Friday, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law Bill AB-7, a bill that closes a loophole in California’s already strong laws against guns. The bill makes it a misdemeanor to carry unloaded long guns in public places in unincorporated areas of a county where firing a gun is illegal. California already has laws against people openly carrying guns. The restrictions on carrying unloaded firearms are the same for loaded firearms. With California tightening their restriction on laws about openly carrying guns and with Las Vegas still fresh in our memories, should we strengthen the laws against openly carrying guns nationwide?
People who want stronger laws against openly carrying firearms feel that the presence of these guns, whether loaded or not, make people less safe. They do not see openly carrying guns as a deterrent to a crime happening, but a way to make that crime into a tragedy. People feel that when individuals can walk into a restaurant, a church, a bar, or some other place carrying a gun, it creates a dangerous environment where a misunderstanding can escalate into a needless tragedy. They see the answer to gun violence in this country as less guns, not more guns.
Those opposed to stronger laws against openly carrying firearms see it as an attempt to take away their 2nd Amendment rights. They feel that the Constitution allows them the right to carry their gun anywhere they want. Also, those against feel that, by having more guns around, criminals will be deterred from committing a crime. They see guns as making things safer, not more dangerous. Finally, they will cite places like Chicago, where there are strong laws against guns and yet they have a high gun violence rate, as proof that areas with strong anti-gun laws are less safe.
What to do about guns is one of the most contentious debates we have in this country. Many people see guns as the bane of our society, where guns have killed so many people, and seeing people being allowed to walk around with them openly is not just idiotic but down right criminal. On the other side, we have people who feel guns make us safer, and that a good man with a gun can stop a lot of crimes from happening.
In this video, CBS This Morning explains Nevada gun laws:
Is the right to openly carry guns a threat to society? Is it right that is covered under the 2nd Amendment? Should we have stronger laws against openly carrying guns?
In support stronger open carry laws
People in favor of instituting stronger open carry laws believe that guns being openly carried are a menace. They will not stop a crime from happening; they will only make things much worse.
— Tom Wakely (@TexansforTom) October 14, 2017
And for God's sake, end open carry EVERYWHERE. Don't take your guns to town, son. Leave your guns at home, Bill.
— Molly Burkhart (@GutterBallGT) October 4, 2017
Open carry laws in Las Vegas didn't seem to work. I was told responsible gun owners prevent mass shootings…
— ☮Rich Radical☮ (@Rich_Radical) October 4, 2017
We can do better! Restrict large capacity magazines, assault rifles. Rethink open carry, campus carry laws. Expand back ground checks.
— Kathy brady (@kathybrady222) October 11, 2017
In opposition to stronger open carry laws
People against having stronger gun laws believe that openly carrying guns helps to prevent crimes. The idea is that someone who might be thinking about committing a crime will think again if they see a couple of people carrying a gun.
The Gun is our Constitution right by the Government it should be open carry crime will go down pic.twitter.com/wjkQ1CO3Nz
— Tom Hedger. (@hedger_tom) October 10, 2017
Our right per the constitution and to protect the Republic from a government run amok!
— Freedom_MAGA (@MBOKSR_MAGA) October 10, 2017
The govt has enough laws concerning guns already.I open carry a handgun everyday & everywhere I go Im a deterrent to Criminal Activity #MAGA
— jknows23 (@RIGHTEOUS1INDIG) October 14, 2017
Due to our open carry laws NC has lower murder rate nationally,Chicago has more murders a month than we have in,a year.What's this tell ya
— American Patriot (@ShawnMc56440918) October 6, 2017
How do you feel about our open carry gun laws? Should they be stricter?