open carry

noun
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of open carry

US
: the act or practice of carrying a firearm openly in public or the legal right to do so
  • In Pennsylvania, open carry is generally allowed without a license, but Philadelphia does require a license.
  • —Joshua Gillin
  • The next frontier for gun-rights advocates is "open carry," epitomized last year by protests in which permitted gun owners carried firearms in plain view at Starbucks coffee shops.
  • —Patrik Jonsson
  • Three more states ban concealed carry but not open carry.
  • —Hank Johnson and Mitch Seabaugh
often used before another noun
  • open carry laws/legislation
— compare concealed carry

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1984

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