Virginia Protests Highlight the Debate Over the PR Value of Open Carry

On Monday, the House of Delegates advanced the assault-style ban to its final reading, with Democratic lawmakers contending that it will not infringe on anybody’s Second Amendment rights. Republicans argue otherwise, saying it would criminalize ownership of some magazines, even after Democrats tempered penalties to a misdemeanor. At one point, police escorted protesters out of […]

VCDL: Please Don’t Bring Long Guns To Jan. 20 Lobby Day

With radical Virginia Democrats pledging all manner of gun control following November’s election, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) has planned a lobby day for January 20, 2020 in Richmond. In their press release, they wisely urged folks to leave their long guns at home. The Virginia Citizens Defense League has a proven and distinguished […]

Walmart Generally Not Enforcing Their New Open Carry Ban

Anti-gun activists and the media (BIRM) rejoiced at Walmart’s announcement last week “requesting” that customers not open carry in their store.  Now, the New York Times has a piece detailing how, in Texas at least, Walmart has chosen not to enforce its “request” that customers not open carry firearms. From The Times: Retailers Walk Thin […]

Slate: Springfield Open Carrier is ‘America’s Best Gun Control Activist’

Recently, Walmart changed its corporate policy to effectively forbidding the open carry of firearms in their stores. Following Walmart’s lead, a number of other large retail chains did the same. Why the change? In part, because of so-called “activists” open carrying long guns in public spaces in order to “increase public awareness.” They increased public […]

Walgreens, CVS, Others Also ‘Ask’ Customers Not to Open Carry – Are Open Carriers to Blame?

In a single-sentence statement Thursday, pharmacy giant Walgreens joined Walmart, Kroger, CVS and others in asking customers not to open carry in their stores. Walgreens Statement Regarding Open Carry in Our Stores 05 September 2019 We are joining other retailers in asking our customers to no longer openly carry firearms into our stores other than […]

I Can Open Carry In My State…But Should I?

So, you can open carry in your state. Should you? Some of you are probably thinking “not this crap again,” because this is an oft-visited trope for folks who carry. If that’s you, then you might want to skip this one or – alternately – go vent your spleen in the comments. Bring the pain, […]

U of Oregon Snowflakes Triggered By 100-Year-Old Pioneer Statue

The rugged individualism portrayed by a statue of a Pioneer on the University of Oregon campus has made the news.  The 100-year-old statue, featuring a man carrying a whip in one hand with a rifle slung over his shoulder supposedly makes some students and faculty feel “very inferior.”  And they want it gone. One member […]