I’m sorry you misunderstood, I should have taken more care in my wording and that likely wouldn’t have happened.
I have my concealed pistol license for my state, and a non-resident license for another. But I prefer to open carry. Now, there are a couple reasons for this.
- It’s more comfortable.
- In Michigan the laws can be a little goofy. As such, Open Carrying while you have a CPL allows a person to carry in more places than carrying concealed.
- I expose those around me to someone who is armed, not a LEO, and not causing problems.
- The “attention” I get is rarely negative. I’m not looking for attention, however I am an approachable person. I frequently get asked questions from people genuinely curious and I will always take the time to talk with them.
I have no negative Open Carry experiences to share. And I only started open carrying as an experiment. I wanted to see how many people would notice I was carrying. At first it was a small handful of people, mostly kids and retired or off duty LEOs. Then I started carrying a full size and more people noticed.
I live in an Open Carry state and over half the population doesn’t even realize it. As long as I’m not going anywhere that forbids open carry, I’m openly carrying. My goal is to continue educating, but I can’t do that if I’m hiding it.
As far as calling people fudds: I have yet to meet someone who likes being called that, in their mind they don’t identify as a Fudd. And 9 times out of 10, the person I call one stops, thinks for a second and realizes why I did it. It usually goes “Well, Open Carry isn’t for me, I think it’s too much attention.”
My response is something along the lines of this: “Hey, it’s alright, Open Carry is not for everyone. But there are MULTIPLE reasons someone else might! Maybe they’re 18 to 20 and can’t get a permit yet. Maybe it’s too uncomfortable to carry concealed whether it be an injury or body type. Maybe they had a bad experience training and decided to try something else.”
I’m a proud member of Michigan Open Carry. This organization has done more for gun rights in Michigan than any other in the state (and I’m not knocking the other groups, MOC has just been more active in contesting bad laws and bad bills). Additionally their attorneys have been on a mission to educate the public for years and can be found translating legal-ese into laymans terms so people understand.
So maybe I’m too quick to jump on people, or threads like this one, I apologize for that. Open Carry needs a voice too though. Too many are bashing it because of preconceived notions nowadays.
This went way longer than I intended it to. Apologies for the mini-novel.