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Open Carry

Posted by Sean Cooper on May 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Who will carry openly after July 1 and why or why not?

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Reply DCriswell
9:35 PM on May 5, 2013 
I have no plan to open carry after July 1, but I believe that is simply a personal choice. I certainly can see situations where I could occasionally carry openly simply because it is easier, such as returning home from the firing range or hunting.
Reply Brad
6:27 PM on May 16, 2013 
I will carry open when I want to carry something not easily concealed. I'll carry concealed most of the time. However, it's nice to know that a firearm can be carried openly when a person chooses to do so.
Reply anonymous
12:14 PM on May 20, 2013 
I would like to open carry, and I'd really, really like it if everyone in the Jackson area decided to as well. I think it would cut down our crime dramatically. Not only would the bad guys see that the good guys were carrying, it would also make it more obvious who the felons are in our community, those not carrying. Unfortunately, as a 25 year old girl, I'm afraid I'd look like a nut if I went everywhere with a gun strapped to my side, so I probably won't.
Reply David
1:16 PM on May 27, 2013 
I prefer to carry concealed, but I am not biased against open carry. The only think I worry about is that businesses will trend to eliminating all carry on their premises due to the increase of open carry. I hope that doesn't happen.
Reply Msppiguy
3:19 PM on May 27, 2013 
I won't open carry, but I do believe you have the right to. I will carry concealed just for the fact i don't see the reason to cause a panic or scare people with the open carry of a firearm. Also you kind of lose the element of suprise when you open carry and the bad guy can see what you got and where it is.
Reply Sean Cooper
10:23 PM on May 27, 2013 
The only problem I have with concealed carry is the time it takes most people to respond. We are not in an offensive mode, rather carrying for self-defense. We don't know who the "enemy" is. They could be standing beside us. We don't know what their intentions are, but they do. Most of use wouldn't draw until we feel our life is in imminent danger, most likely meaning somebody already has the drop on us. If we think we will be able to quick draw and counter that threat, we have been watching too many Trinity movies.
Reply Sean Cooper
10:24 PM on May 27, 2013 
David says...
I prefer to carry concealed, but I am not biased against open carry. The only think I worry about is that businesses will trend to eliminating all carry on their premises due to the increase of open carry. I hope that doesn't happen.


We'll boycott them!
Reply Kyle McDonald
11:04 PM on May 27, 2013 
Personally I will be carrying concealed a majority of the time(if not all the time). That's the main reason I got my permit. Plus one could have extra attention drawn to them(as well as potential confrontations) when open carrying.
Reply Sean Cooper
11:08 PM on May 27, 2013 
Kyle McDonald says...
Personally I will be carrying concealed a majority of the time(if not all the time). That's the main reason I got my permit. Plus one could have extra attention drawn to them(as well as potential confrontations) when open carrying.


An armed society is a polite society. The reason crime is down in the open carry states is that people aren't stupid enough to confront an armed person (just my opinion and yours is well respected). Thanks for responding Kyle.
Reply Kyle McDonald
1:22 PM on May 28, 2013 
Rick, with the new open carry laws going into effect, has your opinion changed any about wearing a concealed permit badge while open carrying?
Reply Harold T
10:56 PM on May 28, 2013 
not me
I like having the advantage of surprise.
Reply Sean Cooper
11:34 PM on May 28, 2013 
Kyle McDonald says...
Rick, with the new open carry laws going into effect, has your opinion changed any about wearing a concealed permit badge while open carrying?


Kyle:

I don't have much of an opinion on that subject. Some people would label you a "Wannabe" cop if wore a badge, but some of that is jealousy. I hate to say this about my law enforcement friends, but many of them just don't want others having what they have. Many claim to be pro-second amendment but if the truth were known that applies to them, their families and friends with many of them. I can see some merit in carrying a badge as long as it doesn't imply law enforcement or police. If a bystander in a store would be less excited by seeing a badge next to a gun, then so be it. I really don't care one way of the other.
Reply Sean Cooper
11:38 PM on May 28, 2013 
Harold Tadlock says...
not me
I like having the advantage of surprise.



Harold:

I would prefer the element of surprise too. However, that will almost certainly force you into a gunfight. I don't agree with the thought that a person seeing you armed will cause a confrontation with you. In my 40 years experience, it's been just the opposite. Just like the cold war with Russia, if we had not flexed our muscles and let them know what we had, they might have attacked. We might have surprised them with our response, but we would be at war too. The Japanese wanted the element of surprise at Pearl Harbor and they got it. Whether they won or lost, is a moot issue. The fact that it forced us into war is the point. I want to wear openly as a deterrent, not a provocation.
Reply David
4:57 PM on June 2, 2013 
I already boycott any business that prohibits firearms concealed. I will add the others to my list. The reason I said I worry about open carry is I have had at least 3 people express concerns, and even though I try to explain the facts, they are still going to be scared of ANY gun not on a police office. Sad really.
Reply Billy Temple
9:45 AM on June 6, 2013 
I will not open carry during everyday business, but it sure will be handy to have it on my side late night at questionable places such as gas stations on state street or anytime you just feel something may not be right. Also I won't work so hard to conceal it, if people have to see it on occasion due to it shirt coming up or a jacket showing it, i'm covered since we are allowed to open carry and I have my permit. No gray area there for me to get in trouble. Now just to memorize the states that support our states gun laws....
Reply John
10:41 AM on June 13, 2013 
I Will not likely "Open Carry"! I believe it will only cause some people to act in a manor that will probably cause harm to others. Immature persons or those whose personalities are "Enhanced" by drugs or alchohol may be another issue as well! "Yo dats right you see my sh*t...etc. etc." Don't mean to sound prejudicial but I have seen that attitude too many times.
I also think it will give more fuel to the "Anti-Gun Lobby, and the fear mongers that believe no one should own or carry a firearm!
Reply Chris
12:31 PM on June 13, 2013 
Open carry will be a great asset when you choose to do so. I personally will carry open sometimes and concealed others. I only wish they would have written the bill, where you had to take a general class on gun safety. If you wished to carry at all. Many think they know everything about weapons and what they will do, but they don't. I am hoping if a few untrained people make mistakes, it will not reflect on all of us in a negative light. I can never say thanks enough for the work Rick has done and continues to do.
Reply Paul Rand
10:57 AM on June 16, 2013 
I really enjoyed the Enhanced carry class in Petal.It was what I needed to help me decide how and when I should carry, open or concealed. I do think everyone who plans to carry a gun should have firearms training. Safety is number one. You may not have a second chance if you mess up.
Reply Jake Wright
6:28 PM on June 18, 2013 
I plan to open carry, some. I'll still CC most of the time but the OC friendly clarification makes it so I don't have to worry about accidental exposure.
Reply Chris
7:56 PM on June 27, 2013 
I have a question. With a concealed permit and an IC endorsement, can I carry a firearm, concealed, into a business with a sign posted NO FIREARMS ALLOWED? I am seeing more and more signs everyday. Where does the law stand?