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Old April 14th, 2010, 03:41 PM   #1
 
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Open carry in CT?

The following is a very interesting memo from the State of CT regarding open carry in CT. CT, as all of the residents know, has a terribly convoluted carry law. (It's "open carry" by edict, but if you're seen carrying you're likely to be arrested and charged with Breach of the Peace. This may be a change. Let's keep the heat on the politicians.

Open Carry Memo re Rally on 4-10-10.pdf



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Last I knew that demonstration was to have people openly wearing "empty" holsters. Not openly carrying firearms.
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Here's my .02 cents, how can a state like mine (NC) say that the town I live in Cary, has an ordinance that open carry is considered "going armed in terror of the public?" The constitution says "the right to bear arms" how can a state superceed the constitution? I have my CCW which makes this post a mute point, but if I didn't want to pay for/and take the CCW class and then pay for my CCW permit what option would I have? Open carry and break the law/ordinance? It makes no sense. I will not break the law. So open carry would be out of the question, but this does infringe on my 2nd ammendment right. And as I recall the 2nd ammendment states..."A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." So again I ask, how can they infringe on my 2nd ammendment right with a town ordinance? I think it's time to move....

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"Going armed in terror of the public"...is a joke, the BG's go armed and terrorize the public all the time...if more of us law abiding citizens open carried the criminals would be like "damn I ain't gonna mess with him/her, let's get outta here" hence less crime. DUH
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I agree. Open carry should be the law of the land. My wife and I built a house in NH. Until she can retire we're stuck in the People's Republic of CT. I've got a 'carry' permit in CT.

(The CT legislature in their wisdom passed a carry law - not open carry and not concealed carry - the law is intentionally vague in order, I believe, to make ownership problematic.

For instance, if you have a permitted pistol on your belt covered by a jacket and you reach for a can of beans on the top shelf in a grocery store and the butt of the gun becomes visible AND someone sees it and calls the police, you will be arrested and charged with breach of the peace. The definition of breach of the peace is as follows:

"breach of the peace n. any act which disturbs the public or even one person. It can include almost any criminal act causing fear or attempting intimidation, such as displaying a pistol or shouting inappropriately.")

To make a long story short. Trying to be 'legal' in NH I applied for a pistol permit with the local police chief. I sent in copy of my CT pistol permit, driver's license, a copy of the deed to our new house (in order to prove that we were property owners), along with the application. Two weeks later I received my 'turn-down' letter. The chief responded by saying that I could reapply 90 days after I registered my car in the State and got a NH driver's license. Well, doing that would make me illegal in CT: you can't register a car outside of the State if you live within the State for 6 months and day during the course of the year.

I guess that the chief has his own guidelines set up in the town and, in the words of dear old dad: "Don't poke the bear!"

After thinking about it for a bit I found that NH DOES permit non-residents to open carry so I downloaded an application from the NH State Police. One of the questions on the application asked if "You've ever been denied a permit?". I answered "Yes" and sent all of the paperwork from my original application to the town along with a copy of the Chief's letter of denial (and with a check for $100.00). Within two weeks I had my 4-year 'open carry' permit.

Maybe I'll drop in on the Chief some day and say, "Howdy-do!"

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I agree. Open carry should be the law of the land. My wife and I built a house in NH. Until she can retire we're stuck in the People's Republic of CT. I've got a 'carry' permit in CT.

(The CT legislature in their wisdom passed a carry law - not open carry and not concealed carry - the law is intentionally vague in order, I believe, to make ownership problematic.

For instance, if you have a permitted pistol on your belt covered by a jacket and you reach for a can of beans on the top shelf in a grocery store and the butt of the gun becomes visible AND someone sees it and calls the police, you will be arrested and charged with breach of the peace. The definition of breach of the peace is as follows:

"breach of the peace n. any act which disturbs the public or even one person. It can include almost any criminal act causing fear or attempting intimidation, such as displaying a pistol or shouting inappropriately.")

To make a long story short. Trying to be 'legal' in NH I applied for a pistol permit with the local police chief. I sent in copy of my CT pistol permit, driver's license, a copy of the deed to our new house (in order to prove that we were property owners), along with the application. Two weeks later I received my 'turn-down' letter. The chief responded by saying that I could reapply 90 days after I registered my car in the State and got a NH driver's license. Well, doing that would make me illegal in CT: you can't register a car outside of the State if you live within the State for 6 months and day during the course of the year.

I guess that the chief has his own guidelines set up in the town and, in the words of dear old dad: "Don't poke the bear!"

After thinking about it for a bit I found that NH DOES permit non-residents to open carry so I downloaded an application from the NH State Police. One of the questions on the application asked if "You've ever been denied a permit?". I answered "Yes" and sent all of the paperwork from my original application to the town along with a copy of the Chief's letter of denial (and with a check for $100.00). Within two weeks I had my 4-year 'open carry' permit.

Maybe I'll drop in on the Chief some day and say, "Howdy-do!"
Talk about a back *ssward policy. Anyhow enjoy NH it is beautiful country. I used to ride up there every year for the local freak show "Laconia". NH also has some great microbreweries.
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Here in the "Land of Lincoln" if you do not have a FOID card, you will be arrested and jailed for having a single .22 round. "Land of Lincoln", I don't think so.
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Talk about a back *ssward policy. Anyhow enjoy NH it is beautiful country. I used to ride up there every year for the local freak show "Laconia". NH also has some great microbreweries.
MMMMmmm! NH roads, yeah gets better over in VT on west to Lake George . . . . I miss long distance riding.

Back on topic, DD430, you need a permit to open carry in CT? That is just wrong. I like PA better in that regard, if you are legal to own it - you are legal to open carry it, only need a permit if you want to conceal. Of course being shall issue we avoid some of that sheriff silliness.
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Let's see, OPEN carry discussion in the CONCEALED CARRY section?
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Ah, just like pulling a loose thread on a sweater sometimes - you don't know where it'll take you!
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Open Carry Here in MA

It's actually "legal" to open carry here in MA, but "frowned" upon by most local law enforcement folks. The reasoning is the "intimidation to the public" factor. So, yeah, you can legally open carry, but if you're stopped every day for doing so, what's the point? Better off carrying concealed (legal everywhere if properly licensed) and not have to deal with the hassels.
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