While everyone was watching news in Colorado during the final weeks of the recalls, Mississippi was instituting a new law to allow the open carry of firearms without a concealed carry permit. House Bill 2 was passed in Mississippi´s last legislative session and signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant (R), but put on hold in July when Circuit Judge Winston Kidd issued an injunction to have the legislature "clarify it." On August 29 the Mississippi Supreme Court "unanimously upheld the... open carry law," setting the stage for it to take effect. Fox News carried the Mississippi Supreme Court´s ruling: This court now finds
Oh no! This will turn Mississippi into the wild west with shoot outs in the streets every day. Then again maybe it won´t. Idaho has an open carry law and yet we have a pretty low gun crime rate. The law allows you to openly carry and use a firearm in a lawful manner. I don´t remember reading of any crime in Idaho where the perpetrator was openly carrying a firearm with a holster.
Let´s say that legislators were presented with the opportunity to pass a traffic law that they knew with a certainty would cause 1000 people to die on the roads this year who would not have died if they didn´t pass the law.
But, that same law would result in 3000 people who would have died on the road this year being spared death.
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Redneck In NY, 9/13/2013 8:56:14 AM (No. 9519065)
Great news. I have lived in a state with open carry laws, it was a very polite place to live.
Had lunch one day while carrying (Colt 10mm Delta Elite), a group of Highway Patrol Troopers came in to eat at the same time. They all eyed my (rather) large firearm. Eventually, one of the troopers came over to my table. I prepared myself for a bunch of nonsense, but to my surprise he started chatting about Colt firearms and how he always wanted to get one like mine.
After 20 minutes, I had pretty much talked my self silly with ALL the troopers about firearms. It was a great lunch.
Virginia is an open carry state. We have a local restaurant that, on Wednesdays, gives a discount to any diners who are openly carrying. The local leftists´ heads are exploding, but there´s a line out the door of the restaurant every Wednesday evening. Cajun food too, which makes it even better.
#6 “...What if I am carrying a holstered pistol clipped to my belt and I slip on a jacket that mostly covers the pistol: am I now breaking the law? …”
Ah, the devil is in the details! “Mostly covered” should be considered open carry. But….you have to be very careful. If you’re carrying in any way that the weapon can be considered concealed, either change your way of carrying or spring for a concealed carry permit.
By the way, despite the warnings of the leftist sheriff of Hinds county, there is no blood running in the streets of Mississippi and there have been no shoot-outs on the public squares.
As a point, our State Constitution specifically gives us the right to open carry. This right had been effectively nullified in 1992 by an excessively restrictive concealed carry law. House Bill 2 was all about redefining the concealed weapon law. It had nothing to do with “allowing the open carry” of firearms. That is guaranteed in our State Constitution.
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Redneck In NY, 9/13/2013 10:15:17 AM (No. 9519225)
#10, I believe the place is All Around Pizza & Deli in Virginia Beach. Their Facebook page lists all the events they have centered around carrying. They were in the news earlier this year when they lambasted Piers Morgan during a remote interview his show did there.
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