To carry a firearm openly and unloaded prevents the person bearing the weapon from being read to instantly defend themselves
when confronted. "Instantly" is a term that I wish people would stop applying. While one may, I repeat, may, be able to"more rapidly" draw a loaded firearm from its concealed location than having to load it in the process of drawing it from an open location, one is not likely to draw it "instantly." If a gun is pointed at one's head, I don't care how fast one is, a rapid, provocative move such as "instantly" drawing a firearm from the small of the back, the ankle, a fanny pack, under a shirt, etc, is far more likely to end in tragedy for the victim (although I know that many readers will disagree).
To allow any member of society to TACTIALLY
approach anyone for the simple purpose ofexamining a legally carried openly exposedhandgun
to determine if the weapon isLOADED
is a tragedy waiting to happen. A sworn, uniformed officer is not just "any member of society."
By allowing one or more police officers, (especially those in plain clothes
), to approach law abiding citizens
tactically with weapons drawn, creates a visual picture and emotional situation where the citizen(s) may immediately feel threatened
at the site of weapons in the hands of those advancing on his or her position. Then it falls to the UOCer to remain alert at all times for such a contact. It is HIGHLY unlikely that a plainclothed officer will approach a UOCer in the absense of strong reasonable articulible suspicion, if not probable cause. The more likely scenario is one were the plainclothed will monitor the situation will calling for uniformed backup to effect the actual contact. Anyperson who observes a uniformed officer approaching, gun in hand, and fails to remain calm, perhaps should not be a UOCer.
She was in civilian clothes with her gun drawn
when she interceded in an attempted carjacking in Northeast Washington and was shot by ... Well, duh! What the heck does this have to do with lawful UOC??? I assume that she was not engaged in UOC, but LCC, prior to her intercession, or am I mistaken on this one tiny detail? This example serves only tosuggest that no one outside of uniformed officers should be permitted to carry a firearm at any time, in any manner. Or at the very least, non-law enforcement civilians should not be permitted to intercede in the defense of others.
I know that I have the ability to carry my handgun openly while UNLOADED
in the State of California, but currently suffer the chilling effects caused by the thoughts of being tactically confronted by members of law enforcement especially those that may be in plain clothes while doing so. Then please LCC, and make damn sure that concealed firearm never, ever, even partially becomes exposed. As for the rest of us for whom the Sheriff will not issue a CCW because "self defense" is not sufficient justification, UOC is the only legal option.