Referring back to State v. Reid, this whole mess of having to have a license to carry a weapon concealedbegan because it was considered evil to carry a weapon concealed. Now it is considered evil to carry a weapon openly.
Ironically, it was a sheriff who was on trial for carrying a pistolconcealed. Now sheriffs are persecuting people for carrying openly.
"to suppress the evil practice of carrying weapons
secretly," [Acts of 1838--9.] it is enacted, "that if any person shall carry concealed about his person, any
species of fire arms, or any Bowie knife, Arkansaw tooth pick, or any other knife of the like kind, dirk, or
any other deadly weapon, the person so offending, shall on conviction thereof, before any court [**5] having
competent jurisdiction, pay a fine not less than fifty nor more than five hundred dollars, to be assessed by the
jury trying the case; and be imprisoned for a term not exceeding three months, at the discretion of the judge
of said court."
The attorney general argued in State v.Reid that the restriction was constitutional because:
...Every man was still left free to carry arms openly, the only manner in which they could be used for defensive purposes.
That's why our grandfather's excepted the right to bear arms out of the general powers of government. See how screwed up it gets when the government tries toover rule our constitution?