Notso wrote:It has been discussed. In order for it to be useful to the cause, it has to help us move public sentiment to allow open carry of handguns. I have my doubts that this would have that effect. It would probably have the opposite. You would certainly be stopped by police. Is it legal? Yes, but expect a hassle. General observers will probably think you are nuts and they might even call their legislators to make open carry of a long gun illegal (the Texas Constitution only allows the "wearing" of arms to be regulated, but the legislature has arguably violated this before).So, since Texans can't carry a handgun in the open, maybe it's time to sling that favorite .22 or 30.06 over your shoulder and head out to the grocery store. I wonder what effect that will have? Of course I'mhalf joking, but I'm also half serious.
My preferred approach is an open carry picnic where everyone carried pre-1899 handguns. First, you want open carriers to be seen as law abiding and peaceful. Being in a large group sharing fellowship conveys this image. Going to the store alone doesn't -- you stand out from the crowd. Additionally, by exercising our right to carry antique arms and do so in a group setting, we get lawmakers, prosecutors, and LEOs attention that open carry of antique arms IS legal and can be done peacfully, so why not extend the privilege to modern ones? You might even be able to get reasonably fair news coverage.