Do you open carry? If you do here is why you shouldn’t.

Do you open carry? If you do here is why you shouldn’t.

Even though Ohio is an open carry state it’s probably better that you don’t. One issue is you draw a lot of attention to yourself. Depending on the area most people will be extremely nervous around you. This can and probably will lead to a lot of law enforcement stops. Not only will that slow your day down, but it draws law enforcement away from more important things. You also run the risk of having your firearm stolen from you. There are reports out there of criminals coming up behind open carriers and stealing their guns. As big of a problem as that is, in my opinion I think there is a bigger problem.

You’re just going about your day running from store to store. Next thing you know the seemingly nice guy behind you in line pulls out his gun to rob the place. Now ask yourself this, who will be his first target. Even if he does not shoot you, you just lost any ability to stop him from hurting you, or someone else. Take that same situation, but now your firearm is concealed. Now this same guy has no idea that you have a weapon on you. Now YOU have the element of surprise.