Open Carry Training Bulletin

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The Bellevue Police Department has issued a training bulletin on open carry in Washington State. Mark Knapp has the details. Update: Mark Knapp has removed the link. See below.

I won’t pretend to be a lawyer, but it seems to me that the perception of guns in the public is very different than the practice proscribed by law. We have not been taught, as a society, about how guns may be carried. This is a failing of our public schools.

It is up to us to educate ourselves and our neighbors about the law. If we do not do this, we are not honoring and sustaining the law. If we do not do this, we are allowing popular perceptions, which are incorrect, to supplant the law. We cannot allow this, because it will mean the abolition of our sacred rights.

Update: Mark Knapp has tried to clarify the issue. (link) The memo linked to above may no longer be current and shouldn’t be viewed as anything more than interesting.

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