Open Carry on Private Property

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    Open Carry on Private Property

    I just read a post stating that he was out on his front porch handing out Holloween candy while his pistol was in plain view.

    In most states, is this legit? I'm in Louisiana. I could not find anything on open carry on Louisiana's state website.

    Thanks,


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    Quote Originally Posted by NavDoc View Post
    I just read a post stating that he was out on his front porch handing out Holloween candy while his pistol was in plain view.

    In most states, is this legit? I'm in Louisiana. I could not find anything on open carry on Louisiana's state website.

    Thanks,

    Quick glance shows 13 states where open carry, without any license required, is legal in public, even off of private property. Most of the handgun carry laws in almost all states are excepted on your own private property or in a business that you own. In other words, if you are on your property or in the business that you own, you can carry your gun however you want to, even concealed without a license.

    BTW, open carry in Lousisana is legal:
    http://louisianacarry.org/laws/Attor...en%20carry.doc

    Here is an excerpt for the state attorney general's opinion:
    Therefore, the carrying of an exposed handgun is not illegal, except as
    provided in LSA R.S. 14:95.1.
    LSA R.S. 14:95.1 provides:
    s 95.1 Possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies
    and

    Therefore, an ordinance enacted by a Parish and/or Municipality requlating the carrying of exposed handguns would be without effect as being in conflict with State Law.
    Strange, it appears as if Louisiana does not have the private property or business owner's exception, so, without a license, you cannot conceal the firearm even on your own property, it must be open carried in Louisiana.

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    It's legal to OC on and off your property in Michigan. We do have some restrictions though.
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    I believe in CA it is legal to carry concealed in your home including your RV. I also think that open carry is legal outside of incorporated portions of the state as well.

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    In MN, you can OC without a permit on your property and business. With a carry permit, you can open carry anywhere in the state.
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    +1 to what NavyLT said. I think he nailed it.
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    What might be perfectly legal might not always be the thing to do. I personally wouldn't choose that time and place to OC. That's just me.
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    Most of the handgun carry laws in almost all states are excepted on your own private property or in a business that you own. In other words, if you are on your property or in the business that you own, you can carry your gun however you want to, even concealed without a license.
    I agree, that's the way it is here.
    What might be perfectly legal might not always be the thing to do.
    I also agree. Prudence is key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    What might be perfectly legal might not always be the thing to do. I personally wouldn't choose that time and place to OC. That's just me.
    I agree, even though I OC almost all the time.

    While handing out candy during 'ween I want to have fun makin' small children cry with my evil props and decorations. Parents love it too, but it would become creepy if I were also OC'ing during that time.

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    My guess is most people would think it's part of a costume. I also wouldn't do it.
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    In Va. you can carry as you see fit on your own property, Va is an OC state anyway.
    You'll need to check your state's policy.

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    I'm not planning to OC. I was just wondering if it was legal and/or wise for the guy to do so.

    Thanks.

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    Personally, I think Halloween is the perfect time to dress up as an Old West gunslinger, or prohibition era gangster/cop/prohibition agent.

    But that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Lowe View Post
    Personally, I think Halloween is the perfect time to dress up as an Old West gunslinger, or prohibition era gangster/cop/prohibition agent.

    But that's just me.

    Especially with a pair of Colt 45 7-inch "Peacemakers"

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    It's technical legal here as well to open carry a unloaded gun on your property, but in the city you will likely have an MP5 stuck in your face by an ERT type and nasty expensive court case where the firearm charges will be dropped after the Crown realizes they donít have a case. The charge of being a nuisance or disturbing the peace will likely stick.

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