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    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_10292097



    DENVER—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was briefly evacuated from her downtown Denver hotel on Saturday when a man carrying two hunting rifles and two pistols tried to check in to the hotel.

    Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said 29-year-old Joseph Calanchini of Pinedale, Wyo., faces a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon after police officers at the Grand Hyatt hotel noticed him carrying a rifle-type case while checking in. Calanchini did not have a concealed weapons permit, said Lance Clem, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
    Wiley said authorities were not releasing information about whether the weapons were loaded because the case remained under investigation. Wiley said the charge is the same whether the weapons were loaded or unloaded.
    Pelosi and other guests briefly evacuated the hotel but were never in danger, Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said.
    Calanchini told KUSA-TV it was bad timing.
    "I didn't even know the DNC was in town. I don't watch the news," Calanchini told the station from jail before he was released on $10,000 bond. "If I had known, I would have done things differently. It was a simple mistake."
    Calanchini told KUSA he had the weapons because he was getting ready for a hunting trip Aug. 28.
    Authorities were investigating a report that Calanchini was in town on business and had had the weapons worked upon, including mounting of site scopes, to prepare for the trip.
    "The speaker was never in any danger and she appreciates the quick and professional response of the police," said Daly.

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    Absolute Travesty.

    This guy deserves a big payday from the city.

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    This guy is from Wyoming. Colorado has reciprocity with Wyoming. As far as 'concealed weapons'... he was carrying them in luggage... passing thru. can't find the statute which covers that... but somewhere in the Firearms Owners Protection Act maybe?

    Was there a 'Gunbusters' sign posted on the premises... or other 'No Weapons Allowed' type posting?

    As for Pelosi... Does this neo-royalty socialist have some sort of Stalinist carte-blanch trump of citizens Constitutional rights? 2A, 4A & 14A were violated here.

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    That garbage wrap/birdcage liner the "dumbver post" did it's usual horse poop job of reporting. If the guns were unloaded, he comitted no crime. I'm not sure that he had a CCW from WY, where as pointed out, we have recip, but clearly more info is needed. As for that pos pelosi, too bad she had to stop kissing obooba's ass and leave. She does think she's the queen, the arrogant bitch.
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    I posted in another thread, but here it is repeated. I didn't know I needed a permit for long guns, nor a CCW permit for pistols in luggage:

    USA - A Wyoming hunter who accidentally caused a security concern at the Grand Hyatt hotel Saturday says he's sorry for the problems he caused and didn't know the Democratic National Convention was in town.
    When Joseph Calanchini walked into the Grand Hyatt hotel with 2 rifles and 2 pistols Saturday around 4 p.m., Denver Police evacuated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from the hotel until they arrested Calanchini and made sure it was safe for Pelosi to return.
    "I didn't even know the DNC was in town. I don't watch the news," said Joseph Calanchini from the Denver City Jail where he's being held on bond. "If I had known, I would have done things differently. It was a simple mistake."
    Calanchini, who talked to 9Wants to Know from the Denver City Jail, says he had the weapons because he's getting ready to go on a hunting safari trip in Limpopo Basin, South Africa on August 28. He plans to hunt warthog, impala, baboon and jackals with a friend there.
    He says he had just picked up his rifles from the Sportsman's Warehouse and had them in a locked gun case when he checked in at the Grand Hyatt. The clerk checking him in noticed the rifle case and called security.
    "I'm amazed. It's not like they were illegal weapons, they were all registered to me," said Calanchini. "It was bad timing."
    Police say Calanchini had permits for the rifles, but did not have concealed permits to carry two pistols that were found in his luggage. Calanchini says he forgot they were in there.
    He was charged with unlawfully carrying weapons, a misdemeanor. Calanchini is being held on $10,000 bond at the Denver City Jail.
    "I didn't mean to cause any problems," said Calanchini. "I'm sorry, it was not intentional."
    Calanchini, who is registered as an independent, says he doesn't know who he's going to vote for yet.
    "Would this affect my choice as a candidate? No. There's more important issues than this," said Calanchini.
    The 29-year-old man from Pinedale, Wyoming, has never been arrested before. He says he's hunted for several years in places like Canada, California and Wyoming. He planned the safari to South Africa with a friend in June.
    He says the U.S. Secret Service interviewed him for an hour and a half on Saturday to make sure he's not a threat.
    "They know I'm not trying to do anything," he said.
    Calanchini, who sells drilling tools across Colorado and Wyoming, says he is a frequent guest at the Grand Hyatt.
    But the Grand Hyatt General Manager says he was not a registered guest at the hotel.
    "We don't know why he was walking through our hotel," said General Manager Ed Bucholtz.
    After police searched and towed Calanchini's car, they allowed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) back into the hotel.
    "The speaker was never in any danger. And she appreciates the quick and professional response of the police," said Brendon Daly, Pelosi spokesman.

    (Copyright KUSA*TV All Rights Reserved.)

    The mainstream media then spins it, this from Fox News:
    Pelosi's Hotel Evacuated in Scare Dem. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi briefly leaves Denver hotel after man wielding several weapons is detained

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    Police say Calanchini had permits for the rifles, but did not have concealed permits to carry two pistols that were found in his luggage.

    You don't need 'permits' for rifles. You don't need a CCW to carry pistols in luggage either (anywhere). If he has a WY CCW... he's good there too. CO has full recoprocity with WY. Who are the goons who write thisagit-prop crap?

    What difference does it make who he's gonna vote for? Irrelevant to the whole thing.

    What BS!



    Is there any follow-up story?


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    Hopefully the follow up story will be about this guy sueing Denver back into the stone age.

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    thorvaldr wrote:
    Hopefully the follow up story will be about this guy sueing Denver back into the stone age.


    I hope a good lawyer finds out about this and contacts him, sounds from here like he's taking their word for it that he is in the wrong.

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    Baradium wrote:
    thorvaldr wrote:
    Hopefully the follow up story will be about this guy sueing Denver back into the stone age.


    I hope a good lawyer finds out about this and contacts him, sounds from here like he's taking their word for it that he is in the wrong.
    I honestly doubt the total veracity of this article's authoror the 'verbatim' as such taken out of context. Obviously... this fella got blind-sided... and he's bein' told all sorts of stuff w/o benefit of council. (Ignoring the 5A by the LEO's may be another example of the tyranny at work here.)

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    It always amazes me that just 'because' a politician is involved, somehow the laws change.



    It isn't against the law to have empty (or even loaded) firearms in a locked case. It isn't 'carrying concealed' to have empty handguns in a locked suitcase. It isn't against the law to carry these cases in your motor vehicle...or carry them into a hotel.



    It isn't against the law to come into a hotel to register for a room without having a reservation.



    Seems like the only laws broken in this whole event were civil rights laws broken by the Denver police.

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    CaptainFinn wrote:
    It always amazes me that just 'because' a politician is involved, somehow the laws change.



    It isn't against the law to have empty (or even loaded) firearms in a locked case. It isn't 'carrying concealed' to have empty handguns in a locked suitcase. It isn't against the law to carry these cases in your motor vehicle...or carry them into a hotel.



    It isn't against the law to come into a hotel to register for a room without having a reservation.



    Seems like the only laws broken in this whole event were civil rights laws broken by the Denver police.
    I kind'a think theDenver copswere influenced by the Secret Service (palace guard) most likely outta DC with that east coast mindset... They're excitable... overreactive and in this instance, under the MSM microscope with the DNC in town. 'Course the fact that every nut-job moonbat in the country is out in the streets with their chicken-commie wanna-be BS doin' their 1A 'protected' thing is notwithstanding.

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    Denver's controversial gun laws will remain in effect thanks to a divided Colorado Supreme Court that upheld the ordinances on a 3-3 vote.
    The tie vote means a lower court ruling upholding Denver's laws will stand.

    But the tie vote failed to give the state, cities and gun groups what they wanted most - a clear ruling from the state high court on whether uniform state law overrides local gun ordinances passed by home-rule cities such as Denver.

    "It makes a good law in Denver but leaves unresolved how these issues are dealt with elsewhere," said Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell.

    "We were hopeful we would get a definitive ruling one way or the other," he said, noting that a number of Denver ordinances regulating a variety of firearms were at issue. "Although it's a relatively favorable ruling for the city, we now have to analyze the situation and figure out where we go from here."

    Among the issues, Broadwell said, is when to resume enforcement of Denver's laws that have been in hiatus during the court case.

    The legal battle began when state lawmakers passed legislation in 2003 that barred cities such as Denver from enacting ordinances more restrictive than state law. The idea was to bring uniformity to the variety of local gun laws across the state.

    Denver, which has some of the strictest firearm laws in the metro area, challenged the state legislation as a violation of its authority as a home-rule city.

    Two Denver district judges ruled that while the state legislation overrode some ordinances, Denver still had the right to regulate assault weapons, so-called "Saturday night specials" and the open carrying of firearms in public.

    Denver District Judge Joseph E. Meyer ruled in 2004 that Denver's dense population and violent crime rate outweighed the state's need for uniformity in gun laws.

    Although the Supreme Court's tie vote upheld the lower court ruling, Colorado still has no clear direction from the court on when or whether home-rule cities can enact gun ordinances that override state statues.

    The unusual tie vote resulted when newly appointed Justice Allison Eid, a former Colorado solicitor general, abstained because she argued the case on behalf of the state when she worked for the attorney general's office.

    Spokeswoman Kristin Hubbell said the attorney general's office will not appeal the ruling further.

    "We were obviously hopeful the court would agree on the arguments we made," she said.

    "Overall, we're glad that statewide concealed carry is still in place," she said, referring to uniform statewide criteria established for issuing concealed carry permits under a law passed in 2003. "I think that today's ruling may leave issues that have yet to be resolved."

    Broadwell agreed.

    "We filed the case to have the courts provide clarity and certainty," he said. "We had hoped we would get a more definitive ruling on these issues so we would know where we stand in the state. We hoped the court would rule in a way that would become the law of the land one way or the other. We didn't achieve that."

    He said he expects further challenges to the laws in Denver or other municipalities.

    A challenge on a more narrow issue could result in a different vote, Broadwell said.

    In Monday's rulings, Justices Mary Mullarkey, Alex Martinez and Gregory Hobbs voted to uphold the rulings of the Denver judges. Justices Michael Bender, Nancy Rice and Ben Coats said the decisions should be overturned.

    It is unclear whether Eid will have to continue to abstain from any new cases involving the issue.

    Attorney Anne Gill, who represented Aurora Gun Club member John Sternberg in his challenge to Denver's gun laws, said they are evaluating what to do next.

    "Our reaction is deep disappointment that we didn't get a ruling out of it," Gill said. "Mr. Sternberg basically wants to have clarification on the state law, and we are hoping that the ultimate ruling is that uniform state law will prevail. We are trying to figure out how to get to that point."

    Tony Fabian, president of the Colorado State Shooting Association, said his group and National Rifle Association experts are evaluating the situation to decide what to do next.

    "We're just disappointed," he said. "The court was unable to give us a final opinion on the law in this area and leaves this issue up in the air. We're left waiting and wondering what is the law when it comes to this matter."

    Denver gun laws that remain in effect

    • Assault weapons: A ban on assault weapons and cheap Saturday-night specials.

    • In public: A ban on openly carrying firearms in public.

    • Storage: Safe storage of all firearms required.
    It looks like you boys in Colorado have different gun laws depending on which city you are in. My guess is he will be able to beat this using FEDERAL law. My question is, why hasn't Hannity or O'Reilly made this FRONT PAGE?

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    "It looks like you boys in Colorado have different gun laws depending on which city you are in. My guess is he will be able to beat this using FEDERAL law. My question is, why hasn't Hannity or O'Reilly made this FRONT PAGE?"



    To some degree, this is true. Denver belongs in another state--and Boulder, compared to the real Colorado--like Colorado Springs. Don't have all the info, obviously, because this guy broke no state or federal laws--unless his weapons were loaded and concealed--assuming he didn't have a WY CCW which is valid here. Need more info.
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    Whatever happen to this case?

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    Rattrapper wrote:
    Whatever happen to this case?
    Found at http://www.tom-hanna.org/?p=1522 using google. If he hasn't found a lawyer by now chances are he doesn't intend to:

    #20. Joe Calanchini
    7 months and 18 days ago
    The case was dismissed today. Thanx for all the support everyone. Now it's just the challenge of getting my personal property back.
    #21. Joe Calanchini
    7 months and 18 days ago
    Still haven't received my property back including my guns. It seems that the DPD is doing everything that can to make this more difficult for me. Charges were never filed, the arrest is on my record, and the only way to get my property back is by a judges/DA's order. Then it has to go to the investigating officer for him to ok the release. The officer is working the 4 pm to 12:00 am shift, so timing is terrible. I never even received a reciept for the stuff that was taken out of my truck. I have a good idea of what was in there, but no official list of what they took.
    #22. Joe Calanchini
    1 month and 7 days ago
    Just incase anyone is interested on the latest on my case. The Denver Police and other agencies that searched my truck were able to steal quite a bit of personal belongings. I pod, radar detector and grandfathers ring from WWII just to name a few items. I did finaly get my rifles and pistols back from the DPD after about 2 months. I contacted the ACLU about going after the DPD to get either my stuff from my truck back or replacement value. They turned down my case saying that due to their high work load and low funding they don't have the resources to pursue my case. I guess that the protestors from the DNC are taking up the most of their time. So as is stands now I did get my guns back, had my truck robbed by law enforcement and have an arrest for unlawful carrying of firearms on my record.


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    diesel556 wrote:
    Rattrapper wrote:
    Whatever happen to this case?
    Found at http://www.tom-hanna.org/?p=1522 using google. If he hasn't found a lawyer by now chances are he doesn't intend to:

    #20. Joe Calanchini
    7 months and 18 days ago
    The case was dismissed today. Thanx for all the support everyone. Now it's just the challenge of getting my personal property back.
    #21. Joe Calanchini
    7 months and 18 days ago
    Still haven't received my property back including my guns. It seems that the DPD is doing everything that can to make this more difficult for me. Charges were never filed, the arrest is on my record, and the only way to get my property back is by a judges/DA's order. Then it has to go to the investigating officer for him to ok the release. The officer is working the 4 pm to 12:00 am shift, so timing is terrible. I never even received a reciept for the stuff that was taken out of my truck. I have a good idea of what was in there, but no official list of what they took.
    #22. Joe Calanchini
    1 month and 7 days ago
    Just incase anyone is interested on the latest on my case. The Denver Police and other agencies that searched my truck were able to steal quite a bit of personal belongings. I pod, radar detector and grandfathers ring from WWII just to name a few items. I did finaly get my rifles and pistols back from the DPD after about 2 months. I contacted the ACLU about going after the DPD to get either my stuff from my truck back or replacement value. They turned down my case saying that due to their high work load and low funding they don't have the resources to pursue my case. I guess that the protestors from the DNC are taking up the most of their time. So as is stands now I did get my guns back, had my truck robbed by law enforcement and have an arrest for unlawful carrying of firearms on my record.
    I think this shows why in such cases one must immediately get a good lawyer and aggressively counter-attack with publicity (e.g., press conference by lawyer demanding immediate return of proeprty including family righ, ipod etc. which obviously have nothing to do with any chrges). The case should not have been allowed to linger and by now the motion to seal the arrest should most likely have been filed, which it apparently it has not, and possibly 1983 and Bivens actions should have been filed against the state and federal agencies involved.

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    A motion to expunge will be easily granted, as nol prossed. All he has to do is file it. As to the theft, he should contact the CHP investigative division (CBI) and file charges for theft. They will investigate and file criminal charges, potentially, against the DPD or anyone else involved. I agree he waited too long, but the opportunity still exists. He needs to get his butt in gear and go after them.
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    Unbelievable!!!! Just a taste of the furure?

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    You should sue the City of Denver and make them pay fro everything. Please don`t let them get away with this.

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    It's no surprise the contents of his truck was pilfered. When impounded... there should have been a property record of it contents... and those contents secured. These are not 'freebies' for the taking. Odd... how a man commits no crime... has no intent to commit a crime... is charged with a crime anyway... deprived of his goods and robbed by the very entity that arrested him for the non-crime. This is supposed to happen in 3rd world dictatorships... not Colorado. I would sue for personal and punitive damages... plus file for 'Larceny From Auto' by ALCON within DPD.

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    This guy should contact top 2nd Amendment attorneys.

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    Except the current problem has nothing to do with 2A. Just good ol' fashioned police procedural "missing" items. His 2A issues other than the arrest record are ancient history. Even the motion to expunge is more of a bureaucratic mess than needing a top 2A attorney.

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    This is true.

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    Sonora Rebel wrote:
    It's no surprise the contents of his truck was pilfered. When impounded... there should have been a property record of it contents... and those contents secured. These are not 'freebies' for the taking. Odd... how a man commits no crime... has no intent to commit a crime... is charged with a crime anyway... deprived of his goods and robbed by the very entity that arrested him for the non-crime. This is supposed to happen in 3rd world dictatorships... not Colorado.
    This was Denver, very close to 3rd world.
    He wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to see. Pancho & Lefty

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    yeah, that's nothin', we had a guy come into the gun store I work at and he said he was detained that same day (DNC) just for goofin' off with his new laser rangefinder, it doesn't take guns to freak those idiotsfrom DC out, anything even slightly suspicious and your rights get thrown out the window, even if you're in a free state like colorado!

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