View Poll Results: Should people Open Carry, Conceal Carry, or no carry

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Thread: Open carry vs Concealed Carry

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    Re: Open carry vs Concealed Carry

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I believe that people should be allowed to carry concealed or open with a license/permit..
    I prefer Arizona style of law were no permit is required. In Washington you need a permit to CCW but no permit to OCW.

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    Re: Open carry vs Concealed Carry

    I'm not a fan of open carry, personally. I don't need others knowing what I have.
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    Re: Open carry vs Concealed Carry

    I would think many people who see someone who open carries assume that person is a cop. If I were in the city I would likely conceal. I donít want to draw undue attention and you might actually draw the attention of someone who wants to steal the gun.

    In a more rural environment I might open carry, particularly if it is a gun friendly area.

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    Re: Open carry vs Concealed Carry

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    I open carry in my state of Washington. I do have my CPL ( Concealed Pistol License) but I just to open carry 95% of the time. I view open carry as another layer of deterrent against criminals. At the very least they would think twice about attacking an openly armed person. I know this isn't perfect and won't stop all and it takes from the element of surprise if I CCW, but I believe at least for me the pros out way the cons.
    Concealed carry.

    When I worked as a courier I would always be armed with a concealed firearm.

    I think that if I went to make a big money drop with a hand cannon strapped on my hip that would simply make potential robbers wonder why I was packing heat and what's in the bag. That would instantly blow my cover and make me a target.
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    Re: Open carry vs Concealed Carry

    Being a barbarian, I am not all that into the courtesy thing when it comes to my firearms. If people get nervous around my firearm, then good they should be. Normally I carry concealed as I live in California, and its the prefered way I carry. I prefer the tactical advantage. However when I am in my intimidating mood, I will open carry my twin 50 cal cap and ball revolvers. Funny as hell the reactions I get. There is downside though, law enforcement doesnt like it when I wear them though. Theres a loophole in the law for cap and ball weapons (consided antiques) as I can carry fully loaded openly, were if I had cartridge I'd have to carry unloaded. Cap and ball black powder will do just as much damage as smokeless.
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    Re: Open carry vs Concealed Carry

    I haven't carried unless it's open and on duty. that being said, i will get a CCW license upon return to the land of the big wal-mart,and likely a nice little glock to carry that way.

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    Re: Open carry vs Concealed Carry

    I agree with what Goshin said. If I am involved in some kind of altercation where someone else has a gun as well, I don't want to be targeted first because my gun is visible. And a lot of people aren't aware that open carry is legal and don't approve, and will freak out if you are walking around open carrying.
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    Re: Open carry vs Concealed Carry

    Different strokes. That's what makes it a great country.

    concealed

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    no gun

    Each classification has a certain type of individual that best fits the scenario. I like open carry myself, but you have to be alert at all times that someone else might just go for your gun.

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    Re: Open carry vs Concealed Carry

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    I open carry in my state of Washington. I do have my CPL ( Concealed Pistol License) but I just to open carry 95% of the time. I view open carry as another layer of deterrent against criminals. At the very least they would think twice about attacking an openly armed person. I know this isn't perfect and won't stop all and it takes from the element of surprise if I CCW, but I believe at least for me the pros out way the cons.
    Open and concealed carry are both fine and should be considered nominal usage of 2nd amendment rights.
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    Re: Open carry vs Concealed Carry

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    If you live in Chicago.... well, if you live in certain parts of the city and you're careful where you go, I suppose... but you HAVE noticed that Chicago has a murder rate around 3x higher than the national average, right?

    The top 20 large cities by murder rate are.... N'OrleansLA, St LouisMO, BaltimoreMD, DetroitMI, NewarkNJ, OaklandCA, WashingtonDC, Kansas CityMO, BuffaloNY, CincinnatiOH, PhillyPA, ClevelandOH, PittsburgPA, AtlantaGA, StocktonCA, MilwaukeeWI, MiamiFL, and ChicagoIL.

    Atlanta and Miami are the only ones on that list with particularly easygoing gun laws.

    Large cities with lower homicide rates include SanAntonio, Corpus Cristi, Austin, Arlington, Fort Worth, Houston, Plano, and El Paso, all in Texas.... Memphis Tennessee; Charlotte NC; Tucson Arizona; Mobile Alabama; Jacksonville FL; Nashville TN; Greensboro NC; Las Vegas Nevada; Anchorage Alaska; Lincoln Nebraska.... nearly all of which have less restrictive gun laws than Chicago, and "shall issue" carry permits.

    United States cities by crime rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Depending on exacty how you define it, 38 to 41 state have "shall issue" concealed carry permits.... so you're limited to 9 or so states where you'll live I guess. Most of them have fairly bad crime rates.
    Chicago's murder rate has little to nothing to do with gun laws. It has to do with poverty, urban structure and most of all, a perpetually stupid city government that has no idea what it's doing. Regardless, as I said before, I grew up in a "gun free" zone with low crime and might as well be nonexistent murder rate. As a result, I'm not really moved by claims that guns are necessary for safety. Perhaps there are multiple ways to reduce crime - carry laws being one of them - but it's clear that those aren't not the only way and I'd prefer the ways that don't have them.

    As far as being limited to where I can live - that doesn't really matter to me.

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