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Open Carry Poll

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by PlayboyPenguin, Oct 14, 2006.


What is your stance on Open Carry

  1. I support it and would do it

    248 vote(s)
  2. I support it but would not do it myself

    96 vote(s)
  3. I support it but I am unsure whether it would be for me or not

    109 vote(s)
  4. I do not support it

    20 vote(s)
  5. I am undecided

    5 vote(s)
  1. Just for my own personal knowledge. :)

    I personally chose that I would support it but would not do it myself.

    I will admit that this is a change on my part, used to be against open carry but I have kind of adopted the" to each his own" approach to the topic.

    But then again I just might if I got a brand new firearm that I was really proud of and wanted to show it off. :)
  2. expvideo

    expvideo Well-Known Member

    I open carry from time to time in Washington. It's the easiest way to carry in another state, if your permit doesn't work there. It's also a lot more comfortable in the summer. I don't do it often, but sometimes if I'm out on a date with my girlfriend and she gets cold, I'll give her my jacket, exposing my holstered pistol. She doesn't mind (she likes it), and it's legal in WA. In fact, it's legal in 43 states, most just don't know. I make sure to carry laws and paperwork to prove to uninformed officers that it is infact legal, since I don't want to be arrested.

    The most crowded places I've OC'd are Walmart and Albertsons, out here in Everett. I usually don't carry in crowded places, but I was in a hurry, and it raises awareness for the legality of it anyway, so what the heck.
  3. Norm357

    Norm357 Well-Known Member

    Because of weather her in HOtlanta, I open carry maybe half the time. Never had a problem.
  4. TallPine

    TallPine Well-Known Member

    Why would you not support it?

    (unless you like telling people what they can and can't do :fire: )
  5. dasmi

    dasmi Well-Known Member

    Support it, done it serverl times in Arizona, no problems at all.
  6. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Sure I support it, but I never do unless I'm hiking or hunting.

  7. DRZinn

    DRZinn Well-Known Member

    I support it, but around other people wouldn't do it (unless it's Open Carry Day.)
  8. Some people are against open carry for various reason. Some of them valid like not wanting to risk police harassment, not wanting criminals to know they are armed etc.

    And some for less valid reasons such as thinking it will increase violence and create an old west shoot-em-up enviroment.

    I am afraid I would have to see some evidence for this to believe it myself. Maybe we could create a test city where everyone over 18 was allowed to open carry and see what happens. My biggest fear would be that sidewalks would get crowded with all the guys standing around showing off and talking about their firearms. Any volunteers to move there? :D
  9. LoveMyCountry

    LoveMyCountry Well-Known Member

    The only place I don't open carry is at church. I carry conceiled there (with full support of the Pastor :D ) just so that I will not distract people from hearing a very important message.

    Yes, bad guys may see me and take me out first - OR - they may see me and decide that they have urgent business elsewhere.:what:

    I carry for three reasons:
    1. Protection of my family and myself.
    2. A right not exercised is a right lost.
    3. To remind people that carrying a gun does not make you into a psychotic killer.

    Open carry let's me do all three at once.

  10. 2TransAms

    2TransAms Well-Known Member

    If open carry was widely accepted it may be more appealing. I would do it...if everyone else did. I wouldn't mind the stares (heck I'd probably think it was funny). Now I have seen people carrying open here in IL and nobody has looked twice or said a word about it. I guess most folks probably just assume they're policemen.
  11. expvideo

    expvideo Well-Known Member

    If you're that nervous about it, get handcuffs and carry them in a cuff holster next to your piece. You aren't claiming to be a police officer, but people will assume.
  12. thumper723

    thumper723 Well-Known Member

    I would support it, and do it in "appropriate" situations. Probably not at the movies, but would do it while doing yardwork, going to HW store, Home Depot, etc...
  13. TallPine

    TallPine Well-Known Member

    Okay, how about Montana, Arizona, Colorado, and some other states....?

    Not that you see it all that much, but nothing illegal about it (except Denver)
  14. I was thinking more of a test city where everyone agreed to carry. Not just where you could but did not. :)
  15. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    Not really that uncommon a practice in Arizona. I do it. People who escape from California, I see doing it until they get their permits. When I first moved here, I was nervous about it. Now, I'm not nervous about it at all. I see CAS guys with their single actions carrying on shoot days, packing their shotguns around too. I've seen a grandma with a .357 on her hip in WalMart. :D It's done.

    The guy who taught my CCW class doesn't like it when people do it. He thinks it's obnoxious. He's a friend of mine, used to work in my office. We agreed to disagree on that point. :cool:
  16. DFW1911

    DFW1911 Well-Known Member

    Me too.

  17. salvador31c

    salvador31c Well-Known Member

    I Support Open Carry Because i Do it Everyday in Phoenix, AZ :neener:
    because i dont have a CCW permit and cant get one for about 7 or 8 months even when i do get it i'm sure i would still open carry but would more then likly CC more offten then OC but i've never had a problem carrying yet in more then a year that i've done it the only downfall has been "DA Thugs" Calling My GLOCK 30 "DOPE" kinda annoying and weir:scrutiny: d when they walk circles around me to check it out and stare at it
  18. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I carry openly all day long at work; elsewhere, I carry openly at least a third of the time.
  19. Sig245

    Sig245 Well-Known Member

    I carry concealed but believe everyone should have the right to carry in the open. I understand its a problem in the big cities but once you are outside of large metro areas who cares.
  20. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    I support it, and have done it here in Alabama on occassion~!:D

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