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.