Despite not carrying a gun, I’m a 2nd Amendment extremist, which is to say I respect the US Constitution as written.
It says “the right to keep and bear Arms” — not the right to bear only “firearms,” nor only the right to “keep” arms in the home. The Constitution’s authors clearly meant the public carrying of weapons, as evidenced by plain language and history.
They meant it for every state. The Bill of Rights lists the common rights of all Americans; the most basic standards of political liberty. State governments are free to qualify and specify beyond those essential freedoms but have no authority to contradict them. Thus, for example, banning public carry of long knives (in Texas, of all places) is blatantly unconstitutional.
But beyond questions of constitutionality are considerations of prudence. Among them: Why should handgun carriers conceal their weapons?
The founders didn’t. Do modern laws for concealed carry permits prevent situations which were evident before the 20th century? Are there both advantages and disadvantages to carrying openly?
Is the common requirement to conceal weapons a burden or just good sense?