Open Carry

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by aussierogue, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. aussierogue

    aussierogue New Member

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    I have just read about open carry i have 2 questions
    1 Is it worth even worrying about doing it
    2 How would i find out what the police think about it
     
  2. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    I carry open when I'm out in the woods. I've come across many different agencies, local, state and federal that don't have a problem with it. I'd imagine open carry in populated areas would be a different story though. Your best bet would be to contact your local PD or SO and ask.
     

  3. BLS33

    BLS33 New Member Supporter

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    In WI there is no law on the books (as far as I know) saying you can't open carry. However there are plenty of other things they can get you with when you open carry in public.
     
  4. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    In Virginia Open carry is legal and you do not have to have a permit to carry that way. I never see many people doing it though. I perfer to only open cary on my way to the range. I do not like to flaunt the fact that I am armed or that I have Guns. (Other than my Lic Plate) Suprise is your best friend in a combat situation.
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  5. Bidah

    Bidah New Member

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    My wife and I both open carry here around the farm, and if we go into town and what not. If we go into one of the cities here, then we carry concealed even though it is legal. The worst is to go into Bozeman, Helena, Missoula or Kallispell. Great Falls is generally ok, and Billings is a maybe. Overall people are used to seeing them here, but in those places there are too many sheeple that have moved in from CA and such..

    -Bidah
     
  6. Jay

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    I could carry open in Indiana, but I'd be subject to someone calling in a "man with a gun" complaint. I usually just let a T shirt hang over my 1911. Now and then it will print, but I don't really care. Only two types will know what it is.... cops, and potential threats. I really don't care if either type sees it.
     
  7. pioneer461

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    Matt G nailed it about populated areas. Open carry is legal in Oregon, and in many rural areas no one cares. In Portland, Eugene, or other built up metro areas, you can count on someone seeing your gun and calling 9-1-1. When I was a uniform patrol officer I took such calls and it would usually go something like this:

    Caller: Oh my God, I need the police. (Usually a female, and heavy breathing)
    9-1-1: What's the problem?
    Caller: I just saw someone walking on the K-Mart parking lot with a gun.
    9-1-1: What was he doing with it?
    Caller: Well, he was just walking, but I'm scared, because there is a school down the street. (There's always a school down the street.)
    9-1-1: Give me a description.....

    Dispatch: 41-11
    41-11: Forty one eleven, go ahead.
    Disp.: At SE 132nd & Bush, we have several reports of a white male, wearing a red tee shirt and blue jeans, carrying a pistol in a holster.
    41-11: What's he doing with it?
    Disp.: Unknown, last seen walking toward the K-Mart store.
    41-11: 10-4.

    Then, depending on the maturity, experience and intelligence of the officer, you are either approached cautiously and tactically, or by one or more officers pointing pistols, M-4s, or shotguns at you, proning you out and yelling at you to show your hands, etc. Some young, inexperienced cops can be very scary at this point. :eek:

    In the city, don't do it. It isn't worth the hassle.:cool:
     
  8. firebrand45

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    Unfortunately, it is the same here in Ct. It states CLEARLY, that there is NO law prohibiting you from open carry. However, the state police here have supreme power to invoke law at will, wether real, or percieved, and will at least harass, and at most, arrest and confiscate over it. The state has inserted several poorly worded "laws" that are left open to interpretation by whatever agency that wishes to take offence to it. This is an extremely dificult state to CCW in. You are given consent to do so, but you must walk on eggs if you wish to keep your right!
     
  9. BLS33

    BLS33 New Member Supporter

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    This reminds me of something that happened to my dad years ago. When he was younger, probably around 20, he was making a delivery of crutches and someone saw the long boxes containing the crutches. Well they decided to call the police saying they were making a delivery of weapons or planning a heist or something stupid like that. So there is my dad with a box of crutches in his hand and all of a sudden a swat team runs up behind him, weapons drawn, screaming at him and putting him up on the wall. I always loved that story, had me laughing every time.

    People just freak out so easily now a days. I can't imagine walking around open carrying in Wisconsin.
     
  10. Bidah

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    When my wife and I lived in CT, we did not find this to be a problem at all. We were always treated fairly in each situation. Maybe it depends on where you are doing it.

    -Bidah
     
  11. Bidah

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    BLS33, you reminded me of a story.

    My mom, who is now older, and does not find someone carrying a pistol to be all the odd, used to work as a bank teller trainer. One day, while working the front, a guy comes in to rob the bank. He pulls a revolver, and hands her a note. She reads the note, looks at the guy, leans closer to him, and asks him if he is sure that he wants to do this (drugged out guy...). He answers yes, so she gives him the money, a tracer, and one of those red bombs. They caught him in a ladies dressing room in a store 1 block away in 10 minutes. When interviewed by the police on WHY she would lean closer, she replied "He had a Colt .38 revolver (can't remember which one), and I could clearly see that it was not loaded". They absolutely could not believe it. Country gals for you.. :) Yes, my parents still shoot regularly.

    -Bidah
     
  12. firebrand45

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    Car wash, Middletown Ct. 7:30 am, Leaning over to vacuum the carpet in my truck, my light jacket apearantly slipped over the barrel of my .45 Colt. When I turned around, two plainclothes detectives from the local department were standing there, and hemmed me up into the space between the door and the truck. Not displaying a badge, or stating thier business, that alone could have been bad news. They then ran me into the ground with the threat of arrest, confiscation, and loss of permit because they could clearly see my weapon as I vacuumed my truck. 30 minutes of calls, and more attitude, they finally let me go. A clear abuse of power, and a self absorbed interpretation of the law. I should add that I have the greatest respect for the law,and the police as a whole. My closest friend is a narcotics detective, and is also on the SRT team, and I have two police officers in the family. I simply dispise the clear abuse that some considder thier right when they wear a badge.
     
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  13. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Texas law does not make a distinction between open carry and concealed carry except for CCW permit holders. They MUST keep the handgun concealed. Open carry is the same as concealed carry under the law. The law is simply Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon. Class A misdemeanor, one year in jail and 4K fine.
    There is a new disclaimer to this, a person can lawfully possess a handgun on his/her property, place of business or vehicle so long as they are not otherwise breaking any laws other than a traffic violation.
     
  14. buketdude

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    CT is not a hard state to get a carry permit in (its not a concealed carry permit and nor is concealed/hidden from view mentioned in any CT statute) I know alot of people with permits and have never heard of anyone getting denied. I have open-carried before, not nearly as much as concealed but never had any serious issues....i understand if your shirt comes up and your gun is revealed it could cause concern...but if you just have the full gun holstered and in view i cannot see it causing that much concern..
     
  15. RONSERESURPLUS

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    Open Carry? Why In Hell Would You?

    Hello all


    RON L here = SERESURPLUS


    I'll chime in along with the rest here, Yes, open carry is legal here, as well as many other places, but why in the world would you?

    I.If you were on your own land, Yea, I can see that!

    2. If you were living in a Rural place where others did it and it was accepterd, maybe?


    Mostly we live in a world that has no common sense! That 911 call log someone else placed in thier reponce is probably a real deal! Open carry attracts the wrong kind of attention in most acse, either from the Cops, or from the Bully types that would walk up and wanna try and box Mike Tyson? Just not worth it, carry consealed and he a lot safer and happier! You try both methods and let us know how that went, OK?
     
  16. TheHossUSMC

    TheHossUSMC New Member

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    Seriously? AS a former law enforcement official and most likely a gun owner, possible military, I would think you would know better. You should be encouraging people to exercise their right to protect themselves and those around them by advocating trained open carring citizens. It's the Police and the general public that are creating unsafe situations not the law abiding citizens that choose to carry. I personally do open or concealed depending on what I'm doing that day.
     
  17. NGIB

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    Seriously, this thread is nearly 3 years old and you choose this for your introduction? Some folks believe in open carry - some don't. It's a personal choice for protection and shouldn't be used as a political statement...
     
  18. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Quoted for the truth.....


    Good snag NGIB....
     
  19. ThorsHammer

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    I've been all over Charlotte, NC, with my pistol, open carrying. The trick is: do it well. Looks are everything. If you strap your Uncle Mike's on on top of your urban camouflage pants, wear a heavy metal shirt and a bandanna over your long, greasy hair, you'll get the cops called on you faster than you can say "it's my legal right." Don't be that guy.

    Wear nice clothes. Wear a nice holster. Look like someone a politician might want to shake hands with. Hell, wear a nice NRA hat as well, just to make sure they know. Half of the time people will just confuse you with a plain clothes police officer.

    Sure, you want to express your individuality. Do it without a firearm on your hip. Because it's that type of person that really hurts the movement. It's not about just you, it's about an entire group of people that you are in a way publicly representing by open carrying.

    EDIT: Garwsh. I hate it when people dig up old threads and I don't catch it either and replies. Either way...
     
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  20. TheHossUSMC

    TheHossUSMC New Member

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    I was trying to google a law and this thread came up. Sorry I didn't look at how old it was. I never said anything about making a political statement. As I posted before you should be advocating people to carry in any form if they are responsible enough to do so.

    @ThorsHammer
    I don't know if you are implying that I am that person you are desrcibing, but I assure you that I am not. I agree that one should try to wear nice clothes and present yourself as someone that looks like they are responsible enough to carry a self defense weapon. But that shouldn't exclude anyone from exercising their right to defend themselves.