What is a "sunshine law"? It sounds familiar, but I'm ignorant of its meaning. I have a CCW permit from Missouri, yet I am going to attempt to open carry this summer over the 4th of July weekend. Missouri is an anomolous state in that it does not have full pre-emption. (Each county may specifically ban open carry since Missouri State Law specifically states "concealed" on its permits)
The county I live in does not specifically ban open carry, and I believe things not specified in the wording of the law are presumed legal. I have personally talked with the police cheif in the nearest town about open carry, and he stated to me in a courteous manner:
"There's nothing in the law prohibiting it, but I'd prefer if you didn't because we might possibly get a "man with a gun" call, and it would cause a big panic, lights and sirens, speeding police cars, armed response and all that, so I'd personally prefer you didn't."
Now, I'm not a jerk, so I haven't paraded around openly because the guy personally and politely asked me not to. (He didn't TELL me not to, he just asked.) But, since he has already stated the legality, I think I might just do so in the future.
The only thing I'm worried about IS a possible "man with a gun" call and the whole fiasco it might lead to. I don't want to do anything "for principle" that might even remotely endanger my right to carry PERIOD. I'm not a big fan of altercations or scenes, and don't want ANY drama. Yet, I'm torn on expressing my rights. Like it is said, "A right unexercised is a right lost."
So this is why I am interested in your post about FOIA paperwork. Why would I need FOIA requests in a open carry confrontation with police? What is this "Sunshine Law" and how does it affect my situation?