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    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?



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    mjarnold wrote:
    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?

    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.


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    Welcome to OCDO.

    Your questions are deeper than you realize - and mostly already addressed here and there, somewhere on OCDO. Read for a while and not of the easy shotgun-chic and I-love-guns threads.

    For a start, the Second Amendment has not been 'incorporated' against the States.

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    I was thinking along those lines too. I would be afraid that they would rule that wewouldn't be able toopen carry.

    It's unfortunate how some of these laws and rights get infringed on like this. You would think it would be a no brainer that we should be able to open carry in any state. Goes to show you what a few wack jobs can do when there isn't any body that cares there to stop them.

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