Originally Posted by jdmcq
Sounds like you are looking for a confrontation.
Open carry is legal in PA too, but why would I want the attention? Just because I can cause a ruckus?
Originally Posted by outlaw7
I have a cwp and carry concealed. I am trying to figure out a way to get this city ordnance squashed. I'm really just thinking out loud to you guys just trying to find the best way to approach it.
So I need a little bit more clarification on this...
Is your open carry-law like CA's former open carry-law? Where you can (were) allowed to open carry a pistol on your person, as long as there was no ammunition in the gun?
If this is the case, then I have to agree with JDMCQ on this, especially if you have a CWP, where you can legally carry concealed, the ONLY possible reason for you to "exercise your right", is for you to break a law that you disagree with and hope that it changes the law. You're trying to make a political statement without considering the ramifications of personally breaking the law.
The appropriate way to fight this law, that you (and I) believe are not constitutional, is to contact a gun-rights advocacy group in your area and sue the city for infringing on your rights. If you go and break the law, that you know exists, it's going to do nothing but cloud your credibility. Especially when they consider you have a CWP.
Have you thought about the possibility that by breaking this law, they may charge you with a crime that voids your CWP?
Is it worth it?
Don't get me wrong, I don't agree with this law. I don't like any new gun regulation. However, at the same time, "Open-Carry" is pointless to me. I am a believer in private citizens having concealed carry licenses, but what is the point of walking around showing off an unloaded gun on your person? First and foremost, it does not make you "more prepared" to handle a threat. It makes you the first target (IMO). I also don't think that it promotes sensible gun laws.
I remember a few years back, in the SF Bay Area, and throughout the state of CA, a huge number of "open-carry" advocates began meeting up every weekend, open-carrying their unloaded pistols and going and sitting in groups at Starbucks. This was when open-carry was absolutely legal. It was a half-assed attempt to try to show legislators that private citizens can carry guns without going on rampages, somewhat in an effort to make concealed carry more easily attainable.
This attempt at political change, by sitting in groups, at Starbucks' locations in generally affluent, suburban areas, with unloaded handguns, backfired. It's now illegal to open-carry an unloaded pistol in the state of CA. To my knowledge, there was not a single incidence of violence, or accidental discharge, nor was there any instance that the open-carry laws made people safer. Yet, now it's illegal in CA, because it made certain legislators (and their constituents), in fact feel less safe...