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    open carry in TN

    Tennessee has just passed a bill that allows people to open carry in the state. I dont have a link but just google it. Rather you agree or disagree with open carry its still nice to see the state addressing our 2nd ammendment rights

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    You could already do this in Tennessee as long as you had a "carry" permit. All they did is to allow open carry now without a permit. This is what we have had in Virginia since 1607.... regarding open carry, that is. No permit.

    As for agreeing with it or not... As far as I'm concerned, I celebrate and completely support both modes of carry and make no distinction between the two. Liberty is liberty and the choice should be up to the individual. I open carry most of the time for what I believe are very good reasons (not that I owe anyone any reason at all). As far as I'm concerned, gun people who rail against those who open carry are little better than virulent anti's and are close minded and bigoted at best.

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    Well its gotta get signed by the governor and all that jazz. Its nice to see you can carry openly without having to have a license.
    As far as open carry goes I completely agree with you 100%. I dont agree with the whole open vs conceal war. Your carrying a gun regardless of how you carry you're still supporting the 2nd ammendment. What I dont agree with is the douchebags on youtube. That essentially walk around open carrying and are looking for a fight with LEO. Its just immature are stupid. But thats neither here nor there.

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    Good for you boys. It's nice to have a choice with how to carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngvet24 View Post
    Well its gotta get signed by the governor and all that jazz. Its nice to see you can carry openly without having to have a license.
    As far as open carry goes I completely agree with you 100%. I dont agree with the whole open vs conceal war. Your carrying a gun regardless of how you carry you're still supporting the 2nd ammendment. What I dont agree with is the douchebags on youtube. That essentially walk around open carrying and are looking for a fight with LEO. Its just immature are stupid. But thats neither here nor there.
    I agree with one exception. If you live someplace where the police have a habit, even a departmental edict, that if you open carry you are going to be hassled, then I support getting in their face. If police are acting outside of the law, they are no better than criminals and should be treated as such.

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    Oh most definitely. Just because they wear a badge doesn't make them god. But the videos ive seen the LEO only asks for an ID and the person carrying gets all high and mighty and acts like a punk. I think it just gives the rest of us s bad reputation

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    Well if you're not required to present an ID, then consider not showing it. It may just boil down to how you feel about the stop and the attitude of the LEO. There are times when I don't carry an ID and if I am stopped because an officer sees my sidearm, he's just going to have to deal with it. Open carry in my state is the normal mode of carrying a sidearm (read that as natural, standard, default) and requires no permit or ID. Unless the officer has RAS, his detaining me or wanting to see an ID is not going to amount to much.

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    Thats a pretty good point. If the cop is being an ass I can see giving him some shit back. I live right on the border of ky/tn and im always in tn so its nice tk have that free roam.
    Open carry is pretty relaxed around here as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngvet24 View Post
    Thats a pretty good point. If the cop is being an ass I can see giving him some shit back. I live right on the border of ky/tn and im always in tn so its nice tk have that free roam.
    Open carry is pretty relaxed around here as well
    Oh sir, please don't misunderstand me with this. I would not give an LEO a bunch of crap unless there was a darned good reason and even then, I'd have to weigh the circumstances pretty seriously. It's better to let them have their way, within reason, on the street and then get then later with a complaint in their file and if needed, a legal suit. Recording them is an excellent way to cover yourself. But you really don't want to get in their face if you can help it. That's usually going to wind up being a no-win situation.

    Now I will say I did get in it pretty hard verbally with an LEO back in the early 90's. He was a motor cop and I wound up winning. He didn't like that but there was nothing he could do about it.

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    Gotta pick your battles right? It jusg seems like SOME of the open carry Demonstration guys are LOOKING for a fight. And in the eyes of libitards that run this country that makes all gun owners look like ass holes. Collin noir did a great video on this on youtube.

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    No sort of permit to open carry? So, I could've saved myself the training, BGC, finger-printing, and permit fees by simply carrying open instead of concealed? Over 200.00 all totaled. I'll keep that in mind when my current CCP expires. My residence is in Mid-TN.

    Seriously, the reason I don't open carry is simply to avoid all the hysteria that surrounds it. While it may be legal one has to weigh the options. An overreactive individual in a checkout line can seriously screw up one's day w/a simple phone call. The LEOs have to respond in some sort of manner and I'd just as soon not have the hassle. So, I only deep conceal my CCW and will continue to do so. Again I fully support others' right to do it, but I'd just as soon avoid some beat cop having a bad day or in the middle of a messy divorce taking out his/her frustrations on an easy target. Years ago, I had my bicycle legally confiscated by some cop w/an attitude and power. When I tried to get it back it got lost somewhere. I never forgot how belligerant that guy became for absolutely no reason except he could w/no accountability.

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    I am happy that they have that option but I prefer to conceal the weapon just to keep peace with everyone.

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    I am of the same opinion, although we don't have open carry here. I have considered it and think that concealed just makes it easier to cope with the impact of others seeing someone with a sidearm strapped to their hip without that person being a LEO. And I've also wondered what the reaction would be if you walked into a bank open carrying? Just seems like too much hassle to me, so even if we do ever get open carry, I'll still carry concealed. Besides, I agree with the theory that if you are open carrier, you're likely to be one of the first shot in a confrontation situation with a bad guy.

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    Well id keep track of the news before you decide to open carry because if im not mistaken it didnt go through. So id just call the sherrifs office just to verify.

    I can understand why CC decide to cc. But the whole keep your weapons hidden from the public thing kinda grinds my gears. Im a veteran and I fought for that constitution so if little sally in her mini van with stick figures on the back wants to get bent out of shape because im doing something I fought for and my reasoning is to protect those around me then let her. I dont agree with letting people that live in a bubble condone how I protect my family or anything I do for that matter. I think hiding your rights is just as bad as giving up on them. (Not saying thats why everyone CC) so ill take a stern talking to by an LEO. Sorry for the rant just get fed up by blinding the sheep

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    Quote Originally Posted by RK3369 View Post
    I am of the same opinion, although we don't have open carry here. I have considered it and think that concealed just makes it easier to cope with the impact of others seeing someone with a sidearm strapped to their hip without that person being a LEO. And I've also wondered what the reaction would be if you walked into a bank open carrying? Just seems like too much hassle to me, so even if we do ever get open carry, I'll still carry concealed. Besides, I agree with the theory that if you are open carrier, you're likely to be one of the first shot in a confrontation situation with a bad guy.
    "And I've also wondered what the reaction would be if you walked into a bank open carrying?"
    Well in my state, that's going to depend upon into which bank enter visibly armed. BBT is a no-no. Wells Fargo is okay with it. Perfectly okay to do that here.

    "Besides, I agree with the theory that if you are open carrier, you're likely to be one of the first shot in a confrontation situation with a bad guy."
    I know you may have heard this before but cites, please. I know of one case in Virginia where this happened and that was maybe three years ago. And the fellow kinda enticed it to happen. He left a mini-mart that was being robbed then re-entered it only to have his firearm taken from him and being shot with it. You can bet that if this was a serious problem, the anti-gun press would be all over it in an effort to show that open carriers are no more than food for the bad guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngvet24 View Post
    Well id keep track of the news before you decide to open carry because if im not mistaken it didnt go through. So id just call the sherrifs office just to verify.

    I can understand why CC decide to cc. But the whole keep your weapons hidden from the public thing kinda grinds my gears. Im a veteran and I fought for that constitution so if little sally in her mini van with stick figures on the back wants to get bent out of shape because im doing something I fought for and my reasoning is to protect those around me then let her. I dont agree with letting people that live in a bubble condone how I protect my family or anything I do for that matter. I think hiding your rights is just as bad as giving up on them. (Not saying thats why everyone CC) so ill take a stern talking to by an LEO. Sorry for the rant just get fed up by blinding the sheep
    Thank you for your service to our nation and yes, you vets are getting a raw deal with the current administration as well as many governmental departments with some even referring to you as potential domestic terrorists. Can you imagine that?

    I don't carry to advance my Section 13 rights (that's the section in the Virginia Constitution that addresses the right to bear arms). Nor do I carry to try to convince others that they should consider carrying for their own protection. Frankly, I don't care whether they carry or not, but I do care about them wanting to restrict my right to carry a firearm. Those of us who carry are very fortunate to live here in my state where guns are a strong art of our history and people are very accepting of those of use who carry; concealed or openly.

    The "kids running screaming" or "moms grabbing their babies and fleeing McDonald's because of an armed citizen" just doesn't happen here. In the entire time I have carried on a regular basis (19 years with the last seven years mostly OC'ing) I have never had a negative encounter with an LEO and only one negative encounter with a citizen. He claimed he was a retired police officer but judging from his accent, he was not a Virginian but more likely someone from up in the northeast. Nineteen years and one negative comment from a civilian. And I've never been asked to leave a business because I was armed, either. Pretty good record for my state.

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    I know it was in the works, but didn't know that it was passed. I would prefer to carry concealed except when out in the woods then it open carry all the way. Don't really want anyone to know that I was carrying.

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