mjarnold wrote:It already is a "right to bear arms" at the national level. It's just that some of the states, and locales, have decided to pervert that right. I understand what you're suggesting, but I would caution this. It is a very bad thing to move more power to the central government while removing it from state governments. This is not what the Framers had in mind at all. The more limited the federal government is, the better for all of us. If it was left up to the feds to "decide if we can open carry", then they can just as easily decide that we all cannot.If it is in the Constitution for us to have the "right to bare arms", shouldn't it be up to the U.S. to decide if we can open carry, not the individual states? It should be all or none.
Of course, I would side with all states should be legal to open carry.
Also, why can't I buy a gun in Texas or Arkansas if I am a Florida resident? Shouldn't I be able to purchase in any state if I have a valid U.S. id?