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The US is to ban the open carrying of toddlers and severely restrict the right of US citizens to bear infants after a 3-year old boy in New Mexico shot and wounded both of his parents.

In the United States, open carrying refers to the practice of “openly carrying a child in public“, as distinguished from concealed carry, where infants cannot be seen by the casual observer.

The practice of open carry – where child owners openly display their children while they go about their daily business – has seen an increase in the U.S. in recent years.

Proponents of open carry point to history and statistics, noting that criminals are not usually seen carrying children while they commit their crimes, in stark contrast to law abiding citizens who proudly display their infants in public.

The influential gun rights community in the US has been generally enthusiastic about banning open carrying of infants, pointing out it is not guns which kill people but 3-year-old toddlers.

Open carry however, is strongly supported by gun control groups such as the Brady Campaign and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, who point out that despite the dangers of widespread possession of infants, the freedom to bear children is an inalienable right of all US citizens and a cornerstone of the US constitution.


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