A new “fact sheet” released this week from Everytown for Gun Safety, entitled, “More Than Brawlers: The Proud Boys and Armed Extremism,” provides guidance to lawmakers on how to disrupt domestic extremists from using “firearms to undercut democracy and promote insurrection.”
As one might imagine, some of the recommendations put forth would impact the 2A rights of all law-abiding citizens, not just those individuals who promulgate some radical ideology.
Per the fact sheet:
- The law should prohibit the carrying of firearms in and around sensitive government facilities
- Guns should be prohibited at demonstrations on public property
- Armed extremists must be held accountable under existing laws for their criminal conduct
It also states that a “straightforward way to curb armed intimidation by extremist groups” is to “restrict the open display of firearms, especially during protests or at other public places. Open carry is a threat to public safety and armed extremism demonstrates the folly of open carry laws.”
Open carry is not a threat to public safety. Open carry laws have been around for decades in states around the country and they’ve never led to the Wild-Wild-West-style bloodshed that critics predicted.
Not to mention the fact that banning open carry is infringement. As GunsAmerica referenced before, even The Yale Law Journal agrees on this!
Check out Jonathan Meltzer’s rather exhaustive 2014 analysis entitled, “Open Carry for All: Heller and Our Nineteenth-Century Second Amendment.”
Feel free to read all 42 pages, but the quote from the abstract is telling, “Such a historical examination—guided by the sources, methodology, and logic of Heller—yields two important conclusions: (1) the Second Amendment guarantees a right to carry outside the home, and (2) it guarantees only a right to carry openly.”
We can disagree about the “only” part in Meltzer’s reading but the larger point remains. Banning open carry is infringement! And there’s no way around that.
Read the full fact sheet below: