posted on May, 17 2007 @ 01:13 PM
hikix, youre in for legal and bureaucratic hell if youre trying to get a pistol permit in NYC. It isnt ouright illegal in the city but the
police and the city government make it no secret they would rather you not have it. If you get started right away trying to get one you may have one
in about 5 years after half a dozen lawyers and a few thousand dollars.
apc, you're right in that a conceal carry permit is only for concealed carry. Most states, however, do not allow open carry. As the citizenry grows
more timid and more PC open carry has become a frightening thing for the sheltered or the urban who do not understand guns or gun owners. I know New
Hampshire still allows open carry. Some towns are more understanding than others. Tourists will call the police, people who dont know the laws will
call the police and people who just hate you for having a gun will call the police if they see you exercising open carry rights.
Here in CT there is no explicit provision stating I cannot carry openly but popular opinion dictates that if I were to walk downtown New Haven
carrying openly I would be tackled by police. However, if I were in the Northwest or Northeastern part of the state I would likely see more reasonable
behavior from people.
Concealed carry vs. open carry is a debate unto itself weighing pro's and con's of public reaction, criminal deterrent, even making yuorself a
target of crime. Some people will be afraid seeing a gun. Others will feel secure. Some criminals will pass you up because they can see your gun. Some
would intentionally target you in hopes of getting your gun.
There are way too many variables to pretend any blanket law will solve all of the problems. I like NH for its wilingness to assume the gun owner will
practice good judgement and alter his carry to fit the situation. Sadly, most local, state and federal government simply assume we are all
psychopathic morons who would sooner blow up a building in retaliation to name calling than behave as any rational human ought to.