Jason K wrote:Excellent article!
One observation....Yes, there will be some officers who are jerks and they are going to hassle anyone carrying a handgun openly, just as some open-carry supporters love to make videos of them harassing officers doing their jobs. Thankfully, the numbers in both groups are very small.
Maybe there needs to be some kind of statutory relief proposed for citizens who OC and are victim to that kind of harassment?....
That would be very hard to draft and it would kill the bill. Notice I used the term "hassle" intentionally to mean impolite conduct, not unlawful conduct. Kory Watkins would consider a police officer looking in his general direction to be a violation of his constitutional rights, so how much "hassle" would be actionable? If a citizens civil rights are truly violated, there's already a remedy in the form of a §1983 lawsuit, but it will take a lot more than just asking to see one's CHL.
The idea is reasonable, but the devil is in the details.