He doesn't seem to mind CC, but OC? He hates it. But he sees it as OK if you're camping? Why when you're camping and not the rest of the time!?! Anyway...
... The last general answer seems to be a popular subject, especially with the new legislative session:*laws concerning open carry and carrying concealed weapons*. First off, when dealing with police, just notify us of the fact that you have a firearm. I cannot tell you how an individual officer will react, but that's what you do. Let me first say that I believe in gun ownership. I believe in defending yourself if in a life-threatening situation or defending the life of someone else.
I however do not understand the need to own an assault rifle for private use, with ammunition that will penetrate body armor. I have met exactly zero criminals who have possessed and have been wearing body armor. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen, but I have to wonder why someone would purchase ammunition or a weapon for that purpose. Do you need an AR-15 with 30-round clips to defend your house? From what? Terrorists? If you live in the country, then you can maybe justify it. But in an urban environment, I say no.
Next is the open carry. I understand the 2nd Amendment and how states and people interpret it differently. I however see no benefit, unless you're camping, of having a firearm exposed in public. There are a lot of officers in plainclothes, whether undercover or detectives, and the whole point is to not draw attention to themselves, thus giving the element of surprise. That's especially true since they do not wear vests or have the other protective advantages of a uniformed officer.
I have been to restaurants and have seen open carry groups hanging out, and I was amazed at men and women openly carrying their guns in thigh rigs, holding their children, with no sense of their surroundings or weapon retention. I think a majority or maybe all of open carry participants just want attention. Like the cops who wear police T- shirts and hats off duty.
I may upset some people with this but I call ’em as I see ’em. I have spoken to open carry participants and reviewed their forums and I have yet to see a benefit that made sense to having the law or participating in it. Are we trying to return Utah to the Wild West?
So you are openly carrying your gun, you get into an argument with another person and they are immediately intimidated by the fact that you have a weapon. It does not matter your level of presentation of the weapon or even referring to it. You are always bringing a gun to any fight or squabble. It is laughable that there is a law even being passed to further solidify open carry by using language that a person can only be cited in relation to open carry if they are using the weapon in a threatening manner. Last time I checked, that was aggravated assault, which is a felony. That or displaying a firearm in a fight or quarrel, which is also covered under a citation.
In a time when mass shootings seem more and more commonplace, we the citizens of Utah see nothing wrong with someone walking around, with firearm in hand, holstered or slung, near a mall, school or other populated place just because we can?! How dare the cops confront that individual. He's just expressing his rights. So please, for the rest of the people not carrying, cover up your guns. We get it already, you have one and know how to use it. ...