The lovely, endearing and forever snarky Tam recently posted about Starbucks Appreciation Day, persons objecting to the militarization of civilian police, and other issues. She referred to Sebastian and his take on the matter.
Even to the point of suggesting carrying an elongated garden implement into the coffee shop in lieu of the ostensibly more objectionable bullet projector. Reductio ad absurdum, I presume (?)
This got me to thinking. Back in the day, when I first became a handgun owner (the 70s) there was no CCW law in Arizona, and certain no Constitutional Carry provision on the horizon. One carried concealed at one’s own peril – a misdemeanor conviction if caught and possible loss of the offending firearm if convicted.
Open Carry was the LAW. And, the rule. And except for occasionally running into a tourist or snowbird (Winter visitor) there was rarely a problem. I remember one late night visit to a grocery store. I was at one end of an aisle, and a woman at the far end was screaming (to no one in particular), “Oh My God! He’s got a GUN!” I assumed she was speaking about me.
No one cared.
However, times have changed. Arizona law still provides for Open Carry (whilst adding brandishing to the list of no-nos) as well as a concealment permitage and Constitutional Carry. Citizen’s choice!
But with the concealment laws have come changes in the State’s culture. Open Carry isn’t as accepted as it once was. Concealment is considered more socially acceptable, more polite. Only uncouth ruffians would carry openly.
At least in the big city. I guess if I lived in Apache Junction or Prescott, O.C. would be no big deal.
But, I mostly choose to carry concealed, now. A more genteel Guffaw…