The author raises an interesting question. Virginia has issued approximately 215,000 Concealed Handgun Permits, among a total population of nearly 8 million people. Open carry requirements are quite simple, generally be 18 or over, and be allowed to possess a handgun.Starbucks shops have become meeting points for Americans testing the boundaries of the right to carry arms in 43 states. The advocates of Open Carry (wearing a holstered handgun in plain sight, as opposed to the more typical option of Concealed Carry, where it is obscured under a shirt or jacket) believe that their right to bear arms includes the right to do so publicly and overtly.
Yet he claims that concealed carry is "the more typical option". My question is: is this really true? When you compare the significant majority of 8 million to 215,000, it sure doesn't seem like it should be.