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Old 11-22-2011, 01:14 AM   #11
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I live in Las Vegas and open carry quite a bit. As for LEO responses, they don't really give it much attention. As an example, I was in a Mickey D's waiting for my order when a Metro motorcycle officer came in and ordered some food. He noticed the Sig on my hip and we spent the time waiting for our food to arrive discussing the pros and cons of my weapon (Sig) and his weapon (Glock).

The only "looks" I got were the wide-eyed "Oh my God he has a gun" looks from the Kommiefornia tourists that were sitting in the store eating.
I'm gonna start OCing a freaking pipe wrench.
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I would think they would at the very least wonder what you are doing with the gun. If you look like a shady/mean fellow, they may be more likely to question you about it than the friendly looking fellow standing behind you.

I have never been a big fan of open carry. It will make some people nervous, will eventually get the cops called on you by someone who doesn't understand gun laws, and lets the badguy know you have a gun.

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I do not have a problem with it as long as it is legal in the state. However unless I was an officer on duty with a badge displayed I would never carry open carry. And even at that you are still a target. First of all if I was unaware of the bad guy and a hold up he may be getting ready to commit, guess who he knows could be his main threat and who he might shoot first out of the blue with out warning to eliminate any chance of him getting shot. "ME" as his main target. To me the element of surprise is the best advantage when in a critical confrontation. Although it is the second amendment right which I respect in the states that allow open carry. It does not offend me at all. Just something in a civilian capacity I would not do.
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Seems to be pretty overwhelming support in the theory "Concealed means concealed"

I have to say I agree, even though I've been know to OC on occasion.

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My personal belief:

Open carry is a GREAT idea, regardless of where you are. There are some folks I believe should be REQUIRED to carry a handgun... open or concealed.

School bus drivers should be REQUIRED to carry. School teachers should be REQUIRED to carry.

There should be no such thing as an "unarmed security guard."

I would feel a *LOT* better if I were eating in McDonald's with the majority of the patrons being VISIBLY strapped.

I believe marksmanship should be an elective taught in Jr. High and High School.

I learned more FACTUAL history about the Civil War from DZScubie than I *EVER* learned in school. Want to learn about the Revolutionary War and the TRUE history of the founding of our country? Go to an Appleseed event.

I long for the day there is no more ATF or EPA...

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I didn't hear about the nut case LEO in Ohio. What happened?
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i.e. the nut case LEO in OH.
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OH GOODIE! More cop bashing on FTF! Who needs Google, anyway?
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OH GOODIE! More cop bashing on FTF! Who needs Google, anyway?
Is it cop bashing if it's a link to a video?
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Is it cop bashing if it's a link to a video?
Let's just keep beating dead horses around here. How many OTHER times do you think that video has been linked here on FTF? Why not just link to the thread on here where it was already discussed? Because that's not good enough. The "new generation" here wants to get their digs in every chance they get.

LEOs didn't create the "Us vs. Them" mentality... they reacted to it. This forum is already gaining the reputation as not being "cop friendly" on other forums... which is where all the cops here will eventually end up going. Most won't even say anything, they'll just "taper off" until enough people "come and go" here that they're not even remembered.

I'll be the a-hole and actually SAY something about it.
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Speaking as a cop...here in Arizona...if I see someone packing openly...meh. No big deal. I have ZERO need to talk to them if they're just going about their business. After all...it IS their business.

Do I support your right to open carry? Yes, absolutely. 110%. You damned betcha!

Do I question the wisdom (or extreme lack of it) of open carry in urban areas? ABSOLUTELY.

Why let some turd know you're the one he has to shoot first?

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