“We are not going to be marching through 5th Ward, we’re going to hopefully be marching with 5th Ward.” – Open Carry Texas Founder CJ Grisham quoted in Open Carry Texas Schedules New Date For Armed March Through Black Neighborhood [via politicususa.com]
The marketing wizard behind Moms Demand Action is working hard to demonize the open carry of long guns, especially in Texas. Shannon Watts, who heads MDA is a longtime professional at creating media campaigns: “She is not just Suzy Homemaker or some low-grade employee at a small company but a heavy Public relations hitter, savvy on the ways of media manipulation and making her clients look good. Basically she ‘grows’ astroturf for a living.” On the other side, open carry activism in Texas has become so effective that both candidates for Governor have endorsed its legalization, the stated objective of the open carry groups in Texas. The media campaign to demonize open carry is a concerted case of pushback . . .
“I can think of a lot of good ways to celebrate liberty. Intimidating my neighbors with my guns isn’t one of them. A march of people brandishing weapons looks more like something that would happen in the Third World than in the world’s leading democracy.” – Novelist, journalist, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, retired Air National Guard senior master sergeant Tom Young, Gun Extremists: Why Are You ‘Defending Liberty’ in a Coffee Shop and Not on the Battlefield? [via huffingtonpost.com]
TTAG writer MC writes:
I’m originally from Richmond, and keep in touch with some friends there. This came up in one of their (FB) threads, with the entreaty to avoid Carytown: “You might get killed!” My first reaction was, “Oh good. It’s OC Texas all over again,” but several items about this report stood out. First, it looks like their guns are unloaded — at least the AK is sans magazine. That seems like a good way to do OC for awareness-raising, not that gun muggles know any better. Second, this is not your typical grouchy OFWG crowd. They seem friendly and approachable. Third, the report by VTVR is fair [click here to watch], with several handwringing (older) women balanced by a curious younger woman. (One of the older women said she was frightened because the gun owners were carrying a flag. Please.) Finally, another shout-out to Philip Van Cleave, who goes on record supporting long gun OC while mildly shaking his head at it. The NRA could have taken some pointers from him.
Earlier today, Target’s interim CEO made a statement “requesting” that its customers leave their guns at home. The decision came on the heels of pictures of members of Open Carry Texas carrying rifles in Target stores, and the subsequent anti-open carry at Target campaign by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. C.J. Grisham, president of Open Carry Texas, told USA TODAY in an e-mail [also published on their Facebook page] that he regrets Target’s decision . . .
Behold the waitresses of Shooter’s grill. The comely quartet pack heat as they’re serving cheeseburger soup and other not-so-low-cal comestibles to their pistol-packing patrons. The business model is a big hit – as you might expect in Rifle, Colorado. It’s also drawn the attention of the mainstream media, who are reporting Shooters’ success with a metaphorically raised eyebrow. I expect a LOT more of these open carry welcome restaurants to pop-up in the Southwest. Rhode Island, where open carry’s legal with a state-issued weapons permit? Not so much. But you can bet Ocean Staters are going to hear about it; the antis will use Shooters for ammo in their relentless “gun owners are gun nuts” campaign.
Target’s interim CEO John Mulligan has just released this official statement regarding firearms in his company’s stores:
Every day at Target, in everything we do, we ask ourselves what is right for our guests? We make all of our decisions with that question in mind. Questions have circulated in recent weeks around Target’s policy on the “open carry” of firearms in its stores. Today, interim CEO, John Mulligan, shared the following note with our Target team members. We wanted you to hear this update from us, too . . .
TTAG reader JME writes:
“Growing up, this was one of the neighborhoods that I lived in. Apparently, an aspiring white hip-hop performer and three friends went for an OC rifle walk through a neighborhood while saying less than acceptable words. They walked in front of the District 3 Cincinnati Police Station and were let go by police. Much later arrests were made under a crime initiative for these high crime areas. I know quite a few people in the Ohio Open Carry groups and especially in SW Ohio. I don’t know any of these four. I only did about 30 minutes of digging and found LilKrayzie74′s Facebook page. The [foul-mouthed] YouTube video‘s been removed. Twitter and a group of other social media accounts still active but none with the original video. IMHO, this is an important story.”
“Gun rights and civil rights aren’t anything like the same fight. Gun control isn’t slavery, and it isn’t discrimination on the basis of who a person is, therefore, it’s very insulting to claim that [an open carry demonstration] is in the name of ‘outreach.’ It trivializes the civil rights fights, and badly trivializes the horror that was slavery.” - Rika Christensen, Violent Right-Wing Open Carry Freaks to March Through Predominantly Black Neighborhood [via aatp.org]
A Moscow, Idaho restaurant is offering a discount to customers who openly carry firearms while scarfing their ribs. In the vast majority of states, openly carried firearms are legal. The right to open carry has been used in a number of states to push for the passage of “shall issue” laws to allow people to legally carry firearms concealed. Virginia, Ohio, and Wisconsin are states that come to mind. Texans are currently using the legal open carry of rifles, guaranteed in their state constitution . . .
TTAG reader BG writes:
As a cop, how should I encounter a belligerent possibly intoxicated person open carrying a long gun? After several reports of irrational or possible drunken behavior of an obviously armed person? Or would he have been better off being cordial with the officers? I think his behavior was disorderly at the least . . .
By Ben H.
I’m all for open carry. I enjoy seeing people carrying their guns in public; hell, I’ve done it. It was a pleasant experience, I met some fine people and a few curious folks received some friendly information and education. People driving by honked and waved. Over all, it was a resounding success and I would do it again. After some recent OC flub-ups, though, I got to thinking about what OCers are doing right, and what we’re doing wrong . . .
Sgt Patrick Hayes saw the Jerry Miculek video on open carry protocol. He couldn’t agree more:
There have been a number of news stories recently concerning folks running around with long guns. Most were from Texas where such carry is legal and open handgun carry is not. I live in Georgia, a state with very good gun laws. Open carry of long guns is legal and open or concealed carry of handguns is legal with a carry permit. In 20 years as a law enforcement officer, other than hunters during hunting season, I have never seen anyone carry a long gun just to do it. This seems to be an attention-getting tactic that makes the public very uncomfortable. It causes negative feelings about gun owners with the voting public . . .
“Ohio is a traditional open-carry state,” wikipedia.org informs. “The open-carry of firearms by those who legally possess the firearm is a legal activity in Ohio with or without a license. While legal, the practice is not common in urban areas and often results in police responding. Various cases of harassment by police on those open carrying have been documented.” Only not in the Cleveland suburb of Chagrin Falls . . .
Supernatural shooter Jerry Miculek wants gun owners who carry openly to do so politely, responsibly and strategically. After sharing some advice on concealed carry. At 10:00, JM gets to open carry. Forgiving The Great One for calling his standard capacity magazine a “high capacity” mag, I’m down with his recommendation: open carriers should use a retention holster (notice that even The Master’s draw gets hung up; these things require a LOT of training.) At 12:00, Jerry talks about pistol politeness and AR manners. His advice? Don’t touch your gun when schmoozing with gun muggles. Otherwise, JM’s OK with OC. Or is he? [h/t everydaynodaysoff.com]