Open Carry Laws

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by MisterMcCool, Mar 14, 2014.

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  1. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Source: http://smartgunlaws.org/open-carrying-policy-summary/

    Open Carrying of Handguns: Only six states, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, and Texas, as well as the District of Columbia, prohibit the open carrying of handguns in public places. Thirty-one states allow the open carrying of a handgun without any license or permit, although in some cases the gun must be unloaded. Thirteen states require some form of license or permit in order to openly carry a handgun.

    Open Carrying of Long Guns: Six states, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Jersey, as well as the District of Columbia, generally ban the open carrying of long guns (rifles and shotguns). In the 44 remaining states, openly carrying a long gun is legal, although in three of these states, Iowa, Tennessee and Utah, the long gun must be unloaded.36 In addition, Virginia and Pennsylvania limit the ability to openly carry long guns in certain cities. In a majority of states, it is legal for an individual to openly carry a loaded firearm in public without a permit.
     
  2. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    OMG. What are you doing throwing facts into this? :D
     

  3. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    And !! ?? Anything else
     
  4. JonM

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    Any other states besides wisconsin with oc written into the state constitution??
     
  5. Mercator

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    To those who live (mentally) in the 21st century, OC is all but useless. It's mostly a demo (like showing muscle in a "wife beater" shirt), or a fashion statement (I am John Wayne), or outright intimidation. As a civilian, CCW makes infinitely more sense. That said, OC in particular, and stupid behavior in general, are constitutional.
     
  6. JonM

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    I don't think oc is stupid. I love having oc here as I can holster up a full size m9 or 1911 or my fnx45 toss a shirt tail over it and if it peeks out or prints no big deal. Being restricted solely to micro guns so your right to self protection isnt offending anyone is what makes no sense.

    Strapping on a molle carrier with a rifle and a handgun on a chest rig is tacky its no different than inner city yoots wearing their pants around the ankles so you can count the hairs on their unwashed butts... you can do it but its tacky.
     
  7. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    John to keep it shirt, I would stick to CCW just to keep OC unavailable to those yoots.
     
  8. mopowerbmx

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    Nothing wrong with OC. Some people cannot CC because of past history. DUI or any assault charge. If it is legal to carry it is legal to carry. I am pretty sure the people who cannot get a CCL would love to have one but it isn't an option. I personally don't think people should go around with ARs strapped to their backs strutting around town or the local Walmart but a side arm I have no problem with.
     
  9. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    Please put on a smiley so I know you're joking.
     
  10. mopowerbmx

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    Oh you're that guy.
     
  11. QueenGlamis

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    Good info! I OC all of the time because at 5'4" and 130 lbs kinda hard to find a place to truly CC. But then again I am from AZ, and being the Wild west and all, lots of people OC. I am certainly not John Wayne, nor am I making a fashion statement (well my holster is pink, does that count?) but I do believe in my right to protect myself if need be. I hope it never comes to that but then again over the last month there has been a shooting in a WalMart, 7-11 and last night an armed robbery of a grocery store so I never EVER leave home without it.

    Guess I would rather live and explain to the police how I was in fear for my life and was forced to defend myself than lay there dying or raped wishing I would of had it.

    To each there own, I see people carrying their guns and they look like they have no earthly right to own a firearm, but then again I see stupid drivers everyday too but they still have a car and are driving it. I get asked regularly if my gun is a Glock 40 (no it is a Beretta 9mm) and said person will go on to tell me about their buddy's Glock, I just smile and move on.
     
  12. ellis36

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    Mississippi:

    http://www.sos.ms.gov/links/ed_pubs/pubs/Mississippi_Constitution.pdf

    1890 Constitution of Mississippi

    Adopted November 1, A.D. 1890.

    ARTICLE 3 – BILL OF RIGHTS
    Sec. 12. The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person or property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but the legislature may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.
     
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  13. JimRau

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    CO is unique in that the state constitution specifically prohibits CC. In 1876 only the 'bad guys' CC, real men 'wore' their guns!!!;)
     
  14. rjd3282

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    Ohio's constitution is the same plus municipalities can't make gun control laws that violate the Ohio constitution.
     
  15. Doc3402

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    Not quite true about Florida. Open carry is permitted going to, from, and during the following activities unless otherwise posted:
    Range trips
    Camping
    Hunting
    Fishing

    Printing is no longer a major consideration and inadvertent momentary exposure of the firearm is no longer an issue.

    Your website is over one year out of date. This is the danger of getting legal information off the internet. Laws change on a regular basis. If you're going to carry you need to know what the law is, not what the law was.
     
  16. jjones45

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    I wish all states had constitutional carry. As it only makes since to me. Why do we have to pay for our right to carry guns concealed? Oh I know, $$$$$$$. By the way I mean loaded guns. I hear of states passing constitutional carry laws for unloaded gun which is about as useless as boobs on a boy


    Never enough guns or ammo
     
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  17. JW357

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    You DO mean "useful," right?
     
  18. Tackleberry1

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    Blanket statements like the could be described as stupid... My friend.

    I CC every day, everywhere. All of my time is spent between WA and OR and should I ever feel threatened Id have no problem removing my cover garment to let aggressors know that attacking me is the equivalent of starting a gun fight.

    OC deters attacks... It's why uniformed LEO's open carry.

    Given your statement, I officially challenge you to find documented cases where citizens OCING guns were targeted by criminals.

    Tack
     
  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    so you feel it's alright to restrict someone's rights simply because of your opinions about OCing?

    gee i am sure glad they are not allowing you to make laws.:rolleyes:

    there is no telling what you would do the 2nd amendment.:rolleyes:
     
  20. mahall

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    I don't know! How we carry is as opinionated as what we carry! I do know this, if I'm Mr bad guy, robbing a convenient store, bank or any other place of business, I'm taking "Mr Responsible citizens" that has a big 1911 strapped on his side for the world and me to see out first. Personally, I think CC holds more advantages or gives me a better chance to survive a threat than OC! To me, the element of surprise, far out weighs any advantages OC might have! OC Just puts a big bullseye on our backs! Why mark or flag priority targets for BG? Remember, similar to the way we train, they are going to take out obvious targets that poses the biggest threat to there agenda. Hunting, fishing and the 1805 Wild West is great for OC! But 2014 urban America? I'm not feeling it! Just my opinion!!


    Like guns, love people!!
     
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