I do not always open carry because I like the tactical advantage. I have OC'd many times in SB and Mishawaka and anywhere I feel like carrying. Never had a problem. I am also a LEO and every time I encounter a person OC'ing, in or out of uniform, I thank them for exercising their rights! It is our right in Indiana to carry within the boundries of the law. Exercise your rights!
I did take time to read the post on open carry vs. concealed carry and found it very interesting. Some excellent points are raised. I'm going to absorb it a little more before sharing my thoughts. Great Piece!
Was stopped at Southgate Kroger by an Allen County Reserve Deputy. He asked why I was open carrying and my response was "I am a Marine and have fought to protect my rights to open carry". He was not happy and informed me that I had to conceal my weapon. I told him that I have a LTCH permit, not a concealed handgun carry permit. He said that Indiana law says it had to be concealed. I informed him that no where on my LTCH does it state that my handgun had to be concealed. He then asked to see my weapon. I informed him that I did not consent to a search of my person as I had done nothing illegal. He ended up calling a supervisor on his radio and I could overhear some of the conversation. The supervisor told him that I can indeed OC and that he can not search my person or inspect my weapon unless I am suspected of a crime. As soon as the supervisor said this the deputy turned to me and said "Have a nice day sir". I seem to only have problems with ACRD's. The FWPD has stopped me before but it has always been professional. Mostly asking if I have a permit, what kind of firearm I carry and if I was in the military. FWPD knows the law but apparently the Sheriff's department does not. I have been OC'ing for a few years now and have only had maybe a handful of encounters like the one at Kroger.