The judge that espoused this needs to be schooled in American values.The majority decision today necessarily leads to the conclusion that individuals who elect to carry firearms forego other constitutional rights, like the Fourth Amendment right to have law enforcement officers “knock-and-announce” before forcibly entering homes. . . . Likewise, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that individuals who choose to carry firearms necessarily face greater restriction on their concurrent exercise of other constitutional rights, like those protected by the First Amendment.
That said, it is my understanding that (at least in Georgia) a concealed carry permit means that one must maintain concealment unless and until one intends to used the device in self-defense, else to remove it for some practical reason (e.g., to enter a gun-restricted area like a court house). If the people were in a vehicle then they were likely well within their rights to be examining the firearm. States differ on it, but some states allow open carry in all public places (except restricted locations of course).