I posted this on facebook and sent it to the news media in April of last yr.
Gundude, I agree with everything in your post above, 100%.
My belief and stance on Guns and 'open carry' and 'concealed carry'
by Dale Paris on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 7:37pm
In CA, we have a 'may issue' concealed gun permit. It is left to the judgement of your local chief of police, or local county sheriff. Most city chiefs pass it on the the county. In the bay area, you need to prove that you need it. Self Protection is not a good enough reason, in the eyes of the locals.
I believe every person who is able to buy a gun legally, should be able to get a CCW. It works in 48 other states. Crime has gone down in every state that has 'Shall Issue" and or Loaded Open Carry.
It has been proven, if the bad guy does not know who has a gun on them, then crime will decrease.
Why would the bad guy take the change? They don't.
In CA we have what is called Unloaded Open Carry.
That is where you can carry a gun on your belt, unloaded, with thefully loaded magizine also on your belt. There are some rules that we need to follow, the main ones are you can not be 1000' from a k-12 school, puplic or pivate, and can not be inside a government building.
While having an unloaded gun might seam to be a little silly, it can be fully ready to protect you in under 3 seconds.
I would much prefur to carry a fully loaded concealed gun. We are fighting a political battle in our state to hopefully win that back.
The state of CA has taking that RIGHT from us. We have to fight to get it back.
The Open Carriers come from all walks of life.We have curent, and ex-law emforcement, current, ex-military, doctors, lawyers, bussness men and women. It is about our safety, and that of our families.
Crime has gotten out of control in CA. Every city and county is cutting back on police services. The Police can not protect you. They do not have a duty to protect you. It is every persons duty to protect themselves.
No one wants to have to use a gun, or for that mater any means to hurt another. But, we have that right. We can use any force needed to stop someone from doing us harm.
Guns are not the problem. guns are just a tool. It is the person that kills, rapes, and robs you. Not the gun.
A gun in the hands of a law abiding person is not going to hurt you. We respect law enforcement, and work with them as much as we can when we set up our events.
To get to know us, feel free to come on out to a meetup. We may be having one in your area soon. If not, contact us. ask us. WE will be open and honest with our answers.
We respect others views, and rights.
Thank you for you time
President, Contra Costa Open Carry