What is your opinion of Open Carry for those of us without CCW permits yet? This is having an unloaded pistol in a holster in plain site on the belt and having loaded magazines available for quick loading.
I don't like the laws we have in this state regarding CCW, but I don't like Open Carry either. The reality is we have a number of folks out there that panic at the sight of a gun. Sure, maybe open carry is legal, but why antagonize the folks. It goes against us as a group in the long run. And you are going to be stopped by the police and there goes the nice day. I don't want to see it outlawed, there are times Open Carry is appropriate, but it should be with a loaded gun. Just my opinion.
My opinion is DON'T DO IT... Not because you don't have a right to do so, but because it doesn't move the RKBA (right to keep and bear arms) in a direction that is advantageous to us gun lovers. In a State like California guns are not widely accepted in public. Wearing a gun openly (In my opinion) attracts negative attention. It sucks that our State has evolved into what it is. I would rather let the folks like CRPA (where I am a life member) and Calguns.org keep making forward progress, like they have in the last few years. The same guy Alan Gura that brought us Incorporation on the 2nd amendment last year said "stand down" on the subject of open carry. So I choose to heed his advice and do that.
I am not a lawyer or try to act as one. I did however stay at a Holiday Inn last night. :)
"If you plan to leave early, please arrive early to help set up. If you arrive late, please stay late to help take down. If you plan to arrive late and leave early, please do your shooting someplace else."
Also today April 12th 2011 the public safety committee approved AB809 rifle registration and SB144 open carry ban. This puts California one step closer to a misguided attempt at a gun free utopia, voters apparently want. Bad guys will still get guns, like prisoners get cell phones, and Charlie Sheen gets dope. Making it illegal only changes behavior. It doesn't rid the problem.
I agree also.
Not only do you make yourself a target of the un-informed public and face hassle from law enforcement, you could also be making yourself the first target of a violent act.
It is better to covert carry and have surprise on your side...
From KCRA Channel 3 website 04/12/11: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Speaker of the Assembly has requested an internal review over the issue of assembly members currently being allowed to carry concealed weapons inside the Capitol. Source
I hope this will open some more discussion regarding the restrictions on CCW. When the speaker says "well trained professionals" I find this of great concern. I have law enforcement friends in other counties and Nev. who have said there are a lot of people on the force that only fire their weapon enough to qualify for the year. I was told of one example of an officer who's gun had actually rusted in the holster and was difficult for her to remove.
Yea, people who bury their head in the sand and say by passing gun laws, or restricting carrying in certain areas, like schools, get to me. Just look at how many killings we have had a schools where weapons aren't allowed. Stupid. If just a few of the teachers were armed, most of the killings would never have taken place. Same at the capitol. If a gunman makes it into the chambers, who is going to stop him from killing folks. The guard who he killed to get in? What a joke these guys are.