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Entries in open carry (4)

Tuesday
Nov242015

Wizard Cops

I'm a sucker for a good parody video.  Wizard Cops?  Alrighty I'll give it a shot...

Open staff act!  Lol that was hilarious.  Those unicorn morale patches though!

Wednesday
Mar192014

Best Open Carry Police Response

What do you guys think of open carry?  I wish it didn't bring the big social stigma and freak out factor that comes with having visible firearms in public.  When folks were doing it here in CA, it made for a big mess and politicians outright banning the open carry of firearms.

Most of the open carry videos I've seen end in a terse argument with an ignorant law enforcement officer, but these guys in Oakland County, Michigan got a dramatically different experience.  Check out the vid:

What I like is how honest and down to Earth the cop is.  He isn't looking to be a douche and cause problems, and he knows that these guys aren't out to cause any violence.  He went out and did his job and respected these guys without causing a big scene.  I'm happy that is encounter was recorded, and hopefully we'll hear of more peaceful gatherings like this across the U.S.

Have you ever open carried?

h/t Bearing Arms

Friday
Feb142014

Good Cause Portion Of CCW Ruled Unconstitutional In CA

I got the news yesterday afternoon and I've been smiling ever since.  CA courts made a major step in the right direction for gun owners.  You see, in order to carry a concealed handgun in Los Angeles or Orange county (or the rest of this damn state) you need to have a compelling reason which is referred to as "good cause" to get a permit.  The good cause is defined as:

Convincing evidence of a clear and present danger to life, or of great bodily harm to the applicant, his/her spouse, or dependent child, which cannot be adequately dealt with by existing law enforcement resources, and which danger cannot be reasonably avoided by alternative measures, and which danger would be significantly mitigated by the applicant's carrying of a concealed firearm.

The problem is that in LA & OC it was damn near impossible to get a CCW.  Orange county hasn't issued any in years, and LA county really only gave them to a few district attorneys and political figures.  All of that is going to change very soon, as the 9th Circuit Court has ruled the "good cause" restriction to be unconstitutional!  Here is a quote from the court room:

[I]f self-defense outside the home is part of the core right to “bear arms” and the California regulatory scheme prohibits the exercise of that right, no amount of interest-balancing under a heightened form of means-ends scrutiny can justify San Diego’s policy . . .

A law effecting a “destruction of the right” rather than merely burdening it is, after all, an infringement under any light….

Open carry was made illegal not that long ago and since concealed carry wasn't an option, us law abiding citizens were left with no options except law suit.  Okay so what is the practicality behind all this?  Well I'm not going to tell you to rush and and buy a bunch of sub compact weapons and concealable holsters just yet.  This is definitely a big step in the right direction but it isn't necessarily final, and nothing moves fast with the government.  

If I had to guess, I'd expect to see the application process open up to folks some time in 2015.  A huge backlog is to be expected as thousands of Californians will want to get their freedom back. Also, the state won't really know how to handle all of this... Right now CCWs need to go through the country sheriff but perhaps this could be moved to a state level process like many of the surrounding states.  Nonetheless, I'm really excited about this news, and I'm hoping that by the time CCW system is up and running the CA handgun roster will also be struck down too.  It doesn't hurt to dream :)  

h/t TTAG

Tuesday
May212013

Super Cool Oregon Cop

The Internet is full of trolls with cameras.  So these d-bag Oregon trolls decided to make a political statement by open carrying and looking for an youtube fight.  It looks like the coolest cop in Oregon showed up after the locals called 911.  He was very polite and professional and even made them an offer to show off his rifle if they show him theirs.  The trolls' response?  Quote legal garb and be rude.  Eventually the trolls kind of get it, and the cop's rifle looks pretty slick!