Reading a lot of gun blogs and forums, the topic of open carry comes up quite a bit. For those not in the know, open carry is where you openly carry your firearm – it does not have to be concealed. Utah state law allows that any citizen can openly carry a firearm as long as it is two mechanical actions away from firing. However, the requirement of two mechanical actions is preempted if you have a CWP, meaning you can openly carry a firearm that is ready to to fire.
I decided to look into it and I found that open carry in the United States is not that uncommon. That’s right, not uncommon. Here is a map to look at.
Blue states are permissive open carry states – The state permits open carry to all non-prohibited citizens without permit or license.
Green states are licensed open carry states – The state permits open carry to all non-prohibited citizens once they have been issued a permit or license.
Orange states are anomalous open carry states – In these states, open carry is generally lawful, but there may be other significant restrictions.
Red states are non-permissive open carry states – In these states, open carry is not lawful, or is only lawful under a limited set of circumstances, such as when hunting, or while traveling to/from hunting locations, while on property controlled by the person carrying, or for lawful self-defense.
Do any of you open carry in your communities? If so, why do you open carry and what helped you decide to open carry? If not, why not? I’m not sure if I’ll ever open carry but I’ve considered it. Who knows what will happen with time.
For more on the subject of open carry, give this a listen.