I don't know why anyone would want to lug a rifle around in a Target store, when they could just have a pistol on their belt.
Unless they expect to be ambushed between Target and home, and that's kind of a different issue of something being wrong...
About the only reason to do so is as a political statement, or else sheer attention-whoring... and it is often hard to tell the two apart.
Don't get me wrong; I am about as pro-gun as it gets, and I favor open carry in general... but I can't see lugging a rifle around in Target while shopping (unless I believed I was under serious and imminent threat, and if I was under serious/imminent threat WTF am I shopping for??)
Walking down the road or street with a rifle, that's one thing, there are a number of legitimate reasons to do that... wandering around Target or the mall or entering a restaurant with one is odd even to me. Addendum: if it was in a case or gun bag that would be far more reasonable than carrying it around at low-ready.
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Maybe they were getting help purchasing the correct "clip" for their riffle.
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We can be Godless and free. • “Social justice” through forced redistribution of wealth. • Silencing religious opinions counts as “diversity”. • Freedom without moral and personal responsibility. • Civilization can survive the intentional undermining of the family.
Progressives have done everything legally possible to repeal the Second Amendment and since that didn't "pan out" those who support the Second Amendment are proud that their constitutional rights have been Upheld - and rightly so IMO.
Municipalities such as Chicago/Crook County are next...
If you're an experienced gun owner, the first thing you'd do if one of them handed you their weapon is check it, to see that it IS unloaded, or if loaded the safety properly set. So you wouldn't assume, or shouldn't, that anyone that person HAD properly 'secured' his weapon. Similarly, when walking next to some yahoo with a rifle slung over his shoulder, I can promise you I'll assume he's an idiot and that thing is one unfortunate bump from discharging, putting me in danger.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
I really don't understand the right wing on this topic. Just as an example, I've shot a fair amount of skeet/trap/sporting clays, but when I have the rule is your gun stays unloaded until you're up and it's your turn to shoot. THEN you load your gun, and when done, unload, or check to make sure. Similar rules were in force when I've shot at gun ranges - only load when you're up, keep the gun pointed at all time downrange, and when done unload, and let everyone see it's unloaded with a locked slide or whatever.
Now I'm supposed to believe that it's childish to worry about strangers in crowded public spaces with loaded guns strapped to their hips or slung over their shoulder. It goes against everything I've ever been taught about safely handling firearms.