Dear media friends,
There seems to be a lot of confusion lately about the various types of firearms carry. I hope this clarifies the issue for you:
Concealed Carry – the carrying of a handgun concealed, usually by the owner’s clothing. This usually requires a license of permit from a state government. To be clear, the weapon is not visible to passersby.
Open Carry – the carrying of a firearm openly, so it is visible and unconcealed. While rifles and shotguns can be carried openly in some states, the term usually refers to a handgun. An example from history – cowboys carried their revolvers openly, in low-slung holsters on the thigh.