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    Default Open carry experience.

    me and a pal of mine went to the range today, and as open carry is legal in virginia, which i jsut learned that you do not need a permit for, i decided I would open carry my XD-9 once I got off post.

    went the range with no issue, did our shooting, left. I stopped to get a hair cut, had it on my hip, no-one said anything or stared as far as I saw, went next door for a sub, and nobody said anything, saw 2 people look but that was the end of it.

    seems like people around here dont much care.

    so if your in virginia or another open carry state, you might want to look into it. laws do vary, so make sure you check those thoroughly.

    just thought id share this with you all.


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    Minnesota's permit to carry allows open carry or concealed. I prefer concealed other than if I'm out in the woods or something because I don't like to advertise that I'm carrying. Just my preference, not looking to start a concealed vs. open carry debate.

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    I have my permit here in indiana but I believe our's has to be conceled. Not a hundred percent sure but thats what I remember people saying.

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    Michigan has always had an open carry law on the books but it's not practical.

    First: your handgun must be registered.
    Second: it must remain holstered (otherwise you are considered brandishing a firearm).
    Third: it's considered concealed in a vehicle

    The only place you can legally unholster and load/unload your weapon is on private property with permission from the property owner. If you don't have a CCW permit it's supposed to be unloaded to transport. It's not very practical to open carry unless you have a CCW
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    i wasnt trying to start a debate, just share what I did and saw and had learned.

    i plan on getting a concealed carry when I get out of the Army nad back into Minnesota, but for the time being in Virginia it'll do.

    I know what you mean about a hassel with the law tho. since I live on post and carrying open or concealed for that matter is forbidden on a Federal installation, I have to unload it, put it in the case, then I can load it and set it on the center console ( considered open carry in Virginia) and go about my businiess, then unload it and put it back in the case before I go back on post.


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    Not sure how it is written in VA but be careful how it is carried. It has been a while since I got my permit in PA, but there was something that I remember about if any part is covered of the weapon covered they could concider it concealed. I will have to remember this though when I go to VA to visit my mom.

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