Texas is one of five states that specifically bans the public display of handguns, according to the pro-gun group OpenCarry.org
John Pierce, co-founder and spokesman of OpenCarry.org, a group championing the right to carry pistols openly, explained his rationale: "In Texas, there's no viable reason why Texans are denied their rights the way they are.
OpenCarry.org is a national organization dedicated to expanding gun rights, most specifically open-carry laws, across the country.
While Oregon's firearms laws can be somewhat arcane and difficult to follow, the state is considered a "traditional open-carry state," according to the Web site opencarry.org, which is a clearinghouse for the movement.
About a half-dozen cities have done that, including Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Oregon City, Salem and Independence, according to opencarry.org.
Among them is California, which, according to the website opencarry.org
, is a ''rural open-carry state'' -- meaning you can walk around armed without a permit only in some unincorporated county areas.
In January 2005, he decided to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon, mainly for self-defense."I'm not going to hide in the corner of a school and mall and wait for the shooting to stop," he said.When Kevin bought a Glock and the dealer threw in an external hip holster, he began researching the idea of carrying the gun in public and came upon opencarry.org
.The Web site, run by two Virginia gun enthusiasts, claims 4,000 members nationwide.
Mike Stollenwerk, co-founder of OpenCarry.org
, told the Los Angeles Times, "Now it's a big sea of gun freedom.
For more information on open carry, visit OpenCarry.org
Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, claims that it illustrates to the "rest of the country how weak our gun laws are." On the opposing side of the argument, John Pierce, the co-founder of OpenCarry.org
, argues that it highlights to gun owners in other states freedoms denied to them: "It does make open-carry very visible.