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Old May 3rd, 2010, 03:32 PM #1
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Open carry in my yard

I know you do not need a permit to carry in your own property, and it does not say anything about concealed or open. Would I be 100% legal to open carry/conceal in my yard? Any possibility of getting charged with some bogus stuff like "Armed in Terror of the Public" the charge they gave that guy who was armed at the airport, or brandishing? What can I not do while openly carrying? Does it have to remain holstered? Can I handle it?
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I'm almost 100% positive you can. I just don't know if there are exceptions for people within city limits or in certain neighborhoods.
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OC/CC is legal on your property. If you OC, a neighbor could call the cops and say "there's a man with a gun outside!" and ruin your day, though. If your neighbors are the type to do such a thing, just conceal it.
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You can carry either concealed or open while on your property, I would not recommend you walk around "handling" the weapon as there would be no purpose for this. Keep the firearm holstered and you should have no issue's.
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so as long as its holstered I cant be charged with anything.
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so as long as its holstered I cant be charged with anything.
You mean convicted of anything. You could be charged with all sorts of things if a neighbor calls the police and the officer that arrives decides to give you a hard time...or if he/she does not know the law.

Disturbing the peace is a nice catch-all.

Concealed would be better in Marylandistan IMHO. Unless, of course, you want to make a statement about your right to carry on your own property, then have at it.

BTW, don't step one foot off your property while carrying even if the officer asks you to come over to his or her car.

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if you are on your property you can carry CC or OC. No crime. The hassle of dealing with LEO if you have nutcase neighbors not worth it. Just put a shirt on over your holster.

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Just wondering. I know my options on concealed, and I already have IWB for out-of state carry. But sometimes when I am just around the house I like to carry OWB also. Playing with the dog outside and what not. I am all for openly exercising my rights, but is not worth the hassle of having cops called i guess
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Just wondering. I know my options on concealed, and I already have IWB for out-of state carry. But sometimes when I am just around the house I like to carry OWB also. Playing with the dog outside and what not. I am all for openly exercising my rights, but is not worth the hassle of having cops called i guess
You are right about that. Just be smart about it. If you have neighbors that you aren't sure about (2A related) I would play it safe.

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What if you have an evil neighbor like mine and they call the police and make up $hit.
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