The topic of opening carrying a pistol is hotly debated topic these days. With the recent court rulings on concealed carry open carry may be a thing of the past.
First off, I do support open carry and here is why. In some states they are not permitted to “carry concealed” so the only method permissible is to carry openly. Now, I don’t agree with it, but if that is the only way they can exercise their constitutional rights then shouldn’t we all support it?
I am not about to preach from the pulpit and tell someone they can’t do something that would limit their constitutional rights. I will however give them a breakdown of the positives and negatives of their choices in an effort to provide a different view point. In the end, my goal is to educate and provide information that allows an individual to make an informed choice. That is the key, folks need to come to their own decision, make their own choices. As a country of free men and women, choice is still what separates us, it’s our national identify.
The positives nature of open carry can be summed up into exercising your constitutional right. So, if you are just there to support your 2A fine, but please don’t confuse supporting your 2A with personal protection. The two are very different. About the only other positive I can surmise is convenience. Yep, that’s right, but my observation might be different from yours. Having lived in an “open carry” state such as Arizona and having worked at a firearms school such as Gunsite I can tell you that driving to and from work openly is pretty convenient. Since most of my classes were defensive pistols or rifles there was no requirement to be concealed on the firing line. I can remember often stopping for gas or food on the drive and not being too concerned.
Now, the negatives. I do not recommend it unless you have incredibly strong combative skills and super situational awareness. The thought that open carry is a deterrent to crime is not something I support. Can it be a deterrent, I suppose an argument could be made that from a random victim point of view a bad guy might choose the unarmed versus armed. I mean we believe large breed dogs deter burglars for much the same reason. However, the point I choose to stand by the most is that of the “grey man” theory. Where you literally just blend in to the crowd, you don’t stick out as a threat or a victim. Is it possible, yes it and all it takes is traveling in foreign countries a while to learn a few tricks.
Do not let your arrogance for supporting your Second Amendment cloud good judgment. Is there a time and place for open carry, absolutely. Some may “choose” to avoid carrying openly, but that is their choice. Those that choose to carry openly in public consider that while you are exercising your right, you action may not be a deterrent, but an open invitation.