Posted 27 July 2018 - 11:16 PM
The major grave error that open carriers commit is that they don't also include a First Amendment aspect to their suits by framing open carry and their support of the Second Amendment as political speech (even going so far as to claim that it is unpopular speech and thus is the very reason that the First Amendment protections are vital). It absolutely is a matter of free expression to openly show their support of their political beliefs regarding the right to keep and bear arms, especially in the face of bigotry and attempts to suppress said expression.
First Amendment cases are always more potent and harder to defeat than merely a Second Amendment case, so it should be standard practice to claim steadfastly that the individual's choice to bear arms—especially openly—is protected speech.
"A well educated Media, being necessary for the preservation of a free State, the right of the people to keep and read books, shall not be infringed."
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary for the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
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