Originally Posted by John_Deer
I never said I have never had an accident. But I learned from my mistakes and I moved forward. I started using IWB, belly band holsters or small pocket pistols. It's your right to carry a gun you are toying with. I don't care if you lose it when you are charged with armed to the terror of the public. It's just someone who gives all gun owners a bad name that can't slander us all anymore. God bless you and yours. I am sorry it came to this.
Accidental exposures don't give all gun owners a bad name. And most states you cannot be charged with "armed to the terror of the public" or "illegal display of a weapon" or "terrorizing" or "brandishing" unless the firearm is actually in your hand. There are some exceptions. However, quite frequently the instructors in CCP classes are either purposefully lying to cover their butts or misinformed.
For example, for years State Police in this area were lying to their CCP classes and telling them that they would lose their permit if they ever open carried or accidentally displayed and that they could possibly go to prison. There has never been any such law on the books. There has never been any such policy in the CCP process. It was nothing but a bald faced lie because they didnt WANT people open carrying. Because State Police were saying this, everyone else assumed it was true. And the lie continued until someone publicly confronted them about it in the proper forum and they had to back down.
Accidents happen. To everyone. As long as nobody gets hurt its not a big deal. And sometimes accidents equal important lessons learned. Accidental displays ertainly not as big of a deal as a negligent discharge like someone earlier stated on this thread.