The government regulates the concealed carrying of semi-automatic pistols and revolvers. ”Open carry” refers to the right to openly carry a firearm–especially a loaded rifle or shotgun–in a public place. In general, this right is protected by the 2nd Amendment. A number of groups have been demonstrating their “open carry” right on Texas and other states by walking around in public, openly carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun.
Below, I’ve got a 7 minute audio of the president of an open-carry organization talking to the police department about an open-carry demonstrator who was arrested and jailed for “disorderly conduct” and “disturbing the peace” by walking around with his rifle.
On the one hand, I understand that seeing a stranger walking around with a rifle can be alarming to a lot of people. For example, if I see some stranger walking on the sidewalk outside my house with with a rifle, my impulses will (in decreasing levels of probability) be: 1) get my own rifle; 2) keep a close eye on the man outside with a rifle; 3) photograph the man with the rifle; and 4) call the cops to ask them to find out what that guy’s doing with that rifle.