Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Open Carry -- Your Letters?

  1. #1
    State Researcher
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Bear, Delaware, USA
    Posts
    1,241

    Post imported post

    I caught this statement on the anti-gun website Gun Guys (http://www.gunguys.com/?p=651) and, though I can't find the original article from Delaware Online, here's a quote from a previous Delaware Attorney General with my highlights to make it a great pro 'sound bite':
    I read with alarm that the General Assembly may be prepared to amend Delaware law as it pertains to the right to carry a concealed deadly weapon. Essentially the argument is that 34 other states have passed such legislation, and the right of self-protection requires that a person be permitted to carry a concealed weapon. These arguments are as phony as a three-dollar bill.

    The fact that legislators are cowed by the National Rifle Association says nothing about the wisdom of such laws. Under current Delaware law, virtually anyone, excepting felons, may strap on a holster and carry a gun in plain view. You can even carry a rifle over your shoulder and walk around with it.

    As Delaware's attorney general, I frequently passed upon applications to carry a concealed weapon. I never understood why someone making night deposits felt safer with a concealed gun rather than carrying a holstered gun in plain view. Common sense would suggest a robber or mugger would be less likely to tangle with someone visibly carrying a weapon. Police carry their firearms openly.
    I'd like to ask anyone who has gone through the effort of sending emails or letters to police agencies or the DA's here in Delaware and have gotten official responses, to please post a scanned JPG/PDF of that document or the full contents of the email in this thread to keep an archive.

  2. #2
    Regular Member dave_in_delaware's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Newark, Delaware, USA
    Posts
    394

    Post imported post

    I personally don't think any entity like the AG office or LEO HQ will ever give a civilian written "proof" that OC is legal and OK. Sure, we'd all love a letter like that for our own peace of mind, but I'm afraid that'll never happen.

    Why?

    I think it's for legal reasons, so people don't use the letter they may have gotten as a "license" to OC everywhere. And if someone ever got arrested for something related to OC, that letter would probably be used in a court of law as defense against whatever OC law was broken, which would obviously create conflict in the courtroom.

    Something related to a letter like this probably already happened in the courts, which is why they can't give out letters like thisNOW.

    [Just my opinion and thoughts on the subject. I've requested a letter like this from the AG office when on thephone w/ them, probably almost a year ago. I'm still waiting for them to "get back to me." Haha....]
    Dave
    Co-Founder & Global Moderator
    Delaware Open Carry

  3. #3
    State Researcher
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Bear, Delaware, USA
    Posts
    1,241

    Post imported post

    Generally, that would require an 'opinion' and since the AG's office prosecutes primarily FOR the state, it has to be an official of the state to request an opinion. I think that's where we should focus our efforts.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •