A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
texas, open carry, bill of rights
Ok here is my feeling on these open carry demonstrations. As you well know by the site that you’re now on that we are all kinds of FOR the 2nd Amendment. Having prefaced with that, here is my take on this whole deal. IF you are going to open carry you WILL be approached by Law Enforcement without a doubt because there are always those people who think they need to be the saving grace and call 911 and say someone is walking around with a gun.
Another reason I personally do not open carry is because I do not want to make myself a target for an impending altercation. I would much rather have that element of surprise and not have people know what I have Until such time that it needs to be put into service. Doing these demonstrations also makes you very visible to local law enforcement and with a high probability of being harassed. Usually the officers know the rules but there is always that chance that you will run in to Mr. fresh out of the academy guy trying to make his name and proceed to take you to the ground unconstitutionally. Having you’re rights violated is really not a good feeling.
A law enforcement friend of mine that I respect a great deal told me when I was thinking about demonstrating, “you will be making more work for us and taking us away from other duties.” So with that thought in my head I decided against doing it. Most people don’t care to know the law and that creates a problem because they don’t understand that carrying a firearm openly is in most states, LEGAL. You can go HERE and see where you can and cannot open carry. I am attaching a video so you can see even the Police are very arrogant to the fact that there is a Bill OF Rights but they decide that they will find another way or avenue to generate revenue. They are charged with Criminal Trespass .
1)They were asked for their id, which a lot of police do not understand that that in not constitutional if they are not suspected to have committed a crime, 4th amendment.
( The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.)
2) The were asked for the serial numbers of their weapons..He was goiong to run the serial numbers in the database.. What the hell for? Are they suspected stolen? Are they suspected felons, which would make them not permitted to carry a firearm? OHHHHH WAIT……. Hmm Felons aren’t ALLOWED to possess firearms, and I am QUITE SURE that a felon wouldn’t be carrying openly. Some common sense would have been a good thing on that sergeant’s part.
Take a look at the video and see what you think, please comment below. Let’s hear what you’re thoughts are!
Thu Aug 29 16:24:41 PDT 2013
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Shannon Allison is the Editor of We Will Not Be Infringed and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.