Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Open-Carry Protesters

Local news reports
An "open carry" gun activist caused a scare in Portland, Maine, on Monday after dozens of residents reported a man walking around with an assault rifle like the one used in the Newtown, Conn., school massacre.

Maine allows unloaded firearms to be carried openly in public.

Police began receiving calls about 11 a.m. and located the unidentified man carrying an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle along a popular recreation trail that loops around the city's Back Cove. The gun was fitted with a high-capacity magazine.

The man "identified himself as an open carry activist who was exercising his Second Amendment rights" under Maine law to openly carry an unloaded firearm in public, according to a police news release. Police said he was not violating any laws or ordinances.
I've heard pro-gun guys complain about the media's continual use of the phrase "loaded gun." I think they're right to point out that it's supposed to make it sound worse than just saying "gun." They say, of course the gun is loaded, there's nothing more useless than an unloaded gun.

But, what about these open-carry activists?  Hasn't anyone told them that there's nothing more useless than an unloaded gun?

They remind me of rebellious teenage boys, immature and belligerent.  The irony is they do their cause more harm than good.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. Well Mikeb, when the law will not allow you to load the weapon, us law abiding gun owners simply learn to load them as fast as possible. In California, where it is nearly impossible to get a weapons permit, when I live there you could open carry a pistol as long as it was unloaded, I kept 3 loaded mags on my belt and practiced loading the weapon. Check out the gang problems in Cali, THEY do not obey teh law and carry their weapons loaded already.. so the IRRATIONAL fear of law abiding gun owners puts them at a tactical disadvantage.. how absolutely stupid is that!?

  2. " Police said he was not violating any laws or ordinances." -- So what is the problem?