One Solution to Police Brutality: Open Carry

“When I was in Washington DC, that’s when Virginia first passed its concealed carry into law and we in law enforcement thought, ‘Oh man, it’s going to be terrible, it’s going to be the wild west, agg assaults and murders are going to go up.’ There wasn’t a blip on the radar.” That’s San Antonio Police Chief William McManus explaining [via foxsanantonio.com] his lack of tsuris regarding Texas’ forthcoming move to open carry. But there’s more to open carry than simply nothing bad happening (Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s worst non-nightmare). As huffingtonpost.com writer H. A. Goodman suggested, open carry could act as a deterrent against police “over-zealousness.” I think that’s right. When I opened carried in Rhode Island . . .

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Making Open Carry Hip and Cool in Detroit

An open carry group in Michigan has done a remarkable thing, even if it’s built on the accomplishments of a great many before them.  They have made the open carry of long guns in Detroit hip and cool. On an MSNBC video. The video was made for Ronan Farrow’s show, featuring 22-year-old activist James Baker. He’s well spoken, photogenic, and persuasive. He and a couple of other people formed the group, Hell’s Saints, in July. He comes across in a largely positive light, narrating much of the video. He actually reminds me of Cody Wilson, of 3D printed firearms fame.

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Ferguson: Where Open Carry Leads

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One of the primary purposes of the Second Amendment is the ability to assemble militias to enforce public order. The formation of informal militias during times of disorder, such as during natural disasters and riots is a completely natural activity in a civil society. Productive people have invested their lives in their property. When they are threatened, neighbors band together to protect themselves and each other . . .

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HuffPost: 3 Reasons Blacks Should Open Carry

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“While rioting by a very small percentage of protestors does a disservice to the memory of Michael Brown and the cause of saving black lives or preventing future Fergusons . . .” Yeah, right. A small percentage of the “protestors” rioted in Ferguson, setting more than 25 buildings ablaze and looting an equal number of stores. In fact, more than 100 cars idled in front of Toys R Us on the night of the non-indictment, waiting for someone to cast the first brick. Ferguson’s destruction was about rioting like surfing for pictures of Barbara Palvin is about researching Hungarian history. Anyway, huffingtonpost.com writer H. A. Goodman is headed in the right direction . . .

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San Antonio Express: Open Carry is “Openly Dumb”

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Openly dumb? That’s dumb. But then it’s only a headline writer’s idea of pithy. The real stupidity here is the “argument” the San Antonio Express’ Editorial Board uses to condemn open carry – ahead of the Texas legislature’s determination to put a bill on Governor Abbott’s desk. “Say you’re at your local store or on a public street and a guy, obviously not a police officer, is walking toward you with a hoodie over on his head. Feel safe? We suspect not. Nor will the cop who encounters that guy in a traffic stop or tries to give him a ticket while he’s jaywalking.” I’m sorry. Did I say hoodie over his head? I mistyped. It’s “a gun on his hip.” But you see how that works. Here’s more . . .

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Florida to Get Open Carry ?

TTAG reader Zach writes:

“When state and federal courts have considered severe restrictions or bans on open carry they have been struck down. When they have considered restrictions or bans on concealed carry they have been upheld. I wondered why it was 31 states allow the unlicensed open carry of handguns and even more if you include long guns (as in Texas) while concealed carry was illegal (the carry permit providing an exception to the ban on concealed carry). I found out that . . .

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Memo to Gun Rights Advocates: Open Carry Now!

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“Members of the advocacy group Moms Demand Action delivered more than 72,000 petitions to Harris Teeter’s Matthews-based headquarters Thursday morning, asking the company to ban openly carried guns in its stores,” charlotteobserver.com reports. Why’s that? “You don’t have to have training or a permit to open carry in stores,” North Carolina Advocacy Lead for MDA Christy Clark told the Observer. And? How many open carriers have murdered people while open carrying? None that I can find. And if I could find any, how would that compare to the number of murderous criminals carrying illegally? But that’s not what’s important here. What gun rights advocates need to understand . . .

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WA I-594 Background Check Protest Set for December 13

The impassioned video above didn’t stop the passage of Washington state’s “universal background check” bill. And so an unknown number of gun rights advocates are set to convene at the state capitol to violate the law in plain site. They’ll exchange guns, buy and sell guns and generally play pass the firearm – all in contravention of the newly-approved I-594’s provisions. The cops have yet to declare their intentions for this act of mass (the participants hope) civil disobedience. So it could be a damp squib (hardly anyone shows, the police do nothing and only local media pays attention), an ugly police action (a bit more local media coverage) or something really not good (LOADS of media coverage). Click here for the I Will Not Comply Facebook page. At the time of writing, Resolute for Arms and Liberty has a scant 1650 followers. Still, as Shannon Watts will tell you, the longest journey starts with a single like. [h/t CM]

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GA Gun Rights Group Sues ATL Botanical Gardens for Open Carry Ban

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Now that the Georgia legislature passed their “guns everywhere” bill (as described by its opponents) Peach Tree State streets are running red with the blood of innocents. Or not. Yup. Not. But gun owners still have some heavy lifting to do, as hoplophobic semi-public entitites do what they can to avoid to the carry-on consequences of the Safe Carry Protection Act. To wit: “A Gwinnett County man sued the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Wednesday because he was escorted off the property on the basis that he was opening carrying a gun,” ajc.com reports. “According to the suit filed by Phillip Evans and the gun rights group GeorgiaCarry.org . . .

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Texas Legislator Files Licensed Open Carry Bill

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Today is the first day Texas lawmakers can file bills for consideration in the upcoming legislative session. Of the 123 bills filed as of 9am, Rep Daniel Flynn‘s is the only one focusing on open carry. [Click here to read the text.] As expected, the OC bill merely adds unconcealed carry to the CHL (concealed handgun license) provisions. The issue has hit the Lone Star State’s media radar. The initial reports are about as biased as you’d expect . . .

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Quote of the Day: Open Carry Amazement Edition

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“It’s amazing to me that I can walk up to a parent on school property and say, ‘You need to put your cigarette out, you’re not allowed to smoke on school property,’ but I can’t walk up to someone and say, ‘You’re not allowed to have a weapon on school property if you’re open carrying.'” – Michigan School Superintendent Jim Baker, quoted in Huron Valley schools to tackle open carry issue [via freep.com]

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VA Open Carrier SWATted

Moms Demand Action (MDA) types have threatened to make false 911 calls whenever they see anyone open carrying and have encouraged others to do so. In at least one case (though probably not MDA-related), an innocent man was killed by police as a direct response to false allegations in a 911 call. Last week, in Virginia, an open carrier was falsely accused of robbing a 7-11, in a 911 call. Fortunately, he was not harmed . . .

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