Things to think about before you open carry

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by ThorsHammer, Apr 13, 2010.

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  1. ThorsHammer

    ThorsHammer New Member

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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.

    1. Know your state and local laws
    2. Dress nice
    3. Be polite and well-mannered
    4. If you want to be different, do it without your firearm
    5. Don't be that guy!
    Know the laws in the state and city you are intending to open carry in. Some city cores do not allow you to carry openly. Be aware of this before you head into town. Always make sure that you keep an eye out for "No weapons" signs posted on businesses because you really do not want to be arrested for trespassing with a loaded firearm on your hip.

    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.

    Resources for those that are interested in open carry:

     
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  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Good advice there Thor.

    The last time I carried I was going hunting. I had on blue jeans, a Natural Gear shirt my 1911 and a 5.11 belt (Gotta be tacticool).

    If you dress "NORMAL" and looking like a slob/stinking hippie is not NORMAL. I didn't try to draw attention to myself I just did what I needed to do in the Wawa and got out. I handeled myself like I always do I say please and thank you hold to doors for ladies ect....

    I guess it is a little easier in VA as according to many we are just a bunch of gun totting rednecks anyways.
     

  3. ALSGUN

    ALSGUN New Member

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    good advice
     
  4. ThorsHammer

    ThorsHammer New Member

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    Here's a good example of what not to dress like when you open carry:

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    I am going to be including examples of open carry done well, so if you guys have any pictures that we can add to the thread, please PM me so I can add them to the main post!
     
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  5. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    I might actually suggest that this fella surpasses most Walmart attire.

     
  6. mpd8488

    mpd8488 New Member

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    I started carrying my wallet in the pocket opposite from where I carry my gun. If you're carrying on your right hip you may not want to be reaching toward your back right pocket.

    Also, might I suggest that this is a case where Wikipedia is not a good resource for information. Given how the Brady bunch is all up in arms of open carry I wouldn't trust a resource that anybody can edit at will.
     
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  7. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    It is funny what people just naturally assume. I am a hotel manager. I wear a dress jacket and tie in the colder months. I have a ccw. But occasionaly I will walk out to my car without my jacket. I don't take off my gun. I am friendly with everyone. The senior citizens on either side of me know to call me in an emergency. One day I was at a friends house. He lives just down the street. He told me that most of the neighbors think that I am an undercover officer and the hotel is my cover. People know the truth now. But, they sure jumped to conclusions.
     
  8. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    Dewd, that's an example of how not to dress when you're breathing.
     
  9. ThorsHammer

    ThorsHammer New Member

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    Wikipedia usually shuts down "edit wars" pretty fast. When it comes to laws in states and counties they are usually pretty accurate. Sure, anybody can edit the page, but there are usually twice as many watchers of the page as there are random editors that try to change the page.
     
  10. mudslinger79

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    Hey wait I wear camo shorts, heavy-metal t shirts and have long hair, no bandana, and tattoos. I'm also 6' 271 lbs. I have been all over the place with my Ruger on my hip and i generally get the people asking questions like, are u a cop? No. Is it real?, yes. Is it legal? Well duh... and I'm a gentleman also. I have manners, treat people with respect and try to get along with people. Might I add I'm also a single father of 2 kids that live with me. People look at me and assume druggie when in fact I've never done that crap a day in my life, my parents raised me better than that.
     
  11. savagemic

    savagemic New Member

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    That's the point I have to make to everyone as well. Well said.
     
  12. zeskullmaster

    zeskullmaster New Member

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    Large fram or small fram

    I carry a Colt 1911 on my side most of the time but I try to cover it a little with either my T-shirt or a vest that I wear . I dont do it because I am afraid to show it I do it so peaple dont get spooky around me as I am 6'4" and 300 lbs I scare most peaple just by standing there LOL But old age has kinda caught up with me and I cant defend myself like I use to so I carry anywhere I go now and yes I do have a CWP. Just to surprise you I also am very polite no matter who is in front of me and if you cant tell I am packing that large 1911 on my hip you be as blind as can be ,, I am not going to hide the fact that I feel it is better to at least cover it so some do feel uncomfortable with a huge old man is walking around packing heat .... Yet it is readily availible if I ever need it and hopefully that may never happen but it is best to have it when needed then to reach for it when it aint there......:cool:
     
  13. RCgeek

    RCgeek New Member

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    I would have to disagree with the bit about how you dress while open carrying. That may be the case in some places, but not in other places. If you dressed up as suggested in the area I live in you'd stand out like a turd in a punchbowl. Nobody dresses that nicely around here. Jeans, t-shirt, sweatshirt, flannel shirt, tattoo's....whatever it all flies up here and wouldn't be looked twice at. But we don't have a firearm crime problem, guns are used for hunting and shooting targets here, not for robbing people.

    Besides, if its legal to open carry where you are at who cares if somebody calls the police?? They probably won't even show up.
     
  14. CHLChris

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    Knowing local laws is really important in some purple states. Oregon is open carry country. Except municipalities are allowed to make different laws. So there are a couple of counties out of 25 or so, and a few major cities in which open carry is NOT legal. I CC, so it is not an issue, but anyone who wishes to open carry must drive around Portland.
     
  15. Big Gay Al

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    Frankly, I'd trust Handgunlaw.us before I trusted wikipedia. Also USA Carry as well. They both have regular updates and generally more reliable connections to state info.

    As for dress, well, I've found as long as your pistol is in a holster, and not just stuck in your belt, Mexican style, that alone makes a big difference.
     
  16. bizy

    bizy New Member

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    Lolol....

    That's Funny....
     
  17. GoBlue

    GoBlue New Member

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    That is a seriously scary picture. If I saw this guy, I would go to condition red instantly and begin preparing myself mentally for the worst.

    I'd kickoff the the whole, "Be Polite, Be Professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet" mindset.
     
  18. Big Gay Al

    Big Gay Al New Member

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    Really? If I saw that guy, I'd probably fall down laughing. :)