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Eli Goldfinger
Alabama Fan
Member since Sep 2016
13959 posts

Open carry - how common is it?
And is it even necessary?

Full disclosure; I conceal cary on occasion, and always carry in my truck.

However, I’ve never even considered open carry.

What’s the point?

It just seems like a good way to show your cards, have your gun grabbed, or become a target.

I’m not talking about fishing, hunting, riding ATVs, or anything else outsoors...I’m talking about public things like eating at a restaurant or shopping at Lowe’s.

I’ve always lived in the south, but I have only seen a hand full of open carriers in my 40+ years.

I just can’t hardly GAF about these businesses asking people not to walk around with their gun. Makes sense to me and seems well within their rights.


UcobiaA
Alabama Fan
The Gump
Member since Nov 2010
514 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
Doesn't seen very common to me at all. I've only seen a handful of people open carry in public. I have seen many more shop/store owners and employees open carry and that makes sense in that making it obvious you are carrying might prevent someone from getting stupid and trying to rob your shop.

On the other hand, I see quite a few of concealed carry people in public that are printing.


The Rodfather
LSU Fan
I'm not really sure?
Member since Nov 2008
3670 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
I’m not a fan open carry for the reasons you stated. However I feel as though banning open carry just opens the door for “less than concealed” arrest and tickets. Ex. Carrying concealed but the gun becomes visible for a moment and you are “illegally open carrying”.



Eli Goldfinger
Alabama Fan
Member since Sep 2016
13959 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
Yeah...That certainly seems plausible.


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omegaman66
LSU Fan
greenwell springs
Member since Oct 2007
13039 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
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It just seems like a good way to show your cards, have your gun grabbed, or become a target.


That has always been my contention. WHAT??? I need an permit and extra training to conceal my gun but I can walk around with one exposed... Bassackwards

For the record I think you should be required to open carry or concealed carry if you are 21 or older. Either is fine and free as long as you do it! Need an exemption to not carry.

OK, I exaggerate. Or do I?


dakarx
Army Fan
Member since Sep 2018
640 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
Open carry is becoming less and less seen, over let's say the last 20 years. In my experience, it's just not needed as states have adopted CCW laws that just were not there, OC was the only way to legally carry in many states I lived in (Military, so it was more than a few). Most free states a CCW is now relatively easy and cheap to obtain.

As for OC making yourself a target...only for the morons who want to make a scene about it. Most people were oblivious to it or didn't care. That too has shifted towards protests at the mere sight of a pistol...people are looking for something to bitch about.

Want to spot a person carrying? Just look around and stereotype a little, clean, well groomed, generally presentable clothing, someone who does really stand out, with an untucked shirt....odds are he's armed. Same fella with a tucked shirt, he's headed to work where he wishes he could carry but HR says no.



stelly1025
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Lafayette
Member since May 2012
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re: Open carry - how common is it?
I have seen a few people do it. Most people will probably just get a CC permit ,but again there are few people that do it. I have also said this and it is an unpopular opinion ,but a privately owned business has to right to restrict you from bringing a gun into their store or place of business.


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ForeverEllisHugh
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2016
4021 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
Been in Louisiana for 25 years and never seen it once.

Not saying you shouldn’t be able to but CC seems tactically preferable.


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ChineseBandit58
LSU Fan
west of the pines
Member since Aug 2005
29423 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
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And is it even necessary?

Full disclosure; I conceal cary on occasion, and always carry in my truck.

However, I’ve never even considered open carry.


I'm with you - describes me to a T.

I was in my 70s before I saw an instance of open carry - having dinner with my granddaughter at a restaurant in Yuma, AZ - big guy walks by our table from behind me - I looked to my left as he passed by and saw this big ol long-barreled Colt just a foot from my face. - It actually startled me for an instant until I realized where I was. Granddaughter got a kick out of my reaction.

Didn't actually bother me = just very unusual sight then - have seen hundreds of incidences since.

I woldnt do it for all the reasons mentioned. I don't prefer to advertise what I have - just like I wouldn't walk around with $1000 bills pinned to my shirt.

And if a bad guy with robbery/mahem on his mind enters the restaurant, I don't want to be his first target.

I can understand the necessity of the "right" to open carry - but I don't understand the "necessity" to actually do it.


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Possumslayer
Tennessee Fan
Member since Jan 2018
2032 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
Open carry is like walking around in public with your dick hanging out of your pants.... they do it so everyone will pay them some attention.


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jimdog
columbus, ga
Member since Dec 2012
4398 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
Reasonable post. I carry my junk everywhere I go, I just don't go into Chic-Filet naked or Publix either to publicize that hey, I've got a dick over here. Although I'm not sure how many killings or non-killings it would contribute too. For instance many men carrying firearms openly, even in saloons, likely did contribute to killings in the old west. However the most people killed by firearms inside the city of Tombstone, AZ in a year was the OK corral year with 3 back in those days. Not counting accidents or suicides.

It's extremely rare to see a person other than a cop openly strapped. It may have been years for me. So it's kind of a non-issue if Publix asks you not to come in wearing a gun. Everyone I know personally 99% has a home defense weapon (at least) and some likely concealed carry. And I don't personally now a soul who openly carries so it's sort of a non-issue. Although if Publix ever goes back to a buy one, get one deal on Blue Bell or their Deli Key Lime pies you may need to pack.


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Pelican fan99
New York Yankees Fan
Lafayette, Louisiana
Member since Jun 2013
15901 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
Open carry is just asking for trouble in today’s climate. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve seen it


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tigerpawl
LSU Fan
Can't get there from here.
Member since Dec 2003
14685 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
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I've only seen a handful of people open carry in public.
Saw a lady in a pet store packing one. I believe in the concept, but it looked awkward. I was surprised actually. I think some people do it for the sole purpose of seeking attention.


Boatshoes
Member since Dec 2017
4690 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
I'll patronize a business that bans people who openly exercise their second amendment rights when those same businesses force gay couples to take off their wedding rings.

At this point I chose to conceal carry but I can see a scenario where society reaches a point where open carry becomes necessary.

Plainclothes off duty soldiers in Israel open carry carbines all the time.


Crimson Wraith
Alabama Fan
Member since Jan 2014
13346 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
I see it a couple of times a year, pistols only.


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udtiger
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since Nov 2006
58857 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
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Same fella with a tucked shirt, he's headed to work where he wishes he could carry but HR says no.


Or, he has an ankle holster.


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dstone12
East Carolina Fan
Member since Jan 2007
8693 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
I don’t see it much at all.

But when I do, I don’t freak out in the least.


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JOJO Hammer
Nicholls St. Fan
Getting a barbed wire tribal tat
Member since Nov 2010
9705 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
I’ll open carry at times if I feel like I need to. For example, if it’s late at night, I’m in a unfamiliar area and I need to get out of my truck. I’ll put my gun on my hip.

If I see someone with a pistol on their hip I don’t think twice. If someone is open carrying an AR style weapon I think he’s a douche looking for attention.


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bleedpg
LSU Fan
Gonzales, La
Member since Dec 2006
766 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
I'm in my 50's now. In about the last 15 or so years I can remember seeing only one guy with a gun open. This was in a Walmart. I grew up around guns so I don't really notice them that much. Maybe there's more out there and I don't notice.

As a kid growing up I remember seeing everyone with there hunting rifles or shotguns. I lived in the country (south Louisiana) so you didn't get in your truck without your gun because you'll sure to see a rabbit or something to shoot.

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I think some people do it for the sole purpose of seeking attention.

Agree to this
This post was edited on 9/12 at 7:36 am


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Flats
Georgia Tech Fan
Member since Jul 2019
763 posts

re: Open carry - how common is it?
I'm just over 50 and I can remember maybe 2 or 3 times that I've seen it under normal conditions (post-hurricane excepted). I don't do it for a lot of reasons, but I see a lot of criticism here that I see aimed at gun owners in general. Head to any liberal forum and you'll see comments like these aimed at people just for owning a gun, let alone carrying one concealed.

What’s the point?

They just own a gun because they have a small dick.

You just want to feel manly.

A restriction on fillintheblank doesn't impact me so who cares?


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