That is the question. For sure one of the under the rug talking discussions when interacting with pro-gun and anti-gun individuals. Yes, it is your constitutional right to bear arms but there is a time to be open and a time to be concealed. I know I open at Wally World(Walmart) because you never know what is going to happen. Walmart is just a huge cesspool for all
Things bad. I carry there even after a woman was screaming at a manager saying it was unsafe when she saw a man walking about with an open carry.
That is every carries worst nightmare. That unwanted hoopla creates by uneducated individuals. Concealed carry gets the same dumb stuff too especially if you wear the wrong article of clothing and your shirt comes up revealing your weapon. Can’t really win in the situation. Another thing to consider is when you open you are presenting to the whole world that you have a weapon. The criminals included. While holsters have come a long way, not many of them have an actual “lock”. At the moment I know Blackhawk makes that specific spec but not very many other companies have ventured over.
Retention is a great system but the biggest flaw with open carry is the fact that any crazy person could come up if you’re not paying attention and snag your sidearm. While that doesn’t exactly happen, you can never be too cautious when it comes to firearm safety. The benefit of concealed carry is that you are required to take s course. The course means more training for the instructors who already probably ask a million and one questions. More training means better “equipped” passerby’s that are trained in gun safety since a license is required to be shown for an address.
This won’t always mean safer situations but the more training the better. Would you rather have a formally trained CCW holder or a sell trained open carry passerby? I know I’d rather have someone who is trained. While they still won’t be great in many situations those trained tend to prevail with cooler heads. Do you think one is better than the other? Or is nothing really different and we should just do what we want?
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