It’s legal, but a lot of cops there don’t know that. And, on being informed of the right to openly carry a handgun, the Tuscaloosa Police Chief says this:
â€śI donâ€™t agree that people should be allowed to carry a weapon openly,â€ť Anderson said. â€śI have instructed my officers to challenge anyone they see carrying a weapon openly to make sure that they have the right to carry a weapon. Some people, like felons, cannot carry a weapon. They (people carrying weapons) will be treated with respect and dignity but they will be challenged.â€ť
Reminds me of how the Chief of Police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin said the same thing a few years ago. But, he didn’t include the ‘respect and dignity’ part of the equation.
Naturally, I don’t think there should be a challenge at all by cops unless the carrier is a known criminal or is engaged in criminal activity.
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