Should you advertise that you carry concealed?
This is a discussion on Should you advertise that you carry concealed? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Ok here is the story. I am a member on a motorcycle forum and someone started a post" Do you carry when you ride" and ...
July 26th, 2010 11:43 PM
Should you advertise that you carry concealed?
Ok here is the story. I am a member on a motorcycle forum and someone started a post" Do you carry when you ride" and of course everyone is saying that they do and are listing make models etc. Now my problem is..on the site you're not really anonymous as we often meet up for group rides, bike nights. etc. I keep telling them I think they are crazy as a BG looking for a new firearm can just take his pick and know were some of these guys might be on a given night.Now the people just cant see why I think it is so bad for them to advertise.
What do you guys think?
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July 26th, 2010 11:43 PM
July 26th, 2010 11:48 PM
I don't "advertise" it, but I don't go out of my way to keep it a deep, dark, secret either. I suppose most people who know me at all know I carry.
What should YOU do? Whatever makes you feel comfortable.
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July 26th, 2010 11:58 PM
Most people that know me know that I am into firearms and SD and stuff. I don't go around saying "I'm carrying a gun", but I'm not in the habit of lying to people if asked a direct question either. I think that the general public needs to be able to perceive gun owners and people who ccw as normal people, and if everyone keeps it a complete secret, it is doing our community a disservice. If someone really wanted to they could probably find out my real identity from looking through my posts and stuff on here, and the same is probably true for most members.
Although I can see where the complete anonymity thing can be a good idea, I just don't see it for me.
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July 27th, 2010 12:00 AM
I wouldn't want to go to where I know a bunch of bikers are packin', to try and steal a gun from one of them. Still, it's probably better not to share.
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July 27th, 2010 12:03 AM
I do not make it a deep dark secret that CC but I do not advertise it either.
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July 27th, 2010 01:54 AM
If you don't want to share, then don't. I don't go out of my way to let anyone know. But I don't keep it a secret if it comes up. Most anyone that knows me knows I carry. But I also OC some, so that seems to make it less of an issue with me.
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July 27th, 2010 02:03 AM
Wow - some pretty interesting replies so far. Normally we get a rash of the "always carry, NEVER tell" guys. I'm usually one of the rare ones who agrees with most of the replies above. I don't "advertise" as that defeats the purpose of concealed carry. However, I don't go out of my way to keep it a big secret, either. My relatives know I enjoy shooting and most know I carry. It was an interesting issue when I first started, but the novelty has worn off, and no one really seems to care anymore.
Some of the guys at my office know I carry, and they don't care, either. That's how I like it. I'm not known as a "gun nut" to most people as I have many other hobbies, second/third careers, and interests. I try to put a good foot forward as an ambassador for the benefits of concealed carry.
July 27th, 2010 02:32 AM
Well I don't know. If I owned a bike, I would OC on it so I would be advertising that I have a gun.......
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July 27th, 2010 02:50 AM
I told a friend of mine right after I started carrying. the next week during a conversation W/ some one I'd rather didn't know I carried my "friend" interjected into the conversation (which had zero to do W/ guns) that "Treo's carrying a gun right now,"
Once you tell one person you've given up all control of who knows
July 27th, 2010 03:03 AM
People that are close to me know that I carry but otherwise I don't go bragging, nor do I want anyone else to know.
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July 27th, 2010 05:54 AM
Well, I guess I'm guilty as charged. I belong to a few motorcycle forums and I have freely admitted I carry EVERYWHERE it's legal to do so. I also belong to a local gun forum that has "meet and greets" in local restaurants where virtually everyone is carrying. I admit that I carry on that forum as well. We also have an annual picnic where groups as large as 150-200 people are all carrying - both open and concealed.
Although it's certainly possible, I'd say the risk of not being armed and having your motorcycle, or car, taken is far greater than someone planning to steal your gun because you mentioned you carry on an internet forum.
July 27th, 2010 06:25 AM
Yeh, I'm pretty much with this response too. I don't tell everyone and their mother that I carry, it's really none of their business, you know? Kind of like why tell them? It doesn't help or hurt anything....so, I don't see the point in mentioning it.
Originally Posted by CajunBass
Do people that are in my life know that I carry? Sure. If it comes up in casual conversation, I'm not going to lie. It's even helped a few of them change their perception a little about "any time, any place" mentalities.
I guess I'm not opposed to people knowing....but if there is no reason to tell them, why do it?
July 27th, 2010 06:48 AM
I understand the reasons to keep certain things private, but there can be a 'time and place' to share. I work in a 'stomping grounds' for liberals. Over the years, I have shared with a few...most now know that I carry (when not in this institution for learning). Over the years, I have convinced over a dozen of these individuals to get their CCW permits and arm themselves. I feel that sharing has improved the SD/HD status of a large percentage of this group...mission accomplished, but my work is not done.
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July 27th, 2010 06:51 AM
I am pretty quiet about it, because of all my cust.. My bus. partners know and my assistant, and my wife and kids. My brother and sisters know I have my permit, but have never asked and I have not volunteered. My main buddies all know though they do not carry unless hunting.
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July 27th, 2010 06:59 AM
wait so you think because someone of the forum says what kind of bike they ride? some random BG is going to read the forum, find the EXACT bike (neglecting the fact there are thousands our there) and find a forum member...to steal their firearm.....simply on the fact that they know what kind of bike they allegedly ride?
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