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Old 11-12-2012, 12:12 AM   #31
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As a California resident I don't really have a dog in this fight, but I'll chime in anyhow.

Too much emphasis is being put on what you all would, will and do do, and very little on what all of you should do. If a theater or other place of business has a no guns sign then write a letter to the manager telling them you will not be visiting their place of business and why you won't. If you have time then picket the place (open carry while doing so out in front is optional). Saying nothing does nothing. Vote with your wallet but don't lose your voice when you do.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:26 AM   #32
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Always carry when possible

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I work at the lake city army ammunition plant, if I get caught carrying there my gun becomes property of the us government and I get in BIG trouble. I carry everywhere else. If out is discovered that I am carrying asked to leave an establishment I will do so peacefully. But here you only get in trouble legally if you refuse to leave when asked.

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The right answer- know the laws and obey them.
My answer- if you carry concealed no one knows you have it.

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An understanding of the laws and common sense should always prevail. This way you can make an informed and calculated decision. If you are going into a government center, airport, etc. then obviously you will be detected even if you are fully concealed. Common sense....don't carry there. A movie theatre however is not screening people with metal detectors (at least not now) as they come in so if you are going to carry do it so you can come and go without anyone noticing. Just enjoy the movie, fill up on popcorn and worry more about ticket prices than a situation that would call for pulling the gun.

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It depends on when and where. In South Carolina, where I live, if no sign is posted, it's OK to carry concealed in a theater. If a proper sign is posted saying no guns, it is a felony with 5 years mandatory prison time if you carry in there. And in SC, the laws are strictly (and abusively) enforced. But the idea of carrying in such a place as long as it's concealed is an invitation to disaster. If nothing happens, you didn't need the gun, so you could have left it outside. If the SHTF while you are carrying in there, you have to choose whether you want to be a "hero" and "save the day", after which you WILL get 5 years and lose your gun rights forever, or just sit there and feel guilty (or dead) thereafter.
Maybe the best course of action would be to just go to a different theater.

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For all those saying they leave when asked or anyone who is interested in educating otherwise ignorant store owners, check out this link to these cards that you can print off. NOTE: some o the wording might have to be changed to match your individual state laws.

http://paopencarry.org/no-guns-no-money-cards

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For all those saying they leave when asked or anyone who is interested in educating otherwise ignorant store owners, check out this link to these cards that you can print off. NOTE: some o the wording might have to be changed to match your individual state laws.

http://paopencarry.org/no-guns-no-money-cards


People have the right not to want you to carry a firearm on their property just like you have to carry one. If you don't like it don't go unto their property. What makes you think you are right and they are wrong. ?
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People have the right not to want you to carry a firearm on their property just like you have to carry one. If you don't like it don't go unto their property. What makes you think you are right and they are wrong. ?
I completely understand that and respect their right. However, many people make decisions based on poor information. This is just a simple way of trying to inform them of your beliefs and trying to persuade them to your way of thinking.

And before anyone gets pissed off about the above think about this. We as Americans and as humans in general do this all day every day. Then media does it. I'm sure you have used the same tactics on your family. Probably every job anybody holds has some part where you have to present information to someone in a position of power and try to convince them to change their minds to your way of thinking. This is how the world works and that's what the cards are suppose to do. Peacefully allow a way to provide a stance and information to a store owner in the hopes that they will consider your position. If they don't then leave and take your money elsewhere or respect their wishes and leave your gun in the car.
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Those of us who carry are, to a very high degree, law-abiding people. We make the choice to carry knowing that very activity is a minefield of confusing and sometimes irrational laws.

For example, until a year or so ago, Georgia had a stipulation against carrying at "public gatherings." The definition of a public gathering was very nebulous, frequently interpreted differently by various law enforcement agencies. You could carry into a mall, but if there were a Christmas carolling presentation taking place, now you're at a public gathering.

Movie theaters were also considered a public gathering by some sheriff's departments, and not by others. It just depended on the way the wind blew the particular day you might be confronted while carrying. Thankfully, that horrendous language was eliminated by the General Assembly and now Georgia has some of the most rational gun laws of any state. More work to do on that front, however.

The point is that there is not a cookie-cutter answer that applies to any given situation. Frequently law enforcement is not even up to date on changes that may have taken place in the latest legislative session. My advice is to get as familiar as you can with your state's laws and apply your best judgement when confronted with making those difficult decisions. Carrying concealed also goes a long way in avoiding those potentially contentious situations.

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