In Tacna, Arizona, I saw this fellow openly carrying what appears to be a stainless steel Colt Mustang in .380. He told me he’d served in the Marine Corps, as indicated by the tattoo. He was driving the four-wheeler, which can be licensed for dual use, on and off road, in Arizona, a capability not available in many Eastern states. Notice the folding, lock-back pocket knife clipped in his front right pocket. It’s a snapshot of freedom that has been chipped away in much of America. Only two or three generations ago . . .
the idea that carrying a pocket knife would be illegal would have been considered absurd. Fortunately, Arizona is one of a handful of states that have eliminated most of the niggling little local ordinances that made carrying a pocket knife legally dangerous.
By the same token, the idea that an openly carried firearm would endanger the public would have seemed ludicrous. As Texas considers becoming an open carry state, as gun owners in open carry states wake up to the fact that OC helps protect gun rights, it’s a good idea to thank those that already open carry for exercising their gun rights.
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