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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 December 2nd, 2012, 06:31 AM   #121
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In NH we had a citizen outside a 2008 Obama rally that was OC'ing. All the SEIU people they imported from Boston were all in a dither making wild statements about the wild west, etc. but the police were actually pretty good. They were quoted as saying "he hasn't broken any laws he isn't a problem".

To me the element of surprise (by CC'ing) puts more control into my hands if a life threatening situation arises. The perps don't know I'm armed and I am just another in the crowd until I clear leather. That fraction of time may make a difference.

As I said in my previous post a couple of years back in this thread I have no problem if that is the method you choose use and I support your right to do so.



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That's a pretty good story. I personally don't have an issue with O/C, but I prefer not to advertise it. In the situation in Boston (that you cite), I think that was a perfect time to O/C. It was "A show of Force" to the Purple-people-eaters. I bet it kept them from Rollin' any of their detractors. I bet Kenneth Glandey wishes he was O/Cing when he came across the SEIU.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 05:08 PM   #123
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If there's a situation where I'd prefer to not OC is something like being in a store that happens to get robbed where I'd rather have the element of surprise on a BG. But for every day I think there's a lot of merit to OC, not to mention the freedom of not having to hassle with concealing my 1911 on a hot summer day.
I agree with that thinking FG though I wouldn't use a gun to protect someone else's property however I would be compelled to protect the life of another if it came to that.

I've CC'ed a full sized Springfield XD .45 in my purse which about the same size and weight of a 1911 and it is really heavy to lug around. This is why I have ordered a Ruger LCR 38.
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I did not go to campaign rallies this past year. I know some that did where secret service were there. They open carried without issue in WI. They shook hands, in one instance had picture taken.
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I agree with that thinking FG though I wouldn't use a gun to protect someone else's property however I would be compelled to protect the life of another if it came to that.

I've CC'ed a full sized Springfield XD .45 in my purse which about the same size and weight of a 1911 and it is really heavy to lug around. This is why I have ordered a Ruger LCR 38.
Agreed about not protecting the stores property, I was speaking about threats to people that can happen in such a situation. LCR in a purse would be great, Mrs fungun is headed that direction also.

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I chose the first option somewhat by accident as my response falls somewhere between the two poll choices. In hindsight, I probably should have voted the second choice. Although I often conceal, and have no problem with people concealing, I also open carry. I firmly believe that all carriers who can bring themselves to do so, should carry openly until "shall not be infringed" is commonly understood. The goal of open carry for RKBA is to make carrying a handgun a non-issue and an everyday sight. None of the arguments that I've read, here or elsewhere, are suitable reasons to overcome the unalienable right. Almost all of it is the rationalization of giving up an essential liberty for some measure of perceived safety. If an individual wishes to do so, so be it. However, if an individual or group wishes to give it up for me... no way, not gonna happen as long as I have life in my body. I'll die free and glad of it.

I've be active for a long time pushing for liberty. However, I couldn't publicly support the push in my state for concealed carry licensing laws. I did nothing and spoke nothing to harm the movement but I did not actively support it. One of my reasons at the time seems to have been somewhat prophetic; "The privilege of concealed carry will create a rift in the firearms community between those that enjoy the licensed privilege and those that enjoy the natural, unlicensed right of open carry." Currently in my state, we have the unmolested privilege of licensed carry and the often maligned and harassed right of open carry. I strongly believe that both should be considered an unlicensable right... constitutional carry all the way; shall not be infringed!

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I strongly believe that both should be considered an unlicensable right... constitutional carry all the way; shall not be infringed!
I tend to agree with this line of thought. Much like what Arizona has in place right now.
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Agreed about not protecting the stores property, I was speaking about threats to people that can happen in such a situation. LCR in a purse would be great, Mrs fungun is headed that direction also.
I plan on both purse and waist carry and have already purchased a holster which will serve both purposes, the Ramora holster for the Ruger LCR .38, the 8RCH model.
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I prefer to oc wherever possible...not as a statement or look at my gun but as a deterrent.... when you conceal you are protected yes, but when you oc you are openly sending a signal out to any potential threats in the area that they need to find another mark...i believe in the sight of a gun as a sign to criminals to stay back back instead of a gun hidden in my clothes in case something pops off...because really if we are honest the goal is not to have to use it its a last resort.
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I would prefer to open carry, and it is legal here...but I also don't like to be planted face down by LE...so, I am forced to conceal.....
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Around the cabin and in the woods, open. On the rare occasion when I go to town, concealed.
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Open carried at the hunting camp all weekend. loved every minute of it . I wish I could do it all the time but we can't OC here .
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I open carry about 80 percent of the time only times I don't is if i am going some place new or some place I know has no Firearms signs posted at the door. In Indiana "No Firearms Signs" do not carry the weight of the law unless the are one of the 14 places listed on our LTCH paper work. Not on the card but the paper work that came with it.
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I Open Carry almost exclusively, but I don't think either way is wrong. They both have their own pros and cons.
JUST CARRY!

Since that wasn't an option....
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I second that.
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