Concealed Carry or Open Carry?

Open Carry draws a lot of public attention and proper Concealed Carry can go completely unnoticed. Some people consider it an advantage to show their gun for self-defense and others don’t want this kind of attention.

All states allow citizens to Concealed Carry while Open Carry is only permitted in some states. As a result; it can be a problem when traveling between states. We must also be mindful, city laws can also vary. Consult your State Attorney General’s website for details concerning each method.

The tactical benefit of Open Carrying a handgun on your “strong arm side”, with no clothing obstruction, allows for “quick draw” capability. It can also be more comfortable carrying exposed, rather than hidden plus it eliminates the need for additional cover clothing required with some concealed holsters. Should quick draw access be your major self-defense tactic, or, should you place key emphasis on other maneuvers?

Open Carry can be a social disadvantage as noted in the two following examples which creates pause for thought. I talked to a man in South Dakota who visited his mother in a nursing home while wearing his 357 magnum revolver with a cover vest. Unknown to him; someone spotted the weapon and called the police. As he left the nursing facility he was met by (4) police cruisers in the parking lot. The policemen indicated they did not like the idea of him carrying a weapon, however, made no arrest.

It also happened in Englewood Ohio, to an individual who claimed to be harassed by the police, at a local festival, while Open Carrying a 9mm Beretta. He took his case to court and won, however, is exercising the right to Open Carry, when allowed in your state, worth the hassle? These people were negatively approached by the police without regard for their legal rights.

It can be an alarming experience for instinctively cautious law enforcement officials to see an individual with a gun, based upon the history of shootings in our society. A grave mishap occurred when Concealed Carry resulted in a deadly experience for a man in Las Vegas who was killed by overreacting police officers who received a phone call from a horrified store clerk indicating “a man had a gun in the store”. No one questioned whether he was legally carrying.

Open Carry persons can be regarded as champions, blatantly fighting for our 2nd amendment rights, which may improve social acceptance, but, in most cases we are dealing with public fear and ignorance of firearms. Exposing a firearm may be viewed as an “in your face confrontation” that will only reinforce public opposition.

This issue should be treated like any other prejudice that society faces. An effective solution will be based upon the behavior of qualified citizens, carrying firearms. The actions of the “Concealed Carry Society” will have the greatest impact on future success of our 2nd amendment rights.

Perhaps “Concealed Carry” is the best compromise for now. If the public “doesn’t see…they won’t know”. The above examples illustrate general public fear of seeing weapons on an individual. We must understand and accept the fact that a large segment of society has this mindset and will not change in the near future. Continuous positive results with license allocations will change public opinion over time.

Concealed Carry is the most hassle free method and the safest when you consider that you are acting undercover and less of a target for public scrutiny. Neither choice is perfect, but, each offers excellent self-protection…keep on packin dude.

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6 thoughts on “Concealed Carry or Open Carry?

  1. DGlenn

    I prefer to carry concealed. I live in north Idaho, which is different from many states, in that there is a large population of “freedom loving” people up here. I feel safe when I see someone open carrying.

    I have noticed that as more folks relocate to this part of the state they are more taken aback by those who openly carry, and are vocally negative about those who carry concealed. The issue of the 2nd Amendment is as contentious as any other social / political issue. One of the primary differences is that the 2A is a right…it’s a difficult concept for many to grasp…


    1. whap

      The founders wished a heavily armed society, for two reasons: 1) as a deterrent to government becoming too powerful, and 2) so that the folks would be ready to defend their persons, property, and nation, in any crisis, no matter how big or small.
      acknowledge that the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights is, indeed, the law of the land and “allow” residents to carry concealed firearms
      “justifiable need” for carrying a gun in public argued in their 2010 suit that a law that requires gun owners who want a concealed weapons permit to ask permission from a police official or a judge is an unconstitutional restraint on their Second Amendment right to own a firearm.


  2. whap

    Are we suppose to rejoice and celebrate the gift of A PIECE of a RIGHT? Allowing us to GET A PERMIT TO ENJOY A RIGHT? I do not believe The Second amendment allows “The Government” the power to take away the rights of the people and then give back a portion, in the form of a PERMIT, of corse at a small price. Oh wait, seems the Supreme Court did say something about that:

    ” Murdock v Penn, 319 U.S. 105: clearly established that no state could convert a secured liberty into a privilege and issue a license and a fee for it”.
    The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
    the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    The Amendment’s phrase “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” creates an individual constitutional right for citizens of the United States. The United States Constitution restricts legislative bodies from Amendments that renders prohibitory and restrictive regulation presumptively unconstitutional.

    the “guns everywhere” bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings
    under certain circumstances. ITS THE SUPREME LAW!
    keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
    What Part don’t you understand?


  3. A C WIllaman

    Even if open carry is allowed I keep my weapon concealed. 1- I don’t want to advertise to the bad guy that I have a weapon and he needs to “take me out first” 2- I believe it creates unnecessary panic for the public whenever they see a weapon 3- element of surprise is a distinct advantage



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