinan explained that Florida Law allows anyone to carry a firearm in plain sight as long as they are traveling to or from a gun range. Under Florida Statute 790.25, A person firing weapons for testing or target practice under safe conditions and in a safe place not prohibited by law or going to or from such place.”.

      Friday, 7 July 2017, 10:52 am
  • Does this mean I can pull my Civil War cannon behind my tricycle to the gun range now?!?!?!!?

    Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 6:15 pm
  • glad to see everyone had a safe ride..

    Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 10:43 am
  • Andy Hallinan did you go to a gun range ? You should have stopped in at the Hernando Sportsmans club and saw they had a machine gun shooting im sure they would have turned you away

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 9:09 pm
  • Who was the HCSO spokesperson if i saw the guns i would have called the Highway Patrol a gun can not be brandished to another person in public even the idiot with the rifle what are you trying to prove NOTHING

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 9:04 pm
    • Something tells me you have no idea what the definition of “brandish” is. Here is a hint, just carrying a firearm is not brandishing.

      Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 2:18 pm
  • Happy Fourth of July All God Bless

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 4:54 pm
  • This is not a Second Amendment issue. The 2A was written as a prohibition on the federal government, the left wing legal hoax of the Incorporation Doctrine notwithstanding. The issue of open carry falls squarely under the Florida constitution in the Declaration of Rights, article 1 section 8, the right to keep and bear arms. The more well intentioned gun owners and politicians use the term “Second amendment rights” as a generic for all things gun, the more power we continue to give the federal government in determining what the second means when the reality of the intent is they have zero permission in the conversation. Open carry, campus carry, airport carry are all state issues. It is NOT the federal government prohibiting these nor can they prohibit it. It is the FL legislature prohibiting it. A second amendment right infringement is the FFL requirement, the NICS background checks, the existence of the BATFE, the prohibition of sawed off shotguns. THESE are infringements on the 2a.

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 4:42 pm
    • Well said!

      Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 6:04 pm
    • Yes, but the studies of human behavior and guns in other counties (Australia, et. al.) proves beyond all doubt that you and your anti-common sense gun laws are dead wrong.

      Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 7:18 pm
      • Nothing stopping you from going to Australia Billy. Instead of whining about things, work to change them. Otherwise, move somewhere you will be happy. And leave us law abiding citizens alone.

        Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 11:58 pm
    • So, bla bla bla, we can’t do that here… we can’t have common sense gun, economic, educational, environmental laws here… BC of your BS mental gymnastic answer.

      We are losing. We are ranked 17 in standard of living. The countries beating us certainly are NOT “conservative” or “Trump like”. You don’t like common sense; then Why do you hate America?

      Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 7:22 pm
    • Bravo, great comment.

      Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 10:27 am
  • Its great to see these patriots exercising their 2nd amendment right!

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 3:53 pm
  • I applaud the riders for their ” no issues ” ride. Beware of citrus county because there are some there that will disable your arms if possible. I know this for a fact because they stole a firing pin out of my gun after I was stupid enough to trust them in my home. May bad karma be their best friend for years to come. A salute to RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS and RESPONSIBLE RIDERS. Happy fourth of July.

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 2:24 pm
  • Of course there were no issues. They were law abiding Patriots.

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 1:56 pm
    • Unlike the looney liberals… :/

      Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 3:10 pm
      • Without “looney (sic) libs” today wouldn’t exist moron. Read a little, the founders were mostly very liberal Deists.

        Based on their writings, it is very difficult to imagine that given today complex economy, transportation, healthcare systems, etc, that they would identify as whack job right-wing faux chrstian extremists that dominate our political environment.

        Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 7:15 pm
  • Tom, Thank you for properly identifying the semi-automatic rifle, and bringing up the fact that the mainstream media ALWAYS mischaracterizes them as “assault rifles”.
    It is done only to put fear into liberals so that they will continue trying to take away our 2nd Amendment rights.
    If you watch enough news, you will begin to think that we have “assault cars”, “assault knives”, and maybe a few “assault bats”. Should be ban them too. One could make an “assault” weapon out of almost anything.
    LYING MAINSTREAM MEDIA!

    Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 1:55 pm
    • Obama’s going to take your guns!! He’s hiding under your bed!!! “Conservatives” make the same mistake, but of course that doesn’t fit your little view of the world.

      Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 7:12 pm
      • UMMMMM OK LOL

        Friday, 7 July 2017, 9:31 am

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