This is a discussion on CC vs OC within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; What defines "open carry"? To me, when I hear somebody is "open carrying" a firearm, I think of a rifle slung across the back. However, ...
What defines "open carry"? To me, when I hear somebody is "open carrying" a firearm, I think of a rifle slung across the back. However, after hanging out here, I think there is more to it than that. If I have a handgun holstered, but in visible sight, is that open carry?
Yup. Depending where you are there are legal issues.
Are there other kinds of sight?
Could be CC and not the intended OC if only the upper portion shows as in IWB carry.
Ok, I think I know what you're getting at, and you really need to check the law of your state on this. Your style of carry appears similar to mine-sort of a "casual concealed." In Indiana, open or concealed is fine (and points in between). I conceal, but don't sweat it if my gun peeks out or can be partially seen-like the bottom of the holster showing.
in PA, there's no gray area. if you can see it, even if it's only the grip, it's OC. if it's totally covered, even if you're printing badly, it's still CC.
If anyone can see that you have a gun, it's not CC.
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Some states allow open carry and some don't. There also are issues as to exposure of your firearm while carrying.
I would definately check the local laws before I open carried, I live in fl where open carry isn't accepted. I do carry conceal and would open carry if I could.
NC is technically an OC state. However, it's certainly not common, and if you decide to exercise your rights in this state, be prepared to deal with freaked out citizens, curious LEOs, and the likley MWAG call to 911.
NC also has a hinky law about going armed to the terror of the public. It's really about brandishing, but could be invoked depending on the circumstances. It doesn't preclude OC, but is one of those weird legalities in this state. Also, certain comminities - especially in the Triangle - have all kinds of local restrictions on OC.
I prefer to simply CC to avoid questions.