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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.
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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