In Pennsylvania it is legal to openly carry a firearm in most places. The fact that few take advantage of this right does not negate the right. Open carry is legal. A permit is required for concealed carry and to transport your firearms in your vehicle, but no permit is required for open carry.
Last week a Soccer Mom lost her Concealed Weapons Permit because the Sheriff didn't like the fact that she open carried at a soccer game.
LEBANON -- Officials in Pennsylvania have revoked a woman's concealed-weapons permit because other parents complained that she was carrying her loaded handgun at her daughter's soccer games...
...Sheriff Michael DeLeo says openly carrying a weapon to a youth soccer match shows a lack of judgment.
It bothers me, and it should bother all freedom loving folk, that this Sheriff would attempt to revoke her concealed weapons permit based on what he thinks is a lack of judgement. This woman did nothing illegal. She was not playing with her firearm, drinking alcohol, or threatening anyone. She breaks no laws and gets her permit pulled. It could have been worse.
From Cleveland, another open carry state, we get this news:
Greg Llewellyn, his girlfriend and four friends were sipping hot tea outside a West Side coffee shop on a recent August night when a pair of Cleveland police officers approached with guns drawn.These are not isolated incidents. Law abiding citizens are being harassed, humiliated and arrested for doing no more than exercising their natural right to carry the means to defend themselves. This is happening in states where it is perfectly legal to open carry a firearm. These folks are not breaking any laws, yet some LEO's still harass them.
Get on the ground, an officer ordered, forcing the surprised group to set aside their drinks and hit the sidewalk belly-down. An officer began searching one of Llewellyn's friends before abruptly ending the suspense and demanding to know who had the gun.
"I am the one who has the weapon," the 26-year-old Llewellyn answered. The butt of a black, holstered and loaded CZ-52 pistol -- a Czech-made gun -- was visible tucked behind him in his belt.
The officers arrested him...
David Codrea has A Plan to Stop Cops from Harassing Openly Carrying Gun Owners in Ohio. Go over and give it a read. This plan, with just minor modifications, can be used in any state or local where the police are just outright harassing citizens who exercise their right to keep and bear arms.