I come from a somewhat rural area and most of my family are gun owners and hunters; most of my uncles, cousins and other relatives own multiple shotguns, rifles, and handguns. I have never been anti-gun rights, but for the better part of my life I have shunned the idea of carrying a firearm and have seen it as unnecessary and dangerous. I have recently re-evaluated my position on owning a firearm and am considering purchasing a handgun - purely because I would like to be a better shot.

My father has always been against owning guns and doesn't see any sense in it. My grandfather is the kind of man who carries around a loaded handgun at all times (for what reasons I have never asked him). Both of these men have shaped my opinions in different ways.

I have begun to wonder, if I do purchase a gun should I carry it around? For what reasons do you, or don't you, carry? Protection seems to be the most common answer. This seems like a fairly simplistic response, and from my own experience and research it would seem that a gun can elevate a situation and put you in more danger. It also seems like most people who answer this question with "protection" have a Dirty Harry mentality and the desire to blow away a bank robber the next chance they get.

I guess that I'm hoping to hear a more informed and intelligent case for carrying a concealed or open handgun then what I have up to this point.

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Does your state offer a concealed carry permit?
According to opencarry.org my state is open carry friendly.
no no. Concealed carry, not open carry.
Open carry is touchy too. You'll need to research what areas you can and cannot carry. Also, keep in mind that a random guy walking down the street with a gun on his hip is not likely to be well received. I wouldn't be surprised if you ended up having a few comversations with the law if you carry openly.
I would recommend getting a conceal carry permit if it is available in your state. Here in Ohio, the class required will wil 150-200 dollars, and the permit itself is about 60 bucks, renewed for the same every 5 years. I don't have mine (yet) but I know several people who do. The paperwork process and background check is likely to take several months.

Interesting thread.

As a person who does not own a gun, the only comment i have is i would prefer open carry being legal, as opposed to concealed carry. I could then make a more informed personal decision about the safety of my surroundings.

Because criminals and crazed people will carry openly *eyeroll*  I don't have a Dirty Harry mentality.  I have a gun because it gives me options.  I also train in unarmed combat.  If someone simply wants my wallet, I will hand it over.  On the other hand, if some jackass comes in and is lighting everyone up like Adam Lanza, I will nail them between the eyes.

Most who carry aren't looking for attention.  I'd rather not be the first asshole shot at when some crackhead knocks-over the local Stop-n-Rob.

 

Open carry should be legal.  But, personally, no thanks.

JB

My opinion exactly.

On the other hand, if some jackass comes in and is lighting everyone up like Adam Lanza, I will nail them between the eyes.

Well, at least that's how it goes in your fantasies.

Sorry, but with that opinion, you should really look at any shop/store with a sign that says "please do not carry weapons in this establishment" and do a 180, and walk away from it.

Far as I'm concerned, whether a person is carrying openly or concealed makes no difference to me. Obviously, in the recent past, various businesses have asked people to not carry in their stores (like Chipotle), but they are doing so because the less responsible of us gun owners made fools of themselves by open carrying AR-15s and similar into these places.

Ultimately, I agree with Jack Bauer here in that Open Carry should be legal, but personally I won't do it unless it's absolutely necessary.

In Maryland you either have to be an ex-LEO or have three documented threats against your life to get a concealed carry permit.

Are you looking for people willing to submit written threats?  Heh.

 

Bizarre rule.  Are most violent crimes in Maryland preceded by three documented threats, or something?


JB

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