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The Myth of Open Carry

Mark Anthony Frassetto

Vol. 55

June 2022

Page 2515

In Heller, Justice Scalia stated that the Second Amendment codified a “venerable, widely understood libert[y].” The historical record discussed in this Article shows that, rather than “venerable” and “widely understood” as acceptable, open carry was always viewed as highly unusual and anti-social conduct. There is no evidence widespread open carry ever occurred. More should be required before the Supreme Court strikes down democratically enacted gun regulations under the Second Amendment.

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