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    http://www.opencarry.org/billboard.html

    OpenCarry.org needs your help! We plan to keep the pressure on in Texas by placing a billboard calling for Open Carry just outside the capitol where legislators and constituents will see it in the run-up to the 2009 legislative session.

    We have a donor who has agreed to match all donations we receive dollar-for-dollar and Mike and I will be contributing personal money as well.

    We need to raise $5,000 in order to get the billboard up and keep it there for for 2 months. If we can raise more, we will keep the billboard in place well into the legislative session.

    All members who donate at least $10 to this effort will be recognized as "Activist Members" on the forum while all members who join Mike and I in donating at least $100 will be recognized as "Founder's Club Members".

    EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR RAISED WILL BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE ONLY!

    Mike and I will be posting the current billboard ideas in a separate thread with a poll so that you can help us select from amongst the competing ideas.

    PS. Those who wish to mail a check instead of using PayPal are welcome to do so. PM me and I will provide the address.

    http://www.opencarry.org/billboard.html


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    I don't live in TX but I can pony up $10 to help the cause there.

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    ilbob wrote:
    I don't live in TX but I can pony up $10 to help the cause there.
    Thank you! With the number of members we have here, if everyone who is in a position to do so, contributes $10, we can achieve our goal in no time!


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    I see my $10 was already incorporated in the total. Does this happen automatically, or do you have to add it up by hand? Just curious. Paypal has some cool stuff to help you manage this kind of thing.

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    ilbob wrote:
    I see my $10 was already incorporated in the total. Does this happen automatically, or do you have to add it up by hand? Just curious. Paypal has some cool stuff to help you manage this kind of thing.
    Currently by hand. I was just on the ball.

    But I am looking into the options for automation.




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    jpierce wrote:
    I was just on the ball.
    Yeah, Yeah. If you were really on the ball, Ilbob would already be listed as an "Activist Member!"

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    I'm curious... Do the totals on the donations page reflect the amount of "unmatched" donations, or the donations plus the matching amount?
    I'm just wondering if we've raised $620 (as of now) or $1240?

    -I know I'm probably reading too much into it-

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    That includes the matching donation. So ... we have raised $620.00.


    jaredbelch wrote:
    I'm curious... Do the totals on the donations page reflect the amount of "unmatched" donations, or the donations plus the matching amount?
    I'm just wondering if we've raised $620 (as of now) or $1240?

    -I know I'm probably reading too much into it-

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    I need to add the new member levels and I am just about to get on a plane. I will have all users who donated recognized by tomorrow morning.

    Thanks to all who have already donated!


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    I was just on the ball.
    Yeah, Yeah. If you were really on the ball, Ilbob would already be listed as an "Activist Member!"

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    Donated!

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    Done. Please pass onour thanks tothe member that is matching donations.
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    Where will the billboard be? And will it go up as soon as the limit is reached or will there be a particular date set for the start and finish of it? I think once the government isn't taking a break would be the best time for it to go up.

    And youv'e got my 10 dollars.

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    thePirho wrote:
    Where will the billboard be? And will it go up as soon as the limit is reached or will there be a particular date set for the start and finish of it? I think once the government isn't taking a break would be the best time for it to go up.

    And youv'e got my 10 dollars.
    we are carfeully considering several prime locations near Austin, most likley right on I-35. Assuming we get the necessary support to get this bill board up and keep it up, John and I may try to hold press conferences in Austin with legislators favorable to decriminalizing open carry - and Texas gun owners will be invited - presumably, open carry might be allowed if we are on private property but that will take some legal clarification.

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    Add another $10 to the pot

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    Right Wing Wacko wrote:
    Add another $10 to the pot
    Thanks! Keep the donations coming! As soon as we have this seed money, we are going to launch.

    John is busy this weekend smoozing at Hamline Law School - once he is done and updates the Lori-Meter we will see where we are - and, all the member donation monikers will show up on the discussion thread.

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    $10.00 added to the pot to help get open carry for TX.

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    RU98A wrote:
    $10.00 added to the pot to help get open carry for TX.
    Thanks! john will update this stuff by end of weekend and give all contributers their recognition.

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    10.00 to the pot, Texas needs a Gold Star, so that other star isn't so lone.





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    20 from the Great Lake State. Mike

    What the hell, Make it 25!

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    $10 more for the effort! Hopefully we can get a sign in Florida soon!



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    $10 more for the effort! Hopefully we can get a sign in Florida soon!
    yes! I was going to mention that the publicity from the Texas billboard will spill over into the efforts in FL, SC, and OK - so please do contribute. Once we reach the $2,500, we are going to launch the next wave of publicity on the open carry movement, which even the larger gun groups are starting to recognize as a new powerful engine fueling the gun rights revolution.

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    $10 On the way

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    yay! :celebrate

    $10 closer

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    Let me check my finances and I will donate what I can. I'm currently between jobs (last day of work was today, start a new job on the 21st), but I have cash saved up, just not sure I'm willing to separate with. It will be at least $25, hopefully more.

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