I know it sounds stupid. However, I CC, and will occasionally go out to eat with friends. I am not a big drinker, and will typically only do so on birthdays or whatever (and would of course not CC then). However, say I am eating dinner with friends or family and one buys / makes some new drink. I were to try a sip while CCing (just to try it), would I be breaking the law? Another would-be common case is if my parents offer me a half-glass of wine or something when I am eating with them (I do leave my gun in the car when I do this), but then half an hour later I go back out to the car to leave? If I still have a minute amount of alcohol in my system, would I be breaking the law since I am still "concealed carrying" a loaded firearm (in OK, it is still considered that if it is loaded and concealed in your vehicle, even if not on your person)?
I have read over the laws in both my Oklahoma Concealed Carry manual, and on Handgunlaw.us
, but I can't find if it is expressly prohibited.
On handgunlaw, they actually say this, which makes me wonder if it is not expressly prohibited to do what I am asking:
Originally Posted by handgunlaw.us
Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol: YES
Note: What is defined as carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol is a place like Friday’s or Red Lobster. This does not mean a bar or the bar area of a restaurant. Handgunlaw.us believes you should never consume alcohol when carrying your firearm. In some states it is illegal to take even one drink
while carrying a firearm.
Like I said, I am not a big drinker (don't really like the taste of alcohol, and don't typically like its effects.... not to mention alcohol costs an arm and a leg). However, if occasionally I'd like to try a small taste of someone else's drink (and know it is not nearly enough to have any measurable affect on me physiologically), I don't want to go to jail. I am definitely aware of the legal mess it could cause if I just tried a sip of whatever drink, and then had to use (or even brandish) my pistol for SD, and the officer on the scene smelled it on my breath. So, this wouldn't be a regular occurance, and is just something I am curious about.
Until I figure it out or ever become comfortable with the legal risks, however, I will probably be satisfied with leaving the pistol field-stripped and locked in the trunk, heh.