Concealed vs. Open Carry: Pros and Cons

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May 11, 2023 / Comments (1)


It's an age-old debate among gun owners: is concealed carry or open carry best?

Fans of open carry like others to know that they are armed, and feel more confident and safer knowing that their gun is readily available. On the other hands, concealed carry advocates like to have the element of surprise on their side.

So which is best? It's hard to say, and ultimately it's up to the individual gun owner. But here are some thing to keep in mind when deciding whether to carry concealed or open.

Concealed Carry


  • Tactical advantage
  • Element of surprise
  • Less harassment from police and other authorities
  • Avoid unwatned conversations about your decision to carry (since no one knows you're carrying)
  • Legal in all 50 states (with a permit)


  • Slower draw time
  • Risk of accidental discharge
  • No one knows you're armed, so it will not deter potential attackers

Open Carry


  • Quicker draw time
  • Less likely to be attacked since would-be criminals know you're armed
  • Helps spread awareness about responsible gun ownership


  • Draws attention
  • Easier for someone to take your firearm
  • Intimidating to others
  • May invite unwelcome conversation/criticism
  • Only legal in 31 states

As you can see, there are plenty of pros and cons for both concealed and opened carry. Which one you choose is ultimately up to you and the laws of your state.

Do you prefer concealed or open carry? Let us know in the comments!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 11, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

One Response to :
Concealed vs. Open Carry: Pros and Cons

  1. Art Phillip says:

    The constitution says not one thing abut me having to hide a gun. Two many dumb and egotistical people think they have the right to take away other peoples rights. I am an American and a military veteran and this bugs me to no end. Only ONE percent have the guts to put on a uniform and pledge to die if necessary to defend rights against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC but the other 99 percent believe they have the right to tell everyone else what to do. May God help this nation.

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