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No, the Presence of Openly Carried Firearms Does Not Inhibit Free Speech During Protests

A demonstrator carries an AR-15 rifle during a gun rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Open carry gun rights protest

One of the latest angles gun control groups have taken against the right to keep and bear arms is the argument that the presence of openly carried firearms “chills” or somehow inhibits free speech during peaceful (or otherwise) protests. They present an infringement on First Amendment rights. There’s literally no proof of this at all, […]

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