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Americans have carried guns in open holsters since frontier days. This revolver dates back to the 1870s.
Today, the BPP spoke to a leader of the "open carry" gun movement. Followers say it's all about openly displaying guns, where people can see them. John Pierce, founder of OpenCarry.org likens it to the gay rights movement.
"One of the reasons we make that comparison," he says, "is that open carry is really gun ownership coming out of the closet."
Pierce argues that a stigma has attached to gun ownership, which he says is really "a wholesome and responsible activity." If more people understood that, he says, the stigma would go away.