Randy Dye will sometimes carry a gun on his hip, right out in the open, no jacket pulled over it, no inside-the-belt holster. It draws funny looks, and Dye doesn’t much care.
One time, Dye explains, he was standing in line for a money order when the guy behind him asked, “Are you a police officer?” Dye said no, and the guy kept staring, so Dye stared back. “We good?” Dye asked, and the conversation stopped.
“I wasn’t trying to intimidate,” says Dye, a retired trauma nurse in Chatham County. “He approached me. If you don’t understand your constitutional rights, you need to go read them.”
In North Carolina, a grass-roots segment of gun rights advocates increasingly calls for firearms to be displayed as openly as a ballpoint pen in a shirt pocket. A national pro-gun Internet group, opencarry.org, ranks the state among the friendliest to those who wear a weapon for all the world to see.