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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Winkler on Open Carry Laws

In the wake of the Ninth Circuit's recent opinion in Peruta v. City of San Diego, the LA Times has this op-ed by Adam Winkler. In it, he writes:

Lawmakers who support gun control might want to consider another option: Rewrite state law to allow people to carry guns openly.

For many in the gun control community, that will seem like a crazy idea. State law bans ordinary civilians from carrying openly displayed firearms. And gun control advocates don't want to see more gun enthusiasts showing up at Starbucks or the local movie theater with guns hanging on their hips like Gary Cooper in "High Noon." 
Yet if they don't want too many guns in public, open carry may be the answer.

The whole op-ed is pretty short, but it is packed with some pretty interesting arguments on why open carry regulations might be a good approach for those favoring gun control to take. I recommend that you read the whole thing.

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