This is a discussion on Open Carry - Legal in 44 states. within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; There's a lot of incorrect information being spread among gun owners on this website. Let's try to clear some things up. Every state has its ...
There's a lot of incorrect information being spread among gun owners on this website. Let's try to clear some things up.
Every state has its own laws regarding open carry. Please find your state here: OpenCarry.org - A Right Unexercised is a Right Lost! and click on it to get a detailed view.
Many people think that if you get a concealed carry permit, you are waiving your right to Open Carry. This is generally not so. You are merely gaining a privilege to conceal.
I get sick of seeing the inaccuracies being spread around as truth. Please, do the research yourself. Don't take advice from anyone, especially people you only know online (including me!). The laws are on the books. You have legislators that can be asked. One caveat: The police are generally as misinformed as most gun owners!
I'm not going to argue with you the benefits or risks taken when you choose to carry openly versus concealed. That's best left for another day. What I will say is this: Regardless of how you carry, the important thing is that you're armed!
Last edited by zigziggityzo; March 25th, 2009 at 05:29 PM.
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Legal in 44 states, frowned upon in most of those, and illegal in Texas...what a topsy-turvey world.
There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.
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Thanks for posting the link.
Obviously opinions against open carry are prevalent here. I admit that I am against open carry in most situations. That said, it's important to know when you can open carry (which is, as you point out, more often than most believe).
I like living in an open carry state. When my gun get's exposed due to activity, the wind, etc. I don't have to worry about suddenly becoming a violator.
"Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must." - The Duke of Wellington
Unfortunately I live in one of those states where open carry is a NO NO..
So really 11 states are open carry, meaning that you can pretty much carry anywhere without getting the police called on you.
14 states are licensed open carry states, meaning there are restrictions for folks without licenses.
17 states allow some open carry, but you have a good chance of getting your butt in a crack if you do it where many other people are around.
2 states you can open carry in a rural setting, since they are CA, and IL it means you might get by with it on your own land, and put in jail for pretty much any place else.
6 states and DC don't allow for any open carry.
I still don't see the point or the advantage. Nor do I see much change in any of these standings in the near future. I am prefectly happy with my concealed carry.
Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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While open carry may be legal in your state, I would still check with the state Attorney General's office just in case there is some conflict with local ordinances.
I, too am perfectly happy with concealed carry.
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And "restrictions" for those without licenses in those states are total prohibitions.
You can be perfectly happy with paying for a privilege, but there are many who cannot (due to age or other reasons), and this is the right that's remaining.
There are no qualifications listed in this amendment. No taxes allowed. No permits necessary. This is it....the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
So if you see something in the forum that that you feel is inaccurate or untrue, use the "Report This Post" feature. The moderators will deal with it.
Don't post in the open forum accusing us of spreading lies.
When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier.
Apologies. Should have said inaccuracies. Will edit post for abrasive language.