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One of the most hotly debated topics in the nation right now is gun control. One of the issues raised with regard to gun control is the issue of open carry laws. Open carry laws refer to the right of an individual to openly carry their firearm in plain sight without the need to conceal it. Open carry laws currently vary from state to state, from loosely defined to expressly forbidden.
Only seven states currently have non-permissive open carry laws; this means that openly carrying your firearm in public is either expressly prohibited, or has so many restrictions that it may as well be prohibited. Thirteen states have licensed open carry laws; in these states, carrying a firearm in plain sight of observers is permissible with a license. Twelve states have permissive open carry laws; these are the states in which individuals are allowed to openly carry their firearms in plain sight without the need to purchase or apply for a license.
Those opposed to open carry laws fear that it will lead to more gun violence. They also fear that open carry laws could lead to the intimidation of citizens and the misuse of firearms. Opponents also argue their right to not be exposed to guns and violence. Unfortunately, people’s rights factor very little into the decision of a criminal to use his her firearm in an unlawful manner. Proponents of open carry laws argue that it is their right under the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The Constitution does not forbid open carry laws. The argument can be made that it is completely legal for an individual to openly carry their firearms in every state without non-permissive open carry laws. They argue that it is their right to defend themselves against those that would do them harm.