Saturday, March 13, 2010

A huge issue for Americans is gun control, and currently a case of whether Chicagoans should have the right to carry handguns is creating a brouhaha. The Supreme Court is getting involved and people are wondering which states are open carry states, because as OpenCarry.org says, “a right unexercised is a right lost.” It is not easy to convince everyone of this, or of the value of guaranteed loans.

What states are on the open carry states list?

Complete open carry is prohibited by only six states. The following states are listed as “Gold Star” for open carry by OpenCarry.org. This means that "generally preempted open carry is permitted on foot and in vehicles without a license; localities are generally preempted.”

  • Alaska
  • Montana
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • Nevada
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Vermont
  • Kentucky
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina

These states are open carry states, but with some restrictions

  • Utah
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Some other states allow open carry, but only in certain instances. For instance, California allows open carry, but only in rural, non-incorporated areas. Here is an open carry states map for more information.

Starbucks weighs in

You wouldn't normally associate the nation’s most popular coffee house with open carry states or gun control, but Starbucks has become involved the debate over where people can carry guns, even though it has been against the company’s will. Patrons have entered Starbucks with guns strapped to their hips, which understandably made other customers nervous. Starbucks, as a matter of policy, adheres to and respects state laws, but has the right to determine if they wish to allow firearms in their stores as a matter of policy. Money lenders or any other business will say the same.

Starbucks gun policy is something CEO Howard Schultz would rather not have to worry about, but The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is demanding that Starbucks “offer espresso shots, not gunshots.” The coffeemaker's Seattle office received a petition with 28,000 signatures on Wednesday.

Neither side of the gun control issue is giving ground

This is exactly what one should expect when issues like individual liberty and personal safety are involved. Open carry states will likely remain so, but businesses tend to respond to special interest groups, particularly if they get corporate sponsors on their side. Thus, don’t count on being able to carry a holstered gun into your local Starbucks anytime soon, even if you live in an unrestricted state.



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