My first thought about any sort of carry is simple:
...The right of the people to keep and BEAR arms shall not be infringed.Emphasis mine.
Any restriction of carrying a weapon is infringing on the right of that weapon-holder to bear his or her arm(s). There is no twisted logic or convoluted methodology of law-making which will ever change that. Any restriction is an infringement.
All that said, the movement for open carry has been growing. The people who are pushing this movement are making great progress for logic and reason. The politicized results of their carrying openly are having the desired effect overall.
I have been OCing for years off and on. There are times I prefer it for various reasons, from having pants on which are too tight to allow proper concealed, to other garments which won't allow for concealment, to knowing I'm going to be in a neighborhood in which I'd much rather not be. The advantages of OC are many, and with a proper understanding of those advantages it provides for the safety of all individuals. As Weer'd said, the stakes couldn't be higher. Those of us who carry, do so following the letter of the law, because it only takes one mistake to be unable to properly defend ourselves and our loved ones going forward.
So, without further ado, a brief list of advantages of open carry:
- Crime-against-self reduction. A criminal seeing that you have a firearm on your hip is less likely to attempt to make you a victim.
- Crime-against-others reduction. A criminal seeing that you have a firearm on your hip is less likely to attempt to victimize someone else in your vicinity.
- Ease-of-access. Typically drawing from concealment is slower than from open. Obviously with proper training any timing differences can be mitigated. However, in an 'all things equal' world, the lack of fabric between your hand and the grip of your sidearm, the faster you can bring it to bear, and put it to it's designated role.
- Comfort level. When I am OC, it feels far more comfortable than when I am concealed. I'm a bigger guy, so it's difficult to find that sweet spot which causes no discomfort whatsoever.
- Familiarity. Allowing other people with whom you interact on a day to day basis to see that you are carrying a firearm, and at the same time you are NOT shooting people over parking spaces, or randomly shooting people, or any of the other evils the antis claim, is about the most positive press we can ever hope to have.
- Style. There are a tremendous number of stylish, beautiful holsters being created today. Personally, I am unable to find one, as it seems there isn't much market for my pistol of choice. However, many weapons have many options for carrying, and with the right accessories, it can really compliment an outfit.
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