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Open Carry (aka "OC")

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by tyc, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Why would some one that is new to any forum start an argument with a Mod. If you don't like the stance any forum takes you can move on. I am sure you can find a forum that be more in line with the way you think.

    If you think you can come here and change things to your way you won't last long.
  2. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think if you went back and checked, you would find that this person has been banned before and signed up under another name. I do not believe this was his first visit here.
  3. Jerryboy

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    this should've been locked awhile ago.
  4. 76Highboy

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    Hmmm, interesting.
  5. RunningOnMT

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    Yeah, but it was a good discussion, and a necessary one. As far as the former guest goes, Dan could have ended the disruption any time he chose, but patiently gave the man time to contemplate the error of his ways:). He may have come here looking for a fight but did little more than give everyone a big yawn.

    Now, back to the discussion; I have a confession to make. Open carry is legal in Ohio but I'm one of those afraid to do it, in part because I don't know all the legal details about open carry. When taking my CCW class I asked questions about OC but the instructor said "You're going to get your CCW permit, why would you want to open carry?" My questions remained unanswered. So I'm not sure about things like if your weapon is partially concealed by clothing (like when wearing a jacket) if it still qualifies as "open" if most of it is still visible. Also not sure about the difference between open and concealed carry when in a car. So, until I'm sure I'm legal, I just don't need the hassle. Several years ago I made the argument right here on this forum that if we didn't exercise the right to open carry we'd lose it. At the time the consensus seemed to be the same as the opinion of the CCW instructor, so I just forgot about it.
  6. firefighter1635

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    RunningOnMT I too am from Ohio and I OC very often. My advise would be to find someone in your area that OC's and do it together, much less stress for a new to OC person when he's got someone doing it with him. As far as the Ohio laws regarding OC, I'll answer the ones you've posed and feel free to PM me if you have any other questions.

    Open vs. concealed has no difference in Ohio (unless you have no CHL) So if you have your CHL carry however you like, concealed completely, half concealed or totally open. It don't matter.
    In Ohio in order to OC (a loaded handgun) in your vehicle you MUST have a concealed Handgun Liscense. Otherwise you have to follow the laws of transporting a firearm, Mag out of gun, gun and ammo seperated within the vehicle, yada yada yada.

    This is why a CHL is good to have even if all you want to do is OC. It's too much of a pain to seperate my firearm from the magazine and ammo, drive somewhere to only have to put it back together again when I get there. Want to talk about freeking people out, stand outside Walmart at the trunk of your vehicle loading ammo into the mag of your gun as little old ladies are walking by. Now arrive there with it already loaded and holstered (CHL required if driving) and no one pays any attention.

    I don't agree with States that have a concealed handgun law, but have no OC law and here is why. In the summer time I'll wear my cargo shorts and a T shirt like many other people. I kneel down or bend over in a way that my shirt rides up exposing my weapon and a LEO sees this. I've just been charged with Openly carrying a firearm even though I have a liscense to conceal it. It makes no sense to me.
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  7. firefighter1635

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    I wish you were closer RunningOnMT. I'd be glad to take the time to show you the ropes of OC. It's really easy once you do it a couple times. Just don't figet with your firearm, checking to make sure it's still there is a common thing I see from people new to OC. Go about your buisness as if it's not even there and most sheeple will never even notice it.

    Carrying a decent voice recorder in your pocket is highly recomended too. I carry one every time I OC. It gets turned on as I leave the house, and don't get touched untill i'm home. This has saved my skin a couple times.
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