Sad state of affairs. It is unthinkable that part of OUR country has been taken over by foreigners. That ought to at least be reason enough for our military to be deployed along the border and "escort" the bad guys out of OUR country.
We will be in that very area this fall during a trip we have been planning for close to two years. Don't know if that is the smart thing to do but we believe that this is OUR country and we should be free to go where we want. That is a beautiful part of the USA and we enjoy exploring the area.
We may have to use basic security measures when camping etc. We will do what we have to do, I suppose.
Please know this is my opinion based on what I have learned.
From the research I have done, all the states we will be in, except Nebraska, go figure, are what is referred to as "open carry" states. There are exceptions to this in large metropolitan areas such as Denver, Colorado. These states are Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
As I understand, even loaded weapons can be carried, in "open carry" states, as long as they are in plain sight. As I understand, having a concealed carry permit is not required. That is important to remember. From what I understand, that means that anyone should be able to view the weapon easily from outside the vehicle.
I will temper this with the fact that every police officer and/or agency can and does interpret this differently.
Best is to have a concealed carry permit that covers all the areas or states you will be in. Irregardless, discretion and common sense should be employed at all times concerning weapons, loaded or not.
Even then it is vital that if you have contact with law enforcement, you immediately inform the officer that you have a concealed weapon and you hand them your valid concealed carry permit along with your license and registration. This is even more important if you do not have a concealed carry permit and no matter if the weapon is in plain view. LET THEM KNOW!!!!!!
From my experience, most police officers don't get too worried account they know that if you have taken the time to get a CC permit, along with all the background checks etc and are up front with them, you are not a threat.
All this being said, I plan to try to make contact with law enforcement in the places we will be in and ask them what their take on that issue is and be governed by that.
I didn't get an answer from the Border Patrol on the southern border so will ask when, not if, we see them.
There was a time when carrying a weapon was thought of as a normal part of life in many areas. That has all changed in recent years but it is my opinion that in the USA one still has the right to protect oneself from harm.
Last Edit: May 14, 2011 11:19:06 GMT -6 by xplorer