If this topic has already been discussed/debated please forgive me. It can be deleted or moved as needed. I'm hoping my friends and fellow forum members can help me understand the appeal of open carry. I'm trying to wrap my head around the concept but cant quite get there. I believe its all about excercising the right to keep and bear arms, I do. And I dont have a problem with that. And I dont have a problem with anyone legally open carrying. What I cant understand is WHY would you want to let EVERYONE know your armed? Especially the bad guys. In Texas you cant open carry, so you see a lot of folks wearing the "shoot me first" vests. When I'm carrying, concealed, you'd never know it because I look like the country hick I am. I dont want anyone to know that I've got a handgun til they see it in my hand and my badge in the other. I guess I look at carrying concealed as a "tactical" advantage, for lack of a better term. I'm not trying to [email protected]@ anybody off here or change any minds. I'm just trying to understand something, that to me at least, doesnt make sense. But maybe I'm looking at it the wrong way.