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MERPAC Meeting at Mass Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay, MA, April 16-17

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MY QUESTION: Do American merchant seaman have Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms openly or concealed in intrastate, interstate, nautical, or maritime travel? I am preparing a new lawsuit to put that question to the U.S. District Court for DC. Does anyone want to tell the NRA about this? They won’t listen to me! 

Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

SOURCE: Congressional Information Bureau CIB Daily Maritime Bulletin

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet in Buzzards Bay, MA, to discuss various issues relating to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. These meetings will be open to the public.

MERPAC will meet on Thursday, April 16, 2009, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Friday, April 17, 2009, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. These meetings may close early if all business is finished. Written material and requests to make oral presentations should reach the Coast Guard on or before March 26, 2009. Requests to have a copy of your material distributed to each member of the committee should reach the Coast Guard on or before March 26, 2009.

The Committee will meet in the Bay State Conference Center at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA. Send written material and requests to make oral presentations to Mr. Mark Gould, Assistant to the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) of MERPAC, at Commandant (CG-5221), U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second St., SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001. This notice, as well as all task statements discussed in this notice, may be viewed in our online docket, USCG-2009-0117, at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Mark Gould
Assistant to the DFO of MERPAC, at 202-372-1409.

Agenda of Meeting

The agenda for the April 16, 2009, Committee meeting is as follows:

(1) The full committee will meet to discuss the objectives for the meeting.

(2) Working groups addressing the following task statements may meet to deliberate–

            (a) Task Statement 30, concerning Utilizing Military Sea Service for STCW Certifications;

            (b) Task Statement 58, concerning Stakeholder Communications During MLD Program Restructuring and Centralization;

            (c) Task Statement 64, concerning Recommendations on Areas in the STCW Convention and the STCW Code Identified for Comprehensive Review; [MY COMMENT: How about Second Amendment rights for seamen in intrastate and interstate travel? There is an Open Carry Movement going on right now! See OPNAVINST 3591.1E and see paragraphs 45 and 46 of the International Maritime Organization, Maritime Safety Committee MSC/Circ.623/Rev.3,  “PIRACY AND ARMED ROBBERY AGAINST SHIPS: Guidance to Shipowners and Ship Operators, Shipmasters and Crews on Preventing and Suppressing Acts of Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships:

Firearms

45 The carrying and use of firearms for personal protection or protection of a ship is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.

46 Carriage of arms on board ship may encourage attackers to carry firearms thereby escalating an already dangerous situation, and any firearms on board may themselves become an attractive target for an attacker. The use of firearms requires special training and aptitudes and the risk of accidents with firearms carried on board ship is great. In some jurisdictions, killing a national may have unforeseen consequences even for a person who believes he has acted in self defence.

The fear of killing a national comes from the United Nations determination that you have no right to armed self-defense.

Then see  33 U.S.C. § 383.  RESISTANCE OF PIRATES BY MERCHANT VESSELS and see 33 C.F.R. § 101.100 PURPOSE [OF MARITIME SECURITY] and 33 C.F.R. § 103.100 APPLICABILITY [OF MARITIME SECURITY AND AREA MARITIME SECURITY] and 33 C.F.R. § 104.220 COMPANY OR VESSEL PERSONNEL WITH SECURITY DUTIES and you will see why American merchant seamen need the Second Amendment rights protected from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard from ignoring the Second Amendment rights of Seamen! See 33 C.F.R. § 104.230 DRILL AND EXERCISE REQUIREMENTS  and you will know that the training in firearms that American seamen get as a pre-requisite to employment aboard U.S. Government vessels far exceed that required for State concealed carry license. But American seasman have no federal license to carry openly or concealed based on firearms training under the OPNAVINST 3591.1E. WHERE IS THE NRA FOR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF SEAMEN? ]  and

            (d) Task Statement 70, concerning Apprentice Mate/Steersman training program.

(3) New working groups may be formed to address issues proposed by the Coast Guard, MERPAC members, or the public [MY COMMENT: Again! How about Second Amendment rights for seamen? Someone call the NRA! FAST!].

(4) At the end of the day, the working groups will make a report to the full committee on what has been accomplished in their meetings. No action will be taken on these reports on this date.

 The agenda for the April 17, 2009, Committee meeting is as follows:

(1) Introduction;

(2) Reports from the following working groups;

            (a) Task Statement 30, concerning Utilizing Military Sea Service or STCW Certification;

            (b) Task Statement 58, concerning Stakeholder Communications During MLD Program Restructuring and Centralization;

            (c) Addendum to Task Statement 64, concerning Recommendations on Areas in the STCW Convention and the STCW Code Identified for Comprehensive Review [MY COMMENT: How about Second Amendment rights for seamen?]; and

            (d) Task Statement 70, concerning Apprentice Mate/Steersman Training Program;

(3) Other items which may be discussed:

            (a) Standing Committee–Prevention Through People.

            (b) Briefings concerning on-going projects of interest to MERPAC.

            (c) Other items brought up for discussion by the Committee or the public.

(4) At the end of the day, the working groups will make a report and, if applicable, recommendations for the full committee to consider for presentation to the Coast Guard. Official action on these recommendations may be taken on this date.
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Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg522/cg5221/merpac.asp 

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE:
http://www.smartpdf.com/register/2009/Mar/04/9422A.pdf
http://www.smartpdf.com/register/2009/Mar/04/9423A.pdf

Massachusetts Maritime Academy,
101 Academy Drive,
Buzzards Bay, MA.
http://cibpubs.com/Members/2009_Archives/03_05_2009_1.shtml
 
http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-7290.htm

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