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open carry

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:04 pm
by sonmtn
I realize this is the cc secton and if it is wrong delete it please
but i was wondering what members thought about open carry and if it would actually deter or prevent
sensless acts such as have happened as of late.

Re: open carry

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:05 pm
by doubloon
It won't stop the crazy or determined.

Re: open carry

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:56 pm
by sonmtn
doubloon wrote:It won't stop the crazy or determined.
agreed

Re: open carry

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:05 am
by warjunky1428
I open carried for a couple years. In my opinion it draws undue attention from both the positive and the negative. Open carry is ultimately a show of force, and showing your hand. You spotlight yourself as a high value target when a determined criminal is in your vicinity.

I would rather conceal carry and have many others do the same. As long as the town makes it known that they are concealed carry friendly, this then becomes a huge force multiplier. Now criminals do not know when or where they are safe or may lose their life before completing their objective.

The hardest part is convincing the local PD that having CCL holders in their AOR are to their advantage and not the other way around.

Re: open carry

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:39 am
by MV10
warjunky1428 wrote:I open carried for a couple years. In my opinion it draws undue attention from both the positive and the negative. Open carry is ultimately a show of force, and showing your hand. You spotlight yourself as a high value target when a determined criminal is in your vicinity.
Because you are "that guy." If you have even just a few people in the area who are carrying, what do you think the criminal is going to do? Plan who he'll take out and in what order and hope he can do it fast enough before these obviously-armed individuals do something about it? Seems pretty unlikely. There aren't a lot of shootings down at Police HQ.

Re: open carry

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:33 am
by sonmtn
great posts thanks guys

Re: open carry

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:08 pm
by snapshot
As long as there are "Gun Free" zones, open carry doesn't matter.

Re: open carry

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:50 am
by whiterussian1974
warjunky1428 wrote:Open carry is ultimately a show of force, and showing your hand. You spotlight yourself as a high value target when a determined criminal is in your vicinity.
I would rather conceal carry and have many others do the same. As long as the town makes it known that they are concealed carry friendly, this then becomes a huge force multiplier. Now criminals do not know when or where they are safe or may lose their life before completing their objective.
On public land I agree. But businesses are justified in Open Carry because it let's people know that they aren't playing or putting up with any crap. Every time that I owned a small business I carried concealed until someone became a problem. ThenI would slide the holster to my strongside (4 o'clock) because when I was in the Police Academy they taught that "mere presence" was the lowest stage on the Use of Force Continuum. Then "armed presence" was the next.
The only time that I open carry is when I have my badge clipped just in front of the holster.
There are plenty of hotheads, and people tend to use what's readily available. The extra second that it takes them to draw from concealed let's me better assess the situation and determine my actions.
There are plenty of cases where open carry is justified, but as a rule I prefer concealed. It makes a gun grab more difficult since they don't know that I'm carrying.