Would you open carry a sidearm if it were legal?

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  • bmlbml Senior Member Posts: 1,075 Senior Member
    It is legal here in Georgia, and I have OC'd many times. To the best of my knowledge, 99.9% of the masses are not aware of their surroundings enough to notice anyway. I never even got a second look the many times I OC'd, with a single exception. I have noticed a sharp rise in the number of folks carrying, both OC & CC, though. 5 years ago It was pretty unlikely to see someone other than LEO carrying at all. Now, I see OC'rs and CC'rs (That don't do a very good job of concealment) on a regular basis. I think a lot of the stuff in the media by the anti's has actually led to an increase in people that carry.
    scottd wrote: »
    The milk of human kindness is often out dated and curdled.

    This is like watching a bunch or **** trying to hump a door knob.....
  • NRANRA Member Posts: 112 Member
    No. I also dont show my hand at card games or walk around with my fly open.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,897 Senior Member
    NRA wrote: »
    No. I also dont walk around with my fly open.
    Wait a few years
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  • BAMAAKBAMAAK Senior Member Posts: 4,259 Senior Member
    :rotflmao:
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    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and politician
  • KENFU1911KENFU1911 Senior Member Posts: 1,052 Senior Member
    KENFU1911 wrote: »
    Yes I would..and do......I live outside a very small town....near one of the biggest cattle ranches in the State.....open carry is common.......so if I run into town for a load of water.....or hardware...or a DVD at the library....or maybe a taco at the Snowcap...........I don't bother with concealed in warm weather......never had even a slight problem....even the tourist from all over the World don't freak out....some just figure that's the way the West still is.....or say things like."I wish we could have stuff like that back home"..............but when I go to the big City....Flagstaff.....Prescott.........I take the time to go concealed........way to many strange Humans in cities for me to open carry.......Ken

    Has this thread run into the Canyon?????????????.......or can We pull it out.???.........Ken
    My idea of a warning shot is when the 2nd bad guy watches his 1st buddy go down....
  • KSDeputyKSDeputy Member Posts: 55 Member
    It is legal in KS, has been for a long time. A law that took effect July 1 gave all firearm regulation to the state. No more city ordinances against open carry. I would never carry a firearm openly unless in uniform, or in plain clothes on a very hot day with a badge displayed near the pistol. I carry under LEOSA and I must carry concealed, which is my choice anyway.
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    I would like open carry to be legal, I have few times I might need to OC, hunting etc..
    Another legitimate reason for OC might be soldiers in an unofficial parade.

    I have seen OC zealot videos, they get asked for ID and refuse to present ID when asked by LE, A stupid move for anyone carrying a firearm.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • RivernymphRivernymph Member Posts: 80 Member
    NRA wrote: »
    No. I also don't show my hand at card games or walk around with my fly open.

    I'm with him.
    I ain't afraid to love a man. I ain't afraid to shoot him, either. --Annie Oakley
  • Dr. dbDr. db Senior Member Posts: 1,541 Senior Member
    While I would like it to be legal and common at present I prefer to retain the element of surprise.
    Having said that, only if I had:

    1. A full size 1911 in THE caliber.
    or
    2. A S & W 629.

    As Robin Williams said in Good Morning Vietnam, "This whole camouflage thing just isn't working for me. If you are going to make a statement then CLASH!"
  • HvyMaxHvyMax Senior Member Posts: 1,786 Senior Member
    bml wrote: »
    It is legal here in Georgia, and I have OC'd many times. To the best of my knowledge, 99.9% of the masses are not aware of their surroundings enough to notice anyway. I never even got a second look the many times I OC'd, with a single exception. I have noticed a sharp rise in the number of folks carrying, both OC & CC, though. 5 years ago It was pretty unlikely to see someone other than LEO carrying at all. Now, I see OC'rs and CC'rs (That don't do a very good job of concealment) on a regular basis. I think a lot of the stuff in the media by the anti's has actually led to an increase in people that carry.
    When I OC'd in DC i think anybody who saw a big guy with a flat top and a gun probably assumed cop.
    Wal Mart where the discriminating white trash shop.
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    Reason for editing: correcting my auto correct
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,897 Senior Member
    I think I'll open carry a 610 and see if I get arrested getting the newspaper in from the street.

    Maybe a 629 on the left side too and see if anyone can tell the difference.
    A Veteran is someone that served in the Military, it does not matter where they served.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 8,528 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    I think I'll open carry a 610 and see if I get arrested getting the newspaper in from the street.

    Maybe a 629 on the left side too and see if anyone can tell the difference.

    I know the difference, one is a 44 mag the other a 10 mm, what do i win? does this mean i get the .22s?
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,897 Senior Member
    Diver43 wrote: »
    I know the difference, one is a 44 mag the other a 10 mm, what do i win? does this mean i get the .22s?
    But, can you tell the difference when they are in a holster or in profile outside of reading distance?
    A Veteran is someone that served in the Military, it does not matter where they served.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,897 Senior Member
    I if you had won something it would have been a weekend with cpj and Klinger.
    A Veteran is someone that served in the Military, it does not matter where they served.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 8,528 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    I if you had won something it would have been a weekend with cpj and Klinger.

    gosh guess i was wrong afterall. someone else gets the prize
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    HvyMax wrote: »
    When I OC'd in DC i think anybody who saw a big guy with a flat top and a gun probably assumed cop.

    You open carried in Washington D.C. ? A tiny LE district where many cops know each other on a first name basis, or have worked with or know of etc... you are a funny guy, OC in DC and prepare to eat dirt.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,651 Senior Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    You open carried in Washington D.C. ? A tiny LE district where many cops know each other on a first name basis, or have worked with or know of etc... you are a funny guy, OC in DC and prepare to eat dirt.

    He has the picture and the news story.
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,651 Senior Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    You open carried in Washington D.C. ? A tiny LE district where many cops know each other on a first name basis, or have worked with or know of etc... you are a funny guy, OC in DC and prepare to eat dirt.

    Here you go.
    http://gunssavelives.net/blog/first-photo-of-legal-open-carry-in-dc-in-70-years/
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
  • RimfireRimfire Senior Member Posts: 807 Senior Member
    LMLarsen wrote: »
    No, I would not. Like most others here, I prefer to remain discrete.

    What he said.
    G&A Forum Member since: October 2000; Life Member: GOA, IWLA, NRA, & Escapees.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,834 Senior Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    You open carried in Washington D.C. ? A tiny LE district where many cops know each other on a first name basis, or have worked with or know of etc... you are a funny guy, OC in DC and prepare to eat dirt.

    Doc, for a couple of days about a month ago. it was perfectly legal to OC in DC....as a matter of fact...there were NO gun laws in DC....HvyMax has achieved hero status....and a LOT of points on his man card....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
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