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View Poll Results: Concealed vs. Open carry
I feel concealed carry is wrong, we should exercise our rights openly 10 2.13%
I support open carry, but conceal most of the time. 231 49.15%
My state doesn't allow open carry 50 10.64%
I think open carry presents more liabilities than benefits, but shouldn't be illegal 145 30.85%
I think open carry advocates hurt gunowners by picking a fight we already won 34 7.23%
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Old August 15th, 2012, 04:31 PM   #91
 
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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.
Exactly...it's not about causing an issue, but rather being about the ability to handle or deal with an issue if it arrises. Until then...no one needs to know anything! The less tacky things (issues) that I have to deal with in life...the better off I am!

Also, I prefer the element of 'S-U-R-P-R-I-S-E' in a bad situation...no one wants to let someone, especially someone who thinks they are going to surprise or overpower you, win!



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No carry of any sort in AU.
I did not vote.
I could see advantages for both depending on where you were and what you were doing.
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While open carry has obvious disadvantages, I think there is something to be said for it.

The pro-gun community is often seen as a bunch of loons. This is in large part because pro-gunners pretty much hide the pro-gun nature unless around other pro-gunners. They feel safe admitting to support of 2A at a shooting range, for example.

The NRA has some 4 million members. Evidently, only about a half dozen NRA members with cars exist in the metro-Milwaukee area if I were to judge by the miniscule number of NRA stickers I see on cars here. I saw one yesterday. I remember it specifically because it's such an exceptionally rarity to spot.

Open carry says "we are gun owners & we will not hide in the closet any longer." I can certainly understand why few are willing to wear a gun upon their hip. It can make you a social outcast, though what more dramatic way is there to show packing a gun as a safe, normal activity? Earlier this year I saw a guy with a gun strapped to his belt. He was also bearing an infant in a baby seat & a young daughter in his arms. Pretty hard to look intimidating while bearing kids, no matter what kind of gun you're packing.

Did gays come out of the closet simply to make room for gun owners to be stuffed by an intolerant society?

Just some thoughts. I don't think there is any easy answer to this issue.
Putting an NRA sticker on your car is an open invitation to any punk in the area to pop the trunk and steal your guns.

No thanks.
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The right to keep and bear. I think if your legal to own you should be able to bear it how ever the law allows one way or the other or both.
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I support open carry, but if my state allowed it, I would still carry concealed. I live in a populated area and I choose not to make it known that I am armed.

If I were in a more rural area of a more wide open state, then I would probably open carry without a care......
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To me 2nd and 4th questions are not mutually exclusive. I agree with both. I CCW and do not OC. I do think OC is tatically an issue, and I do not think it should be illegal. Actually I like OC because it resolves the state having any printing laws (for the times when concealed can't be/mean concealed )
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I grew up in rural Arizona and New Mexico in the 1950s and 1960s where open carry was normal. I believe that open carry and concealed carry should be legal in all states without permits or licenses unless you are a convicted felon.

I conceal carry unless I am hunting in the wilderness. When I worked in very remote areas of the wilderness, there was the potential for meeting survivalists, marijuana farmers, drunken hunters, bears, and mountain lions. Many days, I conceal carried a Glock G20 SF 10mm at 3:00 o’clock, an S&W 460 5” at 9:00 o’clock, and a Sig P238 .380 in my pocket with spare magazines and speed loaders.
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I support open carry if it is an option. Personally, I conceal carry in the city (ie. urban) areas, cause like another poster noted, there are a lot of people who just can't handle seeing someone openly carrying a firearm and most likely would jump to the wrong conclusion.
Maybe we should outlaw religion because there are people that think all religious folks are in a cult. How about the people that cant handle other people's opinion so we might as well get rid of newspapers and books. Same concept. Do do not have the right to not be offended in the US especially when it comes to a right. Just my thoughts on your thoughts.
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I would never choose to open carry in Public, the thought of someone taking it from me and shooting me with my own gun is not a pleasant thought. I do however prefer to open carry in the woods while Bow hunting, we have cats and bears where i hunt.
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No choice in poll for supporting open carry, period. Poll questions are slanted.

WI as of last year is open and concealed carry. Open requires no application, fees, etc.

Concealed has fewer limits on it. Both have their merits.

There are active open carry groups in WI.
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I just joined this forum in order to comment on this particular thread.

But, I came here looking for information on Ruger LCR 38+P which I have pretty much decided on as my choice for CC (Comfortable Carry) and found a lot of that.

Interestingly, I don't see other women commenting here unless they are concealed so as not to draw attention to themselves.

I have chosen to OC (Openly Comment).

With all intended humor aside, I don't choose open carry vs conceal carry as a one or the other.

I do both sometimes and one sometimes and the other sometimes or neither sometimes depending on circumstances.

I live in Arizona and, having left the north east behind, I am enjoying the freedom from repressive restrictions of firearm ownership and carrying firearms.

When I do carry openly, it is usually a pair of 1873 single action army colts with drop holsters. The reactions I have gotten have been positive and one guy asked permission to video the rig to take back to Ohio to show "how Arizona women dress."

As far as concealed carry, I haven't been doing it much because the Springfield XD 45 ACP weighs a ton lugging it around in my purse.

That is where the Ruger LCR comes in. I intend to wear it concealed on the body rather than in my purse.

I have been in some scary situations in the past and I was sick and tired of feeling like a victim.

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I just joined this forum in order to comment on this particular thread .... I have been in some scary situations in the past and I was sick and tired of feeling like a victim.
VF ... Welcome to the forum. We do have a number of female members here and we always appreciate their insights and input. Thanks for your thoughts on this issue and we look forward to your participation here

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Thank you Buck.

Glad to hear other women are active commenters. It is important not to feel like a fish out of water on a forum.

Oddly, the thought of feeling like that when open carrying isn't an issue but then I wouldn't go grocery shopping wearing my six guns.

I choose when and where I open carry.

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VF ... I'm curious. Did you find this thread as the result of a Google search, or did you find it as you were looking around on the site?
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Hi Buck,

I found the forum via Googling for info on the search word Ruger.

I found this thread by browsing the thread lists looking for Ruger LCR threads.

The very high number of comments was a signal of something interesting going on and I am interested in the LCR for both open carry and concealed carry.

The LCR will be the first non-western gun that I will own. The Springfield XD belongs to my hubs as he has two of them.

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