Firearms: Tools Or Objects Of Personal Expression?

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Bearing Arms

Earlier this week, I was reading a post by Tamara Keel regarding whether people should carry so-called “barbecue guns.” Like a lot of people, I’ve often thought about whether these highly customized and often decorative guns really have a place in personal defense.

To be clear, I have no problem with people owning them and never have. Buy whatever you want and can afford. I really don’t care.

The question is whether people should actually carry these pistols, and I’ve personally gone back and forth on this one.

On the one hand, a carry gun is a tool, an instrument meant to protect you and yours from harm. It’s something that could be taken from you following a shooting, at least for a little while as the authorities sort out the details. After all, your pistol is evidence until you’re cleared of charges. While not exactly disposable, it’s

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