Lake News Online:
Shades of the Wild West on the Strip in Lake Ozark have prompted the Lake Ozark Police Chief and other city officials to tighten the rules on openly carrying firearms.
Chief Mark Maples told the board of aldermen Tuesday night he has received complaints that individuals are openly carrying firearms as they move from business to business. Maples said he recognizes that people who have conceal and carry permits have the right to carry weapons, but the open display of guns is causing some alarm.
“I don’t see why someone would want to carry a firearm in the open,” Maples said. “If a weapon is concealed it doesn’t cause any issues.”
The LOPD has had to send an officer more than once to investigate the complaint.
“It’s a real safety concern,” he explained.
As a result, the board gave first reading to an ordinance that prohibits people from openly carrying a firearm “readily capable of lethal use in a public place.” A public place is defined as any indoor or outdoor area ― whether publicly or privately owned ― to which the public has access. Exempt is a location used exclusively for a private gathering or personal use.
City Attorney Roger Gibbons said a city can regulate the use of firearms.
“We don’t want people to carry open firearms in the city,” he said.
Missouri is generally an open carry state, but the only allowable preemption is open carry.
Of course, Mark Maples is lying. He certainly does understand why someone would want to carry a gun openly. If he claims otherwise, tell him to order his officers to carry concealed. And when he tries to explain that they are law enforcement officers, remind him that the Supreme Court decided in Tennessee Versus Garner that law enforcement officers carry their weapons for exactly the same reason that we do, i.e., self defense, which is the only legitimate use of a weapon by LEOs.
As for open carry being a “safety issue,” he’s just making things up. Open carry is no more a safety issue than concealed carry, and if he has a problem with open carry because of “safety,” then he is lying about his alleged support for concealed carry.
As for the city attorney, his job is to represent the city in legal problems without prejudice. Whether the city allows open carry is none of his damn business.
Folks, I know that there are those who prefer to carry concealed, and honestly I would prefer not to carry at all. I don’t wear rings, necklaces, or jewelry of any kind, and it highly annoys me even to carry a wallet or my car keys. I don’t like things on me, around me or weighing me down. It’s a wonder I am able to go backpacking without throwing all of my gear down somewhere on the trail. Staying alive is the only reason I don’t get rid of all of my gear.
And speaking of staying alive, I carry despite my desires, not because of them. Tucking a gun into my waistband is about the most hideous thing I’ve ever tried to do. It digs into my hip and I sweat the weapon. It’s bad for me, and bad for my gun. I much prefer concealed carry some other way (than IWB) if I must conceal. But I don’t like to conceal, and find open carry somewhat less irritating than concealed carry. Note that I didn’t say I like it. I find it less annoying.
Since my desires in this matter are in line with our wise founders (who expected men to carry weapons to church with them and practice on Sunday), I feel that it’s my detractors who bear the weight of burden, not me. My practices are in line with our history.
One writer from Michigan weighs in this way.
When a man was seen carrying a rifle down Cork Street recently, people called the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
There is a national movement among some gun-rights advocates to carry their guns openly in public, arguing they are exercising their Second Amendment rights.
But at what point do those rights supersede the average citizen’s right to feel safe while also walking down the street?
Where is that “right to feel safe” written in the constitution? Tell me, chapter and verse. I’ve told you about the historical and constitutional basis for what I do. Now tell me about your “right to feel safe.” And stop complaining about seeing a gun on my hip.