Local Vet Organizes “Open-Carry” Rallies
By Angela Lau / Union-Tribune /August 27, 2009
A retired Navy petty officer in Escondido is organizing weekly rallies for next month during which people are encouraged to bring unloaded guns to highlight the right to openly carry the firearms.
Gerald Reaster, 69, said he is asserting his Second Amendment rights and the freedom to carry unloaded firearms openly without a license, as allowed by state law. A permit is needed, however, to carry a concealed weapon.
“I am a disabled vet, a member of the American Legion, a good patriot. The older I am, the more I see the need for self-defense,” Rester said.
He plans to gather a group of like-minded people to show up at the rallies with their unloaded guns.
The “open-carry” movement started several years ago and caught the public’s attention recently when a dozen people carried unconcealed handguns outside a speaking event by President Barack Obama in Phoenix.
Reaster said he has not decided on the locations of the weekly rallies, the first of which is scheduled for Tuesday, but he said he will notify the Escondido police five minutes before the rallies.
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