Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Open carry of hanguns: should it be licensed or unlicensed?
As noted below, it looks like open carry of handguns will be approved in Texas. Should a license of some type (e.g. usual concealed carry license) be required. Most states allow some form of open carry of a handgun. Some require a license. However, even where no license is required, some type of people are excluded (e.g. minors). Oklahoma recently allowed licensed open carry. See this chart from Wikipedia. Arguably criminals are more likely to carry concealed. But once it becomes commonplace will criminals (who couldn't get a concealed permit or one of any kind if it were required) start open carry? If you're a drug dealer, gang member, criminal with lots of enemies or cash, wouldn't you want competitors and those who might try to rip you off to know you are armed? I don't know exactly where I stand on this. Any thoughts.?