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Does Open Carry Depend on Racial Profiling?

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Does Open Carry Depend on Racial Profiling?

For the last year or so, my FFL guy’s been open carrying. Steve’s a soft-spoken fifty-something who clocks in at 5’9″, 155 pounds. No one has EVER asked him about his heater—despite the fact that my gun range BFF lives and works in RI. By the same token, I’m hardly surprised that a comely clean-cut chick packing a Glock in an [apparently] suburban Stop ‘N Rob doesn’t inspire a panicked public. But what if a twenty-something African American male decided to open carry in the same store? Or a swarthy man wearing wearing a shemagh? Does the ability to “open carry” end where prejudice begins? [NOTE: I will allow discussions of racial and religious politics in this thread and treat them with more-than-usual latitude. However, overtly racist remarks will be removed without notice.]

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  • Seeker1212

    Like in Willie Nelson/ s song ” he wore his gun outside to keep the honest people honest”,I think it goes a long way to keep dishonest people honest as well.
    Whether your Black, White, or Ruddy Colored, most people will go out of their way to prevent an argument.

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    I agree with tattoed dude, CONCEALED carry is best by far, because of the typical mindset of the ‘public’ even in open carry states, is ‘eeek, he’s got a gu-gu- gun! Calla cops!’ Also, it tends to freak out cops, turning out uncomfortably for the carrier, way too often. So, as to the ‘profiling’ idea, yeah, probably gonna happen. Whichever is the minority in that particular part of town is going to get the most negative responce from the population of that part of town, even a shapely babe with a pink Glock holster. I’ve had a CCL for more than 30 years, so I’m quite used to keeping it ‘low profile’.

  • Myra

    No I do not believe there is any difference in people of color or caucasions wearing guns through open-carry. Those who obtain permits are all law abiding citizens. Their demeanor is quite different from the demeanor of thugs.

  • Cameron Triplett Sr

    An armed society is a polite society. Open carry can be counter productive. And remember:alcohol does NOT mix with gasoline-DUI’s can be fatal to others as well as yourself; pasteboards-drinking while gambling is a fool’s errand; & gunpowder-as with the other two, it not only tastes terrible but befuddles the mind & ruins sensible thought, creating a deadly danger to everyone in the vicinity.

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