Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 3:22 p.m.
If the gun rights movement has a vanguard, it would be those who openly carry firearms.
At marches, rallies or a walk down city streets to a fishing pier, these “open carriers” have done much to educate the public and local law enforcement about Second Amendment rights.
They’ve replaced protest signs with rifles. Holstered pistols have become free speech.
At times they’ve been harassed, arrested and jailed, until police or prosecutors realized the gun owner was acting well within their rights to carry a gun in public.
Florida statute 790.25(3)(h) restricts open carry to those engaged in hunting, fishing or camping “or returning from a fishing, camping or lawful hunting expedition.”
But even if the practice was unrestricted, I wouldn’t publicly display a firearm. It’s a personal decision. I just don’t think it makes good tactical sense to advertise that you’re armed.
However, I strongly support the rights of those who choose to carry a gun in public where and when it’s allowed.
You can read the rest of my column here.