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If Legal, Would you Open Carry in Florida

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After reading tales of open carry in other states in different forums, I have a question for Florida concealed permit holders.
If you could open Carry legally in Florida, would you?
 

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Even though you will stand out to GG,s and BG,s alike anyone would think twice about making you a victim. Some will say that it will make you the first target in a bank robbery or hostage situation but if you plan to open carry you will have to have a different mindset all together.

It most likely will never happen but I wish it would.
 

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While I understand that open carry could make you a target in the event that someone was bound and determined to effect a crime.
IE: You are in a restaurant that gets robbed, robber spots you're openly displayed weapon before you are able to draw...and you become an immediate target.

That said...I also believe in the credo that states and armed society...is a polite society. Odds are...if the KNOW you are armed...they will give you a wide berth. Generally speaking...criminals are looking for prey...the easy score...not someone that might shoot them.

However...because of the possibility of your gun being taken and potentially used against you...your situational awareness better be at the top of its game!

Likely best to continue to carry concealed all in all... ;)
 

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I hope open carry is somethng that will come through one day. I definitely would open carry some places like the bank etc. Not all situations warrant carrying in the open like going to church. In the mean time I can't wait for my carry license to arrive.
 

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Just a bit of history here.

Prior to about '72 that was the ONLY way one could carry a licensed pistol or 'repeating' rifle since the first licensing law was passed in 1894. But the licenses were only good in the County they were issued from. Approximately at the stated year the legislature modified the law and permitted cc with the license. When the '87 law passed the initial intent was to permit unlicensed open carry, as is the usual law in most States. Unfortunately the liberal press made a field day of the practice and some fools played to the audience by wearing 'buscadero' rigs in Miami and other major citys. Then SA Janet Reno (then a Fla. State's Attorney) got on board and haranged our courageous legislature which promptly knee jerked and outlawed a practice that had always been legal.

Personally I think we could get it back, but now only as a licensed practice, further we'd have to drum up some support from an influential legislator or organization with credibility such as the USF under Marion Hammer.

Outlawing it was truly a solution for a non existant problem.
 

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Thanks for that history lesson Dogrunner. Its very interesting. I too would love to have the option to open carry as the need arise. As you can see from my avatar I ride a motorcycle. I ride to and from work 5-6 days a week and the easiest way to carry would be to strap my weapon to my thigh. Right now I struggle to find a comfortable position for my weapon when riding.

I would willingly petition the right person to have a pro open carry law passed.
 

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It would be nice have the option to Open carry, although I would rarely do it. It helps in FL weather, don't have to worry constantly about printing or having proper cover garments.
 

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I would'nt open carry either however it would be nice not having to worry about printing. Nothing like the element of surprise.
 

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I would open carry to my car and back, and some areas where I wouldnt be cramped next to another people, like a small gas station.
 

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I remember years back when they allowed it for a few days the news showed people in miami all open carrying looked like the days of the old west :laughing
 

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I remember years back when they allowed it for a few days the news showed people in miami all open carrying looked like the days of the old west :laughing
Hey, whats wrong with the old west.:bangel
 

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Carrying concealed gives you a tactical advantage. Open carry takes that away.

If I'm ever in a SHTF situation, I want EVERY advantage I can get.
 

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I remember years back when they allowed it for a few days the news showed people in miami all open carrying looked like the days of the old west :laughing
I remember that too...funny how quickly the No Weapons (guns) sign went up at the local (now in a "bad" neighborhood") Winn Dixie.

I was a couple years too shy to own a handgun when that short piece of legislation existed... :rolleyes:
 

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I would not open carry. Concealed carry offers us a tremendous tactical advantage in just about every scenario. In many situations, open carry would put you at a disadvantage.

While I fully understand the political reasons of the proponents of open carry, I don't carry a weapon to make a political statement. I believe in a low profile and readiness.
 

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I would not open carry. Concealed carry offers us a tremendous tactical advantage in just about every scenario. In many situations, open carry would put you at a disadvantage.

While I fully understand the political reasons of the proponents of open carry, I don't carry a weapon to make a political statement. I believe in a low profile and readiness.
FLRon,

I agree with you on the low profile issue. I used to say, when I was in the Air Force, that I was/am "low profile but highly mobile!"
 

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Personally, I would be behind open carry - if only to enjoy freedom from the pressures of perfect concealment. However, I am in agreement with others in this string and would prefer to retain the tactical advantages offered by concealment.

Other points about the requirement for a different type of awareness are very well made. Would gun theft rise?
 

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Other points about the requirement for a different type of awareness are very well made. Would gun theft rise?
No just the amount of gun shots (people trying to snatch other peoples rigs.
 

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Personally, I would be behind open carry - if only to enjoy freedom from the pressures of perfect concealment. However, I am in agreement with others in this string and would prefer to retain the tactical advantages offered by concealment.

Other points about the requirement for a different type of awareness are very well made.

I agree, I would support the open carry law, but I would choose to remain carrying concealed.

I enjoy the fact that I know I am carrying concealed, but those around me who may do me harm do not know that I am carrying.

I try to look like the rest of the "sheep in the flock", but know that I have the ability, and the fangs, to be the "sheep dog" if the need arises!

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Being an ex-LEO, a question comes to my mind ....

As it stands now, carrying concealed does not require enforcement, unless the weapon is displayed, then a LEO has to act to insure the person is legal.

IF open carry comes into law, how the heck will LEO's know WHO is legal and who is carrying illegally?

To enforce the law, LEO's would have to stop everyone they observe diplaying a firearm to insure the legality.

I see a logistical and legal nightmare there.
 
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