FSP News - June 2010
FSP News - June 2010
The 7th annual Porcupine Freedom Festival is less than two weeks away! Join us June 24th through the 27th at Roger's Campground in Lancaster, New Hampshire. PorcFest 2010 is going to be the biggest one yet! Check out the schedule and start planning your weekend in the Free State. Be at the opening ceremony on Thursday evening with Stefan Molyneux, and stay afterwards for the 80's Dance Party! Also,
- Don't miss live music Friday night with many talented musicians and headliner Jordan Page.
- Exchange ideas with Larkin Rose as he discusses how to achieve freedom "for those few who WANT it!".
- Get interviewed by Ernest Hancock of Freedom's Phoenix on Liberty News Radio and Republic Broadcasting Radio. On Saturday night, catch Ernie's speech before the start of Soapbox Idol.
- Join former governer of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, at the closing ceremony Sunday morning. Stick around after the speech for the awards ceremony.
- If you're interested in attending either Marc Steven's seminar or Michael Badnarik's Constitution class, it's not too late to sign up. Tickets are limited for both events, and there are fewer than 10 left for each, so don't wait until PorcFest to purchase yours.
- Don't forget, theme camps are being encouraged this year. Decorate your campsite, and you could be our first ever Best Campsite winner!
- PorcFest is also all about our in-state Porcupines.... Don't miss your chance to meet and mingle with the activists on the front lines of freedom... Bring your questions, and make the move!
Online registration for PorcFest is $25 (18 and under FREE!) and $30 at the door.
To book your accommodation, call Roger's at 603-788-4885 or visit them online at www.rogerscampground.com/. See you in June! Since the Free State Project relies on the generosity of freedom lovers such as yourself, please consider contributing to help support outreach events like the Porcupine Freedom Festival as well as effective advertising on liberty oriented sites. Your donation brings us closer to achieving Liberty in Our Lifetime.
Police Ordered to Return NH Dealer's Switchblade Inventory
Hot on the heels of New Hampshire's achieving total knife freedom, police have been ordered to return confiscated switchblades.
Abe Foote of Abe’s Awesome Armaments in New Hampton, NH, who was an unfairly prosecuted victim of New Hampshire’s former restrictions on switchblade sales, was reunited on Wednesday with some of the knives the police had seized.
Unfortunately, approximately one third of the knives seized by the police remain unaccounted for, having disappeared from the evidence room. An internal investigation has been launched by the County Prosecutor. Knife Rights attorney and Freedom’s Point award winner Evan Nappen got the court order for the knives’ return.
Details at this post on ammoland.com
Two Free Staters Honored at BLADE Show in Atlanta, GA
New Hampshire State Representative Jennifer Coffey, a senior Advisor of PGNH, and attorney Evan Nappen, PGNH General Counsel and Director, were presented with awards at the BLADE show last week in Atlanta, Georgia.
The BLADE show included an awards breakfast sponsored by Knife Rights, Inc., with keynote speaker Alan Gura, the lead attorney for the landmark Heller case in which the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Second Amendment two years ago. At that breakfast, Jenn Coffey was presented with Knife Right's inaugural "Freedom's Edge" award, the first of an annual series. Per the Knife Rights press release:
The Freedom’s Edge™ Award is to be given annually to honor a local, state or national elected representative who has demonstrated their commitment to a Sharper Future™ by leadership in the fight to protect or enhance our knife rights.
Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, "Representative Coffey is being recognized for her courageous initiative and sponsorship of the New Hampshire Knife Rights Bill which will legalize switchblades, dirks, daggers and stilettos for New Hampshire citizens." With support from Knife Rights, at this time the bill has passed by unanimous consent in both houses and is on its way to the Governor for signature. [Note: the press release was written before Governor Lynch signed the bill on May 18.] This will make New Hampshire one of the most knife-friendly states in the country. Said Ritter, "The Freedom’s Edge™ Award represents a Sharper Future™ for all knife owners."
Evan Nappen, who took the stage to introduce Rep. Coffey, was surprised to be presented with another Knife Rights award, the inaugural "Freedom's Point" award, also the first of an annual series. Per a second Knife Rights press release:
The Freedom’s Point™ Award is to be given annually to honor a individual citizen who has demonstrated their commitment to a Sharper Future™ by leadership in the fight to protect or enhance our knife rights.
Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said, "Evan Nappen is being recognized for two significant contributions during the past year. Last summer, when U.S. Customs was attempting to redefine what a switchblade was in a manner that would have adversely impacted 80% of the knives sold in the U.S. today, Evan volunteered to develop Knife Rights' official response to U.S. Customs. He put together an excellent legal brief clearly exposing the fallacies and inconsistencies of Customs' position in a matter of a few short days." That effort eventually resulted in Congress passing an amendment to the Federal Switchblade Act exempting assisted opening and one-hand opening knives."
Doug continued, "Every legislative initiative requires someone local to lead the charge. In New Hampshire, it was Evan who worked long hours to rally support for the Knife Rights bill introduced by Representative Jenn Coffey. It was Evan who spearheaded the fundraising effort. It was Evan who organized the testimony in front of the committees. We would not have been so successful in New Hampshire if it weren't for the leadership and hard work of Evan Nappen." The Knife Rights Bill passed in New Hampshire legalizes switchblades, dirks, daggers and stilettos.
Evan was further honored later at the BLADE show's dinner banquet, when he was awarded the show's coveted Publisher's Award for his many important contributions over the past year. These included not only the New Hampshire legislation and help with many other legal issues all over the country including Arizona's state preemption law, but most significantly his twenty-page legal brief which many believe was a critical factor in Congress's landmark legislation not to reclassify most folding knives as switchblades. Evan received this award as a representative of all the individuals and groups who fought for knife freedom throughout this year.
NH Liberty Radio
New Hampshire Liberty Radio has posted interviews with several Free State Project movers and activists. Recently, they've interviewed Carla Gericke to discuss the upcoming annual Porcupine Freedom Festival and Videographer David Ridley to discuss happenings in the Free State Project community. For an archive of past shows and to listen to future shows, visit nhlibertyradio.com.
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Made the Move Interview: Jason Talley
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The sign on the door said "Mead Asps - Merchandise Detective". The
sign on my bottle said "According to the Surgeon General, women should
not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of
birth defects." But as I wasn't a woman, and wasn't planning on
getting pregnant any time soon - I took a long swig. I waited for my
throat to stop burning and my eyes to clear then looked at the bottle
again. It also said, "Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your
ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health
problems" Well, I wasn't driving, the most dangerous machinery I was
likely to operate was a stapler, and May has already come and gone. I
took another slug and while I was at it, finished the bottle. A soft
knock at the door mingled with the ringing in my head. Hoping it was
the liquor store delivery kid with my dinner, I called out, "Come on
in." Through my blurred vision I couldn't see details, but this dame
looked like a shiny gold sovereign in a sea of dirty reserve notes.
Even through my watery eyes I could tell she was the perfect blend of
Ethel Merman and Daryl Hannah. Her lips parted, she hesitated for only
a heartbeat, and with the sweetest voice this side of a purple finch
said, "Mr. Asps, I'd like to hire you." At least that's what it
sounded like, the blood rushing through my ears like congressmen
stampeding toward a taxpayer funded buffet made it rather difficult to
tell for sure. I put a calm, confident look on my face and replied,
"Hire me for what? Loose your copy of the tax code?" That was the
booze talking; it didn't like me very much and wanted to make sure I
never had a girlfriend. "No, Mr. Asps," her voice now tinged with just
a tiny bit of frost. "I want you to find me some merchandise... some
Free State Project merchandise." This time the booze didn't talk; it
walked over and smacked me upside the head with a blackjack. When I
came to my senses, she was still there, waiting patiently with a
hopeful look on her face. I stood up, brushed off my suit, walked
around the desk and leaned against it in my most casual pose and said
"FSP Merchandise, huh? That covers a lot of ground. Are we talking key
chains, tee shirts, can koozies? Are you sure you know what you're
getting into?" She looked me right in the eyes and replied with steely
determination, "Yes, I do, Mr. Asps. I want the stickers, I want the
books, I want the pins, I want the flags. I want one of everything.
Are you the man to get them for me, or will I be paying someone else?"
She pulled out a giant wad of bills, enough to buy a pack of gum with
anyway. "I hope you have more, you know my time ain't cheap", was my
snide reply. With a cocky bend in her neck she pointed a thumb and
said, "My dump truck's out back, where do you want it?" Even the booze
was speechless at this point. Our eyes met in understanding. And after
a little self-composition I said, "Why don't we go down to the café
around the corner and down a cup of joe while we plan this out. Tell
me, have you ever heard of the FSP Silver Round..."
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