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From http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,274138,00.html

POST FALLS, Idaho â€" Two home-schooled teenagers in this northern Idaho town say they are carrying loaded guns to the library, grocery store and other public areas for self-defense, as a crime deterrent, and to educate others about their rights.

Zach Doty, 18, carries a loaded Glock handgun on his hip. His 15-year-old brother, Steven, carries a .22-caliber rifle in a sling on his back.

Police have been called on several occasions to question the teens but have not found the teens to be in violation of the law.

In Idaho, residents 18 and older can openly carry a firearm in public. And those ages 13 to 17 who have parental permission can carry a rifle in public.

"I certainly don't anticipate that I'll need to use it, but I'd rather have it and not need it than to not have it and need it," Zach told the Coeur d'Alene Press. "There's no reason for me to hide a weapon."

Zach was stopped April 17 on his way to Bible study. On Friday, police again responded when someone reported the brothers with guns in a park. But police left after confirming it was the Doty's.

Zach has also been approached by others.

"There have been good opportunities to speak to people," he said. "I make sure they know that open carrying is legal, why I carry and I encourage them to consider doing so themselves."

The brothers carry their weapons to parks, the library, grocery stores and other places. They can't have their guns with them on school property, courthouses or jails.

Not everyone is comfortable with armed teenagers in the neighborhood.

"I turned back so that my wife could verify what I saw," said James Rebal, who called police after seeing Zach with his gun. "He was very nicely dressed and I saw nothing to be concerned about other than the weapon. It's not something you see in Idaho. Virginia Tech was fresh in my mind, and I thought it was better to err on the side of concern."

A lone gunman killed 32 people and himself last month at Virginia Tech University.

John Dunlap, commander of the American Legion Post 143, said he asked Zach to leave the Legion at a recent lunch because Zach was carrying his gun.

"He left and came back the next day (without the gun) for soup," said Dunlap, who described the brothers as "well-mannered."

Ed Santos owns Center Target Sports in Post Falls and is a gun safety instructor. He said the Dotys came to his shop but he doesn't sell handgun ammunition to people under 21.

He said that just because the Dotys are carrying guns in public doesn't mean they're not responsible with them, but questioned the need to carry them in town even though it was legal.

"My advice for them is the same as it is with adults â€" yes it's your right and yes it's legal, but why draw unnecessary attention to yourself just because you can?" Santos said. "I believe the intent (of the law) was to allow it more for hunting and recreation."

Zach said he's not paranoid or a radical.

"If I was an extremist, our founding fathers would all be extremists," he said. "Without them, we wouldn't have our independence. We'd be a disarmed British system of feudal subjectivity."
Home schooled! How that mentality differs from our publicly educated youth! How cool is this! 8)

Edited to add: It is kind of appalling to see how some people react though. Especially the american legion.
 

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Rammstein said:
But the whole rifle on the back things while walking around town......eh.....
That would be perfectly legal without a license here in GA too, and I have done it and thought about doing it several times more.

The only time I have done it was on a hunting trip in Upson county. After a morning hunt, I decided to go to the store to get breakfast. So I walked from camp into town and into the grocery store and back with my .30-06 rifle slung on my back. Not a word was said by anyone...
 

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In parts of Kentucky, open carry is not that unusual but may not be as prevalent as it once was, now that CC is available. I remember seeing numerous armed individuals in small towns, especially on Saturdays.

In the larger cities, the PDs tend to hassle people who open carry, eventhough it's perfectly legal to do so. Cities can't pass laws against it, but that doesn't stop them from charging people for disorderly conduct or whatever.

Ya know those rifle racks you see in the back windows of some pick up trucks? Well boys and girls, in Kentucky, they really are used to tote about rifles and shotguns and sticks with dog poop on the end...
 

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Used to live in Richmond Ky. just south of Lexington. Me and my brother open carry whenever we go out, so does my brother in law and father. The general consensus is to conceal when in downtown Lexington and Louisville. We have never had any trouble in Lexington though, but most of our business is on the outskirts of town.
 

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I think we sould volunteer Ramm to be a ghinea pig. He should walk around N. Point Mall with with his AR slung across his and tell us what reactions he gets. If theyare positive, more of us will open carry rifles. If they are negative we won't. In a worst case scenario, we'll try to split the cost of his bail.
 

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He should walk around N. Point Mall with with his AR slung across his and tell us what reactions he gets
I may sound crazy from time to time, but I assure you I am not.

But if someone does decide to do it...I got $20 towards their bail.
 

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The boy gets it, and, get this, the Chief of Police gets it!

"If you don't exercise a right, eventually it will go away," Zach Doty said last week, a handgun tucked in a holster on his hip. "I'd like to raise people's awareness that it's a right, and I hope to encourage others to exercise that right."
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I've been chief here for over 19 years, and we've never had anyone elect to exercise their rights this way," Hayes said.

The public and law enforcement will need to grow accustomed to the sight, Hayes said.

"I don't think it's necessary to overreact to two individuals who elect to exercise their right to carry a firearm," he said.


http://www.spokesmanreview.com/breaking ... p?ID=10097
 

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In Post Falls, Hayes has distributed Zach Doty's photograph to officers, so they're easily able to identify him, Hayes said.

"You have to be really careful," Hayes said, "because they're exercising their legal right."
 

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distributed Zach Doty's photograph to officers, so they're easily able to identify him, Hayes said.
:?: :?: Why :?:
 
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