Posted February 3, 2016 8:57 am by Comments

By Bob Owens

Oh, dear. Here we go again.

Newport News police are investigating after a man reported he was pushed to the ground and had his handgun stolen late last week.

Officers responded to a report of the robbery in the 6000 block of Jefferson Avenue just before 8 p.m. Jan. 29, according to police spokesman Harold Eley.

The victim, a 37-year-old Hampton man, told police he was robbed as he walked across Jefferson Avenue to the lot at the Windsor House after visiting a friend at the Travelers Inn. He was wearing his handgun in a holster, open carry, on his hip, Eley said.

The man said he was approached from behind by two men, and one of them demanded his gun. The other then grabbed the gun from the holster and pushed him to the ground. Both men fled on foot southbound toward the trailer parks, Eley said.

Open carry supporters often make the argument that by openly carrying their firearm on their hip they deter crime.

Reality seems a bit more… nuanced.

An “accidental” open carrier (concealed carrier who failed to competently conceal his weapon) was robbed of his gun in Oregon in September, 2015 after a man saw his weapon and …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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