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View Poll Results: Concealed vs. Open carry
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 November 22nd, 2010, 09:11 PM   #16
 
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I personally disagree with any State or County that discriminates against open carry. A person should have the right to carry any danged way that he or she feels comfortable with. Anything else goes directly against The Second Amendment.
Remember people, this is a "RIGHT", not a privilege that they may, or may not allow us.
OTOH, It's not always prudent to OC, and certainly not in Bars & Federal Buildings.
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Check out OpenCarry.org - A Right Unexercised is a Right Lost! ...
There is a section for each state and there seems to be a fair amount of activity out you way.
I've actually met some of these guys before. They were pretty cool.
PS, None of the options in the above poll is applicable for me.
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 11:28 PM   #17
 
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I only open carry when I'm in the field I like having my gp or srh with me but other then that I cc I don't want to deal with the "stupid" public some people over react when they see a gun and I don't want that sort of attention.
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 11:29 PM   #18
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How many police officers have been disarmed and injured or killed with their own firearms because the bad guy knew they were armed and where their firearm was located on their person?
Am I as well trained in firearms retention as a police officer...nope.
I believe in the right to openly carry, but I'm not going to.
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How many police officers have been disarmed and injured or killed with their own firearms because the bad guy knew they were armed and where their firearm was located on their person?
Am I as well trained in firearms retention as a police officer...nope.
I believe in the right to openly carry, but I'm not going to.
Very good point... Between bad guys and morons, best to keep it hidden unless needed.
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I believe we would have less crime if everyone was packing open
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I didn't take your poll because my answer isn't on there. I do both. I open carry as much as I carry concealed. It all depends on the weather and the circumstances.

I am, however, a member of opencarry.org and have organized a monthly meet where those of like mind can get together for breakfast, coffee and chit chat. Our group was also the ones who held the state 2nd Amendment Rally back in April.

I believe each person should be able to decide how they choose to carry. I don't advocate one over the other. I have to say, though, that I'm tired of being condemned by the concealed carry only crowd. I guess they haven't been paying attention to how much the open carry crowd is accomplishing in the courts on the local level.
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I would like it if open carry was legal from the aspect that if my handgun "printed " or accidentally was displayed to a degree I would NOT be guilty of breaking the law. But, I suspect that open carry may enhance egos,,,,,kinda like I got a bigger gun than you type thing,,,,too much testosterone. I hope this makes sense.
If testosterone was the issue I'd sure as heck carry something with a barrel longer than 4.5 inches.
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How many police officers have been disarmed and injured or killed with their own firearms because the bad guy knew they were armed and where their firearm was located on their person?
Am I as well trained in firearms retention as a police officer...nope.
I believe in the right to openly carry, but I'm not going to.

This is a non-argument. LEOs confront the bad guys every day. Of course there are going to be instances of that kind of thing. The only time this has been reported as happening to a non-LEO who was openly carrying was proven to be a hoax.

Your average person who OCs is not a mall ninja, like some of you seem to think. They just carry a legally holstered firearm in a retention holster (if they're smart) and go about their lives. They don't approach trouble just for the sake of it. They avoid it if they can.

Face it. You're uncomfortable with OC. That's fine. Not everyone has the brass for it. Personally, I've been doing it for a couple of years now and have only ever had 1 bad encounter, and that was with a woman who yelling at me about how much I was scaring everyone. Sort of an oxymoron of an encounter. I mean, why yell at someone who is armed if they scare you so much?

Anyway, back on track. Before you condemn or denigrate OC please check it out for yourself. Go to the website and contact some people in your area. Go to a meet and get to know them a little. We're really not a bad bunch of guys and gals.
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Here in Connecticut (The Constitution State -ironically) the wording on the Open/Concealed Carry law is ambiguous at best. It's sort of open carry but if you do open carry you can be arrested for breach of peace. So, while unstated, it's a concealed carry state. I'm not sure of the actual percentages but, given the language of the law, I have to believe that our legislature is largely populated by lawyers.
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In NY you don't have the option to OC. Except when you are hunting, And then your weapon had better be concealed before you leave the field. I have no problem with concealed carry.
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I carry concealed in Missouri even though the State has open carry, Cities and towns have ordinances barring it, so it's not worth the hassle and the person open carrying will be the first to be shot in a robbery.
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I think concealed carry is the way to go in public places, but open carry should not be outlawed for business owners and employees.
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I open carry when I am hunting and any other time I conceal including hiking, etc. That is what I do however I do not wish to apply my standards to others. I support our right to keep and bear arms by whatever method we wish.
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I open carry when I am hunting and any other time I conceal including hiking, etc. That is what I do however I do not wish to apply my standards to others. I support our right to keep and bear arms by whatever method we wish.
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Preach on Bookman!!!

I cannot see how disarming legal law-abiding citizens is ever going to make the world a safer place. Those of us willing to exercise our Second Amendment rights to the fullest should never be blocked for any reason, especially for reasons like it might cause fear in people's eyes. We roll over for criminals’ rights, but heaven forbid every American citizen shouldn't have the fullest right to defend themselves if needed. I'm done listening to how an eye for an eye leads to lots of blind people. The threat of being shot in the face if you break into a home, attempt to rape, try mugging someone, or whatever else should be a sobering thought if they see that handgun on the waistline. However, like everything else, there will be some bad apple trying to ruin it for everyone else which is likely why open carry is banned in so many places.

Sorry for the rant.
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