I think open carry combined with extremely polite behavior is a way to be an ambassador to the public for responsible gun ownership and carriage. That said, I think personally one needs always to consider the particular situation and act appropriately. There may be times OC is legal, but just not a good idea. I generally CC when I can, but have OCed when I had to. I think OC group outings are a good way to OC. Makes it clear you're not some lone whackjob while certainly making the practice noticed.
To each his or her own. I prefer the element of surprise, and therefore, concealed carry most of the time. If someone prefers to open carry and feels comfortable doing so, more power to them.
Isn't there a Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions thread for those who don't open carry?
I've heard that most felons, if they even think that there's a good chance that somebody MIGHT have a gun on them, they're not going to commit the crime.
I operate under the very general premise that an armed society is a polite society. I most often cc simply for the element of surprise but the sight of a individual oc'ing might be a deterrent to a yahoo about to engage in a crime of opportunity. If so, I'll consider that a win.
That said I live in a place where the majority are armed or very familiar with guns and can count on two fingers the times oc'ing has been questioned in more than 30 years. Bottom line, carry in a manner that's legal in your area and however you're comfortable.
Whether to open carry or not is a personal issue. Funny under the 2nd amendment allows it yet some states have implemented one of those "reasonable" infringements and banned it.
2A oes not specifically allow "open" carry, just the right to bear arms in some manner. I don't care whether a state requires OC, CC, either manner or both, as long as it doesn't deny it.
That is what the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled some time back OldVet. The government could deny the right to carry concealed as long as it allowed some sort of bearing arms. So up until last year we had no choice but open carry or not carry at all. And it bothered the heck out of the sheep.
I really don't care if someone legally open carries. I won't since I never draw attention to myself. No loud exhaust pipes, wacky clothes, outrageous hair, etc. I never say "Look at Me" in manner or dress. What others do is their business.
I don't like being first target, but I do miss being able to tuck my shirt into my jeans. With open carry, it opens the door to all sorts of fashion statements - instead of a bland IWB holster, I'd love to have a matching rayskin or alligator belt and holster. Different colors for different outfits, etc. And while I wouldn't like the overall attention being openly armed brings, I don't mind "representing" and being a spokesperson for curious people. I've changed people's minds after speaking to them about guns, because I break the traditional gun owner stereotype.
But I'd still have to say no, I personally wouldn't open carry.
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Although I'm allowed to openly carry in Wisconsin I probably won't. I really don't like to draw attention to myself or let anyone know I'm armed. With 27 years in the military I'm tired of being a target. I'll defend anyone's right to carry any way they choose. I'll fight tooth & nail if my state decides to ban open carry.
The police chief of Milwaukee has promised that if his officers spot that you're openly carrying expect to go the the ground & have your firearm confiscated until everything checks out & that could take some time with the gun laying in the crime lab waiting for a forensic ballistics check. I have reason to believe he has no use for any permissive gun laws, lol. I may be dum but I ain't stoopid & can take a hint.