Monday, December 13, 2010

Open carry caution

Something to think about come January 1st here in Iowa, David Codrea has an introduction to his Gun Rights column:
Despite the practice being “lawful” in many states (not to mention being a fundamental right), gun owners who openly carry firearms often place themselves in legal and physical jeopardy from police reactions.
The reactions of law enforcement officers and the public in general should be a consideration for those wishing to openly carry here in the state.

Iowa is treading into new territory and there are plenty of hoplophobes here that see a firearm and would call the authorities. Once police are involved, and an overzealous officer ("they’ll be face down in a snow bank in Iowa") or a nervous citizen, it then becomes an interesting day.

2 comments:

TrueBlueSam said...

I have to meet and greet trespassers in our woods regularly, and they never know that I am armed. I don't want to raise their alert level, excite them, or have them calling the law later and claim they were assaulted.

strandediniowa said...

Good advice, Sam.

I think that's what David is saying as well. That if we should openly carry, that we tread cautiously and understand the risks.