February 16, 2009

Four Potential Open-Carry States 'Extremely Gun-Friendly'

Four Southern states may join much of the rest of the country in letting people carry handguns openly in a holster, gun-rights proponents say.

If Texas, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Arkansas pass "open carry" legislation, then only New York and Florida would bar opening carrying handguns openly.

The four states "are extremely gun-friendly," says OpenCarry.org co-founder John Pierce. "They understand the individual rights aspect," he says. "Yet for whatever reason, the carry laws in these states are restrictive."

OpenCarry's motto is "a right unexercised is a right lost."

Most states ban concealed weapons, USA Today says. Illinois and Wisconsin ban carrying handguns entirely, the National Rifle Association says.

Comments (5)

I open carry on hiking adventures. Open carry is a way of life in the Southwest, therefore, it doesn't raise concern by those who choose not to carry. This is a regional based mentality. Open carry while hiking in New York and people get scared. My opinion on the subject is that if you get scared because you observe my handgun nestled in a cross-draw rig, then you shouldn't be hiking in the wilderness. Limit your nature experience to the travel channel from your living room.

Posted by: JWallace | March 1, 2009 12:34 PM    Report this comment

Well, I agree that it's a bad idea to give the enemy any advantage, and a bad idea to stampede the grass-eaters, but I do open-carry on my own property, and when I'm in the woods. I just keep away from other people, and other people who are just minding their own business keep away from me. I'm operating on the theory that if somebody is deliberately closing in on me out there in spite of my warnings, it's a fair assumption that they are up to no good. In that event, method of carry won't matter. Speed and accuracy will.

Posted by: Gaviota | February 21, 2009 9:22 PM    Report this comment

In addition to losing the element of surprise the far more important issue of weapon retention surfaces. I believe that most people who carry a concealed have had no training on that subject. Open carry may also create a hysteria with the general public which could hurt the cause of concealed carry. I don;t think open carry is a good idea!

Posted by: escopeta | February 21, 2009 7:42 AM    Report this comment

Yes, otherwise you lose the element of surprise. I prefer the concealed carry method but do welcome other options from extremly gun-friendly States.

Posted by: JWallace | February 18, 2009 11:58 PM    Report this comment

I think I'll still use my IWB holster while I'm in town. Since I bought my radar detector, my LEO contacts have dropped to zero, and I'd like to keep it that way.

Posted by: Gaviota | February 16, 2009 9:16 PM    Report this comment

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