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Just Curious...

I've noticed lately people are shopping with weapons exposed and was just wondering if it was even legal? Went grocery shopping at Kroger Hwy 5 a while back and 2 guys in hunting gear came in with hunting knives all over their vests and belts, just now I came back from Publix Hwy 5 and the guy in the lane next to me had a gun exposed on his belt. When I said something about it to the person with me he quickly pulled his shirt over it. What the HELL is going on? I'm getting more and more concerned about living here everyday. Do I need to have a crossbow or shotgun strapped to my back(ala Walking Dead) just to go grocery shopping now? What is Douglasville coming too? Not feeling too safe these days.
Dusty Henry February 02, 2014 at 07:48 PM
If you have a permit to carry then it's legal
kim Cornwell February 02, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Maybe if this world was safer then we wouldn't need to carry a gun! Watch the news, someone is killed every night!
Wanda Fuller February 02, 2014 at 07:52 PM
With it being exposed, I promise you he had a weapons carry permit. I'd never have a problem standing next to him.
Sandra Clemons Williams February 02, 2014 at 07:58 PM
It is the weapons you CAN'T see that you should worry about!!!
Amanda Langley February 02, 2014 at 08:05 PM
You must have forgotten that the Circle K on Hwy 5 was just robbed at gun point. People carrying guns legally around you will help to protect in bad situations. If you don't know about GA guns laws the Douglas County Sheriff's office can educate you about them. They offer a great free course.
Rita K Randall February 03, 2014 at 06:50 AM
This practice is intimmidating to many & should be banned.
Sandra Whittington February 03, 2014 at 03:38 PM
Banned? Certainly not -- let's have a lot more people carrying openly. It's meant to intimidate criminals. An armed society is a polite society.
Stephen P Belt February 06, 2014 at 12:18 AM
@rita the state of georgia can not ban the open carrying of weapons... see Nunn vs State of Georgia from 1846 "We are of the opinion, then, that so far as the act of 1837 seeks to suppress the practice of carrying certain weapons secretly, that it is valid, inasmuch as it does not deprive the citizen of his natural right of self-defence, or of his constitutional right to keep and bear arms. But that so much of it, as contains a PROHIBITION AGAINST BEARING ARMS OPENLY, is in conflict with the Constitution, and void; and that, as the defendant has been indicted and convicted for carrying a pistol, without charging that it was done in a concealed manner, under that portion of the statute which entirely forbids its use, the judgment of the court below must be reversed, and the proceeding quashed."
Phil Evans February 06, 2014 at 12:33 AM
Did you dial 911 because you didn't "feel safe"? If not, why not? If you really believed he was a bad guy, you could have been saving lives, right? Or did you simply finally realize he had a right to carry a pistol and was doing so peacefully as you observed that he was? He was even gracious enough to be sensitive to your delicate sensibilities by covering it up. Question, do you "feel safe" when next to others who are carrying a concealed pistol without you being aware of it? You know, out of sight out of mind. I open carry to intimidate criminals into not committing their crimes of harming people while I'm around. I don't carry to scare people who are very sensitive to the sight of a weapon. What's more important to you sensitive folks, your emotions at the sight of a weapon, or your actual personal safety (not just feelings of safety)? If you won't be armed, I certainly will be. But I have to admit that my priority is keeping myself and my family safe. After that, I will do what I can to help keep others safe around me. If you want better than that, then carry your own load and be armed. You already know you can't depend on the police to save you every time.
Phil Evans February 06, 2014 at 12:46 AM
Some in Georgia, even some police, mistakenly believe that you can open carry a pistol without a license. Not true. You must possess a valid weapons license to open or conceal carry in Georgia. I've shown my license on a couple of occasions even when I didn't have to, in order to help assure someone that I'm complying with the law. But 99% of encounters with others out in public have been either pro-gun or at least curious, with some asking me for information on how they can get their weapons license. This is another reason I open carry - education. If you only conceal, then you miss these opportunities. Can anyone think of any other rights in the Bill of Rights, that must be closeted or secretly exercised? I'm not ashamed of my obvious status as a determined non-victim while out going about my business. My openly carried pistol is my first amendment statement that I am proud of my American heritage and my 2nd Amendment Rights. That is yet another reason I open carry.
David Henegar February 06, 2014 at 02:52 AM
Liberty, freedom and personal responsibility can be a scary thing to some but for those of us who have passed an FBI, GBI and local background check, satisfied all of the requirements, paid the fees and waited for our Georgia carry license to be issued, carry of a weapon, concealed or openly, is a right that needs to be exercised to be preserved. Your fellow citizens that carry are NOT the problem in this country, criminals are the problem and I doubt that you will see a felon open carrying a weapon at a local store. Seeing someone carrying in this manor should set you at ease knowing they have been vetted by the state of Georgia and are one of the good people. I have been carrying for over 25 years and have NEVER pulled my firearm from my holster and hope that the situation never arises where I need to but in case it does, I will be able to defend myself and those around me. I practice weekly, have taken extensive training courses, enjoy teaching others to shoot and welcome questions from the public when asked about why I open carry. Next time, walk over, introduce yourself and talk to the person. You might be surprised by how friendly and open they are.
John Passie February 06, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Open carry is completely legal with a georgia weapons carry license. I along with many believe that it acts more of a deterrent than a concealed weapon. Trust me if you saw it you were safer then than anywhere else
Sophist February 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM
arms12, Yes it's legal to openly or concealed carry in Georgia with a Georgia Weapons Carry License. "Not feeling too safe these days." I'm taking that to mean you are not feeling safe because others find it necessary to carry, which implies there might be some sort of looming danger. Well yeah, the looming danger is people who seek to harm others by murder, assault and robbery. But you already know that danger is out there. In the unlikely case you fall victim to such an attacker, I say, why not lawfully carry a tool to help you repel them?
Elizabeth Finch February 13, 2014 at 08:59 PM
arms12, I encourage you to do a little self analysis and ask yourself from where your irrational fear stems. If this carrier were in a police uniform, I'm sure you'd not think twice about seeing a gun being openly carried because society has taught you that he's one of the "good guys." In reality, he's just a guy in a uniform who has undergone an extensive background check and passed a drug test. So have most citizens who are employed. Citizens who possess a license to carry have also gone an extensive background check themselves. Why are you so distrustful of an average citizen who is not behaving in threatening manner and has done nothing to earn distrust? That's an unfortunate way to go through life.

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