It’s not unusual to see Chris Hampton walking around the streets and sidewalks of Cottage Grove. It’s also not unusual to see the Glock handgun Hampton habitually carries in a holster strapped to his shoulder.
“If you see me around town, I’m probably open-carrying,” Hampton said. “I carry everywhere it’s legal, though not everywhere is.”
Hampton said he got his license to carry a concealed weapon last November during the lead-up to the presidential election amid talk that President Barack Obama may attempt to limit the availability of firearms during his second term. He added that these days the world “seems a little more desperate” than in the past.
“I like being able to choose how I protect myself and my family,” he said. “You see more cases of acts of desperation in the news these days than ever, and if it ever happens I want to be able to protect myself or otherwise diffuse the situation.”
Since getting a license to carry a concealed weapon, Hampton said he often spends a few hours a day studying the laws that govern where he can or cannot carry a gun, openly or otherwise. It’s a subject that came up last week at the Cottage Grove Library, where Hampton had brought his young son for a youth-themed event.
According to Hampton, he was quickly approached by a librarian there who stated that openly carrying a weapon in the Library was illegal. Hampton said it wasn’t the first time he’s openly carried a weapon in the Library — “It was probably the dozenth,” he said — but it was the first time that such an issue had arisen. For the complete article see the 07-17-2013 issue.
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