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Video: Open Carry Activists Credit Cop's Professionalism

July 25, 2011  | 

VIDEO: Open Carry: One Cop's Professionalism

An Oceanside (Calif.) Police officer is being saluted by internet commentators for his professionalism and courtesy in dealing with an open-carry activist who videotaped the encounter.

The incident comes less than a week after an Ohio concealed-carry group posted a video of a traffic stop where Canton (Ohio) Police Officer Daniel Harless berated a legal permit holder, before arresting him.

Here's an excerpt from the CBS News blog The Feed:

Officer Matt Lyons with the Oceanside Police Department definitely deserves a shout out for this almost 3-minute encounter. Officer Lyons, we salute you, not only for your incredible professionalism, sense of humor, and great on camera demeanor, but also your dedicated 22 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.

In California, it is legal to carry a firearm as long as it is visible and unloaded.

Related: Ohio Officer Threatens CCW Holder (video)

Comments (11)

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ELNINORUDO @ 7/25/2011 3:14 PM

We'll im in california and I don't want to see the public hip packing. It should be a carry state and concealed. I would fell beter if I didn't see the gun but knew every law abiding citizen could carry if they choose to.

Joel Argarin @ 7/25/2011 3:51 PM


Rick @ 7/25/2011 4:38 PM

I live in Cali and want nothing more than to have the open carry/concealed carry laws like Arizona's. Crime will go down as soon as a few gangsters are shot by law abiding citizens that are defending themselves.

GP Cobb @ 7/25/2011 9:07 PM

Go Rick, right on.

Davesam25G @ 7/25/2011 9:20 PM

Officer Matt Lyons, The World and our COUNTRY is a better place because of officers like you and thank you fellow veteran for your service also! We need more like you! This video will be shared extensively - God Bless

Dave :-)

jsan @ 7/25/2011 9:40 PM

Matt Lyons should lose his job after that dispicable display of idiocy. He is a disgrace to the uniform.

Tim Starr @ 7/25/2011 10:18 PM

I give the cop a 5 out of ten. It's bad that he actually performed the unconstitutional warrantless search of someone for simply exercizing a natural and constitutional right, and bad that he asked for ID, which he wasn't legally entitled to & which has a chilling effect upon the free exercise of our rights, but good that he didn't go further than the unconstitutional laws on the books in CA at this time allow.

Dan Birdsley @ 7/26/2011 6:23 AM


You need to get a life. Officer Lyons was right on in his handling of the situation. I suppose you would rather have anarchy reign with no police there to check on subjects like this guy who was out to make a statement?

Eric @ 7/26/2011 11:00 AM

Nice job on Officer Lyons' part for not escalating the situation. I do think though he could have required the person's identification so that he could verify that he was not a convicted felon or someone who had been convicted of domestic violence to ensure that he could legally possess a firearm.

Jake @ 8/5/2011 4:56 PM

At first, I felt that the officer didn't do enough to ID the guy. In MN, you need a permit to carry concealed or otherwise. Then I read the CA law. You don't need a permit to carry open on the hip. I still feel that the officer should have been able to legally demand ID. He responded to a complaint call regarding this guy. Also, I'm guessing that not everybody has the right to own and carry a handgun (e.g. convicts), even in CA. If he was responding to a call, he should be well within his authority (PC/Reasonable Suspicion to stop) to run a check. Then again, maybe he was an illegal alien. You can't ID them!!!!!

Lee @ 10/24/2012 8:39 AM

Matt, you did a great job, you did everything for Officer safety and to keep the situation under control. The person with the gun was correct that he didn't have to give his full name but let's face it who cares, once again it is for Officer safety. Now it is true, I would like to see everyone carry open or concealed, that said in today's world a general background check and a certificate of completion of gun safety (laws) and marksmanship (hitting the target) would be nice. Crime would drop (a lot)! Remember "bad guys" don't follow laws!!

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