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.

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

Having documented proof of an actual criminal offense also can get you the carry permit. Well, providing you survive the crime...

Being a businessman and frequently carrying large amounts of cash is also good rationale, per the People's Republic of Maryland.

But you still can only get the carry permit IF and ONLY if the Sheriff or local CLEO signs off on the thing.

Hell, they changed the laws just this year so that: In order to be permitted to purchase a handgun, you need a background check, fingerprints, classroom work, range time, fill out the papers...(ex-LEO exempted). Did I say purchase? Heck, just to be allowed to rent one at a gun range you need Handgun Qualification License.

This is the state that recently dispatched with the Death Penalty, coz. You know, murderous thugs are people too. But screw the citizens, they can just go ahead and be victimized.

So...for the sake of argument say your sister lives in Maryland, owns a business, has a restraining order against her ex who once assaulted her...if the Sheriff thinks she has any right to self defense, he might sign off on it. Process can take years.

On the other hand, illegal immigrants can get driver's licenses and in-state tuition and all kinds of free help from the "Free State."

By the by,, you may need to do more research. The visible presence of a side arm does not elevate the threat level. And without exception, the passing of concealed carry laws has coincided with a reduction in crime.
Evil doers are like water. They take the path of least resistance.

The visible presence of a side arm does not elevate the threat level.

Could you explain what you mean by this?  I'm not entirely sure that I'd agree.  I know that when I see someone carrying a firearm it without question raises the level by which I feel threatened.  

Simple, you don't f with a guy carrying a gun.   

Does that include the police? If not, this may simply be a case of hoplophobia. Easily treatable by hanging around with responsible gun owners and ignoring media presentations of gun owners as Neanderthals.

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