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In reading another thread it was implied that a concealed carry permit allowed you to only carry concealed, implying that the gun should not be visible. Is this true in most states.
I checked my license (Indiana) and it is titled: License to carry handgun.
Licensee may carry on person or in vehicle any handgun lawfully possessed. There is no mention of Concealed on the license. Does this mean I can carry in an open holster if I desire. :???:
 

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asa13th said:
Does this mean I can carry in an open holster if I desire. :???:
Indiana seems to be or have been in a state of flux regarding open or concealed carry.

I can't think of any real benefits to open carry by civilians, and I can think of many reasons for a civilian not to carry openly, not the least of which would be that it could cause an unnecessary antagonism or fright to people. Why look for trouble. One might also ask, why tip your hand to BG's and advertise, "shoot me first."

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Thanks to Frickin Nuts and JimL, I agree that there seems to be no real reason for open carry (except I carry the Ruger .22 holstered when tracking the wily mushroom, We do have our share of Copperheads and Rattlesnakes here in my area.) (Although it is not permitted to kill Rattlers as they are supposedly endangered) I was mostly interested in the descriptions and wording used.As Rush Limbaugh once or a lot of times has said: "Words Mean Things" and sometimes the things they mean are not what mere mortals think they mean, especially if they were devised by the Legal Profession.
 

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can't speak for our state but in ohio they have open carry, no license or permit required.. as long as you can lawfully possess the gun you can carry it openly..

we also have CCW which requires jumping threw hoops and submitting to a complete rectal examination (IE: background and finger printing, 12hour course with 2hour range time)

at which point you should be able to carry any way you want.. open, conceal, or something inbetween like a discreet (dont want every one to know but not willing to wear a rectum holster to conceal it.) carry.


now if your state does'nt have open carry.. then i would suspect you need to have it covered up to some degree.. and probably gets into really subjective opinions as to what is concealed properly enough..

best bet is to search google for gun laws in your state, NRA is a good place to check, even better there are often gun right advocate groups specific to your state that would be very knowledgeable, you should also check the states website.

I would not bother asking a street cop though.. there your general purpose law enforcement keeping rapist and murders at bay.. and are'nt gonna known line for line (and few other then lawyers would) every gun law. Most likely would get more opinion then fact.

I disagree with totally discarding open carry.. it does have it's pros.. it's cons are obvious but the positives are often over looked..

faster draw, more comfortable, usually if legal requires no license or permit.

down side is obvious, apparent you are carrying, requires a security holster or at least more awareness, will sometimes get you hassled by people.. but from what i've read form OC'ers it's usually the cops that bother you and most every day people might notice or comment usually are not the primary source of headaches.

i think OC and CC are both good things and i dont think it would be good to discard either of them, more what fits your situation and comfort rather then X is better then Y hard and fast rule.
 

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I wouldn't go by whats on your permit, I'd check on the actual regulations/laws.

I know that Mn does not require concealment, actually its not mentioned at all. The nice part with this is that if you are carrying concealed and you accidentally print or reveal your gun you are still covered legally. Some do chose to open carry but I chose not to.

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Here's my 2 cents from the Great White North. In Maine, open carry and conceatled carry are 2 entirely different animals. Anyone that is legally able to possess a firearm, may carry a handgun in open carry-HOWEVER-Do Not be surprised if a sharply dressed person in a uniform also carrying in open carry with a bright shiny badge on his/her chest comes up and asks what you are doing.

Concealed is just that-CONCEALED! Why advertise? The closest I come to open carry is my open/concealed in my Uncle Mikes Original Gun Pouch. And so far, I have not noticed one person bat an eye at it.
 

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My thought, being from Nevada, is that a ccw means CONCEALED...thats it!! Why do you want other people to know that you are carrying? My 2cnts worth
 

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In Texas, it's a CHL -- Concealed Handgun License -- and means just that. Don't think I'd carry open anyhow; sorta defeats the purpose of surprising the BG ... and also might make you a target for someone who'd like to have the very model you're carrying - without having to pay for it.
 

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The only state I've been in with an open carry is New Mexico. I found it odd why anyone would carry out in the open like that. That was years ago and some friends and I met up with a couple guy riding our bikes to yellowstone. At the time you could carry openly but it couldn't be loaded which was odder still. One of the guys was carring a S&W 357 six shooter and the other a Colt 45. My thinking was - get in a hurry and trying to load a six shooter was nuts. I had a 38 snub in my bag but never showed it off. It was loaded the whole time, guess I was breaking the law then. Never saw a need for an empty gun...
 

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In Missouri our CCW allows to conceal. Anyone here can carry open though without any type of permit. I cannot think of anytime someone would want to open carry.

It does not matter here if someone makes your gun while concealing. No laws broken.
 

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Check with your local polilce or prosecutor's office.
 

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I think you are much better off carrying concealled if you have your ccw or similar. You will draw attention to yourself, more than likely negative, and let's face it, guns and gun owners already have gotten a bad reputation. If for instance, you're in the gas station that is getting robbed and you are carrying openly, who do you think will get shot if you are not the shooter?

I only carry openly when at the range or on my parent's wooded land for hunting.
 

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threefortyduster said:
In Florida, concealed means concealed. No open carry here, but you really should read your state's entire statute regarding firearms.
i agree. in texas you better not see the gun
 
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