“I’m not going to sit there and have the police called on you. I mean, I don’t want to see that crap,” Maria says, knowing what a trip to Walmart means. She knows her 51-year-old husband has two guns inside the house, and this afternoon it won’t be the 9mm, which he straps on with a round in the chamber when grabbing lunch at his favorite fast-food restaurant or visiting a friend’s auto shop. It’ll be the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, which he brings when going somewhere he thinks is dangerous, like the Atlanta airport, where he’s taken it loaded with a 100-bullet drum, or Walmart, where he thinks crowds could pose an easy targets for terrorists.
In a country of relaxing gun laws where it’s now legal to open-carry in 45 states and there are 14.5 million people with carry permits, every day seems to bring a new version of what open carry can mean. In Kentucky, it’s now legal to open-carry in city buildings. In downtown Cleveland, people carried military-style rifles during the Republican National Convention. In Howell, Mich., last month, a father went openly armed to his child’s middle-school orientation. In Mississippi, it’s now legal to open-carry without a permit at all. And in Georgia, which has passed a “guns everywhere” bill and has issued nearly 1 million carry permits, Jim Cooley is staking out his version of what’s acceptable as he keeps pleading with his wife.
Yes, it is a southern state (I live in one), and I have a Concealed Weapons Carry Permit in a state where I can, like the privileged one above, carry my 9mm just about everywhere I go. One can even note that I've been deployed six times and technically "open carried" legally in a war zone where all soldiers carried and could employ firepower with lethal results (if the threat met the SOF definition). But why is this man allowed to carry more firepower into a store where others can feel threatened without knowing his intent, and why in the hell that there is not a law that addresses your right to open carry vs public threat? If law enforcement must be called for his trips to Walmart, this is a man THAT I DO NOT WANT CARRYING A VISIBLE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION IN PUBLIC!!
For that matter, I am a Redleg (Field Artilleryman). I don't open carry a howitzer to McDonalds...