2009 National Open Carry Day
Is there plans to have one?
What was the amount of participation for last years?
If your state does not allow open carry, will you carry an open empty holster that day?
I believe that stealth is best. However, I also totally support open carry. I think the non-believers would be astonshied to see how many of their neighbors were gun owners. It might give the people that are afraid to become gun owners (because the media tells them it is wrong and unpopular)the guts to convert.
A cow or a horse, walking around in a rural area is considered no big deal, and an everyday occurrence. But, put that same animal in a suburban or urban setting, and most people will be pointing, taking pictures, and maybe even calling the police. A city policemen that has never seen such a sight might even over react compared to a small town deputy sheriff. My point is, if people become use to seeing something, it becomes familiar and comfortable.
If everyone was to show off there prized possession it would visually show the elected officials that a majority of their constituents were gun owners versus the minority in control of broadcasting, advertising, movies, tv, etc.
It is only for ONE day, I am not suggesting you change you mode of carry for the other 364. A lot of good things could come out of showing what the "silent majority" really wants. Please, just consider it.
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus - ConcealedCampus.com
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus will hold its third national collegiate Empty Holster Protest during the week of April 20-24, 2009. Thousands of college students throughout the United States, organized under the banner of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), will attend classes wearing empty holsters, in protest of state laws and school policies that stack the odds in favor of dangerous criminals and armed killers by disarming law abiding citizens licensed to carry concealed handguns virtually everywhere else.
NPR California covers open carry movement in San Diego! - Hot Topics - Open Carry Brigade - OpenCarry.org - Discussion Forum
Posted: Wed Mar 18th, 2009 12:30 am Quote Reply
KPBS > News > Local News
San Diego police fear there may be a growing number of gun activists who want to carry their weapons openly. The trend is part of a national "open carry" movement keen on exercising gun rights. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.
(Photo from Californiaopencarry.org)
Last month, about 40 people gathered at Mission Beach wearing unloaded guns on holsters. Panicked beach goers called police but no one was arrested because carrying unloaded firearms is legal in California.
Paul Cooper is an attorney for the police department. He says the practice is dangerous to the public, the people carrying the weapons and to officers.
"We just don't think it's a prudent idea for anyone to walk around openly with an unloaded firearm," Cooper says.
Police think the group is trying to provoke officers. But John Pierce, co-founder of opencarry.org says that's not the case.
"Is it taunting if a gay couple expresses affection in public? None of these things are taunting. They are educational," says Pierce.
Pierce lives in Virginia and says he carries his gun wherever it is legal. Amita Sharma, KPBS News.