The Big Question: To Conceal or Not to Conceal

woman-with-submachine-gunBY S.C. SHERMAN — Every day it seems there are more stories of some of the 2A brethren pushing the envelope by open-carrying. The story usually grabs a headline. The picture tends to show a confrontation between a police officer and an openly carrying individual. Many online stories come complete with video and audio as friends record the event on their phones.

The open carry faction of the gun rights movement demand what they believe to be a God given human right documented and guaranteed through our Second Amendment. They see it literally. Black and white. No need for a permit. No need for permission. No need for concealment. No off limits places. No restrictions. A right is a right is a right, right?

They root this belief in the Second Amendment itself and I will just say I don’t disagree, but. Let’s review for fun the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

There is nothing in there about permission, background checks, concealing, permitting, limiting magazine capacity, calibers, gun free zones, or much of anything restrictive that we are dealing with every day in America. It reads like patriot poetry, beautiful words of freedom.

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Oh, if it was just that easy, but we all know it’s not. Let’s start with why would you want to open carry? I think there are three main reasons to do it.

1- Function. You feel that open and easy access to your weapon is necessary to achieve victory in an armed altercation. Also, hunting or working outside can make open carrying the most logical thing to do for safety sake.
2- Rights. Since it’s our right, some people want to do it just because they can. This falls under the whole freedom thing. Are we not free to do what is within our rights?
3- Shock Value. Some people like to be the center of attention. Whether it’s getting arrested on TV or just stirring the societal pot, some people enjoy being the fly-in-the-ointment.

I’m sure there are other reasons, but these listed would encompass most of them. Feel free to add more in the comments section. State by state this topic is being tossed around.

Some states are staunchly against while others, mostly out west, say carry away. I like personal choice within our right to carry, the ultimate freedom. The less the government micromanages our affairs the better as far as I’m concerned. With that said, I personally…

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