open carry

noun

Definition of open carry

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: the act or practice of carrying a firearm openly in public or the legal right to do so In Pennsylvania, open carry is generally allowed without a license, but Philadelphia does require a license.— Joshua Gillin The next frontier for gun-rights advocates is "open carry," epitomized last year by protests in which permitted gun owners carried firearms in plain view at Starbucks coffee shops.— Patrik Jonsson Three more states ban concealed carry but not open carry.— Hank Johnson and Mitch Seabaugh often used before another noun open carry laws/legislation — compare concealed carry

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Later, McNutt released video from a state trooper's body camera that showed him in Bonnen's neighborhood talking to the troopers and handing them several copies of fliers in support of the open carry legislation. James Barragán, Dallas News, "'Dennis Bonnen lied': Activist calls out Texas House speaker, releases audio to GOP lawmakers," 1 Aug. 2019 California, Florida and Illinois also generally ban the open carry of handguns, as do New York and South Carolina. CBS News, "Armed man arrested at Missouri Walmart says he wanted to know if store "honored the Second Amendment"," 10 Aug. 2019 One video shows him walking around with a flag in support of open carry laws and the other is of an unknown man appearing at a vigil for a woman murdered in May. Attempts to contact Bartram were unsuccessful. NBC News, "Armed Trump supporter detained and released at El Paso immigrant center," 8 Aug. 2019 The person reporting the incident was advised of the state’s open carry law, but told to report any further incidents involving the woman. cleveland.com, "Woman tries her best to avoid driving-under-suspension citation: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 17 July 2019 Virginia is an open carry state; the police just stood on the sidelines. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Aubtin Heydari was nearly killed at the Charlottesville rally last year. This is his story.," 10 Aug. 2018 Florida does not allow the open carry of weapons, but more than 1.9 million have permits to carry guns and weapons in public if they are concealed. CBS News, "Report reveals Florida stopped doing gun permit checks for more than a year," 9 June 2018 Florida does not allow the open carry of weapons, but more than 1.9 million have permits to carry guns and weapons in public if they are concealed. CBS News, "Report reveals Florida stopped doing gun permit checks for more than a year," 9 June 2018 New Jersey also generally bans the open carry of long guns. Erin Mccarthy, Philly.com, "Abington man with AR-15 rifle ignites debate about open carry in the Philly burbs," 10 May 2018

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1984, in the meaning defined above

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