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Old January 2nd, 2016, 02:36 AM   #46
 
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I live in Delaware and do not have a concealed carry permit. However, my state allows open carry. I think it's odd that Texas is allowing open carry to people who have their concealed carry license. It seems backwards. Unless you're a in a profession of arms like a cop or a security guard, you draw negative attention to yourself and make yourself a prime target. I don't think open carrying around town in public is a good idea. Although, I've noticed that open carrying around my own home has built my reputation around the neighborhood as a gun guy and hopefully has created a repellent of criminal behavior.



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I support "Open Carry" in principle...and "concealed" without reservation. I think that in small towns and rural areas open carry will pretty much prove to be a "non-event", beginning smoothly and remaining so.

I've much less optimism for major urban areas. Without the ability of law enforcement to request to see a Carry Permit upon seeing a person/persons openly packing, I expect that the number of armed confrontations and shootings will increase. Should that come to pass...and I fervently hope that it does not...our "gains" in the right-to-carry arena might be at risk, and THAT would be a disaster!

And, FWIW, I personally think that if one has a "Concealed License", he/she ought to be able to carry anywhere, anytime, without restrictions....
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As an ex-LEO I would never OC. You lose the advantage. Let's say a couple of BG's come into a Circle K. One confronts the clerk and while he's doing that, the other is surveying customers. And there you are, big iron on your hip, bag of Doritos in your hand. You think he's going to just ignore you?
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Soon after the open carry came to Texas I took the wife out for dinner. She saw the LC9 and said "cover that up." We ate out yesterday, I open carried. I had a coat on, so she didn't know I was unconcealed. As I got up to get a tea refill I hid my setup with my elbow. She never knew.

I am leery of standing in lines open carry. I avoid situations where someone behind me has the chance to snatch my pistol.

I open carry to work. If I'm at the gas pump I'm always surveying the area around me. Open carry means MORE awareness required.

I do and I don't open carry, it's my decision........
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I Open carry, and certainly don't give a rats *** if someone is afraid of it. As far as worrying about if a crook wants to get me first....I bet most have never been in the Marines or Army walking a patrol, where that is a way of everyday survival. 25 years of service make me immune to vagina talk. I actually want to enjoy my freedom to chose how and when I carry.

I don't know how to alleviate others fear, and it's not my responsibility to educate the common masses who wee on themselves over this subject. I love it when we get closer to the framers intent when they wrote the Bill of Rights....we aren't there yet but maybe in a few years or decades people will be able to exercise them eventually.

Edited to add, Why have a Right if you're too afraid to use it? If you worry about what others may think and give up your options to accommodate others.....you already lost your freedom. I am at a loss to explain or understand the irrational concerns of most sheep. Free speech is under attack as well as our 2A Rights, and even our 4th are being eroded over time....just so the masses can be controlled and consoled into submission.

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Yesterday I asked a store manager why they posted a "No Open carry" sign and said he wanted to calm down his "girls" at the cash registers. I said does the mere sight of a gun make them mentally unstable? It would seem using that logic they demand all cars park across the street, cause cars kill more victims than a gun ever did. I didn't see them start screaming and crying jibberish when I pulled up? Otherwise if that was a problem maybe they should post a sign only horses were allowed in the parking lot.

I find it very amusing to see these idiots.
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What we are seeing here in Texas is that businesses are not only posting signs prohibiting open carry, but many that were not posted before, have also decided to prohibit concealed carry.
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In AZ we not only have the right to open carry, but we also are allowed to concealed carry without a permit.

I, personally, will only OC in the rural areas of AZ, where I am carrying mainly for four legged or slithering threats, and CC in the populated areas, usually pocket carry.

Open carry, to me, is a double edged sword. I'm glad to see that it is legal; however, I can also see this being abused by many, and this abuse later resulting in OC being taken away.
Im not a real big fan of open carry either, but there are times I would rather open carry. Wal-Mart or other crowded places are not a place one should be open carrying all it takes is one screw ball go to haywire
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Im not a real big fan of open carry either, but there are times I would rather open carry. Wal-Mart or other crowded places are not a place one should be open carrying all it takes is one screw ball go to haywire
Always wondered if you have someone behind you want to see if they can draw your gun before you can stop them.

I conceal carry OWB but very casually in places like Walmart - if my shirt happens to blow open I don't get to excited about it.

It is a shame all the businesses seem to think we LAC are running around shooting everyone when most LAC never shoot much other than paper or a bottle of water.

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When open carry first started to become common I thought it through, and then decided I wanted nothing to do with it. Why? The answer lies in why you didn't want to be the BAR man in a World War II infantry squad. He was the person with the most firepower, therefore the most dangerous, therefore the first target. Something happens, if I'm carrying OC there's a significantly greater chance I'll be taken out first. Carrying concealed = a better chance I'll get the opportunity to defend myself. Naturally, YMMV, and it probably will.
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I dont open carry and have seen few people doing it here in GA.

I have nothing against it but dont like to see it when the person is wearing a horizontal shoulder rig.

I used to live in AZ before they had CCW and only open carry was legal. A lot of people did it and it caused no problems as everyone knew it was legal.

I do not believe property rights trump self defense rights. Sometimes you have to go places where you cant carry. That means you and your family will be unprotected on the trip there and back. Could be several hundred miles or more. That is just not right to deny people the best means of self defense.

Gun free zone laws only protect one person: the one doing the shooting. Thinking a silly sign outside will stop him is insane.

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I don't even open carry on my private property except on the odd occasion where I need to carry a rifle.
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As an ex-LEO I would never OC. You lose the advantage. Let's say a couple of BG's come into a Circle K. One confronts the clerk and while he's doing that, the other is surveying customers. And there you are, big iron on your hip, bag of Doritos in your hand. You think he's going to just ignore you?
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I feel that I need to endorse this, given some other things I've read here. Concealed carry is an advantage, and I do it. If I OC, I give up that advantage, so I won't do it. (Well, I won't do it in The Great State of Illinois, because it's illegal)
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