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Old 01-07-2014, 02:41 AM   #1
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Wife and I almost always open carry here in Arizona because it's legal and we prefer it over concealed carry. We have a few stories of interactions with others in the public but would also love hearing stories from others here.

Two stories from this past weekend:

Our clothes dryer broke and we don't have the new one yet so we decided to go to the laundrymat, something neither of us had done in 15+ years. We were both open carrying and just minding our own business. The guy that was working at the laundrymat was a younger guy and he asked us both what model guns we had. Clearly he was on our side. As we were leaving the worker mentions to my wife that one of the other patrons "reported us" to him, telling him we had guns. He said he told her it was completely legal and asked if we had threatened her. She said no, we had not threatened her, she just didn't like it. He responded that we were 100% within the law and there is nothing he would do about it.

Later that same day we went into a furniture store shopping for couches. One of the salesmen walks up to us and says "Thank you for exercising your 2nd Amendment Rights."

I take the good and bad and roll with it because as long as I am following the law and I never intentionally bother anyone else then I will open carry anywhere it is legal.

I would also like to add that we have encountered many law enforcement officers while open carrying and none of them have said a word to us. I chalk that up to us acting normal and minding our own business. Attitude, or lack thereof, goes a long way.

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I open carry and have very few stories. Those I do, are short and positive.

One... Was in line at a gas station to make a purchase, and talking to a lady in line too. After a few moments she says... "Oh.. I thought that was a cell phone..." Conversation continued unabated. (by the way, I carry a full size 1911. Talk about oblivious!)

In another gas station (seems I spend a lot of time in gas stations...) while on duty (which means I wasn't carrying, part of my employment contract) ran into a guy who was OC'ing. This was right after arguing here on the forum, the merits, or morality I guess, of OC. I stopped the guy, and said hey... "Does anyone ever give you any trouble for carrying that? Do you ever wonder if you'll be targeted by a super secret sharpeyed special agent bad guy with the tactical abilities of a Navy SEAL?" He... laughed... his... ass... off.... And now we're friends on facebook! He went on to explain that he only really open carries when scouting his hunting spot for the year. His biggest self defense concern in this area is the same as mine: wildlife.

Beyond that... Open Carry in West Monroe Louisiana and surrounding areas, is a non issue.
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Huummm 26 years of CC'n and no stories.
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I was open carrying on my motorcycle one day and was stopped for it. The police insisted I slide my gun across the pavement. I refused. No way was I going to mess up my brand new XD45c. Finally, I convinced them to let me crab walk away from it. Turns out, it was just a Terry stop and the cops were complete morons.


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I would have sued the shiz outta them for that. I would have tore them up in court because a terry frisk can only be used if they believe a crime has taken place, is taking place, or is going to take place. I would have owned that department for several infringements on Constitutional Rights namely the 2nd, the 4th and the 14th amendments.
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I would have sued the shiz outta them for that. I would have tore them up in court because a terry frisk can only be used if they believe a crime has taken place, is taking place, or is going to take place. I would have owned that department for several infringements on Constitutional Rights namely the 2nd, the 4th and the 14th amendments.

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One store, guy was very interested in my XDMc as he was considering one.

Another store, guy came up and shook my hand congratulated me on exercising my right to carry.

Shooting range/gun store was advised I have to cover the pistol or leave the store... WTF?
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One store, guy was very interested in my XDMc as he was considering one.

Another store, guy came up and shook my hand congratulated me on exercising my right to carry.

Shooting range/gun store was advised I have to cover the pistol or leave the store... WTF?
The LGS/range made their position clear. I wouldn't spend a penny in that shop after being told to cover my weapon in a gun shop/range.
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Shooting range/gun store was advised I have to cover the pistol or leave the store... WTF?
All of my local gun stores allow open carry and of course CC, but the ranges here require that the gun be unloaded with no magazine. It is kind of strange that the range said you have to "cover" it. What is the purpose of that?
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My best guess would be to keep people from running drills and practicing their draw with loaded weapons.

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