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    Open Carry While Riding Motorcycle ?

    Just curious, when riding my motorcycle, I mostly conceal carry. Have wanted to open carry if anything, just for the experience, but have wondered what the reaction would be from law enforcement upon observation. Have any of you opened carried while riding their bikes. I usually carry one of my Glocks and its always holstered in a Blackhawk Serpa, less chance of losing it while riding down the road. Thanks for any input regarding this.

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    I've OCed some on a bike. No strange looks or anything that I noticed. I try not to pass cops, so they rarely see my right side . And really, I try not to site beside people longer that I have to anyway. I can't get rear-ended if I'm going faster than everybody else.

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    Didn't work out so well for this guy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXwW2nrV0bY

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    Quote Originally Posted by LibertyReloaded View Post
    Didn't work out so well for this guy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXwW2nrV0bY
    This was an interesting video and applaud the "victim" for sticking up for what he believed in. After much thought, I think that I would have let the deputy know ahead of time of my carry option and HCP. I've watched a lot of you tube videos of open carry detainment by law enforcement. A cop can definitely ruin a good days ride if you choose to challenge his authority, then again, depending on the mood of the officer at the moment, your day could still be ruined. Being a lefty and mostly riding in the slow lanes, my gun would be exposed 90% of the time. Think I'll just keep it concealed for the time being, after all, winters coming to the mountains soon.

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    I think the difference in the video and TN is that you are required to have a permit in TN so it's very clear if you are in violation of the law or not. Im not sure TN is a "must inform" state but you are required to produce a permit at the behest of an LEO. I too am impressed at the way the gentleman in the video handled the situation althought a simple "yes officer, i am openly carrying my firearm in accordance with state law" would have been a better choice of words than "i do not consent to any search" when he was asked if he had a weapon.

    It's interesting to me the cop compares his job to being a soldier after learning the man he has stopped is a two tour vet. I think these two jobs are in no way remotely related. An officer is supposed to serve and protect citizens whereas a soldier is actively engaging known hostiles. It's pretty obvious the guy is just touring the state on a bike. He seemed very well spoken. WHen the officer kept talking about "his" safety, i think i wouldve pointed out the thousands of men who have sacrificed their lives for the very right the officer is mad about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kopis View Post
    <snip> Im not sure TN is a "must inform" state <snip>
    TN law does not require that you proactively inform an officer you are armed.
    Last edited by independence; 10-14-2013 at 05:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by independence View Post
    TN law does not require that you proactively inform an officer you are armed.
    Good to know. I live in arkansas just across the river and we are a must inform state

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