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LONGHAIR 11-21-2011 09:55 AM

Open carry...what police think about-it...
I was thinking if I was a cop and seen somebody with open-carry..What's the first thing going to be to cross my mined...Impersonating a police officer,or who is this guy...Anybody know how there trained to deal with that???...I was just woundering....I guess it happens all the time somewhere....

Vincine 11-21-2011 11:07 AM

I’m not a LEO, but if I was I’d think; ‘This guy’s okay because he’s not trying to hide it’.
Quickly followed by, ‘Except maybe he’s trying to fool me into thinking he’s okay by not hiding it’.
But then I’d think 'I’m probably just being paranoid and he really is probably okay’.
Except that, 'I’m a LEO and I’d better check him out to make sure because that’s my job and I'd be negligent if I didn't'.
Followed by, 'Geez, I sure hope he's okay because I sure don't want to get in a gun fight today'.

Like I said, I'm not a LEO.

c3shooter 11-21-2011 11:35 AM

Depends on where you are- training, policy and procedure will vary greatly- along with WHERE is the person carrying.

Walking into a public business- gas station, Mickey Dees, etc, would probably get a different reaction than walking into a college.

Here- basically a gun friendly state, thought process is probably something like "Looks old enough to possess. Does not look like raving loonie. Behavior fits the 95% normal pattern. Not illegal. Minimal response from people around them (no one fleeing in panic from something I did not see). Nice Colt."


trip286 11-21-2011 01:19 PM

What's that policy? Oh yeah, probable cause.

I know how the LEOS, in my town handle it. If you look straight, they may ask for your permit. If you don't look straight, they WILL ask for your permit. In my mom's town, every one knows everyone, so the LEOS already know if your straight, and don't really care if you have a permit. As long as they know your not a felon.

Trez 11-21-2011 02:21 PM

Where I live people look at you funny when your NOT carrying a gun... :p

partdeux 11-21-2011 03:59 PM

Some think it's a great idea and wished more would carry, i.e. the couple of sheriff's who have publicly suggested they can no longer protect, and then there's others who think they should be the only ones allowed to own, much less carry, i.e. the nut case LEO in OH.

rjd3282 11-21-2011 04:03 PM

I didn't hear about the nut case LEO in Ohio. What happened?

LONGHAIR 11-21-2011 09:48 PM

I guess they train them on how to deal with people in many ways....

Chainfire 11-21-2011 09:59 PM

If we had open carry in Florida, I still don't think I would use that option. It is just such a bigger advangage to have a stealth weapon than an exposed one.

No one expects this grey haired old man to have a 1911 on his hip, and I like it that way.

AcidFlashGordon 11-22-2011 12:54 AM

I live in Las Vegas and open carry quite a bit. As for LEO responses, they don't really give it much attention. As an example, I was in a Mickey D's waiting for my order when a Metro motorcycle officer came in and ordered some food. He noticed the Sig on my hip and we spent the time waiting for our food to arrive discussing the pros and cons of my weapon (Sig) and his weapon (Glock).

The only "looks" I got were the wide-eyed "Oh my God he has a gun" looks from the Kommiefornia tourists that were sitting in the store eating.

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