I think it's fine if they go walking around with heavy weapons strapped over their soldier while they go to the grocery store. Let em look like idiots. The novelty will wear off and most people will go with whats convenient. I'm certain their behavior in the small trial instances that have been given has doomed that option for them though. The same sort of backlash you get from anything you so suddenly legalize (im looking at you pot.) People get all giddy and stupid in the beginning.
There is no difference between open and concealed carry. As a matter of fact, I would argue that open carry is safer, as you can see the weapons themselves. It would in no way make shootings more likely.
I am 100% pro open carry, I just rarely do it anymore. Mostly because I got tired of being hassled by either ignorant people who are irrationally afraid of firearms, or the cops that people called on me. I only open carry when I am not wearing clothes conducive to conceal carry. Tajshar2k: to answer your question, I have never open carried a long gun at a kfc or wherever, but here is why people do. Simply because the AR-15 grabs attention. They are trying to bring attention to their cause while simultaneously desensitizing you from the successful media crusade to make people afraid of the sight of guns. Same reason that women protest topless, or gay people parade in streets wearing sexual outfits or crazy costumes. It is something that some see as offensive or vulgar or scary, but they flaunt it to make it more normalized. I guarantee you, once there is overwhelming support for open carry and people are no longer afraid of the sight of guns, they won't carry the long guns anymore. They will go back to just carrying their pistols, because honestly, its a pain in the ass to go about your day with a rifle on you. It's a political statement intended to bring attention and normalize something that we wish to keep as a right.
If I were going to rob or shoot up a public place, seeing a few bikers with assault rifles strapped to their backs would probably be enough to turn around, go home, and do some illegal drugs.
If everyone has guns then everyone has an equal opportunity at self defense.
concealed yes open no
agreed with Kylar.
Kylar said it
You really look a bit stupid walking around town with a SLR on your shoulder
I think you should be able wear a holster. But not to carry around a AR-15 on your shoulder through a train station.
I agree with Kylar. People get freaked out when they see someone carrying a gun around wal-mart, I don't see how that would be a good idea.
lol no. what are we in? some sort of dystopia? why do you have to show your guns and brag about it?
I can't see how this would prevent crime, but please tell me how
Only amongst loony conservatives is this acceptable. Of course, only when they do it.
Overall we should get rid of our weapons. On the police and the military should be allowed to carry weapons or even have them. Australia got rid of their weapons after school shootings and crime has gone to an all time low, something that Americans are to dumb to understand, that it will keep happening as long as civilians can get their hands on weapons.
Since people have started to practice open carry, the number of shootings have gone up in my area! I support gun ownership but this is ridiculous!