Category: Open Carry

BREAKING: Tennessee Senate Approves Open Carry

(courtesy my.opencarry.org)

“The state Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit,” wrcb.com reports. “The chamber voted 25-2 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet. Beavers said the measure would keep the background checks and training requirements in order to carry concealed firearms, but would allow anyone legally allowed to own a gun to carry it openly.” Constitutional carry? Not quite. Concealed carry still requires a permit. Go figure.

MI Man with Rifle Arrested, Police Hunt for a Charge

A man attempted to board a bus in Battle Creek, Michigan, with an SKS rifle in his carry-on baggage. The rifle was longer than the bag, so the butt stuck out and was visible. Some of the riders called 9-1-1. I wasn’t there, so I do not know the totality of the circumstances, but it seems clear that that no one was threatened by the man, and that the rifle was reportedly unloaded. The police showed up and arrested the fellow for…what?  They’re apparently still trying to figure that out . . .

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Open Carry Interaction with the Police: A Law Enforcement Perspective

Sgt Patrick Hayes writes:

YouTube is filled with videos of openly armed citizens interacting with the police. Some open carry advocates make the videos to capture a negative or unlawful police reaction to a legal practice. Some record an incidental interaction. The progress and outcome of these armed encounters usually depends on two key factors: geography and the officers’ attitude. In some states (e.g. Arizona) the police are comfortable with the practice. In other states (e.g. Rhode Island and Connecticut) open carry is so rare the police assume it’s illegal – or at least indicates an illegal activity. That’s the general picture. More specifically, though, bad things can happen . . .

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OMG! Open Carry! OMG!

 (courtesy usatoday.com)

Make the jump for the autoplay video in question. Kristen Anderson’s set up is worth the price of admission – in that Reefer Madness kinda way. “How would YOU feel, you’re out here shopping you see this young man walking down the road with an assault rifle,” she asks, “you’re concerned so you call the police but when they show up there’s not much they can do.” You know; because it’s legal. The police trainer claiming the open carrier was “just looking for a payday” displays considerable Constitutional contempt. When the Commander says cops have a right to stop someone open carrying to check if they’re a convicted felon, he reveals his ignorance. Anyway, it’s good to see gun normalization in the news, n’est-ce-pas?

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This Open Carry Tale is No Fish Story

Florida is one of five states that generally ban the open carry of firearms. As with all such states, exemptions to the general ban are included in the law. Florida Second Amendment supporters are pushing for a restoration of open carry rights in the state. Toward that end, they’ve organized a number of open carry events under the exception for open carry to, from, and during fishing in the state . . .

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OMG! Gun Bullies! In Austin! OMG!

courtesy facebook.com

It’s been almost three days since the Moms Demand Action crowd had something to be outraged – OUTRAGED! – about. Fortunately, Texas is full of gun owners safely going about their business, so yesterday’s Come And Take It Texas open carry march through Austin provided just the excuse Shannon and her sisters needed to work up a Class 5 tizzy. The Moms’ reaction was, well, predictable. From their Facebook page: “THIS IS NOT NORMAL: Yesterday, the same gun activists who tried to intimidate our moms at a Dallas restaurant last year marched through the streets of Austin with guns. “The rally was held in response to a panel Moms Demand Action participated in at South By Southwest last Saturday” . . .

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