My background is exactly the same as yours but I do not have a concealed carry permit! Make no mistake about it I am packing and I will use it if needed! Anybody who owns a weapon and does not carry it these days is asking to be a victim!
Texan: Why don't you get your permit? I am also a Texan. It took me a day and a couple hundred bucks to get the permit. I carry legally. I agree with you 100% that: "Anybody who owns a weapon and does not carry it these days is asking to be a victim!" If you have a "clean" record, the permit will be delivered about 2 weeks after finishing the course. Of course, one can "carry" if the weapon is visible, but there is no doubt that law enforcement officers will stop ya and check ya out when they see ya.
Texan: Pls tell me where in the "constitution" it says specifically that you can carry a concealed weapon in any state. If you are going to target practice or hunting in many states, if the gun is in view it is legal to carry it. Any cop in any state will, using probable cause, stop you and check you out. They, the state, creates legislation controlling weapons. The US gov't does not control gun laws in states.
Moon: Incorrect. You can carry a weapon in your car if it can be seen. You cannot carry a "concealed" weapon on your body in Texas without a permit. I can carry a concealed weapon in the car and on my body with my permit
Sorry qwark, but a simple google search of the concealed to carry laws in Texas will give you your answer...you CANNOT openly carry a weapon in the state of Texas without a permit and you don't need a concealed to carry permit in that state either. However, obtaining one would allow you to do both, but why bother when most will likely carry concealed. Just so you don't think I'm talking out the side of my head, I do know a little about the law, I work in the legal field, some things you just gotta know.
Anything the Constitution does not specifically forbid is an automatic right. Besides, the Constitution places restrictions on government, not on the people. So it doesn't have to say specifically 'the right to carry', just like it doesn't have to say you can 'travel'.
@ Texan: "Anyone who owns a weapon and does not carry it these days is asking to be a victim!" So, if a woman has a weapon but doesn't carry it to work and gets raped on the way home, she was asking for that? I think you gun aficionados need to think before you speak and realize that not everyone is going to walk around packing heat like you do--that doesn't mean they're asking for, or deserve, to be attacked.
Also, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in a state that requires a permit (not all do) is still illegal. It's been ruled that states requiring permits is legal. You're also given the right to travel, but if you're caught driving without a license, you're still in trouble.
You keep refering to things (rights) being "given" to us and apparently you think it's being given to us by "law", but law isn't a thing but a concept created by men, it has no power to "give" us anything!
Our rights, to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, come from our creator, they are inherent in our being, our existence. We don't require law, government, or anyone else to "give" them to us! With the right to life, is the right to protect ourselves from violence by others, this too is a matter of "law" and as such we, as free men, have the right to do so by whatever means, we feel we need. What the courts have ruled does not matter when their rulings violate our rights.
"Law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual." --Thomas Jefferson to Isaac H. Tiffany, 1819.
One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” George Washington quotes
The laws of carrying concealed vary from state to state. It is best if you're going to carry (concealed or not) that you check out your states laws. If you travel with that weapon, it's also best to do a little research on the states that you'll be traveling into. But I say carry on.
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