Mayor: More Residents Should Carry Their Guns

“Possessing weapons increases the confidence of residents, who know that in addition to police there are many people who are not afraid to intervene.” The wise words of Bill DeBlasio? Rahm Emmanuel? Sadly (and wholly unsurprisingly) no. That’s Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat on the advantages of an armed populace . . .

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Atlantic Magazine: Gun Rights Are Racist

American gun control laws were born in the South, created and enforced to keep black men and women disarmed and defenseless. Anyone who doubts this fact need only watch the video above. Or read the Supreme Court’s Heller decision. Throughout that landmark ruling, the Court exposes the racist roots of American gun control, including The Colfax Massacre. How, then, do Atlantic magazine writer Saul Cornell and Eric M. Ruben justify their anti-open carry and -shall-issue polemic The Slave-State Origins of Modern Gun Rights (a reworking of their Yale Law Journal article Firearm Regionalism and Public Carry: Placing Southern Antebellum Case Law in Context)? Simple . . .

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Open Carry at the 2015 Gun Rights Policy Conference

I arrived at the 2015 Gun Rights Policy Conference on Friday afternoon. I was openly carrying my old GLOCK 17, as I usually do. It was an unseasonably warm late September day, with the temperature at a balmy 103 here in Phoenix. There had been some Internet rumors about the Sheraton Crescent banning open carry, but I hadn’t seen anything in my contract with them or any sign on the door. When I was there a few years ago at the Arizona Citizen Defense League annual meeting, the room had been full of open carriers . . .

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Is Florida the Next Open Carry State?


By Brandon via

“A person licensed to carry a concealed firearm or weapon pursuant to this chapter may openly carry such firearm or weapon,” reads an amended lines recently submitted in a bill to the Florida House of Representatives. If Republican House member Matt Gaetz has his way, Florida concealed carriers may just be the first class of citizens allowed to openly carry firearms — an issue oft debated within the Sunshine State but not clearly illustrated in law . . .

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Lockerdome Poll: Concealed Carry Beats Open Carry

(courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Yes, I chose open carry. I know: carrying openly makes me vulnerable to a gun grab and/or a “shoot-him-first” attack. But gun rights are my job. I am a defender and spokesman for Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. I’ve decided to walk the talk. Literally. To fly the flag. Symbolically. More than that, I believe that openly carrying a handgun – which, as a licensed concealed carrier in the Lone Star State, I will be “allowed” to do come January first – is a strong crime deterrent. I only wish . . .

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Is Open Carry at a Polling Place Electioneering?

Is open carry an act of political advocacy? And if so, should it be restricted at polling places on election day? I thought about those questions as I was perusing the remarks left by the TTAG commentariat earlier today. In response to my article on the recent conviction of Alabama voter Robert Kennedy Jr. for openly carrying his revolver while voting last year, TTAG reader Xanthro posted the following comment . . .

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Texas College Students: The Case For and Against Open Carry


“Differentiating between a harmless gun-toter and an armed weapon-wielder may prove to be a task of growing concern for law enforcement across the State of Texas, according to the Star-Telegram. The challenge remains the same, where’s the line between respecting the 2nd amendment and providing necessary precautions?” That’s the lead to Weighing the Pros and Cons of Open Carry at the University of Texas at Tyler’s student run Like so many pro-gun control articles masquerading as objective journalism, this one’s suffused with qualifiers . . .

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Coalition To Stop Gun Violence Doubles Down on SWATting Open Carriers


The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s Director Of Communications is meshuggener. I used to believe Ladd Everitt was crazy like a fox – creating incendiary rhetoric to stir-up rabid anti-gunners out of expediency, rather than personal belief. Not anymore. First, there was Everitt’s bizarre claim that enacting gun control would restore the “true meaning” of the Second Amendment. And now this . . .

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Arkansas Atty-General: Open Carry OK in The Natural State

AK AG Leslie Rutledge (courtesy

On August 22, a man named Richard Chambless was arrested in Bald Knob, Arkansas, a hamlet north east of Little Rock, thrown in the klink, and on the 26th, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a fine of $2,160.00. Why? For the crime of openly carrying a handgun into a local McDonald’s restaurant, where he stopped to get a drink.  According to Arkansas Code § 5-73-120 . . .

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5 Reasons Open Carry Is A Good Idea – A Rebuttal


If you read Brandon’s earlier post detailing five reasons he’ll never open carry a gun you’ll know it provoked more than the usual number of comments. And if you follow frequently discussed gun topics regularly, you probably know that the advisability of open carry is #3 on the controversy hit parade right behind .45 ACP vs. 9mm and 1911 vs. GLOCK. Reader Aerindal disagreed with some of Brandon’s points and has written his own five-point defense of open carry . . .

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