Sebastian tipped me off to this op-ed that refers to concealed carry permits as a “Coat Tax”. I really like this term. In my home-state of Maine its 100% legal to open carry. No permits needed, no permission slips. You just need to legally posses the gun you carry, and follow all other existing laws. Now that’s VERY kickass in June when the weather is warm. Strap your 1911 on your belt (prefferrably in a Snazzy Dragon leatherworks holster) and go about your day. But what about February when its 15 below and Portland Harbor is filled with sea ice? I’m fucking bundled up! Even a larger holster is going to be concealed by my LL Bean Parka. So to carry in Maine in the cold you need a mandatory safety class, fill out your permission slip, and pay your fee. There really isn’t an option above that because I’m not going to walk around outside in Maine in the winter in the same clothes I wear in June. This is even worse in Wisconsin where Open carry is the only legal means of carry, and it gets even colder in those parts! So in Wisconsin your right to keep AND BEAR arms is seasonal. In many other states its free during the warm months, and taxed when you want to wear a coat.
I can also turn to Florida and Texas where it gets as hot as Satan’s Ass-crack in the summer. Even a light vest or a light cotton shirt, can add insulating bulk to what is already uncomfortable weather. And in Florida and Texas you gun MUST be concealed when carried, moreover at least Texas (I need to re-read the Florida Statutes as I’ll be carrying down there soon) even PRINTING can be an offense.
This is why we need to support Open Carry as well as the larger umbrella of concealed carry. Remember I’m not paying a permit fee to write this blog, nor to talk to people on the street. Your Priest, Rabbi, or Imam doesn’t have his clergy permit. I don’t need to show a permit before I can ask an officer for probable cause to search me. Etc Etc.
These laws are illegal.