Why open carry is bad

by Erik  

I am an obvious gun advocate, but cruising around youtube I found even more videos of people walking around video taping their open carry. Again, I am a gun supporter, but I have to agree with the officers who responded. It just creates too much negative attention. I addressed this several months ago with the article: should I open carry?

The guys shooting these videos are "trying to create awareness for open carry." What they are actually doing is giving the anti-gun advocates exactly what they want to see: crazy gun owners. Open carry simply fuels the fire and gives anti-gun advocates more ammunition (no pun intended) to plead their concerning gun control.

While certain states may have laws permitting open carry, in the end you can go to jail if the police really want to take you. How so? Open carry is legal and how could I be arrested for something that is legal. Simple: disturbing the peace. Nearly every city has a local ordnance supporting a peaceful environment. When 911 gets a call or calls concerning a man with a gun, it's easy to see how that could be viewed as disturbing the peace.

Could an attorney argue your case? Sure, but you would still be arrested and booked. At the end of the day is it really worth creating a scene, being arrested, and creating more negativity towards legal gun ownership? Not to me. This is one of the dumbest encounters I have seen yet regarding open carry:

I can understand why officer Horn and Gibson were upset. Of the 4 of them, I think officer Gibson did the best job of dealing with the situation. The bottom line here is simple: people are scared of guns.

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