A necessary conversation for those that carry a firearm while riding.
Words: Allan Lane//Images: Stacey Lane
Most people that own a gun are familiar with the acronym E.D.C. or every day carry. Depending upon which US state you reside, the right to carry a firearm concealed or open may be an option. Before I go any further, you may be asking why am I talking about firearms in a motorcycle magazine. The reality is that a large portion of the motorcycle community are not just legal gun owners, but are also legally licensed to carry.
I understand that this article and the subsequent series of follow up articles may upset and perhaps offend some readers. Please understand that is my intent, and I apologize beforehand if the subject matter isn’t your cup of tea. However, the right to defend oneself is just as prevalent while riding your bike as it is while driving your car or walking down the street or even while you are in your home. There are several factors that need to be addressed when riding while carried and a majority of the time, the conversation is never discussed. So let’s talk about it.
I live in Pennsylvania, an open carry state. It is legal for to ride my bike with my firearm, holstered on my hip except while I am within the limits of a first class city, such as Philadelphia as it has a population of one million or more. Within the limits of a first class city, I may still legally carry with my firearm concealed or hidden from plain sight. I strongly urge you before you consider riding while carrying or even if you already do, thoroughly investigate your state guns laws and your bill of rights as a legal gun owner. A little bit of research and understanding today can save a world of headache, drama, and frustration tomorrow. Knowledge is clutch.