This is a discussion on Does Open Carry Threaten Concealed Carry? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; It works the other way, too. In Wisconsin, the argument against concealed carry legislation was that it was legal to carry openly, therefore they were ...
It works the other way, too. In Wisconsin, the argument against concealed carry legislation was that it was legal to carry openly, therefore they were not violating the state Constitution right to bear arms.
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We don't need training to excercise a right.
That said, does open carry threaten concealed carry?-It shouldn't, but the fact is sometimes it does.
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You say he was legally carrying, is OC legal without a permit? If so, perhaps he has no permit, which would make CC illegal for him.
Would you prefer he doesn't carry at all because you don't like his method?
How would you feel if someone else said you shouldn't carry because they don't like your method?
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As a strong proponent of the ability to OC, I do however believe it does harm "the cause" slightly. However, it's not a direct result of OCing, it's more so because people 1. don't see it enough to know it's not a threat, 2. people are ignorant.
SO, if OCing was wide-spread it would be fine I think, but with only people here and there doing it, I think it's more problematic, I'm sorry to say.
These folks will say to themselves, and to others, "This is now getting WAY out of hand; people are now openly carrying loaded guns on the streets -- and around our kids and mothers! This has got to stop, and I'm voting next election for [insert anti-gun politician or law HERE]".
Many of us self-defense (i.e., self-preservation!) people, in general, may not be able to see the forest for the trees on this issue, because "it's our RIGHT, dang gummit!".
Unfortunately, CC is a "right" that can be all too easily taken away by a P'ed-off electorate and their elected representatives...
So which of my rights do I now need to ask permission to use? Oh, sorry, didn't ask if I could type this either. Just move this discussion over to anything you consider a right and see how that would feel.
You can't say that, it will hurt my 1st A right to free speech!
I'm of the opposite opinion. I think the only place CC has made carry more normal is in court and in legislature. For the average Joe on the street CC does not normalize firearms. Because they don't see them. And what they don't see obviously does not exist! All those people don't really carry, they just have the permit "in case they need to carry, right".
So, I'll continue to do my part to let people see that normal folks carry on a daily basis, by OC'ing. Though in NC I fall back to OC is the right and CC is the privilege for this type of discussion.
So I have stayed out of this discussion because I'm so on the fence about it. On one hand I know it's a right and I'm not going to argue that. On the other hand I don't believe you're ever going to "educate" the people by scaring them. Which is what O.C. does.
I believe that in the climate that we have in this country these days, that it would be all to easy for the anti's to be able to "modify" the general population into believing that any kind of carry is bad. Do I want to see that, No.
I also think that alot of O.C.er's do it for the effect and not because it's their right.
I know one thing for sure and that is. If my carry rights are comprimised by that anti's because of O.C. I'm gonna be pissed.
All I am saying is that, historically, the public doesn't wait around "to get use" to anything that they find patently threatened by: they simply pass laws to STOP what they don't like.
And in this case, with OC loaded firearms right in there faces -- and not all OC firearms being carried by clean-cut LEO or Marine looking types either -- then the majority of the public WILL react, and that reaction may not be good for our side (i.e., Banning my FREEDOM -- which is exactly what CCW means to me).
If people can't get Shall Issue CCW passed in their state, then maybe OC is a good way to goad their reps to pass an out-of-sight-out-of-mind carry bill (CCW), but if you are in a Shall Issue state NOW, there is absolutely no good reason to put CCW at risk by openly carrying a firearm.
All of the above is, of course, IMHO.
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