Acc. brandishment in an open carry St.?

This is a discussion on Acc. brandishment in an open carry St.? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by QKShooter I'm not sure if any other cities are similar to Pittsburgh, PA. In Pittsburgh (being in PA.) it is technically legal ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    I'm not sure if any other cities are similar to Pittsburgh, PA.
    In Pittsburgh (being in PA.) it is technically legal for Open Carry according to State law but, there is a "Catch 22" in that the PGH. Police are required by City law to investigate and respond to all "Person With A Gun" calls.
    Soooo...if somebody "drops a dime" on you while you are OCing...you can plan on being detained until the PGH. police sort you out.
    That having been said - I honestly don't recall ever seeing anybody carry openly in PGH unless is was in the DownTown area and they were obviously Plain Clothes Dicks.

    PA is a DeFacto legal OC state, meaning there is no law against it so it is legal. a 'man with a gun' call does not warrant a stop, search, and to be detained. unless the police have R.A.S that a crime is currently, about to or has been commited, then they can't detain you for doing nothing illegal.

    read Commonwealth v. Hawkins

    taken from above:
    The Commonwealth takes the radical position that police have a duty to
    stop and frisk when they receive information from any source that a suspect has
    a gun. Since it is not illegal to carry a licensed gun in Pennsylvania,4 it is
    difficult to see where this shocking idea originates, notwithstanding the
    Commonwealth's fanciful and histrionic references to maniacs who may spray
    schoolyards with gunfire and assassins of public figures who may otherwise go
    undetected. Even if the Constitution of Pennsylvania would permit such
    invasive police activity as the Commonwealth proposes -- which it does not --
    such activity seems more likely to endanger than to protect the public.
    Unnecessary police intervention, by definition, produces the possibility of
    conflict where none need exist.

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