For those not familiar with the term, open carry means carrying a firearm, openly in public.
In Virginia at least, for pistols, I believe this involves getting a permit from the state (which means a background check and a mandatory course in gun safety and use) to do so- or am I confused with getting a concealed and carry permit?
Given the current political climate and who is in the White House at the moment ( but thankfully the constitutionally mandated exit is drawing ever nearer) the right to bear arms is a politically charged issue here.
Yesterday evening, after wife unit had finished work, wife unit was famished so we stopped off for a burger at a nearby Five Guys.
After we got our order and started to tuck in, I got up to get some condiments and as I turned round to go back to our seats, noticed a man. Caucasian if you must know, who had sat down at the table immediately in front of this and as I quickly noticed, had what was probably a 9 mm semi automatic pistol and 2 ammunition clips openly holstered on his person.
Now I am all about 2nd amendment rights, but that is tempered with common sense. Besides wife unit & I, the burger joint was hosting a large party of adults and kids. Further the individual in question is older than I and had to walk into the store with the aid of a cane, which calls into question his ability to actually use the firearm in the less than likely event its use, i.e., lethal force was necessary.
So why the gun and why openly carry it around in public? Some manifestation of inner insecurity/fear? The suppressed desire to be a Walter Mitty and rise to the some occasion of danger? A political statement? All of the above?