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This is a discussion on Open Carry Vs. Concealed within the CCW forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Here in Alabama there is no law stating you cannot open carry. BUT the concealed carry permits here all state that the permit does not ...


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I feel concealed carry is wrong, we should exercise our rights openly 10 2.12%
I support open carry, but conceal most of the time. 231 49.04%
My state doesn't allow open carry 50 10.62%
I think open carry presents more liabilities than benefits, but shouldn't be illegal 146 31.00%
I think open carry advocates hurt gunowners by picking a fight we already won 34 7.22%
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Old January 6th, 2013, 12:55 PM   #136
 
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Here in Alabama there is no law stating you cannot open carry. BUT the concealed carry permits here all state that the permit does not give the permit holder the right to open carry. There are several who say if there's no law against open carry, you can do so. I agree too a degree but feel that law enforcement members would disagree. I know something about this as I was once worked in security and my step brother is currently a sherrif's deputy here also. So unless you have a lawyer in your back pocket, I'd conceal carry while you were here.



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Old January 12th, 2013, 03:09 PM   #137
 
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I prefer concealed carry for reasons both social and tactical.
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Maybe I am looking at it the wrong way.............but I am female, and I think open carrying for me is just asking for trouble.
No one would suspect me of conceal carrying (unless they know me, then they know I ALWAYS conceal carry!), and that element of surprise is what I want.
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I didn't vote because it's worded wrong. You have this, I support open carry, but conceal most of the time.
I have this, I support open carry, but conceal all of the time.
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I carry concealed, I do not want to open carry and advertise, that I am the first one to shoot at, when the crazies decide to go crazy.
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We are required to CC in Florida. But I feel CC has distinct

advantages over Open Carry, anyway.

IMO, Open Carry could be dangerous, you tip your hand,

and also run the risk of having the gun taken from you.
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I just don't like people seeing what i'm carrying or know i'm carrying.
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Missouri has open carry but I have never done this in public.I would rather not draw attention to myself in that way.
I'm from Missouri and agree 100%.
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I think open carry is a liability for the carrier as it gives the bad guy the upper hand as he knows who to take out first. I don't want anyone knowing I'm carrying until I'm discharging my weapon at them in a self defense posture.
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I don't like people telling me how to go about my life, they should mind their own business.
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I don't like people telling me how to go about my life, they should mind their own business.
Exactly! We as Americans are supposed to be free, right?
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I open carry on my property but must conceal carry off of it. I think there are areas I would open carry if it were legal. I live in a very rural county and most have one close or carry. I like to carry single action Rugers and it sure would be easier.
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I see this thread was resurrected from the dead, in a timeless argument down the rabbit hole about whats best.

I support open carry, but there is a time and place.

IMO, The people who do it as a protest at walmart just to show off and upset the snowflake libturd public are NOT doing us any favors. The people I see doing that have a general appearance and attitude of NOT being smart or responsible enough to carry an airsoft. And even though Im a veteran, 30 year conceal carrier, firearm enthusist and advocate, they make me nervous. There is no call for that sort of provocative behavior IMO. Intentionally alarming the public just hurts us all.

I prefer conceal carry in public.

One thing I learned in the Army, surprise and ambush can be the difference between life and death. And even though there are people who argue it, ( I doubt you will hear any combat vets argue it ). the tactical element of surprise cannot be pooopawed away. Its very real.
I dont want the bad guys to know Im armed, I want them to find out the hard way, preferably when its too late for them to do anything about it.

I prefer to keep the element of surprise, and conceal carry in public.

At home, out in the woods hiking, hunting, etc, I certainly do open carry .

Its all about the time and place IMO. People just got to use their common sense a little. Unfortunetly, some dont have any.
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I know this will be taken as rude, maybe it is, or brutally honest. I don't really care how anyone else carries. First off I am not going to have even a sliver of chance of changing their minds. They might as well plan on a cold day in hell for me to change mine. So it is of little importance how I carry, and why. I don't need your approval, you should not need the approval from anybody.

These threads are nothing more than an excuse to push your(general) agenda/bias down others throats. Nobody is forced to open carry, conceal carry, but sometimes forced not to carry. Don't like open carry no effin problemo, just don't do it.

Now some people in some states are forced not to carry, or only can conceal carry. I respect their opinions on the subject because they are trying to bring about change inline with the second amendment. For everybody else pontificating the issue it is kinda a big waste of time that will result in only hurt feewings.
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Everyone seems to assume that one or two in any social setting (Walmart, restaurant, etc) open carrying and "being the first taken out".
But consider 10-20 open carriers at the same location. Would that deter that same miscreant?

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