All businesses have a right to ask someone to leave if they are making other customers uncomfortable. I would prefer that the Criminal Trespass laws had been used in this case. Likewise, all businesses have the right to prohibit any firearms on premises, but they should post conspicuous signage advising customers of this decision.
I too believe that all citizens should be allowed the same reasonable tools for self defense that police officers are allowed; the flip side of that coin is that they should be required to have adequate training.
I understand that just seeing a holstered weapon makes many people nervous. However, nobody complains about law enforcement, or even private security guards carrying weapons. Wearing a uniform does not necessarily make someone more responsible!
Open carry laws are necessary; without them, it would be impossible to legally carry firearms to or from the gun store. Also, handguns are still necessary in many circumstances (even on public lands) for their original purpose: to protect people from wild animals. However, all gun owners should realize that any use of a firearm is potentially deadly, and "with great power comes great responsibility". Seeing someone walking through the woods with a weapon, while initially frightening, is completely reasonable. But there are lots of places where any reasonable person would consider open carry inappropriate: around schools, bars, gambling houses, etc. Mr. Kirby did a disservice to the open carry cause by using his weapon in an irresponsible way. While I believe a criminal trespass notice would have been the proper response, if he had no legitimate business purpose he should not have been there, either with our without a weapon.
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