As with any controversial issue, people on both sides of the open carry debate—the practice of carrying firearms in plain view—feel strongly about the issue. If you don't live, work, or travel in a state where open carry is legal, you may never have to take a side because the decision has been made for you. But if you're more on the fence these days and may need to decide one way or the other at some point, consider the following reasons heard from both sides of the argument:
Against Open Carry:
For Open Carry:
No matter if you decide open carry is a good idea or a bad idea, overcoming anti-gun prejudice in general is something we can all agree on. Doing so requires that everyone be the best gun owner you can be. Carrying open or concealed has advantages and disadvantages, but everyone knows that without proper training and mindset, owning a gun is a poor decision. As a responsible gun owner, it is your duty to train properly either way you choose to carry.