Friday, September 18, 2009

The Open Carry Movement

For those of you who are not aware, Open Carry is sweeping across the country. At least, in those states where it is legal to do so. Interestingly enough, it's not legal in Texas!! Apparently this goes back to the post Civil War days (That's the War Between the States for you Southern sympathizers. ) I suppose this was to cut down on violence against the former slaves, as well as the occupation forces sent down by the Northern invaders.

I understand that now, Texas is looking into making Open carry legal again. Even for those in Texas with a CCW permit, this would be a welcome change, since as of now, if you have a CCW permit, and your pistol should become visible, you could face charges and lose your permit.

For myself, I live in Michigan, which is an Open Carry state. I have, and do carry openly, when I consider it practicable. However, I also know there are times and places when OC (the current shorthand for Open Carry) is either not prudent, or not practicable. (I like using that word, picked it from the movie "Gods and Generals" )

What I will add here is this, if you choose to OC, make sure you know the laws for your state, and local area, if applicable. It would be bad to end up in jail, just because you missed some rule about OC in your state. Check out OpenCarry dot Org for more details.

Current Mood: Sick (I think I have the flu)
Current Music: None (watching West Wing on Bravo)
My Carry Pistol: EAA Witness 10mm AutoPistol


Joubert said...

OC is legal here in Oregon but I'd be nuts to do it in any of the bigger towns or cities.

BTW I need some advice on guns if you're willing.

Big Gay Al said...

Ask away.

Anonymous said...

Just to set the record straight, in Alabama it isn't called "the war between the states." Its called "The War of Northern Aggression!" Oh and BTW... I'll have to head up to visit my family in Detroit in a few weeks... hypocritical yes.