Wednesday, October 27, 2010
More Details on Horse Pens 40 RTC.
Sorry, but it took me until today to get the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office to talk to me. After a conference with CPT Billy J. Murray & LT Freddie Turrentine I don't think we'll have any trouble at all.
Horse Pens 40 is private property, hence the Alabama public gathering law does not apply. Also, any counter-demonstrators will be asked to leave the rally area. If they do not, or if they misbehave, they will be ejected from the park. The Sheriff's Department will be on call to enforce this if necessary.
A stern warning from me regarding carriage of arms to and from the park: Recent experience has shown that the ATF has the ability to suborn local and state police agencies in Alabama to do their bidding. Thus, although I'm certain that Sheriff Terry Surles would not set up roadblocks to search for arms being transported contrary to law, I cannot be so certain about other agencies.
Thus, ALL ARMS, pistols or long guns, that are transported to the park (unless covered by an Alabama or other valid pistol permit recognized in Alabama) must be secured in the trunk of your car. Yes this is a PITA. It is also prudent given the situation we find ourselves in today.
Entrance to the park will require the payment of a $5.00 per person day use fee (excepting children). As I explained before, the incredible thing is that any monies over and above park expenses are plowed back into the Chandler Mountain and surrounding communities. For example, if you buy a $5.00 bundle of firewood to use at your campsite, $3.00 of it goes into a rescue horse program they run at HP40. (They currently have two rescue horses up there.) HP40 provides money to do an elderly visitation program, supports the local volunteer fire department and other community activities.
Thus, no one will be profiting from this event. If anyone has trouble rounding up the $5.00 -- and I know how tight things are these days -- please see me privately and I will take care of it.
ROE for arms at the rally will be as previous RTC's. That is, pistols holstered (loaded) and long guns (unloaded, and without magazines) slung over your back, chamber flagged, muzzle down. This is not a gun show. Anyone displaying a weapon out of holster or unslung and not demonstrating safe procedure will be asked to leave. No exceptions.
There will be a check-in table, where volunteer marshals (volunteers contact me by e-mail before Friday night) will go over the ROE and give out improvised chamber flags.
I will arrive early (the rally is from 1200 to 1600 HRS) and I encourage others to do so, for it will you a chance to roam around Horse Pens 40.
The Schultz family lives at the park and treats it as their home. We will be welcome visitors. The history, geology and botany of HP40 is just amazing. I have no doubt that if you come there to the RTC rally, you will bring your family back again and again.