Do you open carry??

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Stillersfan, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Stillersfan

    Stillersfan New Member

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    I have owned guns since I can remember and have my CCL. I have never openly carried my pistol but I have considered it. My question is "Do you open carry"? Does the cons out weigh the pros??
     
  2. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    Not unless I am in the woods. I see no pro to open carry around the generial public. For me I wish to draw no extra attention by haveing a handgun in open display where its not concedered a normal thing to do. I have CC'd for 26 years
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Welcome to the FTF!
    We have an Introductions area if you don't mind stopping by there and say "Hi".

    Not knowing where you are from, your state and local laws may be different than mine.
    Depending on what I am doing, where I am going, who I will be seeing detemines open carry or concealed.
     
  4. Stillersfan

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    Thats the way I see it. I want that element of surprise on my side. ;) Although, a few of my buddies do and have been subjected to LEO's who seem as though they dont know what the laws are in PA. I agree that they need to respond to reports of someone with a gun, but how many times have you seen a criminal OC...
     
  5. rhyno13

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    Not allowed to open carry in Texas. If given the option to I might consider it.
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    You can carry however you want here in the free state of Arizona. I often open carry as it it quite common here.
     
  7. Stillersfan

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    Oh.. I would not have thought that at all. Not in Texas. Is that in every part of Texas?
     
  8. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Here in wisconsin we have had open carry for years but only recently conceal carry. I vastly prefer ccw. Im not into displaying hardware cept at the range.

    But i want oc to be more widespread. It means i dont have to worry about legalities of printing or some sheeple calling cops and getting arrested for printing.
     
  9. gunnut07

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    Open carry a lot.

    To me there is no cons. It is just another way to carry a gun. Oh sure you get the odd soccer mom shooting you the stink eye or some that are checkin out my gun and my sexy butt. Yes I know the bad guys will shoot you first the cops will harass you and all that. Never once has it happened to me. YMMV. I believe it depends on where you are at. If you are in down town Seattle with all the hipsters and Emo's you will more than likely scare them so bad they pee themselves. In the real world no one cares.
     
  10. Stillersfan

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    At least you would have better options living in AZ. I think Alaska is the same if Im not mistaken.
     
  11. Sdamiani

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    To my knowledge it is a statewide ban, but small towns can be more lenient. I'll open carry when I hunt due to threat of mountain lions, and frequently don't remove it when I head home ... Sometimes stopping at the corner store to pick up necessities.

    Questioned by one LEO when picking up a bag of corn and just told him that I was going hunting. After that and a quick glance at my CHL there wasn't a problem. Told me to be careful of the lions and went on his way.
     
  12. Stillersfan

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    LOL.... hipsters and Emo's. Never heard it quiet like that but I agree with you. Some of my buddies OC in PA but they say if you wonder down into the city, good luck with that. I think most LEO's are ignorant to some of the laws pertaining to OC. My nephew is a cop in one of the outlined municipalities here in PA and he welcomes OC. He says more people should do it.
     
  13. robertusa123

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    i dont with all the shooting i think is isent fair to the general public it just freek them out and you never know what kind of over zelles police officer you might run into
     
  14. Stillersfan

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    At least he was cool about it. Most would have wanted a note from your parents ..
     
  15. Grapevinebill

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    He was lucky he wasn't in the DFW area. Texas law is pretty clear and strickly enforced here. The law is clear that we are a concealed state and no open carry except fpr police or uniformed security such as armored car drivers. If spotted in the "big city" it would have been an issue. Glad to hear that there are still places in Texas where cooler heads prevail.
     
  16. Sdamiani

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    It helps when you know the sheriff personally and every constable and deputy in a fifty mile radius.

    Now, I wouldn't dream of oc in San Antonio or any large city for that matter ... They tend to be much more strict.
     
  17. StainlessSteel215

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    I think open carry is a generally BAD idea in most public places particularly in densely populated urban areas....for a few reasons. My humble $.02 as follows:

    -Open carry tends to stir up a general feeling tension and some civilians interpret as an open threat. They dont know you, dont know your background or intent....and they cant get beyond their own fear of guns and might automatically act protective if guarding children, etc.

    -You automatically lose the tactical concealment advantage the second you open carry. I dont know about you guys but I always live by the motto.....SPEAK SOFTLY AND CARRY A BIG STICK!

    -You are vulnerable if you carry at 4 o clock or in the small of your back to a potential suspect coming up from behind....assessing your holster system while your back is turned....and quickly disarming and turning your own weapon on you if they really wanted to.

    -You may cause people to inadvertently act different around you or treat you different if they are opposed to guns. Again you may be throwing a scared civilian into a situation where they are just feet from an armed person they know NOTHING about.....and take it as a threat. That may lead to a police phonecall, and we all know police handle open carry situations differently. You may be dealing with more panicked 911 calls than you EVER imagined!


    Where I think open carry does make sense:

    -At the range
    -On or inside your own property
    -Out in the woods or on an open farm.
     
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  18. DrumJunkie

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    I do all the time around here. But I live in a pretty small town and it's no tall that uncommon around here. I'd be less inclined in a more populated area mainly for the reason that people can and many times will call police. And legal or not when they are called out you are still the man with a gun. I've not had a problem with police in these situations since I left Ohio (cops up there don't like citizens with guns it seems). Here in Ky I have been approached by police and it's resolved very fast. But I'm not one of those Youtube guys looking for a fight. I have no problem being polite and giving ID if asked for it. I'll just say that I wore this holster and it allows my weapon to be seen and I didn't think that was a problem here. To that after they see I'm not some that they need be dealt with they go on. I can't even remember ever having to turn my weapon over to them while they hash ti out. It's the honey over vinegar thing with me. I'm a responsible gun owner and in being so I have no issue with police doing their job being called out. Sure it's a but of a hassle but I've never been in a situation where I couldn't spend 5 minutes letting them respond to a call. Most the time now being I've met most the police in my area local, county, and state they might still get a call but if they see it's me they just go on. Except for a LEO that is really trying hard to get me to sell a pistol he really wants.:D I tell him I can't because I want to stick it to the man:p
     
  19. Doc3402

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    No, I don't. The only reason I would ever support open carry is so we would not risk arrest if a concealed weapon was accidentally exposed. I know this is not a popular stand, but with so much of my state's economy depending on the tourist dollar I just think open carry would be a bad idea. Maybe if open carry was more prevalent elsewhere I might change my mind, but not at this time.
     
  20. Polygon

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    It depends on where I am. Among the general public, no. I don't care for open carry because they sheeple are stupid and easily scared. You are most likely going to have the police called on you and make everyone around you uncomfortable. And for what? Most importantly I carry concealed because I like the element of surprise. If someone is planning to do something bad, carrying open, you're going to be the first person they shoot. I don't want other people to know I have a gun on me.

    Out in the woods, that's a different story.