I’m going to probably irritate some people by saying this, but the open carry movement in California is an extended hissy fit that does nothing but provide, um, ammunition to gun prohibitionists. Their antics recently got another right taken away from Californians, and now they can’t carry handguns in public, they’re further alienating the citizens they need to get support from by walking around with long-arms in display.
How long is it going to be until the same folks who just passed the handgun ban do the same with rifles?
Look, I totally get that they’re trying to make a political point, but they suck at marketing themselves to the public and deepen the stigma some have of “gun nuts.”
The simple fact of the matter is that these small bands of open carry advocates may as well be working for the Brady Campaign.
After all, unlike the Brady Bunch, the OC movement can claim the successful passage of a new gun law was based upon their advocacy.