The Inconsistency of Open Carry Exceptions

Have you ever stopped to consider just how inconsistent, if not un-Constitutional, the Open Carry law is in most states?

Oh, it is not that every law-abiding citizen throughout the United States should not be allowed to carry openly a weapon of his or her choice.

It is all the exceptions imposed by those who believe that by establishing their own “Gun Free Zones,” of one kind or other, are somehow making their little world a safer place to live.

Currently, across the United States, open carry is anything, but uniform or consistent.

Fifteen states—Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, South Dakota, Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Virginia, Vermont and North Carolina—allow it citizens to open carry without exception.

Fifteen states—Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Hampshire, Maine—are open carry friendly, which simply means that certain businesses or organizations may or may not allow the presence of those carrying a sidearm.

Fifteen states—Hawaii, Utah, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Maryland—are open carry with a license, again with the same exceptions as those seen with open carry friendly states.

Four states—New York, South Carolina, Florida, and Illinois—and the District of Columbia disallow the open carry of any weapon.

One state—California—allows its citizens to open carry, but only in rural areas.

Now, just stop and think how chaotic the rest of life would be, if we followed the same kind of willy-nilly reasoning that is used by government, school officials, public and private businesses, etc., when it comes open carry.

For instance, remember the days of segregation; when black Americans were not allowed to entrance into certain eating establishments, sit in specific seats on city buses, or drink from specially designated water fountains?

Those were some wonderful days, now were they not?

The fact of the matter is, it was not until there was uniformity and consistency written into the law, whereby people could not pick-and-choose things about the law to obey that segregation rightfully came to an end.

The same principle applies to open carry. It does not make any sense to have a Constitutional Right to bear arms, if certain factions within society are allowed to make up their own rules (laws) that undermine that right.

If Americans have the Constitutional and lawful right to bear arms, then regardless of where they go on American soil that right should remain intact.

Otherwise, the Constitution means nothing!

Moreover, if the Constitution means nothing, then there are no laws that have any meaning either.

Everything eventually devolves into sheer chaos, which is exactly what is seen in these so-called “Gun Free Zones” when some anti-social, anti-Western, Muslim deviant decides to unload.

Gun Free Zones are in reality Constitution Free Zones that have ended in tragedy too many times worth counting.

Therefore, for consistency sake, and to give meaning back to the U.S. Constitution and the civil laws that stem from it, there ought not to be any exceptions for law-abiding citizens when it comes to carrying a weapon!

If said person wishes to open carry into any government building, educational facility, a church, bank, hospital, or grocery store, then that person should be allowed to do so, because the Constitution guarantees that right.

It is what the Founding Fathers intended when they wrote the Second Amendment to the Constitution and no one needs to be changing that right simply because those of a certain political persuasion want to strip the people of the power to keep the politicians, the criminals, and the terrorists in check.

The alternative is tyranny and bondage, or the very things the Founding Fathers were keenly aware, should unscrupulous men progressively conclude that they knew more about how a people should be governed rather than the people themselves.

About the Author


President, Christian Apologetics Project
PhD Candidate, Northwest University (2018)
MA Apologetics w/ Honors, BIOLA University (2005)
ThM, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2003)
MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2000)
BA Pastoral Ministry & Bible, Baptist Bible College (1992)

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