Without a doubt in my mind...the answer is NO...unless, of course, you want to get a rise out of just about every law enforcement person that sees you. You will be spending more time answering questions in a little room with a light shining in your face than shooting images which is what you intended to do the whole time.
Live by the sword, die by the sword. Something like that is just inviting trouble! I try to keep my picture shooting days peaceful, relaxing and with the least amount of stress involved.... That looks like a stress invitation!
Well the libertarian part of me wants to say go out and wear it with pride. Of course most metropolitan areas prohibit the display of firearms and that certianly looks like one, so you would likely have some trouble. Too bad. Come up to Alaska and you can wear that thing all over the place (maybe not Anchorage) but some folks might give you a hard time for not having a gun in that holster :wink:
I guess I'll vote for it depends. You need to know your situation. Places like Arizona that have open carry laws it would be fine. I went to lunch with someone at a sub shop and he had his 45 in a holster on his hip and no one even blinked. If you were in the back country where you are not likely to encounter anyone why not wear it. On the other hand you might entice a cavity search if you wore this in a subway in NY. I would not take my camera to photograph a nuclear plant, that is just inviting police involvement. Would it be legal in all these situations probably yea would it be wise probably not. So I guess I have to say it depends on the situation.
Just for some analogies...... In some jurisdictions, someone needs to only think you have a weapon, for a charge of "assault with a deadly weapon", or "armed robbery" to be applied. That there is no weapon doesn't matter, only the perception matters. If someone says, "Give me your money or I'll shoot you", even if no weapon exists, they can still be charged with "armed-robbery". And, in the extreme, all it takes in some jurisdictions, is that someone "thought he was armed" when he "asked me to step out of the way"......
Geno, I don't know if you believe in the right to bear arms or not. Either way I think education of youth in the safe handling of them is important. It may be that girl who knows to speak up when someone is playing with Dads handgun at a party. If more children knew gun safety we could stop some of these accidents from happening. In our society (USA) there are guns, it is not something that is going to change anytime soon. We should prepare our kids to deal with them. Geno, if I misunderstood your intent then I apologize. I will get off my soapbox now.
This is my nephew (age 14) having his first shooting lesson (with a .357 single action revolver) just last week.
I don't know about the young lady, but I know that he wanted to do this, and I'm okay with it. Boy or girl, man or woman, makes no difference to me.
We might philosophize over having guns in our society; movies, TV, books, criminals, police, hunters, target shooters, military. We might wish they never were, or that they might not be some day. We might hope that we and no one we know will ever be shot or have to shoot someone. I also hope that I or anyone I know would have the skill and tools necessary to defend themself or another if the circumstances ever arose that required it.
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