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Open Carry (Weapon) A Highly Debatable Topic

Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:05 am

First off, I would like to start by saying that I do believe this is the first time creating a thread in the OT forum. Not sure how the flavor of things goes here but here goes.

I wanted to discuss OC or open carry. It means exactly what it says. Openly carrying a weapon. That could be any type of knife or gun but it is used to describe openly carrying a hand-gun about 90% of the time.

Now, the laws across the country differe so much state to state but basically you will see some that ban it all together, some require you to be a licensed to carry a handgun and for some, there is no legal requirement at as (as far as holding a license). One example being the great state of Virginia. How the law is written about handguns, it's illegal to keep a handgun from plain view from the public without a CHP (concealed handgun permit). Says nothing about open carry. What does this mean? You are not required to have a permit to openly carry. Move to the state tomorrow, but a gun with a holster and your good to go so long as it is in plain view. However comma, the only caviat is that you meet the requirments had you applied for a CHP (not been to a mental instiution, not a felon, not involved in a pending domestic violence case, etc.). Oh yeah, and the law says that you must be 21 to buy a gun and hold a CHP but says nothing about being given a gun as a gift or open carrying: You can be 18 and open carry in Virginia, and its perfectly legal; i've seen it.

I am an advocate on OC as I OC myself so I just want to clear that up first off. This may get into 2A rights etc. which is fine and what I expect.

Thoughts?






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And a quick and broad view for those that don't know the laws of your state. Other things to keep in mind is preemption. Not every state has it.

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Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:07 am

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Thread starter):
Thoughts?

This thread will not end well. Just wait until all the anti-gun people get here with their usual rhetoric.

I for one support open and concealed carry, and will be getting my permit by summertime. Once I get all the paperwork thru.

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Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:11 am

I carry concealed all the time. I've only carried openly when hunting (not the rifle, but a pitol loaded with snake load). I'm a little mixed on the idea. Would I ban it? No, but I'm not sure it's for me.

That map shows KY as an Open Carry Gold State. I'll need to look at that. I believed that if I carried openly here, that it was considered brandishing the weapon. I'll have to look it up.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:13 am

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 2):
Would I ban it? No, but I'm not sure it's for me.

Same here. Id rather not tell everyone I have a gun. Personally, I think you should be as inconspicuous as possible when carrying.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:22 am

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RE: Open Carry (Weapon) A Highly Debatable Topic

Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:31 am

I'm all for carrying a concealed weapon under whatever guidelines/restrictions your State permits, I'm personally covered by LEOSA but don't excercise that right off duty. However I'm against open carry for anyone other than law enforcement, my concerns are that it would confuse people to believe the person carrying is some sort of LEO and secondly I'm concerned about the intimidation factor. If I get into a tiff with someone over a parking spot at the mall I don't need someone jumping out of their car carrying a 40 caliber on their waist giving me a dirty look.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:02 am

What I love is how the anti-gun people seem to forget how many gangbangers and criminals carry weapons. At this point you may as well pass a law so everyone could carry a gun. Even though people think it would increase crime in fact in time I bet you would see a reduction in crime.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:05 am

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 2):
I believed that if I carried openly here, that it was considered brandishing the weapon. I'll have to look it up.

Not sure about KY but from the Virginia code (snippet) "Brandishing is displaying a firearm"-(whether in a holster or in your hand)-"in a manner to cause fear of bodily harm to another person"-(with an exception for self defense).

As it has been explained by the Commonweath's attorney to a group of us OCrs;

A weapon carried in the hand, muzzle pointed in a safe direction, incidental to simply carrying it from one place to another, or for hunting, is not brandishing. A handgun in a holster on the hip displayed to another person in order to get him to do or not do something is brandishing.

Unless you're peace officer covering multiple felons to prevent escape, or serving a search warrant in a dangerous house you have no legal excuse for showing anyone a gun or making reference to a gun or touching a gun. When you are in a situation in which you or an innocent third party is faced with the imminent threat of serious bodily injury, such that you reasonably believe, based on objective fact, that deadly force is required, then pull the gun out and shoot to kill. In all other cases, make no reference to the gun at all.

Also, emotional state is not an issue. Whether or not you "fear for your life" is not an issue. Fear plays no part in the definition of defense of self or others. The reasonable, good faith belief, based on objective fact, that you or an innocent third party is faced with the threat of an imminent serious bodily injury is the whole definition. No emotional state you may have makes the slightest bit of difference.

A few links for you, sir.
http://www.opencarry.org/ky.html
http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum25/

Quoting STT757 (Reply 5):
However I'm against open carry for anyone other than law enforcement, my concerns are that it would confuse people to believe the person carrying is some sort of LEO

That i'm a bit confused about. What exactly will happen because some thinks i'm law enforcement? Many times, when I'm shopping in Wal-Mart I get the Geico eyes and some even ask through conversation if i'm a cop. I say no and explain their rights as a law abiding citizen. Then usually hand them one of Ed's cards (a business card that simply states what OC is and cites the Virginia code on the back as well as does and don'ts.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 5):
secondly I'm concerned about the intimidation factor. If I get into a tiff with someone over a parking spot at the mall I don't need someone jumping out of their car carrying a 40 caliber on their waist giving me a dirty look.

I get that a lot. You will be surprised at how much people don't even notice or don't care. This is for Georgia and Virginia however. Most times I don't get a second look. If someone is offended, that's smething they should take up with their congressman, not me   . To the second part. Most professional OCrs will know how to handle situations as such. I don't want to be hauled off to jail for brandishing a weapon but at the same time, that doesn't mean that I will sit idle in my car of fear that I will be charged for the violation. It's all about how you carry yourself. Someone that uses their holstered weapon as a fear factor is breaking the law and shouldn't be allowed to carry period.

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Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:08 am

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 6):

Good point! I'm not even going to begin to talk gun control but I will say that the law doesn't reduce crime, period. It only serves to further restrict the rights of decent citizens that choose to arm themselves.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:39 am

While I personally don't agree with carrying guns (never mind shooting them) I do support a person's right to do it if they so choose, although when I am in the US seeing open carry is very unnerving for me personally. I like the way the system currently works, where each state has different laws about it. That way, I could theoretically live in NY where gun control is restricted, but someone who strongly favours it could live in Virginia. That way people could live somewhere where they are more comfortable. Plus, in NY as I understand it, laws are in place, however depending on where you are living, they may or may not be enforced. So those living upstate where the population is much less dense have de facto open carry while those downstate in densely populated areas are restricted.

I would be all for a compromise, where the "gun show" loophole is closed, but other restrictions are loosened. One of the reasons guns have such a negative reputation is because of who is allowed to buy them. If the US made sure that firearms did not fall into the wrong hands, by making gun safes mandatory, closing loopholes, better background checks, etc.I think many more people would be more comfortable with them. As it is now though, it seems to the casual observer that the old northeast joke of the store in TX that advertised "buy a 36 pack and get a free handgun" rings true, whether it is justified or not.

On a side note, what is the deal with assault weapons in the US? I can see having a pistol or rifle or something of that nature if you are so inclined, but an AR-15 or AK-47 for normal day to day pleasure? Perhaps the way to go would be to have your local gun club keep those and for you to visit any time to shoot them. Perhaps someone can (honest question) explain why those kinds of weapons are needed in one's home? I can understand how Americans are attached to guns with the culture they have, and want handguns and rifles and whatnot, but I have never understood the rationale for assault weapons. (I am asking out of curiosity, not to provoke an argument. Just want to know what the opinion is for those that carry guns)

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Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:19 am

FlyASAGuy2005,

Let's use the fight over the parking spot scenario, if it gets physical what are you going to do;

A. Ask me to wait while you secure your weapon in your car
B. fight me with your gun on your side
C. shoot me.

I'm from New Jersey, we fight a lot. And while fist fighting in a Walmart parking may indeed be a crime it's something you or even a law enforcement officer do not have justification for shooting someone. Your life is not in danger if I punch you in the face, but are you able to control the urge to draw the weapon and shoot me for doing so?
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RE: Open Carry (Weapon) A Highly Debatable Topic

Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:25 am

Quoting srbmod (Reply 4):
That's why I'm posting this warning now.

Good to see that warning being posted early on... having the topic ending up as a pointless keyboard slug-fest ain't gonna do anyone any good...

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1):
This thread will not end well. Just wait until all the anti-gun people get here with their usual rhetoric.

Here's an unusual rhetoric from an anti-gun person:

The US being the US, there's already enough heat on the firearms debate... my personal opinion as a non-US citizen who's probably not going to live in the US:
Concealed or Open... license it. Not sure if there's a federal gun-registry, but I think there should be, albeit the distribution, usage and carrying rights control rules should remain within the state.

But then, if the law of the state allows you to open carry without a permit... so be it... no big deal for me, I just avoid people who, regardless of age, are in no mental maturity stage to carry even a bb gun (believe me, those people exist allover the world, whilst there are underaged people who can use it responsibly).

But an open cyber-brawl on a.net with regards to firearms rights, is like watching a shootout... where many rounds are spent, but nothing gets hit... just fun to watch   

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 7):
What exactly will happen because some thinks i'm law enforcement? Many times, when I'm shopping in Wal-Mart I get the Geico eyes and some even ask through conversation if i'm a cop. I say no and explain their rights as a law abiding citizen. Then usually hand them one of Ed's cards (a business card that simply states what OC is and cites the Virginia code on the back as well as does and don'ts.

Good on ya! The so-called "gun-mentality" image, needs more people who go about it the way you do when OC-ing.

Whilst I may disagree with this:

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 8):
It only serves to further restrict the rights of decent citizens that choose to arm themselves.

Change "professional OCrs" to "responsible OCrs" and I'd definitely agree with:

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 7):
To the second part. Most professional OCrs will know how to handle situations as such. I don't want to be hauled off to jail for brandishing a weapon but at the same time, that doesn't mean that I will sit idle in my car of fear that I will be charged for the violation. It's all about how you carry yourself. Someone that uses their holstered weapon as a fear factor is breaking the law and shouldn't be allowed to carry period.

The bolded part, is the common ground between pro-gun and anti-gun with the right mind...

Sorry, but the guy in blue in the second row pic facing away, needs to get a proper "open view" holster! I'd put that as a half concealed handgun!    Dunno which handgun he has, but doing it that way (even though it looks uncocked), in my opinion is a no no.

Quoting Lufthansa411 (Reply 9):
I can see having a pistol or rifle or something of that nature if you are so inclined, but an AR-15 or AK-47 for normal day to day pleasure?

Although deadlier, to me, an assault rifle is safer than a pistol!    You're less likely to accidentally point it at someone's head... but again that's just my personal opinion... coz whilst I can snipe at distant things with a rifle, I'm useless with the handgun for anything smaller than an orange at more than 10ft!   

Quoting STT757 (Reply 10):
Your life is not in danger if I punch you in the face, but are you able to control the urge to draw the weapon and shoot me for doing so?

I think I'd be more worried about the guy without the gun taking the gun!
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:30 am

Open carry should be legal .... but training says that it is ill advised. In a hostile situation you become the target ... you may be overpowered at close range your gun taken away and or just shot immedialty before you can gain situational awareness.

Carrying concealed gives you more advantage to calm a situation down or to gain tactical advantage . We should all hope that we never ever have to pull a firearm.... bad things are going to happen when the guns come out. I personaly dread the day I would ever have to use mine in a defensive situation ...its not like the movies its terrifying and very dangerous.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:39 am

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 7):
A few links for you, sir.
http://www.opencarry.org/ky.html
http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum25/

Thanks for the links. I'll do a little more research. I've always been very concerned about how I carry so as the weapon doesn't accidently come into view, simply because I thought that could be considered brandishing.

Quoting Lufthansa411 (Reply 9):
Perhaps someone can (honest question) explain why those kinds of weapons are needed in one's home?

There are a couple of reasons that I could suggest. I like firearms in general. Any type. I own 1 'assault weapon' (I really don't like the term), an AR15 and I'm in the process of building another.

I see no reason why I should keep my property in someone else's facility where I don't have unfettered access.

And, to tell you the truth, in the home, whether it's a handgun, a rifle or a shotgun, it's just as effective if used correctly and within its limitations.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:43 am

I carry concealed all the time as well. It's gotten to the point where I feel naked without it. The only time I'm not carrying is when I'm at work. I'm not sure about open carry though. There's just too many idiots out there who wouldn't be able to comprehend the idea if they saw someone doing so, likely resulting in a wasteful call to 911. I believe concealed is all around safer for everyone involved.

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Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:49 am

Quoting mandala499 (Reply 11):
Concealed or Open... license it.

It IS. And difficult to attain in some states, such as mine.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:03 am

Nope..there is no need to advertise the fact that you are carrying a firearm..in many cases you may become the target simply because of that fact. Also..open carry is illegal in this country.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:12 am

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 14):
Weapon of choice...Springfield XD .40 sub-compact.

I looked at one of those. I'm partial to S&W as I live one town over from their factory. But someone suggested the Springfield. How do you like it?
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:56 am

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 3):
Personally, I think you should be as inconspicuous as possible when carrying.

   I'm okay with concealed carry (licensed, of course), but I don't think open carry is a good idea. A gun makes a statement, whether its carrier intends it to or not, and we don't need that sort of thing in public.

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Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:24 am

Quoting Lufthansa411 (Reply 9):
Plus, in NY as I understand it, laws are in place, however depending on where you are living, they may or may not be enforced. So those living upstate where the population is much less dense have de facto open carry while those downstate in densely populated areas are restricted.

Although NY has state preemption, the laws are so strict on w whole, there's not reason for cities, counties, etc. to have their "own" set of rules.

Quoting Lufthansa411 (Reply 9):
I would be all for a compromise, where the "gun show" loophole is closed,

Something I would have to disagree with. There is no "loophole". Private sales is just that, private sales. If you buy a gun from a dealer at a gun show, you have to do the appropriate paperwork. If it is a private seller, you exchange cash and you are on your way. It's no different that buying your weapon off a gun auction website. You would have to change gun laws to get that one passed which will not happen; and the Virginia House gets it. The bill was shot down yet again earlier this year.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 10):
B. fight me with your gun on your side

If it comes to blows, I will go with the above. But, that's why I don't live in NY or NJ   . Let's say the guy was CC. What's the difference? He has on a jacket over his holstered handgun, you start to scap, his gun is revealed. Again, I don't see the difference.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 10):
I'm from New Jersey, we fight a lot. And while fist fighting in a Walmart parking may indeed be a crime it's something you or even a law enforcement officer do not have justification for shooting someone. Your life is not in danger if I punch you in the face, but are you able to control the urge to draw the weapon and shoot me for doing so?

Yes, I will be able to control myself because there will be no urge. The law on deadly force is pretty clear in VA and GA. You punching me in the face doesn't make me feel like my life is in danger.

Quoting mandala499 (Reply 11):
Change "professional OCrs" to "responsible OCrs" and I'd definitely agree with:

I totally agree with you, thanks! It was a poor choice of words. Responsible is more of what I was looking for.

Quoting mandala499 (Reply 11):
Sorry, but the guy in blue in the second row pic facing away, needs to get a proper "open view" holster! I'd put that as a half concealed handgun! Dunno which handgun he has, but doing it that way (even though it looks uncocked), in my opinion is a no no.

Every state is different but it's what you know and I consider myself we versed in gun laws. At least for the states that I frequent and choose to OC and CC. There is nothing on the books (in VA at least) that says "how much" of the gun needs to be in plain sight. It just says basically "in plain public view as others will know what it is; and you're not trying to obstruct or mask its identity. The 1/3 thing that people say a lot is untrue. That holdster would be perfectly legal in most OC states. There's also the VA "tuck" that is also perfectly legal.



Let's say this guys shirt was not tucked in. If he walked into a restaurant that serves alcohol, he would be in violation of CC laws as it is illegal in Virginia to CC in an establishment that has an ABC and authorized to serve alcohol as well. So, he would tuck his shirt//jacket in behind the gun to comply. I've done it a couple times on colder days when I'm wearing a non waistband jacket.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:18 am

First off I want to say, that I support the 2nd Amendment, and I own a gun, but I disagree with OC, and think people that show up at Presidential Town Hall Meetings carrying a weapon, make us Americans look like a bunch of idiots.

If you feel the need to walk around with a weapon on your side, join the military or your local Police force. What are you going to do when someone comes up and takes that gun from you? Have you been trained in how to maintain or disable your weapon, if someone does just that? If you are in Wal-Mart with your gun strapped to your side, for everyone to see, people are going to think you are a LEO, which may be what some of these supporters want? Some people need to feel important and intimidating. I think our world image as a bunch of cowboys, is reinforced with these type of laws.

I live in Mississippi, where you can carry a gun in your vehicle, because it is an extension of your home. You also may obtain a CC permit if you pass a background check. But I see absolutely no need for people to be running around with guns strapped to their side. Are we a modern civilization, or are we regressing back to the 1800s?
 
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:51 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 18):
I'm okay with concealed carry (licensed, of course), but I don't think open carry is a good idea. A gun makes a statement, whether its carrier intends it to or not, and we don't need that sort of thing in public.

I've got to agree with this. Why advertise that you are armed? Open carry is for people that want to make a statement, and unless you are law enforcement or military, I have to worry about you if you feel the need to make a statement by showing off your firearm to everyone at Starbucks.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 14):
Weapon of choice...Springfield XD .40 sub-compact.

Nice choice. My brother just bought the .45 version. Great concealed carry weapon. Plenty of power, but compact enough to easily keep concealed even with a 13 round magazine.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:40 am

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1):
I for one support open and concealed carry

I am the same, too. I wonder if we have to have permits to open carry. I know to conceal carry, one is required to have a permit. I know that Colorado's CCW is recognized and honored in 18 states.

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 3):
Id rather not tell everyone I have a gun.

I agree. Guns are not toys and should never be treated as such. I am very lip tight when it comes to discussing guns, and will only discuss them with specific people who I trust.

Quoting mandala499 (Reply 11):
Not sure if there's a federal gun-registry, but I think there should be...

There is one. And AFAIK, its only accessible to LEO's and the FBI and not to the average U.S. Citizen.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 14):
Springfield XD .40 sub-compact.

Springfield Armory makes great XDM firearms. I like how the grips are inter-changeable.

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 17):
How do you like it?

The are great firearms and very fun to shoot. Easy to clean and maintain. I like how Springfield Armory designed these firearms, they are not even complicated guns at all.

Interesting to note that Vermont does not require a license to carry. Anyone know why?
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:15 pm

Quoting STT757 (Reply 10):
Your life is not in danger if I punch you in the face, but are you able to control the urge to draw the weapon and shoot me for doing so?

Ah yes, the constitutional right to punch another in the face without fear of consequences... wait, what?
 
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:15 pm

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 14):
my Forbus paddle holster

Do you like the Fobus? I had one for my Glock, but didn't use it much.

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 17):
But someone suggested the Springfield

I bought the .40 sub-compact and sold my Glock 6 months later. The trigger is a little different, but easy to get used to. Love the sub-compact.

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 20):
But I see absolutely no need for people to be running around with guns strapped to their side.

I don't think it is so much a 'need' as a desire for some to wear a firearm in the open. Not everything we do in this world is derived from a need. Sometimes you just want to do something. But, if that something is open carry, you need to be prepared for the possible consequences (not really the right word, but it's early). Life is full of choices.



Quoting STT757 (Reply 10):
Your life is not in danger if I punch you in the face, but are you able to control the urge to draw the weapon and shoot me for doing so?

This gets into a different topic, but how do I know my life isn't in danger with a punch to the face? If you're willing to assault me, do I know how far you are willing to go?
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:28 pm

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 24):
Quoting STT757 (Reply 10):
Your life is not in danger if I punch you in the face, but are you able to control the urge to draw the weapon and shoot me for doing so?

This gets into a different topic, but how do I know my life isn't in danger with a punch to the face? If you're willing to assault me, do I know how far you are willing to go?

One could also make the argument, the aggressor was going for his gun, and then a struggle ensues, which then justifies deadly force, you see where I am going with this?
 
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:38 pm

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 24):
I don't think it is so much a 'need' as a desire for some to wear a firearm in the open. Not everything we do in this world is derived from a need. Sometimes you just want to do something.

Serious question: why would you want to wear a firearm in the open as opposed to concealed?

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Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:46 pm

Concealed weapons get the job done. There's no need for open carry unless one is an off-duty LEO. I don't see the need for confusing between the two, particularly when concealed carry is more effective in the majority of situations.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 5):
If I get into a tiff with someone over a parking spot at the mall I don't need someone jumping out of their car carrying a 40 caliber on their waist giving me a dirty look.

Seen that - it's idiotic. Why run the risk?

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 6):
Even though people think it would increase crime in fact in time I bet you would see a reduction in crime.

In gangbanger-on-citizen crime? Probably right. But the parking lot altercations might be a different thing entirely.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 7):
Someone that uses their holstered weapon as a fear factor is breaking the law and shouldn't be allowed to carry period.

   Plus they just make every gun owner look bad - like that dork in the Home Depot pic.

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 25):
One could also make the argument, the aggressor was going for his gun, and then a struggle ensues, which then justifies deadly force, you see where I am going with this?

If one knows how to use their weapon properly, it's quite easy to avoid inflicting fatal wounds. The whole point is to disable a person rather than kill them.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:01 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 26):
Serious question: why would you want to wear a firearm in the open as opposed to concealed?

I don't know. I have no desire to carry open, but some do. Maybe one of them will chirp up.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 27):
If one knows how to use their weapon properly, it's quite easy to avoid inflicting fatal wounds. The whole point is to disable a person rather than kill them.

I absolutely disagree. If you are in a situation in which you decided you needed to shoot someone, you shoot until the target is no longer a threat. You aim center mass and fire. I consider myself an excellent shot, but would not even think about shooting to disable in a situation of stress.

Quoting mandala499 (Reply 11):
Sorry, but the guy in blue in the second row pic facing away, needs to get a proper "open view" holster! I'd put that as a half concealed handgun!

That just comes down to semantics. It appears to be an in-the-wistband (IWB) holster. Normally used as a concealed carry holster. It's the type I use, though I don't carry (nor suggest anyone carry) cross draw, but to each his own. Maybe he prefers to carry concealed, but for this event did not want to change holsters or carry style. That is something that I feel too many carry folks ignore. You need to choose a holster and carry style and stick to it as much as possible. The last thing you need to have to do in a stress situation is try to figure out a)where is the gun and b)how do I get it into position.

Personally, with the XD, I use one of 2 methods. IWB, strong-side or in the pocket (when wearing shorts in the warmer weather). That works for me about 90% of the time. The other times, I go to my J-Frame and an ankle holster (not at all a preferred method, for me) or I don't carry. If I don't feel confident that the firearm will remain out of view, I don't carry.

Having written that, I can see some of the allure of open carry. Don't really need to worry about concealment, so your holster options expand and you can get a lot more comfortable.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:14 pm

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 27):
If one knows how to use their weapon properly, it's quite easy to avoid inflicting fatal wounds. The whole point is to disable a person rather than kill them.

I hate to tell you, but in real time, it is not always so easy. I love when all the big talk starts about how easy it would be to pull on someone. Why don't you try asking some of the people that have actually had to pull, and see how much they brag about it?
 
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:19 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 26):
Quoting fr8mech (Reply 24):
I don't think it is so much a 'need' as a desire for some to wear a firearm in the open. Not everything we do in this world is derived from a need. Sometimes you just want to do something.

Serious question: why would you want to wear a firearm in the open as opposed to concealed?

-Mir

I could imagine one exception:
When working, hunting or hiking outdoors in remote bear country, where even people, who don´t fancy guns like to carry a large caliber pistol or revolver (when carrying a rifle or shotgun for selfdefense against a p*ssed off bear would obstruct you in doing your work).
Pistols and revolvers, which are effective against large animals like bears, are by their nature and size very hard to conceal.
But for any urban setting the weapon should be concealed, else it is too much of a provocation and if needd only brings a tactical disadvantage.

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Wed Mar 03, 2010 3:49 pm

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 3):
Same here. Id rather not tell everyone I have a gun. Personally, I think you should be as inconspicuous as possible when carrying.

   Agreed. I'm all for concealed carry and should probably get my CCP before leaving Florida for Ohio this summer (especially since I believe Florida and Ohio have reciprocity agreements). But I do not need nor want to advertise that I have a weapon on me. As others have mentioned before, you become the first target if you find yourself in a situation that has gone way far south.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 27):
If one knows how to use their weapon properly, it's quite easy to avoid inflicting fatal wounds. The whole point is to disable a person rather than kill them.

Military Training teaches us "Two in the Chest. One in the Head". If I ever find myself having to fire my weapon, I am NOT going to waste precious time aiming for non-lethal parts of the body, especially if the target is moving.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 10):
Your life is not in danger if I punch you in the face

Yes it can be.

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 30):
Pistols and revolvers, which are effective against large animals like bears, are by their nature and size very hard to conceal.

You actually need something of very high power caliber to stop a bear or moose. I was in Alaska last summer for an Air Force training program. I forget what the minimum caliber need to stop a bear was, but I know they told us an M9 (9 mm) will only piss the bear off, not stop it. We were firing M-16 rifles on the range and were instructed to immediately cease fire if a moose came across the range (which had happened before), because a bullet hitting a moose would only make it angry as well.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:06 pm

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 31):
Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 30):
Pistols and revolvers, which are effective against large animals like bears, are by their nature and size very hard to conceal.

You actually need something of very high power caliber to stop a bear or moose. I was in Alaska last summer for an Air Force training program. I forget what the minimum caliber need to stop a bear was, but I know they told us an M9 (9 mm) will only piss the bear off, not stop it. We were firing M-16 rifles on the range and were instructed to immediately cease fire if a moose came across the range (which had happened before), because a bullet hitting a moose would only make it angry as well.

We had a guy in here from Alaska (not ANCFlyer), who told us about a chance encounter with a mama grizzly and her cub in the bush. Fortunately for him they were as shocked about the encounter as himself and ran away. He said that though he was critical of gun fetishism, this was the one day when he forgot to bring a weapon with him. He said that short of a powerful hunting rifle (at least 7.62 mm), or a shotgun loaded with slug or buckshot, the weapon of choice was a big revolver of the .44 Magnum class or bigger.

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Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:12 pm

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 24):
but how do I know my life isn't in danger with a punch to the face? If you're willing to assault me, do I know how far you are willing to go?

Because I don't have a weapon, Law enforcement and the courts will only accept equal responses for equal threats. If you are verbally abuse by an individual the correct response is not to punch them , if I punch someone the correct response is not to kill them. If you shoot someone over a parking spot at the mall (even if they punched you) and that person was not carrying a weapon your going to do time in prison, because your response did not equal the threat.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:15 pm

Quoting STT757 (Reply 33):
Because I don't have a weapon

I don't know that. Who's to say that after you hit me you draw a knife or a gun? I'm not saying as soon as you get punched to shoot someone, but id seriously consider drawing my weapon.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:18 pm

I have a question for anetters who carry a gun : did you live for a while in a country (not an American state) where it is not allowed, and what did you think of it ?

Personally, not seeing guns except at the waist of uniforms feels pretty reassuring. I don't even know anybody who has one (there may be some but they don't tell).
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:35 pm

Again, this is not supposed to be about gun control or responses to attacks, but since you state:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 33):
Law enforcement and the courts will only accept equal responses for equal threats.

No, the standard is if a reasonable person was in fear for his life. If I can convince the AG or the prosecutor or a jury that I was in fear for my life, I will walk. It may not be easy, but just because you don't have a gun, doesn't mean you're not a mortal threat to me. I just have to prove it.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 33):
Because I don't have a weapon,

And how, exactly, am I to know that? The only fact I have available to me is that you have attacked me. You've violated the law for, what I believ, is an irrational reason. That's it.

Quoting Aesma (Reply 35):
I have a question for anetters who carry a gun : did you live for a while in a country (not an American state) where it is not allowed, and what did you think of it ?

I've spent a considerable amount of time in Greece. What's to think? I would only have one less option if I were attacked. I've actually spoken at length about this with a cousin who is with the Hellenic Police Department. He has said, quite often, that if he were not a cop, he would want to be armed on the streets of Athens, knowing what he knows now. I guess, sometimes, ignorance is bliss.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:55 pm

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 25):
One could also make the argument, the aggressor was going for his gun, and then a struggle ensues, which then justifies deadly force, you see where I am going with this?

You do not take your gun out unless you really, really have to and is warranted. See below....

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 7):
When you are in a situation in which you or an innocent third party is faced with the imminent threat of serious bodily injury, such that you reasonably believe, based on objective fact, that deadly force is required, then pull the gun out and shoot to kill.

        

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 29):
I hate to tell you, but in real time, it is not always so easy. I love when all the big talk starts about how easy it would be to pull on someone. Why don't you try asking some of the people that have actually had to pull, and see how much they brag about it?

BTW, I have to ask.... are you an experienced shooter who has shot a gun frequently in the last 5 years? Do you even own a gun? If no to both questions, then your comment was out of line.   

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 30):
I could imagine one exception:
When working, hunting or hiking outdoors in remote bear country, where even people, who don´t fancy guns like to carry a large caliber pistol or revolver (when carrying a rifle or shotgun for selfdefense against a p*ssed off bear would obstruct you in doing your work).
Pistols and revolvers, which are effective against large animals like bears, are by their nature and size very hard to conceal.
But for any urban setting the weapon should be concealed, else it is too much of a provocation and if needd only brings a tactical disadvantage.

I can totally agree with that, 100%. We should be able to open carry while camping in the rural areas.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 33):
Because I don't have a weapon.....

But how would we know that??   
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:59 pm

Quoting srbmod (Reply 4):
From the Forum Rules:

1a. Please respect the opinions of others and choose your words wisely. Each user has their own point of view, and these views must be respected.

That goes for anti-gun views as much as it does for pro-gun views. I trust everyone will remember that.

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 6):
What I love is how the anti-gun people seem to forget how many gangbangers and criminals carry weapons.

On what would you base such an assumption? Knowing that many criminals are armed doesn't necessarily mean that one has to agree with all and sundry carrying weapons on the street.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 7):
Unless you're peace officer covering multiple felons to prevent escape, or serving a search warrant in a dangerous house you have no legal excuse for showing anyone a gun or making reference to a gun or touching a gun.

Exactly. Carrying a gun (especially openly), drawing a gun, is threatening behaviour.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 10):
Let's use the fight over the parking spot scenario, if it gets physical what are you going to do;

Try not letting a dispute over a parking spot get to that stage. It's just not that important. Of course, if your ego won't let you back down over something so petty and you think it's risking lives for, there's no hope really is there?

Quoting STT757 (Reply 10):
I'm from New Jersey, we fight a lot.

Says all you need to know really. We live in a violent place so we need weapons. Try tackling the violent tendencies. Violence breeds violence. Break the cycle. Calm down. Stop fighting.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:17 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 38):
That goes for anti-gun views as much as it does for pro-gun views. I trust everyone will remember that.

Last thread was going great until people decided to take it off topic.

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 38):
all and sundry carrying weapons on the street.

it'd make me sure make me feel better about more good guys having guns knowing they got them legally and know how to use them than some low life who stole his and probably has no idea how to properly shoot.

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 38):
Exactly. Carrying a gun (especially openly), drawing a gun, is threatening behaviour.

No it isnt. Tell you what, you break into our house, I have a few choices of what I will greet said intruder with. They range in caliber from .22 to .223 as well as .20ga and .12ga varieties. Or you pull a knife or other weapon on me, and if I have my handgun on me you get two choices, you drop your weapon and everyone goes home. You dont, well, you dont go home.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:22 pm

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 39):
Tell you what, you break into our house

And what does your scenario have to do with the topic - openly carrying weapons on the street? Keeping a weapon in the house for self-defence is about the most understandable form of gun ownership, but that is not the subject.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:24 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 38):

Exactly. Carrying a gun (especially openly), drawing a gun, is threatening behaviour.

Yes..drawing a gun (unprovoked) is threatening behaviour. But how is openly carrying a gun threatening? I'm actually against open carry because it advertises the fact you are carrying a weapon and attracts unnecessary attention, but that doesn't mean carrying a gun openly should become an offense and be seen as threatening behaviour.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:33 pm

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 41):
But how is openly carrying a gun threatening?

Because if you are a civilian going about your business, having a deadly weapon on display is an unnecessary display of potential violence. Tell me this - what is the purpose of having it strapped to your hip on display? It's quite clear - stay away or I'll wound or kill you. A fine recipe to make the entire population highly-strung and dangerous.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:58 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 42):
Because if you are a civilian going about your business, having a deadly weapon on display is an unnecessary display of potential violence.

So are you saying that people are not allowed to protect themselves any longer?? Am I correct on that assumption?
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:06 pm

Why would you want to. It's an ego stroke, nothing more. Look at me, I'm a tough guy carrying my gun around for everybody to see.

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Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:22 pm

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 44):
Am I correct on that assumption?

Mm no, you are not. Namely because I haven't said that.

Quoting evomutant (Reply 45):
It's an ego stroke, nothing more. Look at me, I'm a tough guy carrying my gun around for everybody to see.

   Exactly so. It invites attention and by extension trouble.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:24 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 46):
Namely because I haven't said that.

You have not, I know.... but you are going that direction. So tell me, RussianJet....what should citizens use for self-protecton? What is your solution?
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:25 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 42):
Tell me this - what is the purpose of having it strapped to your hip on display?

I think its just an ego issue...my uncle in the US carries his gun, but he has a valid CCP. In fact, till recently I had no idea he even carried!

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 44):
So are you saying that people are not allowed to protect themselves any longer?? Am I correct on that assumption?

I don't think he meant that..but I don't understand what the need is to show you are actually carrying a firearm, concealed carry is better, that way the bad guys don't know how many people are actually armed at any moment.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:29 pm

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 47):
You have not, I know.... but you are going that direction. So tell me, RussianJet....what should citizens use for self-protecton? What is your solution?

Conflict avoidance and where strictly necessary the police. Carrying weapons is illegal in the UK and I am very glad for that. Again, there is a difference between this topic - openly carrying weapons around - and, say, defending your home against a burglar.
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Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:34 pm

I still need to get my permit...I keep procrastinating. Although I probably wouldn't open carry normally, I'd probably do a "sloppy conceal"

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 17):
I looked at one of those. I'm partial to S&W as I live one town over from their factory. But someone suggested the Springfield. How do you like it?

I've heard that the XD can be hard to conceal because of its thickness due to double stacked mags. Then again...I have a Glock, so I can't say anything  
Quoting Aesma (Reply 35):
I have a question for anetters who carry a gun : did you live for a while in a country (not an American state) where it is not allowed, and what did you think of it ?

Yes. Norway, where cops don't even carry guns. At the time I didn't think much of it one way or another, however, after moving here, I have become very pro-gun (to some of my family's great shock and horrror)
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