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Open Carry Poll

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

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What is your stance on Open Carry

  1. I support it and would do it

    248 vote(s)
    51.9%
  2. I support it but would not do it myself

    96 vote(s)
    20.1%
  3. I support it but I am unsure whether it would be for me or not

    109 vote(s)
    22.8%
  4. I do not support it

    20 vote(s)
    4.2%
  5. I am undecided

    5 vote(s)
    1.0%
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  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin member

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    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

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    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

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

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    Why would you not support it?

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

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

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

    Biker
     
  7. DRZinn

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    I support it, but around other people wouldn't do it (unless it's Open Carry Day.)
     
  8. PlayboyPenguin

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    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

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    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.

    LoveMyCountry
     
  10. 2TransAms

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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. PlayboyPenguin

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    I was thinking more of a test city where everyone agreed to carry. Not just where you could but did not. :)
     
  15. sixgunner455

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    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

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    Me too.

    DFW1911
     
  17. salvador31c

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    You missed "support it and do it"

    I open carry frequently here in Virginia. One must, in establishments that serve alcohol for consumption on the premises, and it's a royal pain to conceal, uncover, conceal, etc.
     
  22. oops!

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    I frequently do in Ky.
     
  23. 22-rimfire

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    Pretty well thought out poll, PlayboyPenguin. :)

    I actually voted "undecided". A big part of me says open carry is great. The other side of me says that the firearm should be carried as discreetly as possilbe. I can just see some older woman freaking out at McDonalds when she sees the gun and calling the police. Don't need the aggrevation. With the handgun permit here, I can open carry if I choose. At this time, the only time I do that anymore is out in the woods. It is not recommended, but is legal in more urban areas.
     
  24. progunner1957

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    I voted "I support it but am unsure if it's for me" simply because I hace a CCW license here in my home state.

    I did open carry in Colorado (Collegiate Peaks area) on a backpacking trip once. I got some "interesting" looks from the earth heads driving by in their jeeps (but nobody screwed with me)...:D

    There's nothing more normal than carrying your favorite handgun while being out in the natural world - open or concealed - IMO.
     
  25. jhco50

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    I don't have a CCW permit, although I could get one with ease and a $50 fee. Let me be blunt. I don't want the government knowing that I carry, it is none of their business and according to the constitution they are not supposed to anything that affects our right to carry. In my state open carry is legal and I carry to my hearts content. If Miss welfare doesn't like it or a treehugger feels bad, I don't care. When the chips are down I will take care of my family and myself, without the interference of law enforcement. My impression of the local police is that the are a bunch of dufusses. I'm sorry, but it seems all they know how to do is write tickets.

    A few years ago, my wife was robbed at knifepoint. When she screamed, the apt's come alive ad people came out to help. The bad guy got away because I couldn't get a bead on him in time. We called the police, they took a report and left. Some of the men in the apt's had a partial plate and a description of the car. The police never contacted us for the next couple of weeks. Then some of the guys found the car and called the police. they come out and were shown the car and the bad guy...and did nothing. That is when I decided that they were worthless in a bad situation. Where are these fearless police? Colorado Springs, Colorado.
     
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