Question about open carry

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by cddbrowns, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. cddbrowns

    cddbrowns New Member

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    Sorry if this has already been talked about in here, walking out the door and was curious. So before I forget, what is the "law" on open carry? I live in VA and I have heard that you can, then you cant, then you can, then you cant. Would like to know a little more about the open carry and what it means. I am going to get my CCW soon, but would be nice to carry openly till then. In a holster where it can be seen? Is that open carry, or what would be considered open carry?
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    OC is just like it sounds - holstered gun on display for all to see...
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    contact your district attourney's office. you pay their salaries via taxes they should be able to answer that question for you or point you where to look for official rules. they are also the ones that will prosecute you if your doing it wrong based off what you read in a forum on the interweb...
     
  4. Neophyte1

    Neophyte1 New Member

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  5. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    You might start here. Google is your friend.
     
  6. cddbrowns

    cddbrowns New Member

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    Thanks for the info.

    And what is google?
     
  7. camiller

    camiller New Member

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    seriously :confused: Google
     
  8. cddbrowns

    cddbrowns New Member

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    Dude, I was kidding to the smarty mc smart pants answer.......
     
  9. therewolf

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    Fast answer: YES, you CAN open carry in many states.

    Sheeple will get a little hysterical, occasionally, when they see this.

    When they call the cops,

    you'll get harassed, and probably not during a time particularly convenient,

    or favorable to your

    choosing.
     
  10. Kooter

    Kooter New Member

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    To me, open carry says "Shoot me first" if I were in a situation where I might need to draw and use my firearm.

    Its hard to think like a BG but if I were, that's what I would do.
     
  11. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    Yes,

    Right now, with nobody actively OCing, it would seem like a watershed

    benefit to BGs.

    But if 6 or 7 out of ten adults OCed, there would be a change in the

    overall situation, and we would be dealing with BGs and violent crime

    on a different level.

    Look at it like this, before you got your CCW permit, you looked at things

    differently than you do now, right?
     
  12. gglass

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    I don't live in VA, but here in Indiana the law does not specify whether you open or conceal carry your handgun if you have your LTCH. In all the years that I have carried, I would say that I split my manner of carry 50/50 between open and concealed. I have never had anyone question or even give me a disapproving glance while open carrying, but I have heard of some folks being harassed by the police for doing so. It really seems that it boils down to your look, age and demeanor, whether you get noticed in a negative way. I am 47 and have a professional business appearance most of the time. If I were far younger, thuggish or acted skittish, I might attract a lot more negative notice of myself.

    I don't know if that information helps in your situation, but if you do decide to open carry, you may want to look and act the part so as not attract bad attention.
     
  13. therewolf

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    You make a good point, there, gglass.

    I wonder how I'd look in a three piece suit made of Realtree Camo?:D