@Regular Joe -- I actually do think guns are dangerous
and personally would not open carry a firearm in a holster *without* a retention device. But, to each his (or her) own.
AOC is not an ad-hoc OCDO "Open Carry Lunch." It's an open carry advocacy group. The mission of the group is to:
*Test how the law is enforced by the Arlington County police -- to ensure that the rights of Arlington gun owners are not being infringed.
*Provide a venue for members to practice exercising their rights -- to the fullest extent of the law.
*Educate the police about the rights of citizens during OC stops; and,
*Normalize the open carry of firearms by private citizens -- with aim of changing the view that only criminals and police carry guns
@Tess: One of the reasons for the basic firearm safety policy for AOC gatherings is to protect me from liability. AOC is a Meetup group, not an incorporated entity (as you point out). This exposes me to *more* liability as the organizer of the group, since incorporation *limits* liability.
I think all the consternation about "rules" and "groups" and "joining" are because AOC is obviously not what most people do on OCDO. It's more intentional and more assertive than the usual "we just get together as gun owners open carrying in the normal course of our lives whenever somebody feels like organizing a gathering" approach. I don't have a problem with that approach. I just don't want to take it. Hence, Arlington Open Carry.
So, if AOC isn't what you're looking for, no problem. You can keep doing what you've been doing, and more power to you. If you want to try something different, you can join AOC here (and it's a Meetup group, so yes, you have to "join" to get on the email list):