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  1. #81
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    Do I need to invest in a shiny, black, patent-leather holster to match my evening attire: sandals and a spaghetti-strap, low cut, little black number? Maybe an ankle or peek-a-boo thigh-high carrier? Where would I hide the bug? Don't answer that!!!
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    Right Not Exercised is a Right Eventually Lost

    I support and practice discretion, common sense and freedom-of-choice. Most days, I carry concealed because I'm doing business and prefer to be discrete. On other days when not doing business, I will occasionally Open Carry while in posession of my appropriate documentation for my State.

    What I've found is that in most instances, most people don't even notice. They are in Condition White - i.e. not a clue. When I do open carry, I practice situational awareness and dress nicely so as to not upset the sheep. I might carry my coffee in my strong side hand so it's obvious to anyone who might get nervous that I'm not looking to be a threat. I've also trained in sidearm retention and combatives for good measure.

    I do believe that Open Carry is not necessarily a tactical disadvantage. Open Carry does give us an opportunity from time to time to educate others that the legal carry of firearms is not a bad thing and we are not Bad Guys. Those that have noticed my sidearm have also noticed a nicely-dressed, well-behaved, peaceable courteous and friendly guy who's just going about his business. I've had a few occasions for nice conversations that seemed to have opened the minds of the other person. So overall, excercising the option has been a good thing. I've never had any crazies from the DSPRK (Democratic Socialist People's Republic of Californistan) hassle me -- but I did have the opportunity to alert them that Open Carry is legal in our state if the bearer has the correct documentation. Never had a 'Man With a G..G...G...G...GUN' police episode. Had coffee and conversation with a local LEO who mostly just discussed gun preferences, local ranges, IDPA etc. after ascertaining I had my 'blue card' with me. Nice guy, no hassle.

    When I travel to Arizona, I see a lot of Open Carry - as the custom is well-entrenched and regularly applied by locals and others passing thru. When I travel to Utah, I occasionally see Open Carry there as I sometimes do in the state of Nevada. I believe that if one is going to exercise the option of Open Carry, he should remember he is an unofficial Second Amendment Ambassador and should conduct himself or herself with courtesy.

    So bottom line: OC is an option. Use common sense. Carry concealed where you must, carry open where you can and if you feel like it's appropriate that particular day.
    Last edited by CAPTAIN MIKE; 01-28-2009 at 09:05 PM.

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    I'm in Texas, so no open carry yet, but hopefully soon, but I still open carry on my property every day. My next door neighbor is a sheriff's deputy, and retired 1st Cav Soldier and he thinks nothing would be greater than to see us all openly wearing our arms again. I keep hearing about "tactical advantage" and that's fine if you're only one in a hundred, but our goal is to get all carriers to carry openly, to create a wall of resistance to those who would do us harm. most criminals are cowards who avoid confrontation, and to see even just a couple armed citizens in the way of their goals is enough to turn the tide.

  5. #84
    I am never without my weapon. I agree with the majority. Why advertise and give up your advantage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostcause_45 View Post
    I am never without my weapon. I agree with the majority. Why advertise and give up your advantage?
    There are two assumptions that I would like to address in the last sentence.

    Generally, those who carry their firearm exposed are not 'advertising'. If you take some time to read the accounts of open carriers, you will see that most are not doing so to attract attention. They carry in this manner for comfort, access, and to comply with the law. Even when these advocates do carry exposed, there is usually little fanfare or concern... in fact, this is one of the primary reasons open carriers blog about their experiences- if they didnt tell anyone, few if any, would notice.

    What advantage do you surrender when your defensive measures are exposed? I can think of just one. And that is the opportunity to feign weakness in a confrontation. If we look like all the other sheep, we are as vulnerable as the rest of them until we must bite like a wolf... But if we look like a wolf, other wolves are in the predicament of having to size us up, calculate the risk, and decide whether to move on or take a hardened target. When one advantage is lost, another is gained... So when you carry exposed- yes, you lose 'the element of surprise'- in that same moment you gain the advantage of deterrence. Dont get me wrong- I dont advocate one carry method to the exclusion of the other- both are valid exersizes of the 2nd. I would hope that we could agree that both methods of carry have merit in a nation founded on the right to self-determination.

  7. #86
    DrDavidM,
    "Hey, I am just glad you all are carrying. I don't care how you do it. Do what makes you comfortable and don't worry about with others think. :D
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    David, thanks. I agree. Whatever works best for us individually is the thing to do.

    Even though open carry is unrestricted in Alabama (while on foot!), I choose to carry concealed 95% of the time, for the good reasons others have listed in this discussion. When concealed carry is unconvenient, why not carry openly?!

  8. I agree very strongly with CitaDel and defender829 they both have given very common sense and intelligent answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdcleanfun View Post
    Do I need to invest in a shiny, black, patent-leather holster to match my evening attire: sandals and a spaghetti-strap, low cut, little black number? Maybe an ankle or peek-a-boo thigh-high carrier?

  10. #89
    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Our NM CCW instructor told us that the law is very strict here on open carry vs. concealed...that you must be one or the other. If your gun is completely revealed, that's legal. Completely concealed, that's legal. But if, as in the above example, you're concealed but the wind blows your jacket open, or someone recognizes that it's a gun in your back pocket, you can be popped for brandishing.
    Personally, I think your CCW instructor is blowing wind up your skirt. In most states where OC is legal, that usually relieves you of the burden of having to be 100% concealed, 100% of the time. You might also check your state laws to see if there is a definition of brandishing. In most cases that involves having the gun OUT of the holster.
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  11. #90
    Quote Originally Posted by lukem View Post
    It is legal here but I never carry open. I'd rather people NOT know that I have a gun.
    Really? I've heard from others that OC in FL is not legal. Except maybe on your own property. In fact, Opencarry.org says it's not legal.
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