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    I open carried for the first time today

    Today I sucked up the courage to open carry. I strapped on my XD9, two spare mags in the XD GEAR mag holder, and went to McDonalds for a bite to eat. I get in there and the kid taking my order, looked at me kinda funny and asked me
    "You a security Guard?"
    No
    "Undercover cop?"
    No, I'm a civilian.
    I knew he was kind of nervous, but other than that nobody else said anything. A guy in a tactical vest looked down at my gun, and looked at me, and just sort of smiled. I guess people in Anchorage are pretty well accustomed to carrying guns around. I'm gonna do it more often, cause I just think its more comfortable, and I don't have to worry about trying to find a cover shirt.

    I got flamed on another forum for posting this. Before any of you start flaming me, I just wanna say that I'm not begging for attention, I'm simply experimenting with different carry methods, and OC happens to be legal here.

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    Well good for you. I have always wondered what the mindset of Alaskans who see people open carrying are like. If I'm not mistaken Alaska is the only place where any citizen from any state can carry open or concealed w/o a permit (correct me if I'm wrong). And because of this, it has always been at the top of my states to visit.
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    I'm cool with OC. I do understand the arguments against, but the more open carry the more familiar people will be with guns and how just the presence of a gun does not mean imminent violence.

    Ultimately this helps our cause.

    What is odd about this country is that in some cities that are the worst for gun control you can have porn laying out in the open for view by anyone who passes and nobody says a thing, but have a gun in view and everybody freaks out.

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    I don't have a problem with it. It is legal there, cool. I was looking at the gun laws in Alaska for a possible move there and after the new laws in 05 it looked good, but the less than favorable job market turned me off.

    I personally would not open carry in town, but would open carry in the woods. Both carrying styles are for protection from preditors, but in town the predators know the function of gun, bears, fortunately, do not yet know. I would want to keep the element of surprise on my side. But that is me....
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    Personally I like open carry over concealed carry (its just more comfortable on hot weather areas/more accesible any time), it sucks I don't have that option down here in PR.

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    This is not a "flame," just a question. Why, if concealed-carry is legal, would you give away the element of surprise by carrying openly? An OWB holster with a light cover-garment (or a parka ) wouldn't be that much slower and you would avoid any problems caused by open-carry.
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    OC is legal here in Kentucky as well.

    While it is legal to OC the law also states that you may be hasseled by the PD while in larger cities like Louisville and Lexington. Although it is legal... they can and will still get you for disturbing the peace.


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    "Two years ago, the Legislature removed the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but the state continues to issue them. The NRA says those permits are still required in seven cities: Anchorage, Bethel, Juneau, Petersburg, Sitka, Valdez and Wasilla."

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    I spent ten years in Los Anchorage. Alaska does have a different mind set when it comes to guns. Montana is very similar and we too can open carry though I donít. Iíve seen guys OC in Tucson too. I can see it there with the temp so hot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoTex View Post
    This is not a "flame," just a question. Why, if concealed-carry is legal, would you give away the element of surprise by carrying openly? An OWB holster with a light cover-garment (or a parka ) wouldn't be that much slower and you would avoid any problems caused by open-carry.
    or even just a vest works nicely too. I have a few that work nicely with different shirts (not thick coat-like vests, lighter clothing-like ones.)

    I usually carry concealed, but it's nice for comfort to have the gun outside my belt, and wearing a vest for cover, especially in the cooler seasons.

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    No flaming here Brother! I open carry here in West Tennessee about 80% of the time. In fact I went to the grocery store and the gas station while open carrying just tonight. No one even looked twice at me.

    Congrats on open carrying. I too find it much more comfortable and much more natural. And as far as the concern of giving up the element of surprise, as far as I can tell, no one even notices my gun when I open carry. Now I am sure the bad guys might but really, those of us who carry to protect ourselves and our loved ones do not carry ourselves the same way that the sheeple do.
    I have heard professional criminals say that they can usually pick out of a crowd the people who are either armed or can handle themselves well in a fight. So I don't think that carrying concealed is all that much of a tactical advantage. Besides, when it is 98 degrees here and someone is walking around with a photographers vest on and no camera, or an outer button up shirt, not buttoned, and a T-shirt on under it, I would not be surprised to find out they are armed.

    Congratulations on open carrying again! Enjoy the feel of freedom.
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    I'm cool with OC. I do understand the arguments against, but the more open carry the more familiar people will be with guns and how just the presence of a gun does not mean imminent violence.
    I carry concealed but agree with the above.

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    The tone of this thread is too funny..it sounds like a bunch of nudists going out in public or women wearing no underwear for the first time.

    "I went into McD's with no underwear on. I don't think anyone noticed. I mean, it's just so much more comfortable during the summer with all the humidity. And it feels much more natural and I feel so free!"

    HA!

    It's legal here in La, too, but I'm sure we've all seen the story where the guy at the outlet mall gets thrown in jail for it.

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    Vermont is the true right to carry state. No permit required, legal for conceal or open carry to anyone. No one will give you a second look, unless it is to ask what your carrying?

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    Virginia is good to go for open carry. Check out www. opencarry.com.

    Yeah, open carry is not the most prudent tactical option, but some laws require it. Other than that, just cause it ain't smart, doesn't mean I can't do it. Kinda like my freedom to do what I want. That's what America is all about.
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