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    Is there some place where I can look up terminology and acronyms used on this site?

    I keep seeing some acronyms that I can't quite figure out... like people say Welcome to OCDO... obviously the OC stands for Open Carry, but what does the DO stand for? There are other things I come across sometimes as well but can't think of off the top of my head right now, and it just seems like there should be a thread somewhere with a list of terminology and acronyms commonly used on this site.

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    OCDO = Open Carry Dot Org

    Google may be your friend for most of the others you run into. Please feel free to ask about any that you cannot find after doing a little basic searching on your own.

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    When I was newer, OP was one that took me a few minutes of thought.

    OP=Original Poster

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    OC = Open Carry

    CC = Concealed Carry

    CCW = the crime of carrying concealed without a permit, but most people use it to denote a permit, or CCing legally, or the firearm they use for CC (which is technically an incorrect usage)

    EDC = Every Day Carry (the stuff--gun, holster, pocket knife, cell phone, pepper spray, multi tool, whatever, that you carry in your pockets and on your belt every day.)

    EHOC = Empty Holster Open Carry (what some of us do in protest of the lack of reciprocity, or arbitrary permit issuance policies in anti-carry states like Maryland, California, and New York. It is just as it sounds--wearing an EMPTY holster, plainly visible.)

    LEO = Law Enforcement Officer (police)

    LEA = Law Enforcement Agency

    IANAL = I Am Not A Lawyer (what people sometimes post at the end of a complicated legal discussion, as a sort of "disclaimer" that their opinion is worth exactly as much as you paid for it on an internet forum...)



    Every state has a different name for it's CC permit or general carry/ownership license. So many people use the incorrect term "CCW" as a generic term for the permit itself. This may be convenient, but it is incorrect and inaccurate. The ONLY place "Carrying a Concealed Weapon" exists in ANY state's statute is as the definition of a CRIME. It's better (and more accurate) to use the actual acronym for the card you have. Here are a few:

    IL = FOID (Firearms Owner ID)
    PA = LTCF (License To Carry Firearms)
    NC & VA (for non-residents) =CHP (Concealed Handgun Permit)
    VA (residents) = PCCH (Permit to Carry a Concealed Handgun)
    MD = PCH (Permit to Carry a Handgun--these are SUPER rare, and generally you can't get one unless you are rich and well-connected)
    FL = CWFL (Concealed Weapon or Firearms License)
    NH = PRL (Pistol/Revolver License)
    UT = CFP (Concealed Firearms Permit)

    Here is a comprehensive list, complete with pics of the actual permits:
    http://www.usacarry.com/concealed-ca...-examples.html




    And here are a few acronym/abbreviation definitions that are more for your entertainment, than linguistic accuracy:

    TSA = Total Sodomy Agency / Traumatic Search Agency / Totalitarian Security A$$hats / Tremendously Stupid A$$holes

    BATFE = Bringing Anarchy Through Federal Expenditures / Bastard Authoritarians Tromping Freedoms Everyday



    If there are other acronyms or abbreviations you don't know or understand, please PM me, and I'll update this list...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamer View Post
    ...The ONLY place "Carrying a Concealed Weapon" exists in ANY state's statute is as the definition of a CRIME....
    While the long version in my state is a Concealed Firearms Permit, the initialism (not an acronym, which is read as a pronounceable word) is CCW, used throughout the application process. The office of my sheriff's department that handles it is officially called the CCW Detail. There is nothing wrong with the term.

    http://www.lvmpd.com/permits/firearms_concealed.html

    Also, it is always good to point out that LEO (this one is actually an acronym) is a title. It is increasingly rarely an accurate job description.
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    One that took me a while to figure out was RKBA - Right to Keep and Bear Arms

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    GATToTP = Going Armed Tothe Terror of The Public

    Or GATTOP
    Or GATTToTP
    or....
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    Excellent list Dreamer and all. A few more (along the lines of CCW) that some may miss...

    CPL = Concealed Pistol License
    CWP = Concealed Weapons Permit
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrightme View Post
    GATToTP = Going Armed Tothe Terror of The Public

    Or GATTOP
    Or GATTToTP
    or....
    Man, how did I leave THAT one off the list? Sorry for that oversight...
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    What the heck does "RAS" stand for? Contextually it's easy to figure out that it means "Reasonable Cause" or "Reasonable suspicion", but I can't quite come up with the actual expansion of the acronym.

    RAS as in: "If the officer tells you that you are being detained ask what his RAS is and then say nothing."

    Thanks, O2

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    Quote Originally Posted by O2HeN2 View Post
    What the heck does "RAS" stand for? Contextually it's easy to figure out that it means "Reasonable Cause" or "Reasonable suspicion", but I can't quite come up with the actual expansion of the acronym.

    RAS as in: "If the officer tells you that you are being detained ask what his RAS is and then say nothing."

    Thanks, O2
    "Reasonable Articulable Suspicion"

    To believe that:
    (1) a crime has been committed
    (2) a crime is being committed, or
    (3) a crime is about to be committed; AND
    (4) the person about to be stopped is the person who did one of the above.

    It is based off of:

    Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 21, 88 S.Ct. 1868 (1968)

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/htm...2_0001_ZS.html
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    MWAG = Man With A Gun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbaron007 View Post
    MWAG = Man With A Gun
    Or for those of you who have the misfortune to have to worry about "Jim Crow" laws and attitudes, there's also:

    BMWAG = Black Man With a Gun

    which, unfortunately, is enough in some jurisdictions to attract some VERY serious, unwanted attention...

    Its also the name of an awesome podcast about gun rights by a guy from MD named Kenn Blanchard:

    http://kennblanchard.com/
    Last edited by Dreamer; 02-04-2012 at 10:11 PM.
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