Why is open carry worse than concealed carry?

Under current Texas law, qualified citizens have a right to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun.  Wendy Davis, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas, has been accused of letting down Team Blue by supporting legislation to allow qualified citizens to openly carry handguns.

Why is it more extreme to license people to carry unconcealed handguns than to carry concealed handguns?  I would think the reverse would be true, that the moderate position would be “open carry” and the extreme position would be “concealed carry”.

This is an honest question, not a sarcastic one.   I would appreciate help from somebody who knows more about gun laws than I do.

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2 Responses to “Why is open carry worse than concealed carry?”

  1. 3boxesofbs Says:

    As I understand the current argument against Open Carry it rests on two related legs — intimidation and provocation.

    People have a right to protect themselves but if they do so in a manner which openly announces that ability; then they are trying to intimidate the people around them.
    The other related aspect is that the sight of a firearm will escalate situations – provoking more violence instead of less as the persons involved get all macho and can’t back down. Or feel the mere sight of a weapon allows them to get away with more.

    I personally disagree with both views.

    I think that Open Carry is more honest, announces a peaceful intention (criminals don’t want you to know they are armed until they are ready to act). Open Carry also makes people more aware of the Robert Heinlein quote — the full quote “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”

    A third and often cited reason to oppose Open Carry is it is often unlicensed. Those opposed to firearms worry that it would allow just anyone to carry a weapon without training, verification of acceptable social standing and proficiency.

    Of course, that fails to address that criminals can and do carry without regard to licensing, testing, proficiency, etc.

    Bob S.
    3 Boxes of BS


  2. lwk2431 Says:

    “I would think … that the moderate position would be ‘open carry’ and the extreme position would be ‘concealed carry’.”

    Probably because open carry would freak out a lot of people (whether they should freak or not is another question). I have a concealed carry license here in Texas and I think that is safer than open carry.

    Some bad folks if they know you have a gun, as in obvious open carry, they will try to take it away. Police have a problem with this. They most often now wear special holsters to help retain firearms from people taking them away.

    So concealed is safer I think. The bad guy doesn’t know you got until you need it. I am not particularly opposed to open carry. I would get a kick out of seeing some Liberals wet themselves.




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