Nesbitt (Morris) v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers!

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Re: Nesbitt (Morris) v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers!

Postby Oldgringo » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:27 pm

Liberty wrote:Great News! The 4 years this has taken is ridiculous. I hope they permanently fix this for the rest of us soon.

Four (or more) years is job security for the governmental parasites!


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Postby flechero » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:38 am

Great news, indeed!

As an avid fisherman- and living right between to COE lakes, this is huge! Boat ramps at 2am after night fishing are pretty scary places, and crawling with unscrupulous people!!!

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Re: Nesbitt (Morris) v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers!

Postby ELB » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:55 am

I got curious last week about the status of this so I emailed the Mountain States Legal Foundation (who is representing Nesbitt and Baker) to ask. I got a polite email back from William Perry Pendley, who runs MSLF (and for all I know IS MSLF) and he basically said negotiations on the new policy are continuing.
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Re: Nesbitt (Morris) v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers!

Postby ELB » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:30 pm

Some weeks back I once again emailed MSLF and asked for a status of the mediation that was supposed to be going on regarding rollback of the COE's regulations forbidding functional firearms on COE property.

I have received no reply.

However, today I looked through the MSLF website to see if there were any changes. There is a announcement/press release dated 15 Dec 17.
https://www.mountainstateslegal.org/new ... nsw7-Ry6Uk

In summary it appears to say three things:

1. On November 20, 2017, the Corps granted Mrs. Nesbitt and Mr. Baker [the plaintiffs] written permission to carry loaded firearms on Corps-managed lands in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana, subject to certain restrictions and local laws regarding the carrying of concealed weapons.

2. The plaintiffs and the Army COE have jointly asked the Ninth Circuit to dismiss the Army COE's appeal of the federal district judge's permanent injunction against the COE's regulations against having functional firearms on COE land, and the Ninth has done so.

3. The federal district judge's permanent injunction against the COE is still in force "while the agency considers amending its regulation"...but it applies only to COE lands in Idaho.

So Nesbitt and Baker can carry pretty much anywhere they are likely to go on COE lands in a four state area, people in Idaho can carry on COE lands in Idaho, and the rest of us are still deprived by regulation of our 2A rights on COE land.

Absent pressure from the courts, I see no reason to expect the COE to make any serious effort to amend their regulations. If bothered by anyone enough to respond, my pessimistic assessment is they will say they need to wait to see how the national reciprocity bill pending in Congress turns out (recall it would allow carry on federal lands).

Not holding my breath.
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Re: Nesbitt (Morris) v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers!

Postby Pariah3j » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:38 pm

Maybe it'll take a new case in our state to get Texas added to the list... any volunteers? :mrgreen:
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Postby The Annoyed Man » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:47 pm

ELB wrote:Absent pressure from the courts, I see no reason to expect the COE to make any serious effort to amend their regulations. If bothered by anyone enough to respond, my pessimistic assessment is they will say they need to wait to see how the national reciprocity bill pending in Congress turns out (recall it would allow carry on federal lands).

Not holding my breath.

This is why the pessimist in me says that things like this will NEVER change until we burn this thing down and start over. Why do they persist in repressing freedom? Because they CAN, and nobody will hold them to account for it.

Stop and think for a minute what it means that the federal gov’t is so afraid of its own citizens - the citizens who in theory are their masters - that they forbid those citizens a constitutional right anywhere near or on a federal facility - even a facility where the citizen is not likely to encounter a federal employee most of the time. What are they afraid of? Their fascist laws have zero effect on criminals, and they KNOW this. So what are they afraid of?

What they are afraid of is the liberty of free citizens exercising their rights in a responsible manner, telling gov’t that they need less of it, not more, and that the gov’t can go pound sand. They are afraid of a citizenry that holds first and foremost that the gov’t serves us, not the other way around, and that they only have as much power as we let them have. In addition to that fear, they ALSO agree with Chairman Mao that all political power flows from the barrel of a gun. So, wherever they forbid YOU to have a gun, THEY hold the power.

It is really that simple.

And since power is a more addictive drug than any opiate, they’ll never willingly surrender it. Therefore, it has to be taken from them. I would vastly prefer that this be through the power of the ballot box, but if gov’t doesn’t back down, we may not be afforded that choice. What then?

These are questions every American has to answer for themselves. Are they willing to continue the slide into despotism; are they willing to vote intelligently; are they willing to hoist the Jolly Roger and take matters into their own hands when all else fails?
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Re: Nesbitt (Morris) v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers!

Postby bblhd672 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:24 pm

The Annoyed Man wrote:
ELB wrote:Absent pressure from the courts, I see no reason to expect the COE to make any serious effort to amend their regulations. If bothered by anyone enough to respond, my pessimistic assessment is they will say they need to wait to see how the national reciprocity bill pending in Congress turns out (recall it would allow carry on federal lands).

Not holding my breath.

This is why the pessimist in me says that things like this will NEVER change until we burn this thing down and start over. Why do they persist in repressing freedom? Because they CAN, and nobody will hold them to account for it.

Stop and think for a minute what it means that the federal gov’t is so afraid of its own citizens - the citizens who in theory are their masters - that they forbid those citizens a constitutional right anywhere near or on a federal facility - even a facility where the citizen is not likely to encounter a federal employee most of the time. What are they afraid of? Their fascist laws have zero effect on criminals, and they KNOW this. So what are they afraid of?

What they are afraid of is the liberty of free citizens exercising their rights in a responsible manner, telling gov’t that they need less of it, not more, and that the gov’t can go pound sand. They are afraid of a citizenry that holds first and foremost that the gov’t serves us, not the other way around, and that they only have as much power as we let them have. In addition to that fear, they ALSO agree with Chairman Mao that all political power flows from the barrel of a gun. So, wherever they forbid YOU to have a gun, THEY hold the power.

It is really that simple.

And since power is a more addictive drug than any opiate, they’ll never willingly surrender it. Therefore, it has to be taken from them. I would vastly prefer that this be through the power of the ballot box, but if gov’t doesn’t back down, we may not be afforded that choice. What then?

These are questions every American has to answer for themselves. Are they willing to continue the slide into despotism; are they willing to vote intelligently; are they willing to hoist the Jolly Roger and take matters into their own hands when all else fails?


The arrogance of the fed .gov is obviously out of control with the ongoing revelations about the Foolish Bumbling Incompetents attempts to subvert the election process and put Felonia Von Pantsuit into power. If Congress and the Judiciary doesn't do their job to clean up and hold accountable the unlawful actions of government appointees and employees, the country cannot continue.
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Re: Nesbitt (Morris) v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers!

Postby chasfm11 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:57 am

The Annoyed Man wrote:
ELB wrote:Absent pressure from the courts, I see no reason to expect the COE to make any serious effort to amend their regulations. If bothered by anyone enough to respond, my pessimistic assessment is they will say they need to wait to see how the national reciprocity bill pending in Congress turns out (recall it would allow carry on federal lands).

Not holding my breath.

This is why the pessimist in me says that things like this will NEVER change until we burn this thing down and start over. Why do they persist in repressing freedom? Because they CAN, and nobody will hold them to account for it.

Stop and think for a minute what it means that the federal gov’t is so afraid of its own citizens - the citizens who in theory are their masters - that they forbid those citizens a constitutional right anywhere near or on a federal facility - even a facility where the citizen is not likely to encounter a federal employee most of the time. What are they afraid of? Their fascist laws have zero effect on criminals, and they KNOW this. So what are they afraid of?

What they are afraid of is the liberty of free citizens exercising their rights in a responsible manner, telling gov’t that they need less of it, not more, and that the gov’t can go pound sand. They are afraid of a citizenry that holds first and foremost that the gov’t serves us, not the other way around, and that they only have as much power as we let them have. In addition to that fear, they ALSO agree with Chairman Mao that all political power flows from the barrel of a gun. So, wherever they forbid YOU to have a gun, THEY hold the power.

It is really that simple.

And since power is a more addictive drug than any opiate, they’ll never willingly surrender it. Therefore, it has to be taken from them. I would vastly prefer that this be through the power of the ballot box, but if gov’t doesn’t back down, we may not be afforded that choice. What then?

These are questions every American has to answer for themselves. Are they willing to continue the slide into despotism; are they willing to vote intelligently; are they willing to hoist the Jolly Roger and take matters into their own hands when all else fails?


I have hoped that the NRA would help to spearhead this change. While I recognize that the NRA cannot right all of the 2nd Amendment wrongs, at the heart of this, an executive action is all that is needed to fix it. President Trump to direct the Secretary of the Army to do just that. You and I cannot bring enough focus to the President to get that to happen but a group like the NRA might.

I wrestled with the Ft. Worth District COE and the commanding officer there over the monopoly that they granted for the marinas on Lake Grapevine. He was quick to point out (in person) that the COE is in the water management business and that everything else they do is not their primary mission. It is all pretty condescending. If were to editorialize his message it would be "be glad that we allow recreational boating and such on OUR controlled land. We do things (like the monopoly) because it is easier for us to manage than several vendors." I doubt that the COE leadership mentality is different than that anywhere or on any other subject. It is, in their mind, easier to prohibit guns on their property than to allow them and there is no check and balance for that line of thinking. While I do believe that government in general gets its jollies from controlling things and the greater that control, the greater the jollies, I think that much of the action can be more easily explained as convenience.

Lastly, the discussions here about the military mentality regarding civilian guns seems to support the idea the military leadership opposes the idea. It should not be surprising when the Army leadership at COE has that same mentality. Please don't interpret that comment to include any of the rank and file working within the COE.
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