Deterring criminals is one of the biggest reasons people cite for carrying a firearm in the open. Although, to the best of my knowledge, there are no statistics to confirm or negate this opinion, I feel comfortable saying that my gun was never as much of a deterrent as I, or my fellow officers, had hoped. “He’s got my gun!” or “He’s grabbing my gun!” are phrases I have heard far too often in my life. The warning here is this: If you are carrying openly because you think that no one will mess with you, think again! And when you come across an undeterred, determined individual, be prepared for one tough fight. Those who carry concealed may avoid targeting more often than those carrying openly.