What states can you open carry in?

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    GA is open carry.

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    Open Carry??

    Georgia is, but I observe these issues. IF I am a Stop and Rob guy, read that as Stop and Rob the 7-11 I just walked into and I see an Open Carry guy in the store, who am I going to shoot first from ambush? The Open Carry guy, cause the guy behind the counter may have at best a baseball bat cause he is a Foreigner who does not or cannot get a license to carry or his religion forbids violence. Go figure what religion that is, but all of the foreign folks who sit behind of the counters in all of the stop and robs I seldom visit, do not carry and most do not have bullet proof counter facing compartments around them. The one's that do, have had and continue to have holdup issues.....
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    Blue Thunder, you nailed the tactical disadvantage of carrying openly. I won't do it myself. Open carry advocates don't care for my attitude but my safety is my business and I take it seriously.

    Maybe someday we'll achieve open carry nirvana where we all have pistols strapped to our hips in the free and open air, and we'll gather 'round and hold hands and sing kumbaya, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Thunder View Post
    Georgia is, but I observe these issues. IF I am a Stop and Rob guy, read that as Stop and Rob the 7-11 I just walked into and I see an Open Carry guy in the store, who am I going to shoot first from ambush? The Open Carry guy, cause the guy behind the counter may have at best a baseball bat cause he is a Foreigner who does not or cannot get a license to carry or his religion forbids violence. Go figure what religion that is, but all of the foreign folks who sit behind of the counters in all of the stop and robs I seldom visit, do not carry and most do not have bullet proof counter facing compartments around them. The one's that do, have had and continue to have holdup issues.....
    Ummmm....yeah.... and show us examples in real life where that has happened?

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    I will take my chances and DETER the MAJORITY of FELONS who would be evaluating me as a target.

    BTW, we are both breaking the rules of the open carry forum shown at the top of this forum.

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    Georgia with a GFL (Georgia Firearms License).

    I OC quite often especially in the winter.
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    Alabama has no law against OC as far as I know

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    Yes, Alabama has no law against OC, but I've heard of several local LEO departments that don't seem or don't want to understand this (at least according to other forums I've read).

    Unfortunately, to my reading of it, Alabama law seems to be not very clear about OC. It doesn't plainly state that it is legal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Thunder View Post
    Georgia is, but I observe these issues. IF I am a Stop and Rob guy, read that as Stop and Rob the 7-11 I just walked into and I see an Open Carry guy in the store, who am I going to shoot first from ambush? The Open Carry guy.....

    This is true, but another possibility is that the Stop and Rob guy sees a guy with a gun in the store and decides it's less risky to rob someplace that doesn't have people with guns in it.

    Just my $.02. I don't open carry myself, so *shrug*.

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    You can OC here in NH. You can only CCW with a permit. No OC in car with out permit.

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    According to open carry.org.......

    Quote Originally Posted by fox2102 View Post
    Alabama has no law against OC as far as I know
    Open carry in Alabama is legal except in a vehicle. To OC in a vehicle, a CCW permit is required.
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    This is probably a stupid question...and it is my first post as well! Oh well....

    I searched and I couldn't find the answer. In open carry states, do you need to be a resident of that state in order to avail yourself of that right? Or can you be a visitor?

    Thanks for your help. As I'm from IL, this is somewhat new to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevalier View Post
    This is probably a stupid question...and it is my first post as well! Oh well....

    I searched and I couldn't find the answer. In open carry states, do you need to be a resident of that state in order to avail yourself of that right? Or can you be a visitor?

    Thanks for your help. As I'm from IL, this is somewhat new to me.
    Whatever restrictions for open carry a state places upon residents of that state, a non resident must also meet. For instance, in order for a Georgia resident to open carry in Georgia they must have a Georgia Firearms License. In order for a non resident to open in Georgia, they must have a license that Georgia recognizes.

    In Washington, no permit is required to open carry outside a vehicle, therefore a non-resident may also open carry in Washington outside a vehicle without a recognized permit.

    The rules are the same for residents and non-residents regarding open carry, so long as the non-resident possesses a permit (if required) that is recognized by that state.

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    Indiana, if you have a license to carry.

    Indiana law is silent on the method of carry and the license does not define the manner of carry either. You might run into police officers who think differently though. Some will discuss it calmly and others might argue with you carrying openly even after they concede you have the legal right to do so.

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    Open in NJ

    NJ allows open carry for those with a NJ permit. NJ issues HR 218 permits for residents and regular permits (though extremely rare). Residents with either type can carry openly in NJ. I do not carry openly except at the range though, because... this is NJ, but can if I really want to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevalier View Post
    This is probably a stupid question...and it is my first post as well! Oh well....

    I searched and I couldn't find the answer. In open carry states, do you need to be a resident of that state in order to avail yourself of that right? Or can you be a visitor?

    Thanks for your help. As I'm from IL, this is somewhat new to me.
    If you have a permit to carry from your home state you can open carry in Michigan. This is do to the fact of getting the pistol into the state of Michigan.
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