Category Archives: Open Carry

Maryland files first brief in support of permanent stay in Woollard v. Sheridan case

As reported here, on March 30th Judge Legg granted a temporary stay of his ruling in Woollard v. Sheridan.  In that case, he ruled that the “good and substantial reason” requirement to receive a Maryland handgun permit was unconstitutional. The temporary stay order set three … Continue reading

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Virginia AG Cuccinelli Says Carry Permits Trump UVA ‘No-Guns’ Policy

In response to an inquiry by Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. (R – District 24), on July 1st Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued an opinion  addressing the constitutionality and validity of a University of Virginia policy banning  the “possession, storage or use … Continue reading

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California’s Proposed Open Carry Ban Heads to Senate Floor

The purported goal of AB144, introduced by Assemblymember Anthony J. Portantino (D-Pasadena), is to outlaw unloaded open carry across the state.  The bill was introduced in response to an increasing number of Californians who have been openly carrying unloaded handguns … Continue reading

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Madison alder declares constitutional freedoms to be ‘childish’

The ‘Madison 5’ incident continues to spread ripples across Wisconsin as the city and the police department struggle to defend their actions. Background Last Wednesday I wrote about the fact that the Wisconsin courts have not only held that a person may not be … Continue reading

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The tyranny of the bigoted comes to Madison Wisconsin

“An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.” – Mahatma Gandhi A little over a year ago, I wrote about the disorderly conduct arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.  At the time, … Continue reading

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Why ‘Open Carry’ Gun Laws Work

This is an article I originally wrote for US News & World Report. The phrase “open carry” refers to the act of law-abiding citizens carrying a properly holstered handgun in plain sight, wherever it is legal to do so, as … Continue reading

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You don’t hide apple pie

In last week’s article “With friends like this”, I took renowned historian and gun rights activist Clayton Cramer to task for criticizing both open carry and the gay community in his Shotgun News column. That article was primarily focused on … Continue reading

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With friends like this

Up until now, if you had asked me to suggest pro-liberty authors, my list would certainly have included Clayton Cramer. After all, Cramer has a list of pro-Second Amendment accomplishments that is truly enviable. He has written several influential books on … Continue reading

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It’s a Setup

I imagine that we all have seen a movie or television show where the bad guy is being led away in handcuffs while loudly proclaiming to anyone who will listen; “I was framed!” In most cases, this scene is presented … Continue reading

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Open carry is the 2nd Amendment

Recently, I was doing an interview with an NBC affiliate in Texas regarding the initiative to decriminalize open carry in that supposedly gun-friendly state. I was discussing the fact that, despite Texas’ nationwide reputation as a bastion of rugged individualism, … Continue reading

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