I've seen the discussion come up many times in this forum, most recently in a thread I started. In the interests of keeping other threads from going off of the stated subjects, I think this might be a good place to redirect such discussion (if this is a disaster, I trust the mods to make this thread go away). It isn't a matter of not wanting to discuss the subject, just a matter of not wanting to divert from the stated subjects in other threads. So, keeping in mind...
From the stickies:
From the stickies:
AndWhen we originally opened this forum, I added a notation that this was not the place to "debate the virtues of open carry", essentially making it a protected forum. I have, since then, debated whether this was the right thing to do since we did not place any restrictions on other forums.
Open carry is a controversial subject, particularly when those that do OC do so specifically to garner attention to the practice. While we still discourage arguments over this topic, we will no longer offer "protection" for those who's practices invoke controversy. We now all stand on even ground but we will not hesitate to issue infractions for those that cross the line in comments and rebuttals.
If you can accept these changes, we will continue to welcome you to this forum. If not, there is another forum out there that may be more to your liking....
While our policy has been changed and we now encourage the posting of threads regarding open carry, we will continue enforcing our rules regarding civility within the forum. This forum will not allow the endless debate of "us vs them". We are all gun owners that believe in the right to carry, either openly or concealed and it's time that we start understanding that we are all on the same side. We are all responsible gun owners that follow the law whether we agree with them or not