Check.1.) Open carry is a legal right. Regardless of where personal beliefs may lie, it carries the weight of law and cannot be ignored, pushed aside, or worked around.
(cough...) B.S.!2.) Understand that — as with any belief that people feel strongly about — open carry is a form of political protest.
Equating open carry with "extremism" is itself extremism, as O.C. is NOT extremism. It's legal in 44 of 50 states (88%) by state law, and carries the weight of federal law, as well, based on the "law of the land," our U.S. Constitution. This "extremist" and wrongful allegation is akin to claiming that support of any single leader of our country aka our President is "extremist."While the majority will do what is asked of them without a lot of fuss, there will be extremists who are willing to be political martyrs by doing whatever it takes to push their agenda and raise awareness to their cause.
Let's change this a bit to read, "Targeting lawful exercise of one's civil rights by finding ways to charge people with other violations and then ticketing or arresting them may backfire and could be very expensive in the long run. One of the universities in Utah apparently tried this approach and it was leaked to the press. Now we run into civil liberties violations, etc"3.) Targeting open carry by finding ways to charge people with other violations and then ticketing or arresting them may backfire and could be very expensive in the long run. One of the universities in Utah apparently tried this approach and it was leaked to the press. Now we run into civil liberties violations, etc.
Excellent advice! If more LEOs knew and followed the law with respect to the lawful carry of firearms, we'd have far fewer confrontations.4.) Know the letter of the law and the interpretations of the law in various districts. Have a written document that can be referred to online or given to those parties interested in them.
Also excellent advice. I would similarly advise OCers not to raise their voices to anyone, unless it's to a criminal in the act of committing a crime.5.) Even if you don’t agree with open carry, stay objective and keep your feelings to yourself. It is the behavior of the person — not the gun — that we key on. If they get annoyed and start protesting you, remember that unless they are threatening you with harm, they have a right to voice their opinion, even if they raise their voice at you.
This must be written by someone from UOC-crazy California. I'm down to less than 1/4 of a second.6.) It still takes time to draw and load the firearm. It can be done in around two seconds for well trained individuals. As with any contact, watch the hands and body language.
I would add that OC by itself constitutes neither PC nor RAS. If you believe so, then go ahead and arrest us. If it's already been decided in your juridiction, we'll score a substantial lawsuit. If it hasn't we'll take it to the federal level and obtain the same judgement, based on the same suite of cases i.e. precendence previously decided at the federal level in other jurisdictions, and thereby overturn any and all laws to the contrary at your local and state level.7.) Follow good judgment. IF THERE IS PROBABLE CAUSE to treat them as an armed criminal, by all means do so.
Not a bad idea. I would add if they refuse to discuss the issue with you, you're still without either PC or RAS and it's best to let them go about their own darn law-abiding business. The right to keep and bear arms is a right. They're not badgering you about your right to do so. Please don't badger them about their right to do so.However, when you make contact with someone carrying openly without good probable cause, the strategy of “when in doubt, prone ‘em out” would not be my first choice. Keep your distance if you can, and ask questions so you can get some indicators of the mental/emotional state of the contact prior to moving in closer.
Here's my number one safety tactic: AVOID CONFLICT whenever possible. I, however, am an honest, law-abiding citizen, and my duty is to protect myself and my family from harm. An LEO's duty lies along somewhat different lines. The key point to remember here is that my duty is NOT a threat to your duty, but rather, an adjunct to it, if not its predecessor.8.) From a officer safety perspective, at least you KNOW that they are carrying a weapon! That knowledge alone will keep you from becoming complacent. Think of it as an opportunity to practice your officer safety tactics.
I think all of us are in agreement, here, that mass verbage is a pain in our backsides.Here are my comments...
I don't think he hinted that at all; in fact, he flatly stated that was a bad idea. As for extra scrutiny, who really cares about being scrutinized as long as you're allowed to go about your business unhindered?It also seems like he is promoting extra scrutiny for gun carriers and hinting that police should strive to find something to charge them with....no he don't get it.