Is it time? In most states, a license to carry is a license to carry concealed. In Georgia, as we all know, the state requires a license to carry openly as well. You can end up spending a year in a concrete box for carrying a pistol openly without a license. This criminal penalty does not apply, however, to a 12 year old who carries an AR15 openly. There is no Georgia law against that. The license required for carrying a pistol openly is for adults who can pass the background check. Is it now time, politically, to get rid of this anachronism from 1910 that was aimed at disarming black males here in a southern state? The thinking for the last decade of the fight for civil rights has been: Getting rid of the license for carrying openly will harm other efforts, such as decriminalizing carry in off limits locations. For the first 6 or 7 years, I agreed with that thinking. For several years now, I have not agreed, and I will tell you why. We pushed through campus carry, but concealed only, so this change to a perviously off limits location would not have been affected by the lack of a license requirement for carrying openly. K-12 carry is not happening with the current Republican leadership, period. As a result, I do not see this being affected. Is there anything in our efforts to further restore the right to bear arms that would be harmed by eliminating the license requirement to carrying openly? I think now is the time. Actually, I think it is past time. I am well aware that my viewpoint is in disagreement with every "gun rights" organization out there, either NRA (clueless), GCO (oh, no, not now!), or GGO ("constitutional carry" or bust! - mostly bust). I believe, however, that I am correct, and it is well past time to put the gears in motion and push Georgia to join the majority of states on this issue. Please share your thoughts.