I also OC in Boise often. Never had a sour look. One guy stopped me and wanted to know more.
I have seen people open carrying in Cinci. . . They were also standing in front of a crack house in the middle of the ghetto when we got lost trying to get to Julian's Hibachi. . . Other than that I've never really seen anyone open carry. Most people I notice are wearing a jacket to cover which is what I do when I'm not carrying IWB.
1_ Make absolutely certain that when you OC it is absolutely clear that you are doing that and not some murky concealed carry
that slipped. That way, assuming you are right and OC is legal where you are, there will be no confusion. It will be clear
what you did is lawful.
2_ Since you are not concealed carrying, but you are carrying, I think it would be prudent to have some ID on you. It need not
be your CHL or your DL but something to show an officer should one decide to talk to you. You don't have to have ID as far as I
know, but probably you would make the inquiring officer more instantly comfortable if you had it and could present it.
3_ In many states you can get a state issued ID for a few bucks and a tiny bit of trouble ( a trip to the DL office). It is a handy
thing to have as a second form of ID if you need one, and it isn't a big deal if it gets stolen. Just keep it on you all the time.
4_ I can see a situation happen where you get yourself tangled up mentally and accidentally leave with it concealed, but without
either DL or CHL on you. That is a downside of continually changing things up the way you do and taking your wallet in and out of your pocket. Sooner or later you will absentmindedly mess up. While a state issued ID won't absolve you of violating any
law that requires you to carry a DL or a CHL, at least you will have something with you to validate who you are so the officer can check your claim that you indeed are a licensed driver, or are indeed are a CHL holder. You may still have to face some
charge or other -- I don't know Ohio law-- but things will likely go smoother for you.
When I was a young man it was technically illegal for a male to leave home without his Draft Card in his possession. While that law was not generally enforced at all, I had heard stories of big roundups of the hapless during WWI. For that reason I got
in the habit of never leaving the house without my wallet. I realize of course that leaves you open to getting it stolen; so I do
see your point. But, given the totality of things and the way the world works, you should probably have a state ID on you when
you open carry. My opinion only; and I'd be really interested to hear what an Ohio LEO like Sixto has to say on this.
Thank you for the insight. I guess it wouldn't be too hard to make the transition to carrying my CCW and DL on my person at all times, separated from my wallet. That way when I toss my wallet in the dresser there's no extra step to insure I have those things on me. And when I have OC'd, I always make sure it actually IS open carry. I keep my shirt tucked in and my gun in a blackhawk serpa holster on my belt on my hip. When CC'ing in this weather, I just put on my long winter coat which covers it sufficiently, but I'm sure I'll have to change my system in the warmer months anyway so I will take your advice to heart.
The funny thing is that I used to play World of Warcraft, so I'm used to encountering spambots advertising gold. But, I never expected to run into one here!
Here in sunny AZ, its kind of a non-issue, you see it frequently, even in the major cities. No one seems to notice, as it should be.
I have OCed in and around Harrisburg, PA, Philadelphia, Lexington, KY, NoVA, Portland and Bangor ME with no issues. All legal.
Move to a safer neighborhood and find a safer area to shop for groceries!!!
I mean seriously, it is that bad that you do not carry your wallet and think that the best option is to OC??? How much is your life worth to you? Pay the higher rent and move.
If there is an area you wouldn't go without a gun - DON'T GO THERE PERIOD!!! You are asking for trouble.
I am against OCing for the million reasons that have been posted before. Do a search and you will get more than you ever wanted to know about peoples opinions on OCing.