Open and Concealed Carry are Protected by the Second Amendment
Ammoland ^ | 8 March, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
Posted on 3/12/2018, 4:23:25 PM by marktwain
The natural right to bear arms includes the right to carry them concealed as well as openly.
Both types of carry were practiced at the time of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Flintlock “muff pistols” were widely available before 1791. Daggers, dirks and other assorted blades were commonly carried concealed. Sword canes conceal the blade inside of the cane, and are considered concealed weapons. They were commonly available. They became popular, in part, to avoid any social reproach against the carry of swords, anticipating the condemnation of open carry today.
Historic examples of choices for concealed carry.
The Second Amendment does not differentiate between concealed and openly carried arms. Such differentiation was not discussed during the debates about the Second Amendment. It was decades after the Bill of Rights was ratified that concealed carry was questioned. Arms technology had not changed significantly.
Concealed weapons had and have military purposes. General Gage, the British Officer in charge of occupied Boston, had his officers conceal their sidearms when patrolling to prevent Paul Revere’s ride. From William Diamond’s Drum page 94:
And finally, unbeknown to him. Gage had that afternoon posted mounted officers, with their sidearms concealed as though they were on pleasure jaunts, along the Cambridge roads, just in case messengers should try to give out alarms that night.
There were no colonial statutes that separated the carrying of concealed weapons from the open carrying of weapons.
The Kentucky legislature passed a statute forbidding concealed
(Excerpt) Read more at ammoland.com …