Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Discuss issues regarding open carry.

Open or Concealed: How do you carry?

Always concealed
261
44%
Mostly concealed, but sometimes open
217
37%
Concealed about half the time and open the other half
35
6%
Mostly open, but sometimes concealed
57
10%
Always open
15
3%
Always open and unloaded because I don't intend to get a CFP
6
1%
 
Total votes : 591

Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby Jeff Johnson » Sun 25 May 2008 10:54 pm

We have had many discussions on open carry vs. concealed carry on our forum.
Not only that, but quite a number of forum members here are also members of OCDO.

This leads me to believe that we give the impression that ours is more of an Open Carry forum than a Concealed Carry forum. Some may even get the impression that almost all of our members open carry regularly. I do not believe that this is the case, but have no firm data to back up that belief.

For that reason, I wanted to start a poll to allow forum members to give us some hard evidence one way or the other.

[EDIT] Those people who have their permit are requested to vote. The following paragraph was merely intended to keep from giving a skewed result by people who don't yet have their permit and carry open/unloaded until they do. I want the real results of people who have their permit, or how they expect to carry once they do have their permit.[/EDIT]

In order to not skew the data, I am specifically asking those people who are waiting for their CFPs to vote for the category that they believe that they will be in once they do receive their CFPs. In other words, if you're going to get a CFP and are open-carrying unloaded only until you get that CFP, don't vote for a category that is your short-term solution while waiting on the CFP. Vote for how you plan to carry once you receive your CFP. I'll set up the poll such that you can change your vote if you change your mind.

[EDIT #2: I've noticed that a number of people are saying that they mostly CC but sometimes OC to hike or camp.
Hmmm. I think that may be skewing the results of the poll from my original intention. I think I should have worded it to say OC in public, e.g. on the streets, in restaurants, grocery stores, etc. Out in the backwoods, it just doesn't quite mean the same thing.

This poll was set up so that you can change your vote at any time. Anybody need to change their vote with this clarification?
]

In this thread, I'm not interested in rehashing the old debate of which is better. We've covered that quite thoroughly in other threads, so let's not go there. Just let us know which category you fall into the most.

So ... let's find out, shall we?

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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby rdoggsilva » Sun 25 May 2008 11:01 pm

I mainly carry concealed. But do open carry when around the house, out fishing, hiking or this year hunting.
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby GeneticsDave » Mon 26 May 2008 12:06 am

So this poll is only for people who don't yet have their permit?

I can't vote? Bummer.
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby Cinhil » Mon 26 May 2008 12:48 am

I chose to vote anyhow. I conceal carry most of the time however, there are occasions where I have open carried when not specifically on a range.
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby GSP » Mon 26 May 2008 6:54 am

I almost voted for "always concealed" but, have on occasion open carried. (I do have a CFP). Concealed is my preferred method of carry.

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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby thering » Mon 26 May 2008 7:00 am

I voted mostly concealed and sometimes open. I've not received my permit yet but I feel very confident that I will conceal mostly.
Going shooting today... thinking about OC'ing (unloaded of course) for the first time while out and about...
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby doconix » Mon 26 May 2008 7:45 am

I always carry concealed. Too many of those I am around each day are not comfortable with the idea of self-protection carry. Many are hunters, but they feel guns belong in the mountains, not in the city. They know I often carry (and we've had some great conversations about it), but they are still not comfortable with it. Some have come over to my side, but others just think I'm stupid to have guns around me so often. And I don't even carry with one in the pipe, but they still worry. One, for example, has seen two people accidentally shot (one died) with guns, so some of their fears are well founded. I tell them my kids are going to find guns at neighbors houses or school anyway, so I'd rather satisfy their curiosity at home under controlled circumstances and with good training. Enough of that -- I'm sure you all know the arguments people give and the ones we give back. :)

In addition, Jeff, I think there is a real need for a forum on CC rather than OC. I don't know how many times I've seen a thread here on "where can I carry concealed" or "when will I get my license". These might be repetitive, but they are important stepping stones for those getting into CC.

IMO, there is a significant difference between OC and CC. CC is generally more about personal protection. Because it is concealed, it is a personal thing. CC is about ME only. OC makes a statement. It starts conversations. It makes some people uncomfortable. It makes people evaluate their own positions (since most haven't thought about it). It sometimes causes delays and run ins with cops or store owners or whoever. OC, in many ways, is about changing things. I applaud those who OC because our society needs to get used to the idea that guns are here to stay, regardless of the laws. CC is a different thing -- it is one step less than OC because it doesn't make a statement unless the carrier decides to discuss with someone.
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby Outsider » Mon 26 May 2008 8:11 am

Probably mainly open but sometimes conceal once I get my CCP.
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby Jeff Johnson » Mon 26 May 2008 9:31 am

GeneticsDave wrote:So this poll is only for people who don't yet have their permit?

I can't vote? Bummer.


Sorry. I got too clever by half with my instructions. I added the following paragraph to the original post.
[EDIT] Those people who have their permit are requested to vote. The following paragraph was merely intended to keep from giving a skewed result by people who don't yet have their permit and carry open/unloaded until they do. I want the real results of people who have their permit, or how they expect to carry once they do have their permit.[/EDIT]
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby Jeff Johnson » Mon 26 May 2008 9:36 am

doconix wrote:...
In addition, Jeff, I think there is a real need for a forum on CC rather than OC.
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We do have a sub-forum on CC. This thread is in it.
Do you mean that we should have separate sub-forums for CC and OC?
We've talked about that idea just today. I think it's a good idea.

It seems that we can't get away from discussing OC on UCC, since so many people do it or advocate it.
For that reason (and others), there's no way that I would attempt to discourage discussion of OC on our board.
However, the purpose of this thread is to find out just how popular OC is vs CC. I'm genuinely curious.
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby Snurd » Mon 26 May 2008 9:48 am

I conceal 100% of the time. No need to let the bad guy know what I have. Plus there are people out there that freak out when they see a gun, then you get the police called on you and get your time wasted for no good reason. Might as well conceal in my opinion. Not that police are bad, there seem to be a fair amount of them that don't know the law, which is too bad.
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby SlimsBFG » Mon 26 May 2008 9:49 am

I have another 6 weeks or so to go for my CFP, but I'm going to conceal mostly and open carry when hunting, hiking, fishing, etc...

I originally had panned to OC a lot more frequently, but quite frankly, I don't ever want to be hassled by ignorant LEOs. Reason being, if I can be BUSTED for ignorance of the law, so should they...but we all know how those confrontations can end up!!! Maybe if I was in law school or had the cash to have a lawyer on retainer or the time to write letters to IA/AG/Congressmen/Police Chiefs, I would OC more, but that's not my world.
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby Dustin WJ » Mon 26 May 2008 10:11 am

I voted "Mostly concealed and sometimes open." Now that I have my CFP, I only OC at home or when I'm attending an OC meet.
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby Cowboy » Mon 26 May 2008 11:00 am

Mostly Concealed is what I prefer, I open carry as I see fit because it is my right to do so and sometimes the occasion calls for it. :shades:
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Re: Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry Poll

Postby UTOC-45-44 » Mon 26 May 2008 11:04 am

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