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    I realize that the law states any one weapon not carrying more than 20 rounds in one magazine, but what about dual carrying?

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    You can carry as many as you like, but why open carry 2 handguns? You'll only look like a goof with a gun. If you are going to carry 2 handguns I'd strongly suggest getting a CCW permit so that you can conceal the BUG. You can still open carry the duty sized pistol. Thats my opinion on it and probably how I'd do it but when I'm not working I don't open carry due to agency policies. Its concealed carry for me. I've got no issues with people wanting to carry 2 guns because carrying a BUG is a good idea, just don't look like a nut while doing so.

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    I don't think Lara Croft looks like a goof at all. She's hot. :P

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    yeah, i agree. Not trying to look like a nut or anything. What about extra magazines? Do people on here that open carry, also carry an extra mag/mags? Or do they just carry what's in the gun. And the 20 round rule is that per mag, or what's on your person at the time?

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    Decoligny wrote:
    I don't think Lara Croft looks like a goof at all. She's hot. :P
    yeah, she is definately hot with those guns on!!! Man, oh Man is she hot!!!

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    GOOD Question. If you have most full-sized Glocks and a BUG, you might think that you apply, but you don't.

    AND, btw, it's definitely a good idea to conceal your BUG.

    § 18.2-287.4. Carrying loaded firearms in
    public areas prohibited; penalty.
    It shall be unlawful for any person to carry a loaded (a) semiautomatic
    center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple
    projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and
    is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine that will
    hold more than 20 rounds
    of ammunition or designed by the
    manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding
    stock
    or (b) shotgun with a magazine that will hold more than
    seven rounds of the longest ammunition for which it is chambered
    on or about his person on any public street, road, alley, sidewalk,
    public right-of-way, or in any public park or any other place of
    whatever nature that is open to the public in the Cities of Alexandria,
    Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Newport News, Norfolk,
    Richmond, or Virginia Beach or in the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax,
    Henrico, Loudoun, or Prince William.
    The provisions of this section shall not apply to law-enforcement
    officers, licensed security guards, military personnel in the performance
    of their lawful duties, or any person having a valid concealed
    handgun permit
    or to any person actually engaged in lawful
    hunting or lawful recreational shooting activities at an established
    shooting range or shooting contest. Any person violating the provisions
    of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
    The exemptions set forth in § 18.2-308 shall apply, mutatis mutandis,
    to the provisions of this section.

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    So you can carry extra magazines if your OC'ing with no BUG?

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    S&W 910S wrote:
    yeah, i agree. Not trying to look like a nut or anything. What about extra magazines? Do people on here that open carry, also carry an extra mag/mags? Or do they just carry what's in the gun. And the 20 round rule is that per mag, or what's on your person at the time?
    You guys are lucky, 20 round mags, I wish.

    Here in CA we can only have 10 round mags.

    If I go into an incorporated area, I have to carry unloaded, so I carry two full 10 round mags and one empty 8 rounder to keep in the mag well when in incorporated areas (keeps the dirt out).

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    I OC with just my one carry weapon (Ruger P345) .45ACP and yes, I carry two extra mags.

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    S&W 910S wrote:
    So you can carry extra magazines if your OC'ing with no BUG?
    Reading the law, you can open carry as many guns and as many mags for them as you like, as long as they aren't designed for
    a) center-fire, semi-auto
    AND
    b) 21 + rounds.

    YES, that means 30 round revolvers are A OK :celebrate

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    ufcfanvt wrote:
    S&W 910S wrote:
    So you can carry extra magazines if your OC'ing with no BUG?
    Reading the law, you can open carry as many guns and as many mags for them as you like, as long as they aren't designed for
    a) center-fire, semi-auto
    AND
    b) 21 + rounds.

    YES, that means 30 round revolvers are A OK :celebrate
    Yeah, but who wants to carry the 30 round .357 on thier hip. :what:

    Or to keep it on topic, who wants to carry one on EACH hip. :shock:





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    If you carry a semi-auto its ALWAYS a good idea to carry extra mags in case you have a mag failure. I'd carry at least 1 extra mag per weapon. You never know when Mr Murphy will strike and in the middle of a gunfight is NOT the best time. Hopefully, you'll never have to use a sidearm to defend yourself but these days you never know. Just be sensible about it and you shouldn't have any issues. Its best to blend in instead of sticking out in a crowd. The last thing gun owners need is to have a chucklehead do something that makes us all look bad. The objective is to win over those who aren't warm to the idea of regular people carrying guns around. You don't want to alienate them. You want to at least get to the point where they won't have a conniption fit when they see a regular joe carrying a sidearm and they become tolerant. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of OC, however, I don't have any problems with people doing it if they choose. Just don't be stupid about it.

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