The debate over open carry of firearms dates back to the days of Thomas Jefferson. It’s argued that a person’s right to carry a gun is protected by the Second Amendment, which recognizes the right to carry a gun inside and outside the home. Despite this debate, most states allow open carry of firearms. In the case of Hawaii, however, there is no such requirement. In fact, Hawaii recently vacated its licensing requirement and is currently awaiting a hearing en banc.
The debate over open carry of firearms has a number of potential outcomes. If the Supreme Court overturns the New York law, policymakers will need to find alternative ways to regulate the activity. Currently, criminal laws that govern gun use provide incentives to carry firearms in public while providing disincentives. However, if the Supreme Court strikes down the New York law, policymakers will likely seek alternative ways to regulate gun use and carry.
While open carry of firearms has increased in recent years, its legality remains a hot topic in gun politics. Organized events have been held to spread awareness about open carry and encourage its use. Proponents of open carry often point to history and statistics to justify their position. Criminals hide their firearms, whereas law-abiding citizens proudly display their firearms. Open carry of firearms is legal in most states, but some places have laws preventing its practice.
Some states have “right to carry” laws, and allowing people to openly carry handguns or long guns is illegal in these states. While the District of Columbia does not have open carrying laws, New York, Massachusetts and Minnesota do. While New York is very restrictive about issuing permits, Texas routinely grants them. So, which is true about open carrying firearms?? Before you carry a gun, learn about your state’s laws.