Why I Prefer Concealed: Man Robbed Of Gun He Was Openly Carrying


NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA — A 37-year-old man was pushed to the ground last week and had his openly-carried firearm stolen right from it’s holster by two thugs.

According to, the man was walking across the street after visiting with friends when the unfortunate incident occurred.

The man said he was approached from behind by two men, and one of them demanded his gun. The other then grabbed the gun from the holster and pushed him to the ground.

After this happened, the man said the two suspects took off on foot. Police have still not found them, nor the stolen firearm.

I often stay away from the topic of open carry not because I hate it, but because I run a site called Concealed Nation. Anytime, however, that the topic of open carry comes up, a sort of feud between open carriers and concealed carriers opens up and floods the comments section.

I get why some people open carry, and I also get why others decide to conceal.

Do you want the honest truth? Having an openly-carried firearm makes you more of a target to the bad guys. It’s a simple fact that rings true each day. I’ll also say that I have no doubt that crime has been deterred even before it started because the bad guy saw the armed citizen first, and decided to not go through with the crime. There is no doubt this is true, either. When it does happen, it’s impossible to track. But it does happen.

I always use this scenario. Picture yourself in a grocery store at the check-out lane with your firearm displayed openly on your hip. Now, picture the bad guy coming up to the register you’re at with his gun drawn, looking for all the cash that the cashier can give him. If this bad guy happens to see your firearm, guess where his attention is going to move to. That’s right, it’s you, because you’re the closest viable threat to his mission.

As Brandon the concealed carrier, there won’t ever be a day that I’d open carry (if I were in an area that allowed it).

The reason?

Just start reading this article again, right from the top.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • ReallyOldOne

    Mostly agree. I conceal carry when in civilization. However, when hiking in the wild, I carry a much larger and more powerful sidearm, mostly for the larger critters I may need to defend against. Ever shot a Javelina with a 380 (or even a 9)? Just makes them madder. Open carry also makes it easier to access from the web of straps etc from backpack and other gear.
    Whichever way one decides to carry, the important thing is to CARRY. Not sometimes, not most of the time, ALWAYS, where it is legal. And for me, I don’t willingly go where I can’t carry.

  • Stan Robertson

    I wear a level II retention holster even though I carry concealed. Cuz stuff happens

  • Pod

    I just want to see it as an option in my state – Florida. I wouldn’t do it in an urban area since every two-bit thug with a chip on his shoulder would be bothering me, along with every histrionic-prone Mom. But I’d like to have the option for maybe rural settings, where, as the poster below mentions, you’re out hiking and have a lot of crap on you and getting to a gun might be problematic if it were concealed.

    • Leo lives matter

      I am so for open carry but a little note in florida if u are participating or going to or from fishing hunting or hiking you can open carry

      • Pod

        Yes, but try telling that to a cop, especially in SFL.

  • kiljoy616

    The issue is not conceal or open the issue is sheeple hesitation in a combat situation and knowledge and training of know how to retain and extract the weapon to deal with the threat. I personally do not care for open carry but I don’t have anything against it. Best for people posting to think that if your only saving grace is that your hiding your pistol then your doing it all wrong.

  • TRStrunk

    Here in PA we can carry open and I do on occasion open carry myself when going to the range but that’s more for convenience then wanting to open carry because I can. Any other place in public however I conceal carry. I don’t want to draw attention to myself or have anyone feel I’m a threat especially those that intend to commit a crime. I’d rather have surprise on my side not their’s.

    I mean really people. Who doesn’t see a person with a firearm and think no big deal and ignores them especially in today’s atmosphere with Radicals going around shooting people.

  • PavePusher

    One incident. Well, obviously that proves everything and indicates a massive trend that must be dealt with by sweeping laws and rapid emergency action taken without thought or contemplation of the circumstances.

    “How Anti-Gunners Work” – PavePusher, now in bookstores near you.

  • bama

    I’m the opposite, if I’m pumping gas at a rough gas station, I’ll tuck my shirt behind my holster and open carry. Keeps the bums away, and if someone wants to get cute, I already have my hand on the jframe in my pocket.

  • PastorRob

    Really? The point of open carry is so those of us who legally conceal carry and have your shirt ride up or jacket blow open won’t go to jail. It’s not to play cowboy or show off. It’s simply a protection for the uneventful event.

  • desert

    Next time put a pocket gun in your pocket, you will be ready for them!

  • RabbyTat

    Just because you can do something does not make it a wise choice. This is a great example of why we should keep private things private.

  • Goose

    Don’t know if I’ll OC in Fl. if it passes, just don’t see any benefits of OC.

  • CJ Grisham

    What about the people who conceal carry and have had their weapons stolen? Do you oppose ALL carry because you risk losing your gun? Or, maybe all people who conceal carry rob stores ( so I’m going to open carry? Here’s an idea for this supposedly pro-gun site: stop attacking open carry and just push that people carry. STOP dividing gun owners and come together. Every time you attack open carry, you embolden the Bloomberg drones and give them a wedge issue. JUST CARRY! OPEN OR CONCEALED…JUST CARRY!!

  • SosayU

    To open carry you obviously need to know about and have “situational awareness”. If you don’t have a clue on what’s going on around you, you don’t need to open carry. On the other hand if you are aware of your surroundings and of people and their activities around you, Open Carry is fine. Most Open Carry folks are not idiots, although there are those few that don’t seem to pay attention to what’s going on around them. Always one in every group!