Frequently Asked Questions
Are we really going to be wearing sidearms while picking up the trash?
Of course, if you're comfortable with that and can open carry safely at all times. The point is to demonstrate that firearms are safe when carried properly. Some people will choose to participate in the event to offer political support but not be armed and that's fine. Some people may choose to carry a semiautomatic handgun with a loaded magazine but an empty chamber to provide for maximum safety, and that's encouraged. We'll be bending and climbing around a bit as we pick up the trash, so do whatever is required to ensure that your firearm is safe at all times. This isn't a good time to carry a hair trigger 1911 race gun cocked and locked. This is the time to go overboard on safety. All handguns must be carried in sturdy holsters that thoroughly cover the entire trigger area and all holsters should incorporate retention devices to make certain that the weapon remains securely in the holster. Do not carry a weapon if you have the slightest doubt about safety.
Is this legal?
Absolutely, 100% yes! The right to keep and bear arms is a right of all free people. That right is recognized by the second amendment to our United States Constitution, which clearly states, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Section One of the Kentucky Constitution recognizes a right to bear arms when it states, "All men are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned... the right to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state, subject to the power of the general assembly to enact laws to prevent persons from carrying concealed weapons." Furthermore, the state of Kentucky has a preemption law, KRS 65.870, which states, "No city, county or urban-county government may occupy any part of the field of regulation of the transfer, ownership, possession, carrying or transportation of firearms, ammunition, or components of firearms or combination thereof." If you do not have a valid Concealed Deadly Weapons permit, be very careful to ensure that your weapon is carried openly at all times. The penalties for concealed carry without a permit are severe.
Where can I read more about Kentucky gun laws?
What do I need to wear?
You should wear heavy duty work clothes, including long pants and long sleeve shirt. Footwear should be boots or other shoes with a heavy sole, good traction and ankle support. A pair of work gloves should be worn to protect your hands. Dress appropriately for a couple of hours of light physical activity out in the weather. Orange safety vests will be provided, but if you have a blaze orange hunting vest it would be a good idea to bring it to make sure there are enough safety vests for everyone who wants to participate. Make certain that no clothing obstructs a clear view of any firearms you're carrying at any time. Open carry makes a political statement, but it's also illegal to carry concealed without a license and the penalties are severe.
What do I need to bring?
The weather will determine many items, but a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen would be a good idea in sunny weather and a rain coat would be needed in rainy weather. A small first aid kit will be provided for each group, but if you have an extra they're always nice to have. A bottle of drinking water should be carried on a belt clip on hot days. Drinking water may be provided but it'd be best to plan for your own drinking water. An extended gripper can be very handy to pick up litter on the ground without as much bending and stooping.
What firearm should I carry?
In general, any handgun appropriate for daily carry for self defense is acceptable for Guns And Garbage. Remember, we're trying to convey the message of safe and responsible firearms ownership and self defense. This isn't the time to go Rambo or play "my gun is bigger than yours". Leave the AR-15 pistols and hand cannons at home. The people we're trying to reach are already scared enough of weapons. Any weapons will bother them some until we help them overcome their irrational fears. Try not to select any weapon that would seem intimidating to Sally Soccermom. Make certain that at all times, the firearm you are carrying openly is not accidentally concealed. Only persons issued a Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons permit may legally carry concealed deadly weapons in Kentucky.
Can we plink at cans on the side of the road before picking them up?
What if a reporter wants to ask me questions?
If you're well spoken and comfortable talking to the media, feel free to talk to them, but please remember that our goal is to make a positive impression. You should avoid discussing off-topic subjects such as religion or politics, and focus on the right to keep and bear arms. Each group should have a designated media contact so that any reporter can quickly find someone willing to give an interview. If you plan on talking to the media, anticipate their questions and have some answers ready. They might ask: Why are you carrying guns? What are you trying to accomplish? Is it legal to carry guns? Do the police know you're doing this? Try to remember that many people have very different ideas about firearms than we do, and those are the people we're trying to positively influence. Many people will be afraid at first. Our job is to eliminate their fears and put them at ease. Smile. Be calm and collected, and do not engage in any adversarial exchanges with anyone. Do not be antagonized into losing your temper no matter how dumb the question seems to you. Use that dumb question as an opportunity to educate people.
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