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Old August 15th, 2016, 04:32 PM   #76
 
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I can see a use for open carry for my situation.

Taking care of my grand-daughter's horses and the property in general I prefer to carry a .22 on my hip to dispatch an occasional rattlesnake or maybe a rat.

We also have access to a fenced in electric company right-of-way for extra horse grazing and between the horses and my garden tractor we keep the bushes and grass down.

If I'm on our property carrying a handgun is no problem, If I step out in the road to fix a fence or the electric company property I could be in legal trouble.

I took a Florida CCW class last week and have an appointment to file my CCW papers this Thursday so I'm hoping Florida may look at open carry soon.

This does not mean I'm going to start packing in the local grocery store, I just want to be able to carry a gun with no legal problems.



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Old August 20th, 2016, 06:53 AM   #77
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discretion trumps legal right

Personally I prefer to carry concealed except while I'm hunting. I find the granolas I meet on the trail to be much less troubled if they don't know I'm armed. (what they don't know won't hurt them). The average non shooting hiker or back packer is very intimidated when you outside carry. Why would you want to attract attention to yourself?
I believe in the "grayman concept" , a guy so innocuos that no-one would suspect him of being an armed threat. The element of suprise in a gun fight is a tremendous advantage.
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I prefer not to get in a gunfight in the first place, but I am just strange that way...
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I finally saw someone open carrying last week.
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I finally saw someone open carrying last week.

Were you traumatized, and intimidated. I sure hope you did not run in a panic.

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The number of women that walk up and say how much safer they feel when I'm there....priceless. Even have some of them say they want to get the license and carry too....priceless. The number of women, young girls who DO open Carry....priceless.

2 is the number of preachers I know who open carry daily....priceless.

No matter if you carry openly or concealed....it's all good. Just don't fear Open carrying because most men are too shy and afraid to do it. Yea, yea....they say yada, yada, yada....the element of surprise blah blah blah..... ok.
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I don't believe in drawing attention to myself. CCing is the way to go! When OCers stop being attention seeking trolls looking for popularity on YouTube then I'll have a different opinion about them.
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My hunting buddies and I often stop at a little rural cafe for breakfast, 60 miles south of Wichita Falls. A couple of months ago a guy walked in with a nice revolver mounted in a leather cross-draw holster. Nobody blinked an eye, including the waitress. I got the impression he was a regular. (I was carrying concealed.)
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Were you traumatized, and intimidated. I sure hope you did not run in a panic.

No reason to be. I ordered a meal, then ate it.
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Indiana has had 'open carry' for years...I carry concealed 99% of the time...and if it is exposed, it's only for a few seconds while I put on a coat in a restaurant or take a quick jaunt to the restroom. I've had people make comments, but they have all been things like, "Nice piece" or "Nice toy.". However, I've had friends purposefully OC just to see if they can get a rise out of people so they can 'explain' their rights to them... personally, I don't want the headache nor feel the need to advertise what I have.
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sfc rick...I've read a lot of words pro and con on this and your post is the most concise and immediately compelling I've seen. One of those things you know is right, in your bones. Now, if I can just get the shy and afraid thing under control...
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sfc rick...I've read a lot of words pro and con on this and your post is the most concise and immediately compelling I've seen. One of those things you know is right, in your bones. Now, if I can just get the shy and afraid thing under control...
It comes down to this, we have as a former Nation of real men who knew what it took to be free and survive, been dumbed down and made into slaves of what is taught that exercising your full rights is somehow unacceptable and not necessary. It's now seen as being too in your face to Open Carry or somehow frightening to the general public. Or it's better to conceal like a common thug and sneak around. I say and firmly believe that men and women who think it's best to not stand up or out from the masses of the ignorant should understand they are allowing the erosion of their own LIBERTY.

I Open Carry to specifically and with purpose.... to show that you should walk tall and proudly display all of your Rights and not succumb to what makes all others comfortable. Yes it's hard to do at first......I was once a member of citizens who weren't allowed to openly carry and had to kept my firearms under clothes. Now I am over that time and found out it's much better to feel free and have gotten used to it.

There is nothing wrong about citizens who exercise ALL of their Rights!
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I personally don't understand why anyone would want to open carry. It just doesn't make much sense. Still, it will be a lot easier to conceal carry when you don't have to worry about printing. Anyone planning on causing a lot of harm is going to look for the "gunslingers" and take them out first, naturally. And, I think our Law Enforcement Personnel will be politely asking for a licenses of those openly carrying a lot more often than those of us who choose to be descrete. Then come the 30.07 signs. Just not worth the hassle to show that I'm taking care of my own business. IMHO
I agree , why would I want to bring attention to myself in public. Open carry does have its place while hunting or on your property if you live in the suburbs.
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I CCW as I have for over 10 years now. I like having the open carry option. I don't open carry but I do ride motorcycle where sometimes you open carry due to windy conditions so it's nice to know if I unintentionally open carry on my bike (2015 Indian Chieftain) it's not a problem for me. May open carry on a particular day sometime just to get people's reaction to it.
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There have been a few threads here about the new Texas open carry laws I believe. On 1/1/16 anyone with a concealed permit can open carry. Half way through next year college campus carry will be allowed.

It serms every day the news has a new business or campus to add to the opt out list. Basically all private schools have opted out. My pastor tweeted the other day that he wrote a note for the Sunday bulletin that everyone is appreciative of chl holders but to please keep them concealed. The major grocery store chain Inshop at just opted out (HEB).

We've all seen the arguments of open vs concealed. It strikes me as odd that the people voted for these laws and the businesses are all saying no way. I'm sure risk management lawyers have somethig to do with it, but what point is the law if almost all bisinesses are opting out?
Indiana has a Carry License, not a 'CCW' permit...basically, it's a license to carry a handgun...concealed or open carry.

Very rarely do I ever see an open carry handgun in Indiana...and I, personally do not choose to OC either....what people don't know can't hurt them and I still retain the element of 'surprise'!

Basically, I don't have to be concerned whether or not I might 'print' through a shirt or reach for an item on a top shelf and have someone see the bottom of my holster and, wa-la, I'm in trouble...no problems in IN!

If I'm in a restaurant, I might walk to the restroom w/o my coat...or have someone see it when I take my coat off or put it on...but the only times people have even said anything, it was a compliment....fortunate so far!
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