What is your opinion on open carry gun law passed in many states? Are you for or against and why?
Do you think it will increase violence? What purpose does it serve?
I certainly think it's a lot better than concealed carry and in comparison I think will reduce violence, it would I expect certainly reduce assaults and so forth on individuals open carrying and would certainly dissuade people from committing a crime if there are a few people with obvious weapons around. I guess like Roosevelt said "walk softly and carry a big stick" I think open carry makes that easier.
to me...when guns where concealled,,,it gave a little sence of understanding that it was wrong and not everyone should be seen with it...a law like this turns the country to the wild wild west all over again and this time,because of how we have of the evolution from the wild west to now...more bodies will fail and many more unsloved murders will be up.crime will become almost legal...that law i think is amongst the worst top ten to be thought of
You know, I've never had a desire to go onto a knitting hub and explain to the knitters about their hobby. That's because I know absolutely nothing about knitting.
I've never had a desire to go onto a fishing hub and explain to the fishermen about their hobby. That's because I know absolutely nothing about fishing.
I've never had a desire to go onto a lacrosse hub and explain to the lacrosse players about their hobby. That's because I know absolutely nothing about lacrosse.
Yet we have people who know absolutely nothing about firearms, and the firearm community come on hubs and try to explain, in their ignorance, about guns and people.
Over 40 states allow open carry, and the gloom and doom put forth by some posters here simply do not happen. At all. Not in any state. It doesn’t exist. But that doesn’t stop them from opining about a subject that they get 100 percent wrong.
In Indiana alone we have tens of thousands who legally open carry a handgun every day. The only "wild west" and dead bodies laying around exists only in the imagination of those who don't bother to do the most basic research about a topic even though they feel they are competant to comment on it.
I can think of no reason why open carry should be banned. So... I'm for, I guess.
In principle, I always favor more rights than less rights. An open carry law would not bother me except for the fact that there are a lot of idiots out there and there will be a lot of accidental discharges of firearms. Crime in the old west was high when people were allowed to carry handguns around and there were more accidental deaths. My true feelings are that this decision should be made at the lowest government level: the municipality. The federal, state, and even county governments should stay off this one. I interpret the Second Amendment of the US Constitution to be that the governments at the most localized level should be responsible for regulating, sactioning, and organizing gun-ownership and the formation of militias and irregular paramilitary groups. The main stipulation to this regulation being that people must be allowed to buy and own their own weapons (pistols, rifles, and individual weapons only--no crew-served weapons). Aside from that single point, the local governments should be able to make whatever laws they wish. There; I should have been a Supreme Court Justice. I've just solved the puzzle.
Old, if it was a "fact" that "there will be a lot of accidental discharges of firearms" then with the hundreds of thousands who legally open carry every day RIGHT NOW you should be able to point to dozens of incidents every day. But you can't...
I believe open or concealed carry should be allowed in all 50 states (and the provinces) of the US. I don't believe we should have to have any permits to do so. I know gun ownership by private citizens has reduced violence. I've experienced it myself and read about places where gun ownership was required (in some small towns in GA for example) and the crime rate in those areas dropped significantly.
What about gun permits for felons and mentally disabled persons? Some people should not own guns. That is the reason for permits, I believe. Thank you for your answer to this question. Good debate.
What about "felons and mentally disabled persons" having butcher knives, 3,000 lb killing machines known as cars, and gasoline cans with matches? If they are so dangerous, what are they doing out of custody?
I don't think it's a good idea. But, does it really matter? Many people have guns illegally right now and there's no way of stopping that. However, to give more people the legal right to carry does put more weapons on the street. That's not good. Let's face it, leave it up to the Republicans and the NRA and the criteria to get a permit will be pretty low. Any idiot can get a gun now and that's scary. At least with an open carry law you can see 'em coming.
Bottom line for me though: You have to be an absolute idiot to think you need to carry a gun around all the time. What do you need the gun for? It's not the Wild West? Then what the hell are doing carrying around a gun? Maybe the silver lining is that we can thin the herd with these gun-toting idiots.
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