Or, let’s all visit the drama llama petting zoo!
First off, let me be frank: I’ve not always been a fan of open carry. I grew up in Canada, where carry of ANY kind was pretty much against the law, so seeing guns on people’s hips took some getting used to.
But even though I don’t open carry very often, I support it. Why?
- It makes concealed carry MUCH easier. Because of open carry, I don’t have to worry about “brandishing” or some other stupid crime because my carry gun peeked out from underneath my cover garment.
- Open carry was made for the great outdoors. If I’m camping or hiking, I’ve got something with me to deal with four OR two-legged predators, and it’s just easier to carry openly when I’m outside. And I also use daypacks for hiking.
- Political statements. Yep, that’s right, I open carry to make a stand for the Second Amendment, but rather than be confrontational about it, I open carry among friends, like at the Az. State Rifle And Pistol Association dinner.
Remember, a nice person with a gun makes guns nice for everyone. A jerk with a pistol makes guns seem scary.