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When the law used RICO to try to shut down a club in the 80's the judge said the club couldn't run the logo.

During those years whenever guys with crisp, clean denim cuts with no patches or pins rolled in everybody knew who they were. The "brand" identification remained and I don't think that it made a whits worth of difference in terms of deterring anything. Like this, it was a mindgame.

It struck me then that if the gummint felt the need to employ mindgames to get an edge on a motorcycle club it spoke more to a lack of faith in their prosecutorial abilities than it did to serve and protect. I mean this is the US gummint throwing shite at the wall to see what they can get to stick. Pretty bush league. Turns out that was the case. Gummint lost.

Some of this article is old news now but as a side note if you read the weapons count, half of them are knives. Qu'elle surprise.

Take any couple hundred motorcyclists at an event on any given weekend and have them empty their possessions onto the table. See if you don't end up with a healthy pile of iron and knives. That would be regular Joes that enjoy riding, not some criminal motorcycle element. But go the next step and put rockers on them and bar the doors Betsy, it's an organized crime conspiracy. The kicker is that many regular Joes that could just as easily get caught up in some dragnet for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, they will agree that the patchholders are the big bad wolf that LEO makes them out to be.

Best be hopeful that the police can make the distinction between the rider that is a member and the one that is not, especially if the member is not allowed to wear his colors.
 

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While I know nothing of the Mongrels reputation, it's a cool logo 'imo' .Another in the long line of absurdities that is an 'authority' trying to justify ones position.
 

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I never did understand the mentality [or lack of] , of the M/C gang types ? Likely they're all just starved for attention, and need to belong to something ?

In the Mongrels logo shown , the guy displayed riding is holding his back? I guess he's a member of the Naproxen chapter,,,,:D
 

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This is ridiculous (IMO). So you have a violent motorcycle gang performing illegal actions, and the answer is to illegalize all motorcycle gang logos?!?!? WTF!!!

According to the 1st amendment, it says that is prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion. So, all one has to do is declare your motorcycle gang as a religion, and you're good to go!

Or, perhaps simpler yet, just say that taking away ones right to where a logo is impeding on your freedom of speech. Now we're done!

Scary that, as the title of this thread says, that the Feds have nothing better to do!
 

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I did read a article a while back that said the FBI has a list of every person in the U.S. That has a registered motorcycle on there name and they classify all of us as a type of gang. I'm going to try to find that article.
 

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That's what I get for reading something on facebook
 
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