Dumb question for the folks that have both OC and CC in their State.
I am wondering where (if any) is the transition from CC to OC. Is there a gray area when either is not met?
- Can you be charged/cited if you print while you CC when there is also an OC?
- If you carry in a shoulder holster and only the end/last 2" barrel of your 8" revolver is peeking at the bottom of your jacket is that okay?
- Is there a minimum percentage of the gun that must show for it to be categorized as OC?
It depends a lot on state laws, but they are often differentiated by intent. If you intend to open carry, it must be deliberately in the open and not covered by any garmets. If you are attempting to conceal, it should not show at all. I believe there are some states that allow both, but will get you in trouble for printing / poorly concealing a weapon that was intended to be a concealed. Basically, they do not blur the line between "concealed" and "open:" if your jacket blows open, you are poorly concealing a weapon, rather than "temporarily" openly carrying. However, other states, AFAIK, do allow these lines to be blurred and won't cite you for accidentally printing.
Here in GA we can do either if you have a permit so it's a moot point. My kids lived in Florida for years and it's CC only there and LEOs could get nasty even if you printed. We've had the FL printing discussion a few times here before.
Open means open and uncovered, concealed means completely concealed without even obvious printing...
It really truly does depend on your state. As I said, here in GA either is fine if you have a permit. Many of us, me included, often carry lazy-concealed - especially if I'm in a hurry. I'll clip on a paddle holster and pull a shirt over it and it prints badly - but who cares...