The Trace: Open Carry Driving Move to Constitutional Carry

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“A veto override will make West Virginia the ninth state to allow gun owners to carry without a license,”‘s announces. “At least 19 others are considering similar legislation.” The story beneath the subhead make for some delicious reading, as writer Mike Spies struggles to put a negative spin on a positive development for gun rights. (A slightly negative spin; The Trace’s page rankings and thus traffic depend on avoiding being ID’ed by Google gatekeepers as anti-gun agitprop.) Here’s what Spies spies with his little eye when it comes to the move away from gun control . . .

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Connecticut Cops: Remove Probable Cause From Search of Open Carriers

Connecticut is an open carry state. Like Rhode Island, it’s a practice that’s about as common as public handstands. Even so, Constitution State cops are unhappy that they can’t stop open carriers just because guns. And so the Police Chiefs Association is seeking a change in the law so that cops no longer have to have “reasonable suspicion of a crime” before asking open carriers to produce their [required] gun permit. In fact, they want Connecticut open carriers to . . .

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Florida State Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla: Gun Zero of the Day

Florida State Senator Diaz de la Portilla (courtesy The Trace)

Last Tuesday, for the second time in a month, Diaz de la Portilla broke with his party’s traditional fealty to the NRA and single-handedly denied the organization a vote on a top legislative priority,” Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun agitators at The Trace report. “The first bill he buried in late January, would have allowed concealed carry permit holders to bring their handguns onto state college campuses. The second would have granted licensed gun owners the right to openly carry their weapons in public.” What else needs saying? Just this, from the horse’s…mouth . . .

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Quote of the Day: Knock Off the Open Carry Already

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“So cut it out, open carriers. OC a pistol if you must (that’s not such a good idea either, but relatively speaking it’s the difference between gonorrhea and syphilis). But leave the rifles at home. Rifle OC doesn’t show us freedom-hating cops that the citizens are armed and capable of resisting tyranny; we already know that. We’re usually criticized for acting like everyone’s armed, not like nobody’s armed. You and your rifle don’t do anything except make yourselves look like self-centered assholes.” – Chris Hernandez in Open Carry: There Are No More Excuses For It [at]


Gracias a Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Florida Open Carry Bill Dies In Committee

Republican Senate Judiciary Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Protilla (courtesy

Phillip Evans writes [via]

Republican Senate Judiciary Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla is a happy guy. He single-handedly (with the approval of his boss, Republican Senate President Andy Gardiner) killed SB 300, letting it die in committee by refusing to allow it an up or down vote by committee members. Diaz de la Portilla celebrated the death of Florida open carry like this . . .

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Confessions of a Texas Open Carrier: The Archery Range

Archery (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

I don’t remember open carrying at my daughter’s archery class. It’s easy to do. Forgetting you’re open carrying, I mean. If you’re not wearing your firearm in plain view to ruffle gun muggles’ feathers, it tends to slip your mind. Unless someone shady looking suddenly sidles up to you. Then you remember. It’s only happened a couple of times, but the adrenaline rush is quite spectacular. Anyway, I only knew I’d open carried at the archery range after the fact, when the instructor eyed me from across her desk and said . . .

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Marie Claire : Women Evenly Split on Gun Control

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Marie Claire magazine has joined the War on Men With Guns launched/coordinated by Cosmopolitan magazine (and sponsored by Michael Bloomberg). Teaming up with the Harvard Injury Control Research Center — home of the notorious anti-gun researcher David Hemenway — Marie Claire’s minions surveyed some two thousand folks about firearms. One result: “51 percent of women would vote for a political candidate who vowed to push for gun control. 47 percent wouldn’t.” Here are some more interesting stats . . .

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Why I Prefer Concealed Carry: VA Man’s Gun Stolen While Open Carrying


By Brandon via

A 37-year-old man was pushed to the ground last week and had his openly-carried firearm stolen right from it’s holster by two thugs. According to, the man was walking across the street after visiting with friends when the unfortunate incident occurred. “The man said he was approached from behind by two men, and one of them demanded his gun. The other then grabbed the gun from the holster and pushed him to the ground.” . . .

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U.S. Air Force Tools-Up for Terrorists

Tech. Sgt. Matt Copley of Dover AFB talks with Master Sgt. Patrick Carr Feb. 1. Copley completed the first Unit Marshal Program training course at the base and now is authorized to carry an M9 pistol while on duty. — USAF Photo/Senior Amn William Johnson

“In August 2006 an Islamic extremist group targeted Dover AFB for an attack that was never carried out,” reports. “In May 2014, the base was put on lockdown following reports, later shown to be unfounded, that a suspicious person with a gun had been seen near an airplane hangar.” Yesterday, Colorado’s Dover Air Force Base launched operation “Eagle Shield” to counter/prepare for terrorist attack and/or “workplace violence.” Dover AFB implemented it as follows . . .

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