This is a discussion on A gun on your hip makes you a target... within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm running out of guns to carry. Every time I open carry I get shot or robbed. Getting pretty tired of it. I may just ...
I'm running out of guns to carry. Every time I open carry I get shot or robbed. Getting pretty tired of it. I may just get a Raven .25 or Jennings .22 and conceal carry from now on.
A smart criminal would walk away, but then they are criminals after all.
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I have no problem with people deciding that they would rather conceal. I think that way for myself too. However, I see absolutely nothing wrong at all with the option should someone decide they want to take the open carry option. To me it's the purest expression of the second amendment. A display of our freedom to defend ourselves.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Laws are restrictive but sometimes necessary to maintain a civil society. Rights are nonrestrictive but are always necessary to maintain a free society.
Those are two different discussions.
Any bg that would shoot an OCer first upon committing felony robbery would probably shoot a few people that are remotely capable of slowing their crime clock. Many of them tend to shoot the clerks or cashiers and witness upon exit. So the chance of being targeted is impossible to know. But OCers would much less likely have to deal with misdemeanor and low level felony mugging as these opportunist thugs tend to go for easy targets. The major concern for OCers are punks mocking and showing disrespect, especially if carriers are minority or elders. This is why it is not a good idea to be lone OCer and malls or places popular with low income idiots are to be avoided when OC.
I always look like I am having a bad day because I tend to always do so people tend to stay away unless they have something to sell.
What do you do about somebody grabbing your gun? I don't want to have to worry every time somebody bumps into me in the store.
I would say open carry is fine when afield, but in a populated area where you're being jostled and you never can tell which of the people within 10 feet of you is a threat, I sure wouldn't consider it. I'm old enough to realize I'm not Superman, there are plenty of people strong enough and fast enough to wrest a gun away from me if I don't see them coming. But if they don't know where it is, they can't do that.