All I can see this forum focusing on is showing your handgun off. Now before you start the flames hear me out. I am for the right to OC, but this seems to be the only focus. In CA all anyone cares about is strutting around with a pistol and NO magazine- WTF? Why not focus all your energy in CA like getting shall issue, or OC LOADED rights in CA. Here on the Iowa board I see NO mention of HF-7. What good is carrying your gun open OR concealed if you will be prosecuted for lawfully defending yourself outside your home? Seems to me I read Iowa has an annual event at the state fair called "Beat Whitey Night". I would be more concerned about HF-7 than if you can carry OC in the statehouse or not! I suggested a map for "Stand Your Ground" states on this site but no one listened. Open carry is fine, but it is just a "showpiece" for grandstanding if you are not allowed to defend your family. To much focusing on lists of restaurants that ban carry than the important issues. Did you call YOUR rep on HF-7? Where are the posts on HF-7 status?
Amaixner, It is good you are working on it. My gripe is there is no UPDATED list, map etc about stand your ground. I had emailed the suggestion to the forum Admin with no response. The truth is no matter what kind of carry is in place, without the right to defend yourself you may very well wind up in prison with the hoods you are trying to protect your family from. NY State is a PRIME example. You CAN get a license upstate, but unless someone had begun shooting at you you had better run like a sheep. They will hang you in NY for lawful defense outside your home. Stand your ground or a constitutional ammendment stating you have a right to self defense is a MUST if you carry! Montana passed one of the best "stand your ground" laws in the country to date. The truth is in CA the UNLOADED OC people are just making a point, they would be in a world of trouble if someone actually used one for SD. Prosecutors and police are not interested in justice, just conviction counts......
If for some unfortunate reason I end up needing to defend myself in public, I will do so. And if the court system wants to fight my reasoning then so be it. But I will sleep better at night knowing that I protected myself, my family, or even someone like you from harm.
www.iowacarry.org and sign up there. There are all sorts of things being discussed their right now with that very topic in mind.
Personally, I believe that you are hopolophobic and need education on the matter. If you believe that the members of OCDO are here just to show off their firearms, you are sorely mistaken.