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Don’t you mean constitutional republic, Danielle? That’s what we were and meant to be.
I just learned that ALL the theaters in my town are gun free zones. If I follow the law, I’m not allowed to protect myself. That’s some bullshit.
What state are you in? Certain state constitutions have preemption clauses that make it illegal for local counties/municipalities to pass laws that limit lawful carry beyond what the state already permits. In Washington for example, it’s illegal to carry into bars, courthouses, etc. but everything else is lawful. Business owners still have the right to restrict what happens on their private property, but if someone violates their rules (even those restricting firearms) the most they can do is ask them to leave. Failure to comply could result in a trespassing charge, but otherwise you would be committing no crime.
I’ve found opencarry.org to be a very good resource on lawful carry, even for those that do so concealed, if you’re interested in researching a particular state’s laws.