IMO, outside of court buildings and the like, no person or business should be able or have the right to deny citizens their constitutional right to bear arms.
But, there is a conundrum.....people are not use to seeing firearms. I believe that all citizens have the right to bear, unless their a felon of course. I believe they should not have to have a permit to bear, as it is their right to do so. Driving is privileged, so you must be licensed. But, how do we know that the person carrying is not a felon?
In our society today, our country has made many Americans into felons. It's big business. We have more felons than any civilized nation in the world, bar none. We have more inmates than any country in the world, per ca pita.
But, on the other hand, we are the free-est people in the world today. Does that mean we have more crime? I don't know that answer.
But, if I think of law enforcement, and I'm the guy enforcing the law, how do I know if that guy packing, openly, is 'not' a felon? We need law and order without violating constitutional rights. Maybe citizens need to think for a minute. When catastrophic events occur in a local community, use common sense and understand that people become fearful and act accordingly. Conceal rather than open carry.
I think we would all agree, that if crime is coming your way, the bad guy knows your packing, he will focus you first, because he wants the threat removed to his crime. But, on the other hand, those committing crimes against innocence, usually will choose those who cannot protect themselves.
There does need to be more discussion. The constitution says we have the right to bear, and says nothing about needing a permit to do so. I am against any law which inhibits our constitutional freedom. So, needing a permit in a sense, is inhibiting that freedom. But, on the other hand, how do we know if gang members or violent felons are not packing?
It is a question that brighter minds than mine, need to think about. Much debate needs to take place. And then, let the people decide.