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Old 07-01-2016, 08:56 AM
 
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Yesterday it was a little strange, I saw this guy, in the morning walking on (South) Reston Parkway, with an orange gun rights supporter T-shirt, and appears that he was disabled or something because his right arm was useless. He also was packing a firearm outside his left side pocket. It was kind of awkward. I've seen people wearing firearms in Walmart and various restaurants. OK I have no problem with firearms but it was a little weird. If anyone here is LEO, BOLO.
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:27 AM
 
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What was weird? The fact that his firearm was visible?
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, VA
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I feel like there is a difference in what you are describing and the open-carry advocates that you sometimes see in Texas or wherever carrying around their rifles with the sole intent of stirring things up.
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:59 AM
 
Location: The South
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Virginia has open-carry laws so what's the big deal? Because it was in Fairfax and not Culpeper? Why should LEO BOLO?
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Old 07-01-2016, 10:31 AM
 
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Virginia has open-carry laws so what's the big deal? Because it was in Fairfax and not Culpeper? Why should LEO BOLO?

Yes, normally one does not expect to see that sort of mindless behavior (not advocating for gun rights, but brandishing fireams) around Fairfax/ NoVa in general.
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Old 07-01-2016, 10:59 AM
 
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Yes, normally one does not expect to see that sort of mindless behavior (not advocating for gun rights, but brandishing fireams) around Fairfax/ NoVa in general.
From the description, he was not brandishing firearms. In VA, is not considered "brandishing" to simply show a holstered weapon. Open carry is legal and not brandishing (the definition of which involves waving or flourishing).
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Old 07-01-2016, 12:50 PM
 
Location: The South
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Yes, normally one does not expect to see that sort of mindless behavior (not advocating for gun rights, but brandishing fireams) around Fairfax/ NoVa in general.
How is it "mindless"? The guy was walking down the street for God's sake.

And, granted you might not see open often but you never know who is in line behind you at Fresh Market carrying concealed; might be me.

OP is just stoking controversy.
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Old 07-01-2016, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Yes, normally one does not expect to see that sort of mindless behavior (not advocating for gun rights, but brandishing fireams) around Fairfax/ NoVa in general.
Mindless?
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Old 07-01-2016, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I teach VA Studies in an elementary school. Students learn about the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the US Constitution, etc. They learn about rights and responsibilities. Every year discussion comes up about open carry laws in addition to other topics. I try to make sure they understand the law so that they don't react negatively should they encounter someone who is carrying openly.
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Old 07-01-2016, 02:24 PM
 
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I teach VA Studies in an elementary school. Students learn about the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the US Constitution, etc. They learn about rights and responsibilities. Every year discussion comes up about open carry laws in addition to other topics. I try to make sure they understand the law so that they don't react negatively should they encounter someone who is carrying openly.
It's great if you teach your students about what the law permits, so they understand that.

I don't know that you should be instructing them not to "react negatively" when they encounter someone who is carrying openly. Depending on the circumstances, it might make the difference between their staying alive and getting shot (far too many examples of mass shootings now in this country to bother citing examples). In any event, they have the right to express their disdain for the Virginia law.
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