Volume 3 . Issue 8                    April 27, 2019

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freedom of speech" - Benjamin Franklin
Our Lawsuit Has Been Filed!

The Second Amendment lawsuit against California was filed in Federal Court for California’s Eastern District, Fresno Branch. Mark Baird et al v Becerra alleges deprivation of rights referring directly to California’s defacto (licensing) and statutory bans on the open carry of a loaded weapon. The complaint states that the Second Amendment gives the citizen nothing except freedom from government interference. The Second Amendment simply codifies the pre-constitutional, Natural Right, of every lawful person to defend oneself, family, community, state and nation.

The Ninth Circuit has opined, and the USSC has refused to rehear that “Concealed Carry” is not a right ( Peruta v San Diego), period! “Concealed” carry, according to the Court is a privilege which States can regulate, or ban as they see fit.

There are only two ways to carry.....Open or concealed. If Concealed is a not a right, then as the Complaint carry must be the core Right protected by the Second Amendment, and as such the statutes which ban the open carry of a loaded or unloaded handgun are Unconstitutional.

The natural question will follow," Why aren’t we going for the ban on long guns as well?" Our legal team thought it best to make a narrow challenge which would restore at least basic Second Amendment guarantees which are Constitutionally available to the vast majority of the people in all of California’s Counties. We can and will be following up with further attacks on California’s scheme to disarm its citizens. is committed to the full restoration of Second Amendment guarantees. There are also other Liberty-minded citizens in California bringing cases to ensure our Liberty and Second Amendment guarantees. We thought it might be counter productive to attempt to right all the wrongs of this state at once. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

The case was filed in the Fresno Branch of the Eastern District for California. The Federal Court reassigned the case to Sacramento. Disappointing but not unexpected, because the States Attorney General has its office in Sacramento.

We drew Kimberly Mueller, the same judge who dismissed the Jefferson State case titled CFR v Padilla, (currently being appealed to the Ninth Circuit). This fact is not necessarily bad news. Our Second Amendment case is fundamentally different than the voter dilution case of CFR v Padilla. There are no standing issues in our Second Amendment case. Our deprivation of rights allegations are well reasoned and pretty straight forward.

In spite of these scheduling items, all the news is good for this case. Our cause is just. The complaint is a straight Constitutional challenge. The generous support of the Jefferson Counties makes the case financially possible. We can afford, with your continued support, to take this as far as we need to go. Courts move glacially. Our first scheduling hearing is to be in August. Dave and I will keep all of you posted as the case moves along.

We, the People, have the Right to keep and bear arms and the Right shall not be infringed. The United States Constitution tells us so in unequivocally plain language. That Right extends to the States through the Fourteenth Amendment which has been supported by USSC opinion. The Right extends to bearing arms in public. We know this because a well regulated militia could not possibly be an effective force from behind the bedroom curtains, and for the State to oppose this theory flies in the face of history. We the People could not possible defend ourselves from public threats or tyranny with our fire arms firmly tucked into our bathrobe pockets. Self Defense may be required when and whereever the individual happens to be. California crime statistics illustrate well over one hundred thousand violent or property crimes every year number of crimes which exceeds the national average. To disarm the average law-abiding individual in California as a state policy purported by the government to be a policy that will make the public feel safe, is Unconstitutional, indefensible, and contrary to Liberty.

Please help us to support our God-given Right, our Natural Right of self defense. Please contribute what you can afford. Follow the progress of this case on  Please continue to contribute to the other patriots who have been in court for years in the attempt to reverse the tyranny of the majority and the denial of Rights in California. Charles Nichols needs your Charles has been in court alone for years, he needs our help and our support. George Young needs our help. He has been in court for years. All to restore YOUR Natural Right to self defense and defense from tyranny.

If the seven or eight million California gun owners would simply vote for conservative candidates, we could take our state back in one election. If conservative Christians would simply stand up and vote, we could take back this state in one election. Where do you stand? What do you stand for? Do you have a line in the sand? If so, what is it? It matters that you stand for something!

As Patrick Henry said, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death”.

Mark Baird

Spring Has Arrived in Jefferson

It's time to start dusting off those pop-up tents and flags, unroll those banners, put out those signs and start scheduling events. While some may feel we have been in hibernation and nothing was occurring, this is simply not true. CFR's lawsuit is continuing through the court system with the filing of their appeal in May. Let's not forget, in March, we had our first Constitutional Convention with a second and third soon to follow.

Mark Baird also recently filed his case against the State of California regarding open carry and the Second Amendment. Efforts are now underway in some counties with Jeffersonians approaching their County Board of Supervisors to adopt Resolutions, declaring their county should be a Sanctuary County for Firearms. Sixty-four counties in Illinois have already done so and now it is spreading to a few other states. Please be aware that we no longer stand alone in our quest for equal/fair representation and/or to separate from an existing state.

Over the next few months, we have a lot to talk about and information to hand out at county fairs, flea markets, joining other local community events or hosting our own Jefferson Town Halls. Remember, over the winter, the Jefferson

Chamber of Commerce and Youth Council were born. We have a beautiful new handout that educates and talks about the need for more representation. Contact Sharon Durst at, to order the new “MORE equals LESS” brochures.

Jack Parsons, in El Dorado County, has created and is now ordering new 2'x10' Jefferson banners with one also reading “Information”. Need signs? Call Jack! He has a supply of yard signs, 4'x4's and 4'x8's, all at unbelievable low prices to include the banners. Jack's phone number is 916-425-9461.

We of the Jefferson Messenger newsletter hope to hear from you so we can feature an article about your county in one of our upcoming issues, as well we will be happy to promote any events you have coming up and urge all to do the same in your county newsletters. Remember, all counties should still be collecting signatures on support statements and adding the new supporters names to the Jefferson Messenger subscription list.

So, enjoy the warm and sunny weather, and spread the word of Jefferson!

Terry Gherardi

State of Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

The SOJChamber is currently in the process of creating a directory of pro-SOJ businesses. Listing yourself in the directory is free and will help pro-SOJ community members find you.

If you have a small business and want to be in the listing, click here and just use the Directory Signup form.

You can help support the citizens of Jefferson by supporting its small businesses.

For more answers to your questions you may email Eric Eisenhammer at or call/text Eric at 916-833-9276.

Events are happening all over Jefferson Counties, too many to list here. For more information, please check the website, Events and Meetings or copy & paste:

Save the date!

Come out to Utica Park in Angels Camp on Saturday June 15, 2019, for a Family Fun Fundraiser. All proceeds will go to the SOJ legal fund. Doors open at noon, lunch will be served from 12:30-3:30 pm, which will include hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and sides. There will be games, prizes, drawings, local wine, and craft beer. Get your tickets before they sell out- $15/person or $25/couple, $5 for under 10 years. Tickets are available at Spur R Guns in Copperopolis, at the SOJ booth during Frog Jump, or email

A special drawing worth $500 will occur during the fundraiser. Tickets are only $5 each and will be available at the event or can be purchased ahead of time at the SOJ booth during the Calaveras County Frog Jump Fair. Winner need NOT be present to win.

Please visit for details.

See you there!

Thank you for the continued support,
Calaveras State of Jefferson Committee

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A Huge Thank You to
Our Newsletter Staff

Ginny Rapini
Terry Gherardi
Penny Garland
Sally Rapoza

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Standing County
Committee Meetings

Subject to change without notice.
Coos County, OR
3rd Wednesday each month - 6PM
60 W Third St
Coquille, OR

Curry County, OR
2nd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach, OR

Douglas County, OR
2nd Tuesday each month - 6 PM
Republican Headquarters
506 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR

El Dorado County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:30 PM
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville
Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions and/or enjoy a meal.  The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Jackson County, OR
2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
County Library
412 E Main St
Rogue River, OR

Josephine County, OR
1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Elmer's Restaurant
GP Parkway and Foothill Blvd
Grants Pass, OR
3rd Thursday each month -
6:00 PM
Kerby Belt Building

Klamath County, OR
1st Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Sizzler's Meeting Room
2506 S Sixth St
Klamath Falls, OR

Mariposa County
4th Tuesday each month - 5:30 PM
Happy Burger Diner Meeting Room
5120 State Hwy 140 at 12
th St

Nevada County
2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month - 6:00 PM
Robinson's Conference Center 293 Lower Grass Valley Hwy
Nevada City

Placer County
3rd Wednesday each month - 6 PM
Come early for dinner
Round Table Pizza
370 Elm Ave

Shasta County
Mondays at 5:30 PM
2570 S. Bonnyview Road

Shasta County Intermountain Patriots
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
Burney Lions Hall
Main Street, Burney

4th Tuesday each month
Social time - 5 PM
The Ol Merc
Hwy 299, McArthur
Meeting time - 6:30 PM
McArthur Lions Hall,  Hwy 299

Stanisluas County
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month - 6:30 PM
Grizzly Rock Cafe
4905 North Golden State Blvd  

Sutter and Yuba Counties
 4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings Building 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road
Yuba City
Tehama County
 1st  & 3rd Friday each month -
7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street
Red Bluff

Trinity County
 2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
Hayfork Community Church
7450 State Highway 3
3rd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Round Table Pizza
120 Nugget Lane

Tuolumne County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Sonora Re/Max Building, 207 S Washington Street
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The State of Jefferson Formation is a grassroots effort to restore representation to the rural counties of Northern California. This movement is NOT affiliated with any political party. Over the last two years, presentations explaining the reasons for Jefferson have been given to all political parties, as well as men and women's service organization, chambers of commerce, county taxpayers associations, county and city government meetings, high school government classes, and town hall meetings for the general public, throughout Northern California.   The State of Jefferson welcomes everyone.
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