open carry


Definition of open carry

: 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

Examples of open carry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Churches and private businesses can ban open carry. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Oct. 2021 But the law allowed local governments to ban open carry for specific events for a limited period of time. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 The state legislature authorized guns on state university campuses and open carry in 2015. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 In Indiana, a permit is required to carry a gun, but no permit is required to purchase one and open carry is allowed. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, 6 Apr. 2021 That group has been able to get laws enacted, including ones enabling open carry, that are not constitutionally required. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 3 Apr. 2021 In January, the Michigan State Capitol Commission voted unanimously to prohibit the open carry of weapons in the Capitol building. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2021 More:Michigan to ban open carry of guns at polling places, other spots on Election Day Benson expects more than 3 million absentee ballots to be cast this fall, by far the most ever in a Michigan election. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 16 Oct. 2020 In Michigan, where heavily armed demonstrators jammed inside the state Capitol in Lansing in the spring, the open carry of firearms was banned inside the building. Eric Levenson, CNN, 25 May 2021

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1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Open carry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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