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    Conceal Cary, yet visible

    Ok, I understand that by law if you have CCL you have to hide the weapon, now is it a big deal if your concealed gun is slitly visible, either when you bend over or when you go for your walet etc...

    Is it a big deal?

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    Depends on the state.
    Here in Florida it is not a big deal at all if it is NOT intentional.
    Happened to me several times, including in front of a few deputies, enough for them to see what kind of gun I was carrying and pulling my leg about tupperware (a derogative terms for Glocks - they use to come in a box that looks exactly like black tupperware).
    Then again, I have short hair, clean jeans, shirt, and vest and old enough to be their dad !
    When they pointed at me that my vest was tucked in exposing, I didn't look scared or confused, I thanked them with a big smile...

    Now, in some states, I believe it would be serious trouble !!!
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    Yes, could be a big deal, depending upon the state and the LEO who sees you or is called to talk to you.

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    In Texas, open carry I believe is illegal, so yes, keeping it concealed would be advisable.

    However, Texas is one of few states where I believe open carry is illegal. Most states allow for open carry, even though LEOs in some areas might not be up to speed regarding that. Also in those states, having a concealed permit in no way limits you to concealed carry only. Though I wouldn't recommend switching from concealed to open every 5 seconds.

    It really just comes down to your state.

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    Pennsylvania, OC is legal. So if I were to expose, it's ok. I carry in a Blackhawk SERPA and quite often the bottom of the holster sticks out a bit under my jacket.

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    In TX it is supposed to be concealed. IF it prints or shows a little your issues may vary depending on the "Man with a gun" call and how the LEO responds, etc. Some may call it brandishing, even though bending over and a little glimpse is not brandishing. Some may tell you to do a better job of concealing, etc. And others may write you a ticket, since technically you can have you CHL suspended, IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    Is it a big deal?
    Even the "gold star" open carry states (AK, AZ, ID, KY, MT, NM, NV, SD, VA, VT, and WY) have no-carry zones. If you are in one of these states and not in a no-carry zone, accidental exposure is obviously no big deal. Anywhere else, it could be.

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    In a former life I was a soundman for a number of bands. Both big and small. If a fight broke out, the biggest guy was the first to be attacked. (Take out the big guy or greatest threat firstt)

    Exposing a gun, eventhough unintentionally, may open you up to be the initial target or the greatest threat in a bad situation. Keep everything well hidden, know and understand you environment and use exceptional judgement.

    The more people know about you the less defence options you may have.

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    Don't know how big of a deal it is in the eyes of the law, but it would definitely be a big deal to me personally. If my concealed carry became even partially visible that would mean I'm not very good at what I'm doing. I usually put forth a 100% effort in anything I do, and if I ever get caught 'flashing', it would be a crushing blow to my self-esteem. That's big!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anubis View Post
    Even the "gold star" open carry states (AK, AZ, ID, KY, MT, NM, NV, SD, VA, VT, and WY) have no-carry zones. If you are in one of these states and not in a no-carry zone, accidental exposure is obviously no big deal. Anywhere else, it could be.
    You forgot MN

    We have "carry" permits not concealed carry permits so no big deal. Most people are
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    Well the law in my state is you can open carry. So exposing your carry gun is simply a transition from concealed to open carry. We are by law required to open carry anywhere that serves adult beverages for consumption on the premises. So for some people there is a lot of transitioning.

    If you are concerned about where you live you will probably want to consult a lawyer who specializes in criminal law. I would recommend that everyone do that before carrying. If you should ever find yourself in the position of using your firearm or really in any situation involving a criminal activity, it is money well spent.

    I would suggest reading handgunlaw.us extensively and then talking to a lawyer. It will help focus your areas of concern and maximize the use of the time as handgunlaw.us researches and links to the current state laws on concealed carry and in many instances other guns laws and deadly force laws if applicable.
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    duh- that's why it's a CONCEALED CARRY LISCENSE

    you can lose it.
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    In SC, 1/3 of the gun can be exposed and still be w/in legal.

    However, if the clothing is intentionally small so that a firearm can and would be exposed w/o bend, stooping, reaching, ect, then you're not legal.
    Printing is ok, too. Just no exposure beyond 1/3.

    This info is directly from a state constable.

    But remember, concealed means concealed. No ever needs to know you're carrying.
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    I prefer to fly under the radar and not be on the receiving end of "a man with a gun" call, much less a target.

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    To me, why would I want to carelessly give away my tactical advantage? If my weapon is not concealed then I might as well open carry!
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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