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Owning a gun just is not enough for many Americans. You want to wear them openly on the streets, in cafés, at the stadium. Provocative move these days, why hordes of armed gun enthusiasts across the cities. by Leonie Seifert, New York

Mike Stollenwerk like weapons. Three pistols and a pike for the ex-soldier called his own, and when he goes into town, then everyone can see that here was a man comes along who knows how to defend themselves. For Stollenwerk carries his weapons openly with him - when he goes shopping, to the library or the council meeting. The law in his native Virginia allowed him that, but not every U.S. state is so liberal. Stollenwerk, and thus has a problem.

The 46-year-old horse breeder and a law student who founded the Open Carry organization that seeks to enforce in all U.S. states the right to walk around openly armed, as once in the Wild West. "It is much safer to show the weapons when they bear in secret," says Stollenwerk. From a due "coming out of America's Arms" says his movement, which now counts 27,000 members.

These days, many of them run provocatively with guns on a belt through the cities - as a show of force against Barack Obama. Stubbornly keeps the rumor that the President wants to tighten the gun laws. Anxious to protect faltered after the election of their arsenals, however, happened: nothing. On the contrary, many states have relaxed the rules. 43 of them allow the public carrying of weapons. In Virginia, where three years ago killed 33 people in a rampage at the Technical University, we may soon buy more than one gun per month. In Wyoming and Arizona will fall firearms license requirement.

"Even if Obama wanted to enforce stricter controls, he would never get through Congress," even said Mike Stollenwerk. Nevertheless, open-carry draw members of armed gangs by public bodies to turn into restaurants and cafes. Their goal: live out the new rights in public, they perpetuate and expand.

Most of the missionaries to fly out on edge. "We do not want to frighten children and parents have in our restaurant," says a spokesman for the California Pizza Kitchen chain. Starbucks sees it differently: there is also served on the Magnum coffee and pastries. "We accept the local laws that allow states to bear arms in public," the coffee chain in a statement.

Clients such as Rebecca Fitch, from Cupertino, California, scared das The 26-year-old was sitting with her son and two friends having coffee, when five armed men came in. Her son immediately began to cry. "We thought, this is a robbery, we scared to death," says the young mother. "I did not know that not even need a license for it. This is really dangerous." Fitch and her friends are now gone.

When the country's largest gun lobby, the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA), you do not want to comment on the action. "The actions of the NRA Open Carry could backfire," said Robert Weisberg, weapons law expert and professor of criminal law at the University of Stanford. The anti-weapons group Brady Campaign has collected signatures against Starbucks. "What's the point to take weapons into the café to do Where will this lead?" Asks spokesman Paul Helmke.

Open carry makes on undeterred and has also been a Märytyrerin: The 30-year-old Melanie Hain became an icon when it flew open because of their worn pistol out of the stadium, where their daughter played soccer. A month later she was dead - shot by the jealous Eheman with their own weapon, which he had taken from her backpack. Hain had taken the gun with him, so the logic of open carry, they were still alive.