I keep seeing images popping up of groups of people with rifles on slings going into establishments and carrying on about their Second Amendment rights. While they are 100% correct about their rights, they are just not using their head as more than a hat rack. I’m in no way suggesting we should all carry concealed, but just don’t be such a butt munch when out in public. If I was in rural Alaska and a guy walked into a greasy spoon with a guide gun strapped on his back I wouldn’t think twice, however a fast food restaurant in a large city and it makes me want to fondle my own firearm in case this isn’t someone who is just being a fool. If they had the firearm in front and I saw that finger enter the trigger guard I would likely prepare to take them out. It is difficult to tell who is a threat when someone is sporting a rifle in front on a sling and has their finger poised to pull the trigger. It’s one thing to have a holstered firearm or even a rifle or shotgun on your back. It’s another to be strolling around with it in front. Yes, it is within your rights, but you are just not thinking about it in an intelligent manner. If you make me nervous, then you are making everyone nervous with the exception of your buddies you are parading around with. You also are not doing anyone any favors by making establishments feel they have to eliminate firearms in order to make their patrons feel at ease when visiting their business. So be smart about it!
I’ve seen plenty of open carry pistols and to be honest, they really don’t raise alarm and most people don’t even notice, but a rifle, everyone notices and most are nervous, especially until they know your intentions. So if you want to open carry, feel free where legal, but do it intelligently, have the firearm in a position where it could never be construed as a threat, because if you run into the wrong person and they feel you are a threat you may find yourself in a position where your rights are terminated.