Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Gun control rights to bear arms

The ongoing debate about whether to allow handguns to be openly carried at the Arts, Beats, and Eats Festival seems odd.
Like others, I don't understand the issue or why this is being brought up at this time. There doesn't seem to be any question that the right to bear arms is understood.
But why do you need to push or flaunt it? No one has said leave your guns at home. Why would you want to carry a firearm at a festival in the first place?
Yes, people carry them concealed and if worn properly, no one is the wiser. I'm speaking from 35 years of law enforcement experience.
Yes ago, beginning my career as a young deputy in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department the question about carrying a weapon came up in one of our academy classes.
"Yes, you have the right to carry a gun. But I'm telling you right now, expect to get stopped and questioned by any police officer that sees you," the instructor said.
Is it worth it to carry a gun to prove a point? Not in my way of thinking. To the contrary, it seems this would add fuel to the fire about limiting guns and stir up the antis.
A word to the wise should be sufficient. If you have a CCW and feel you need to carry, that's your call. But there isn't any need to advertise that you are armed.
On the other hand, those that have a need to wear a gun exposed can legally do so. But just what is the point?

1 comment:

  1. I don't think the point was to show an exposed gun so much as Royal Oak making the decision to outlaw any guns at the festival which is against state and Federal laws. Is it wise to advertise you are "packing," at a festival where families are visiting, no. It was a statement that is was legal to carry. As for will I be there, YES, but I will be watching out for the Royal Oak Storm Troopers. (Police)