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    A woman in Pennsylvania named Meleanie, who posts on PAFOA.org as "shefearsnothing", just had her CHL revoked. She was legally OCing at her child's soccer game in a public park, for which a CHL is not even required!

    Here is the initial contact from the director of the soccer league.

    Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 15:12:40 -0400 (EDT)
    From: soccernf@wavecrazy.net
    Subject: LRYS Letter to behavior at U-6 game 11 Sep 08
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    Meleanie Hain,

    Lebanon Recreation Youth Soccer has been advised of your inappropriate behavior at LRYS U-6 game on Thursday, 11 September 2009. Not only did your behavior scare the children but the coaches and parents were unsettled, especially on this date. A responsible adult would realize that such behavior has no place at a soccer game.

    LRYS advised you that firearms, unless carried by an on-duty law enforcement officer are not permitted at any soccer practices, games or events. LRYS considers this a warning letter and any further incident will result in you being banned from that and any further LRYS soccer games or events for the balance of the season. In addition Lebanon City Police Department will be advised of your actions and this previous warning.

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    Well, he did report her to the authorities... And the Sheriff revoked her CHL on the grounds of questionable character.

    link to PAFOA thread with more details:

    http://www.pafoa.org/forum/concealed...f-revoked.html

    copy of letter:

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    I wouldn't worry for her. Any slightly compentent lawyer is going to win a lot for her...

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    If you hear how this turns out, please post again in this thread. I'd love to hear what happens (being raised in PA myself) but have a hard enough time keeping up (well, mostly keeping up) with this forum, let alone another one.
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    Rest assured you haven't heard the end of this. Discussion and such is going hot and heavy on the Pennsylvania Firearms Owners dot Org (PAFOA.org) website. To say that PAFOA members are outraged would be an understatement.

    Soccer practice was being held in a public park, which means any local prohibitions were preempted by state law. The soccer league was only using the park, so it was still public property, which means the soccer league couldn't prohibit firearms carry.

    Both letters and e-mails have been going hot and heavy to the sheriff concerned, state representatives, state senators, and a few others, too.

    The last time something like this happened gun owners from across the state showed up at the county court house to show their support. Since firearms are prohibited in court houses, the deputies there had their work cut out for them as they checked in everyone's handgun (they're required to provide storage facilities).

    Bottom line? Open carry is legal throughout the state, and that's supported by two state supreme court decisions.

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    Here is the original post here on OCDO:

    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum46/16397.html

    and the second thread after the first was closed for some reason:

    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum66/16426.html

    This is a link to the summary thread on PAFOA:

    http://www.pafoa.org/forum/concealed...fo-thread.html

    And the original thread on PAFOA:

    http://www.pafoa.org/forum/concealed...f-revoked.html

    Aso, JChen012, when you copied my original post, you changed LTCF to CHL, which is incorrect. Pennsylvania does not issue a CHL, they issue a License To Carry a Firearm. The LTCF does not require you to carry concealed, allow it does permit that. Many OCers have one so they may transport a loaded weapon on thier person in a vehicle, for which a LTCF is needed.

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    My apologies RedKnightt. I actually copied it from another forum and that forum member had used CHL. Anyhow I am not making any excuses. I was just so mad reading about this incident that I totally forgot to give credit to the original poster. Again, my apologies.

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    We're all allies here. Mike Stollenwerk made one point very clear: Think of OpenCarry.org as a NATO. An attack on one of us for lawfully open carry is an attack on us all, everywhere.

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    Here's the newspaper report: http://www.ldnews.com/lebanonnews/ci_10545914

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    jchen012 wrote:
    My apologies RedKnightt. I actually copied it from another forum and that forum member had used CHL. Anyhow I am not making any excuses. I was just so mad reading about this incident that I totally forgot to give credit to the original poster. Again, my apologies.
    Not a problem, I appreciate the apology. What forum did you see this on? I've seen it here, on PAFOA.org, and on AR-15.com.

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    What would be the odds of getting a court order (or stay) staying the revocation pending some kind of judicial review? Seems that would be one way to fight the process...at least in the short term.

    Any legal eagles out there...?
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    RedKnightt wrote:
    Not a problem, I appreciate the apology. What forum did you see this on? I've seen it here, on PAFOA.org, and on AR-15.com.
    I first saw this on SigForum.com, then it started popping up everywhere else.

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    http://www.timesleader.com/news/Toti...9-24-2008.html

    Here is an article about it... Funny thing is what the Sheriff had to say...

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    So her reputation and character was such that she would likely act in a dangerous manor to public safety? Man! That they got all that from “Director,
    Lebanon Recreational Youth Soccer” warning[/quote] letter?


    They assumed bad character and reputation of person based on this? Weird community! I would think they would need more than this one thing to tarnish one's character and reputation.

    I'm not that smart of a guy but are they judging her choice to exercise her rights?


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    Lonnie Wilson wrote:
    We're all allies here. Mike Stollenwerk made one point very clear: Think of OpenCarry.org as a NATO. An attack on one of us for lawfully open carry is an attack on us all, everywhere.
    Very well put.

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    If such a lofty official as an actual Sheriff believes that her reputation is impeached by a letter from the Soccer League, perhaps she should sue the League for defamation of character.

    And perhaps the Sheriff is colluding in this defamation, since he claims her character is such that it justifies an official action...
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    I'd be so tempted to write a "Go f yourself, I'm not turning my CPL in, what are you going to do about it, punk?" letter to the sheriff. But then I've never been known for handling gross abuses of law by public officials all that well... I told my city I wasn't going to pay their $50 fine for not licensing my 3 pound dog that never leaves my house, which the city discovered by sending college students door to door to actually peek into people's windows. In my case they approached my five year old daughter as my wife was strapping her into a car seat in the driveway and said, "Hi sweetie. Do you have a puppy?" Of course she said yes and then the threats and paperwork were pulled out.

    When I refused to pay, they threatened a $10,000 lien and a forceful, police seizure of my home and property. Not kidding you at all. I caved and paid the fine. Should have told them to go ahead, draw guns on my wife and children and physically force us out of the home we own for not paying a $50 fine over a dog smaller than the average guinea pig. But I think they would have done it. That was when I realized the America I thought I lived in is a fantasy and in real life, the rulemakers don't have to adhere to their own laws and can do whatever they damn well please - as we see here.

    I hope she wins enough money that these people never pull this crap again, or are subsequently terminated for violating state law. I have zero respect for cops, especially sheriffs, who blatantly violate the law, intentionally bending it's meanings to target innocent citizens.

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    tricityguy wrote:
    I hope she wins enough money that these people never pull this crap again, or are subsequently terminated for violating state law. I have zero respect for cops, especially sheriffs, who blatantly violate the law, intentionally bending it's meanings to target innocent citizens.
    Unfortunately that money will once again come from the tax payers, but there is no doubt she is winning this one.

    I definitly agree with pursing legal recourse against this soccer league.

    They have no right to try and enforce their own opinions against a parent watching their kids play at a PUBLIC sporting facility. Than to send a notice to the police department... Definitly dirty of that organization.

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    come on she only shot 3 people! oh wait she was only carrying a gun. I'd tell the sheriff to go f*** himself, carrying a gun does not make you likely to act in a dangerous manner. that guy should loose his job at least

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    scoobydoo6906 wrote:
    come on she only shot 3 people! oh wait she was only carrying a gun. I'd tell the sheriff to go f*** himself, carrying a gun does not make you likely to act in a dangerous manner. that guy should loose his job at least
    But he won't. Nothing will happen from this, except for maybe a little settlement that the taxpayers will fund.

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    scoobydoo6906 wrote:
    come on she only shot 3 people! oh wait she was only carrying a gun. I'd tell the sheriff to go f*** himself, carrying a gun does not make you likely to act in a dangerous manner. that guy should loose his job at least
    Deleoprobably got a bit of a headache over it but I bet he has enough support by the ignorant sheeplesthat hefeels that overall he was correct in his actions. Unfortunately, I bet nothing significant happens.



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