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Weighing in on the Pros and Cons of Concealed vs Open Carry
Open Carry vs Concealed Carry
It’s an age-old debate among gun owners: which one is best – concealed carry or open carry?
Fans of open carry like others to know they are packing. They also feel more confident and safer knowing their gun is readily available.
On the other hand, concealed carry advocates like to have the element of surprise on their side.
The decision to carry concealed or open is entirely personal, though. But, when even your right to bear arms is up for debate, it is the least of your concerns.
Yet which one is the best? It’s hard to say, and ultimately it’s up to the individual gun owner.
So here are some things to keep in mind when deciding whether to carry concealed or open.
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Pros and Cons of Open Carry
There are 31 states in the list of open carry states around the country. While it is perfectly legal to open carry in many states and jurisdiction around the U.S., you still have to take into account your environment.
People prefer to open carry their weapon, sometimes for misunderstood reasons. Sure it can act as a crime deterrent but if an adversary has prior motives, your reaction is futile against their criminal actions.
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With today’s debate on the gun laws, people choose to avoid open carry which could trigger reactions from anti-gun advocates.
- Quicker draw time
- Attacks are less likely to occur since would-be criminals know you’re armed
- Help spread awareness about responsible gun ownership
- Draws attention
- Easier for someone to take your firearm
- Intimidating to others
- May invite unwelcome conversation/criticism
- Only 31 states with open carry gun laws
Pros and Cons of Concealed Carry
It is looking better for concealed carry with all 50 concealed carry states. But, there are concealed carry laws in place varying from state to state with some state making it difficult to get a concealed carry permit.
Most gun carriers choose to conceal carry their weapon. People choose to practice conceal carry for different reasons.
Having the element of surprise and the debate on gun control and concealed carry laws are only some of them.
- Tactical advantage
- Element of surprise
- Less harassment from police and other authorities
- Avoid unwanted 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
To learn more about open versus concealed carry, watch this video from Langley Outdoors Academy:
As you can see, there are plenty of pros and cons for both concealed and opened carry. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of these two, you can make an objective decision for yourself.
Whatever your choice is, be responsible with your sidearm. The right to bear arms come with heavy responsibility. Never lose sight of that.
Do you prefer open or concealed carry? Let us know your thoughts about it in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 28, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.