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“Yeah, It’s Loaded”
The national "open carry" movement, in which gun owners openly—and legally—carry guns in public, began in Virginia a decade ago. Meet three women who aren't bashful about it. By Michael Gaynor, Eli Meir Kaplan
Comments () | Published February 22, 2011

Carrie Moats, Ashburn 

Carrie Moats of Ashburn goes by the name Open Carrie on Internet forums: “I don’t carry every day. When I’m walking my dog, especially at night, I have my gun with me. The most common reaction I get is ‘Are you off-duty?’ People think I’m a police officer.”
 

Moats, shown shopping at a Target in Sterling, says: “My first gun was a .380, but it kept jamming.” She now carries a 9mm Glock 19. Moats calls herself politically independent: “I’m not right or left wing. The people who want more gun control don’t understand that it just hurts people like me, a law-abiding citizen.” 

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  • mong00se

    Another tidbit to consider. Most states that issue Concealed Carry Permits (there are many different wordings) tend to stress one significant point, even in states like mine where Open Carry is permitted. You are advised to carry concealed because open carry on the streets makes many citizens nervous. Also, open carry allows the bad guys to spot you and probably take you out first. Had there been Concealed Carry Permit holders in the movie theater the gunman would probably have been neutralized quicker and many patrons could have been spared injury and death. I'm just saying.

  • I don't even own a gun, much less carry one around. But if people want to exercise their right to carry one openly, then whatever, that's none of my business.

  • Bmayo

    My name is Blake. I live in upstate NY 5 to 6 hours from the city depending on your route. I am both a firefighter and a firearms instructor. I would like to see every state become an open carry state and also to be able to stand and defend

  • SPOOKY

    Like your father, I was SF 5th Grp light weapons and demo. Great to see you are a responsible carry lady. Keep up the exposure, we need a lot more like you. Tell your dad DE OPPRESSO LIBER for me.

  • DamonK

    I think that this is great. It really is time for us responsible conservitives to start making ourselves seen and heard. Good stuff!

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