Open Carry Got Buried

Yesterday the Open Carry bill died in committee, and I could tell you what happened but Nicholas Horton was there and wrote this post here on it. However I will say that the main thing that affected it was Arkansas State Police Director Witt’s testimony. One quote that stood out is this quote:

We oppose this bill because of officer safety reasons. Often time officers encounter suspects with guns and they have to make split second decisions. Sometimes..those seconds are critical. If a person is allowed to open carry, we feel like that would cause an officer to have to pause to wonder if that person is legally carrying or not and that those critical seconds could cost an officer his life.

This argument is made every time this is brought up. When Oklahoma was debating their Open Carry law the head of their Highway Patrol made the same argument. It passed and guess what, nothing happened. How about the cops worry more about the gun that’s in someone’s hand than the one on the belt. Horton makes excellent counterpoints in his post to the Director’s comments.

In other news, the Faculty Campus Carry bill is on it’s way to the Governor for his signature. He said he’ll sign it, and their isn’t a emergency clause to automatically make it law, so we’ll see.


Oklahoma Open Carry

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says she’ll sign open carry gun measure

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Another link here: What Its Like In A Open Carry State

Now in the second article is what some Sheriffs had to say about Open Carry. And my responses to it.

Many of the sheriffs opposed to the open carry law offered these arguments:

– They won’t be able to tell the bad guys from the good guys.

You know I don’t see many bad guys carrying openly, that gets rid of their ‘camouflage’, and element of surprise. When they pull a gun, its to use it or to threaten. In reality that’s the only time a gun is a threat, not when it’s parked in a holster or waistband.

– It will be dangerous for the person openly carrying the gun.

Life is dangerous, however they have a point there. You give up your tactical advantage of surprise. Instead the criminal will either leave you alone, or shoot you from a distance.

– There will be more officer-involved shootings.

How? Anyone with a Concealed Carry permit has been vetted by the F.B.I? All the cops have to worry about are the same assholes they did before.

– There will be more guns stolen because citizens don’t have weapon retention training.

Good point, so get the training. You should have it, and a retention holster anyway.

I have defeated everyone of these arguments but one. And none are a good reason to take an individuals Right of defense away.